The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

By Tom Wolfe

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427597, 416pp.

Publication Date: August 19, 2008


"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, and the 1960s.

About the Author
Tom Wolfe is the author of a dozen books, among them such
contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and
The Bonfire of the Vanities. His most recent bestseller is I Am
Charlotte Simmons (Nov. 2004). A native of Richmond, Virginia,
he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a
Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

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

Friday, Aug 12, 2011

Tom Wolfe wrote about Ken Kesey's LSD experiments in the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. In 1987, Wolfe spoke to Terry Gross about following Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. More at

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