Author: Hunter S. Thompson
Released: 1971
Genre: Comedic adventure

It takes a true literary master to make the hallucinogenic experience of taking every major drug in the cops' don't-mess-with-it handbook feel tangible on page.

Thus, consider Hunter S. Thompson precisely that. Based on his own road trip experiences, ones he unabashedly recounts in all of their intoxicated and phantasmogorical glory, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is regarded as the defining novel of the "dope decade" for good reason: With its trippy prose and combustible structure, Thompson's book was penned under the influences of both narcotics and impeccable skill.

Fun Fact: Before the characters of Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo were ultimately played by Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro, respectively, in Terry Gilliam's 1998 movie, an impressive list of actors (Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dan Aykroyd, and John Belushi) were attached to the roles, while Gilliam's job was originally linked to both Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone.