The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test ushered in an era of New Journalism, "An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. "An astonishing book" (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, LSD, and the 1960s.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Anniversary.
  • 031242759X
  • 9780312427597
  • 26,493

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Tom Wolfe is a groove and a gas. Everyone should send him money and other fine things. Hats off to Tom Wolfe! Terry Southern The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is not simply the best book on the hippies, it is the essential book . . . the pushing, ballooning heart of the matter . . . Vibrating dazzle! The New York Times Some consider Mailer our greatest journalist; my candidate is Wolfe. Studs Terkel, Book Week A Day-Glo book, illuminating, merry, surreal! The Washington Post Electrifying. San Francisco Chronicle An amazing book . . . A book that definitely gives Wolfe the edge on the nonfiction novel. The Village Voice Among journalists, Wolfe is a genuine poet; what makes him so good is his ability to get inside, to not merely describe (although he is a superb reporter), but to get under the skin of a phenomenon and transmit its metabolic rhythm. Newsweek "show more

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Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.show more

About Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. He lives in New York City.show more

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