The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

I just finished re-reading one of Tom Wolfe’s seminal works The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test which chronicles Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. It is recognized today as an essential book about the roots and development of the hippie movement. I was first introduced to this book in a seminar class in college where we were reading a book a week so my first read through wasn’t as in depth as this one, as I kept a book with me listing all the things and people to look up that I didn’t know about. ‘The book is a deep dive into the Pranksters life and mindset.

If you are a huge fan of American History this is a must read at least once, there is so much to learn in one book sure we know the overarching things the hippies existed and did LSD, but there is more to it than just that. The 60s were a complicated era and this is just a tiny look into but a piece of the San Francisco based counterculture group lead by novelist Ken Kesey.


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