The Boys on the Bus
Publication Date: August 12, 2003
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Cheap booze. Flying ﬂeshpots. Lack of sleep. Endless spin. Lying pols.
Just a few of the snares lying in wait for the reporters who covered the 1972 presidential election. Traveling with the press pack from the June primaries to the big night in November, Rolling Stone reporter Timothy Crouse hopscotched the country with both the Nixon and McGovern campaigns and witnessed the birth of modern campaign journalism. The Boys on the Bus is the raucous story of how American news got to be what it is today. With its verve, wit, and psychological acumen, it is a classic of American reporting.
Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include "Hell's Angels", "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone", "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72", "The Rum Diary", and "Better than Sex". He died in February 2005.
Three reporters look back on The Boys on the Bus, the classic account of reporters on the campaign trail during Richard Nixon's 1972 victory over George McGovern. While life on the bus is as physically taxing as ever, today's scribes say the Internet has changed almost everything else. More at NPR.org
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