The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test is a work of literary journalism by Tom Wolfe, published in 1968. Using techniques from the genre of hysterical realism and pioneering new journalism, the novel tells the story of Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. The book follows the Pranksters across the country driving in a psychedelic painted school bus dubbed "Furthur," reaching what they considered to be personal and collective revelations through the use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. The novel also describes the Acid Tests, early performances by The Grateful Dead, and Kesey's exile to Mexico.

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The 87th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 91st on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  2. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (
  3. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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