An groundbreaking novel with the full title - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Authored by Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971.
Journalist Raoul Duke and attorney Dr. Gonzo travel to Las Vegas in 1971 to cover a motorcycle race for a sports magazine and enjoy a haphazardly planned vacation. The vacation turns highly irresponsible and reckless as the two consume copious amounts of illegal drugs, commit various acts of fraud, and generally wreak mayhem upon the citizens of Las Vegas.
The novel is responsible for introducing an innovative literary style called gonzo journalism, a style of reporting that mixes fiction and factual journalism.
The novel inspired two movies - "Where the Buffalo Roam" (1980) and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998).
I read "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", and inspired me to visit Circus Circus while on ether.