Kesey's theatrical metamorphosis from the distinguished author of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest to the abominable shaman of the "Acid Test" soirees that launched The Grateful Dead required Wolfe's Day-Glo prose account to endure (though Kesey's own musings in Demon Box are no slouch either). Even now, Wolfe's book gives what Wolfe clearly got from Kesey: a contact high. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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)