Oscar Zeta Acosta – Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo

Before his mysterious disappearance and probable death in 1971, Oscar Zeta Acosta was famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S. Thompson’s “Dr. Gonzo”, a fat, pugnacious attorney with a gargantuan appetite for food, drugs, and life on the edge.

Authored with uninhibited candor and manic energy, this audiobook is Acosta’s own account of coming of age as a Chicano in the psychedelic ’60s, of taking on impossible cases while breaking all tile rules of courtroom conduct, and of scrambling headlong in search of a personal and cultural identity. It is a landmark of contemporary Hispanic American literature, at once ribald, surreal, and unmistakably authentic.

Author: Oscar Zeta Acosta
Narrator: Henry Levya
Duration: 8 hours 21 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2004
Publisher: Random House Audio
Language: English

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Arthur Herman is a professor of history at George Mason University. Hermans definition of the McCarthy era is A battle pitting atheist commie liberals against church going moral conservatives.

Herman states he used archival material from former USSR and declassified U.S. materials as his main areas of research. Most interesting is the authors discussion of the Senate hearings. Herman provides a revisionist view of the American people and McCarthyism. I was interested in Hermans information about the situation between National China, Communist China, USSR and the State Department. One of the few events escaping revision is McCarthys physical attack on adversarial columnist Drew Pearson.

The book is well written and researched. Herman does a good job in summarizing complex subjects. Herman points out that McCarthys sloppiness in making allegations, alcoholism and his other flaws caused his downfall which covered over his success in hunting down communist spies in government. The author also made a case that McCarthy was bipolar.

Sean Pratt does a good job narrating the book. Pratt is an actor, voice-over artist and multi-award winning audiobook narrator.