The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

In this creative non-fiction piece, Tom Wolfe recounts the life of Ken Kesey and his followers, known as the Merry Pranksters, in the 1960’s during “the hippie movement”. With interviews from Ken Kesey, members of his group, and other individuals who came in contact with the group and their acid tests (before acid was illegal), Wolfe successfully created an important piece of literature that undoubtedly has stood the test of time.

There wasn’t much that I disliked about this book, which means a lot since it’s not often I can get into nonfiction books. It was well written, and even the sections of rambling Wolfe included, while sometimes tough to get through, helped put me into the scenario. I think the fact that there was some creativity behind the story helped to keep it interesting. It was nonfiction, but it was still written as a story rather than something from a text book.

As for audience, I feel that this book would be most appealing to journalists and history buffs, as well as those who enjoy reading a good creative non-fiction piece.

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