5. by Hunter S. Thompson
While most people pick this book, and other Thompson works, expecting more Fear and Loathing, I knew better. It does have Thompson's strong, vivid langauge, but the Fear and Loathing fans will find themselves reading the language of a maverick journalist more than a drug saturated edge runner. Basically, Thompson runs with the California Hell's Angels for nearly a year until one day they stomp him.
Hell's Angels is a very good read, that is if you have an iterest in American 1960s misfit outlaw culture, violence, and Thompson's acute sense of cultural movement. And of course Thompson's langauge is superb. I really liked it.