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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Tom Wolfe

Picador

In The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe tells the story of Ken Kasey and his followers—known as the Merry Pranksters—as they travel across the country in a school bus they named “Further.” Originally published in 1968, Wolfe followed them on their adventures, declining their offers of the ever-present LSD, in order to document their own drug-induced insights and revelations. In this classic work of literary journalism, Wolfe recounts the trip first-hand and documents the Pranksters’ experiences and their intellectual and spiritual insights.

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Praise for The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

"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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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.
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