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Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
Review Date: 12/27/2009


Fascinating. As someone on the plus side of 50 having lived through the age of LSD while managing to miss it completely, this book explained then stripped away the many layers of mystique associated with the drug. Anyone reading this with an open mind will be left with simple truths about LSD and its purpose(s).


Alternities
Alternities
Author: David Gerrold (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/16/2006


Collection of offbeat "sci-fi" with themes aimed at the more "mature" reader.


Atop an Underwood
Atop an Underwood
Author: Jack Kerouac
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/28/2006


I read somewhere that Kerouac didn't just start writing his well known works one day out of the blue, but worked long and hard at his craft. 'Atop An Underwood' is good evidence to support that claim. These are the early works of a writer in the making, probably more interesting to anyone seeking background or biographical information, but definitely enlightening to any fans of writing or the writer.


Baby Driver
Baby Driver
Author: Jan Kerouac
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/23/2007


Combine elements of William S. Burroughs, Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted), Neal Cassady, Hunter S. Thompson and yes, her own father Jack Kerouac, and the result is a fascinating, well written interesting glimpse of life on the edge during the Beat/Counter Culture eras.


Being There
Being There
Author: Jerzy Kosinski
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/20/2006


This is the movie "tie-in" edition with Peter Sellers on the cover. If you enjoyed the movie and haven't read the novel I recommend it due to the differences between the two.


Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/30/2009
Helpful Score: 4


If, like me, you can recall the 'good ole days' of frequent community participation and involvement in the areas covered by Putnam - and have ever wondered what happened to make things change - you'll find this book facsinatingly depressing. Don't be put off by the large numbers and charts and graphs employed. They only amplify the author's message. Prior to reading Bowling Alone I often wondered what had happened to society to make us less involved with each other (thinking many times it was just me) but now have a better understanding of just how common and widespread the experience is.


Chariots Of The Gods?
Chariots Of The Gods?
Author: Erich Von Daniken
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/3/2008


Von Daniken's "theories" of Extraterrestrials visiting Earth in pre/near historic times. It made for fun reading back in the mid '70s.


The Conscience of a Conservative
The Conscience of a Conservative
Author: Barry Goldwater
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/11/2006


Using modern labels, I'm probably more of an a-political Libertarian but this book made me think. Written in a no non-sense style Goldwater makes his case and made me wonder "what if?". Recommended to anyone who tends to take either side in the "us versus them" arena of politics. The longest section of the book, "The Soviet Menace", is of course dated but Goldwater did foresee the "internal disintegration of the Communist empire". All other topics are still relevant today.


Doonesbury: The Original Yale Cartoons
Doonesbury: The Original Yale Cartoons
Author: Garry Trudeau
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 2/17/2006


Trudeau's characters before Doonesbury was syndicated. Not as polished and rougher around the edges than what we see today with a youthful take on anarchy, sex, sports, race and college life in general.


Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun
Author: J. G. Ballard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/3/2008


The horrific realities of war as seen by a child. Though Spielburg adapted the novel for his 1987 film, there are differences. The book is somewhat darker as it presents the details of a bleak dystopia created by war.


Existential Errands
Existential Errands
Author: Norman Mailer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/3/2008


Mailer's collection of observations on sports, arts, literature, politics and society during the late 1960's - early 1970's. Some sections might more enjoyable than others based on a given reader's interests.


The Fall of America : Poems of These States 1965-1971 (City Lights Pocket Poets Series)
Review Date: 7/3/2008


Assuming some understanding and appreciation of a writer's era and his environment, this book is another "chapter" in the life of someone whose efficient yet effective use of language helped document the events of his day. For 'beat' followers, Ginsberg does speak out on the deaths of Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac in these pages.


For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman
For the Hell of It: The Life and Times of Abbie Hoffman
Author: Jonah Raskin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2008
Helpful Score: 3


For anyone who has only read about Abbie Hoffman in his own words, 'For The Hell Of it' offers a broader view of his life. This book also helps explain why the radical youth movement of the '60s seemed to disappear as the '70s progressed. Enlightening but also depressing to understand how Hoffman's long time problems finally took over and ended his life. The included bibliography is a good source for continued reading.


Fortunate Son: The Autobiography Of Lewis B. Puller, Jr.
Fortunate Son: The Autobiography Of Lewis B. Puller, Jr.
Author: Lewis Puller
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/10/2006


Gripping emotional autobiography by the son of the USMC's most decorated and famous Marine who decided to follow his father's path. It came very close to killing him and his long journey thru recovery is painful and enlightning. A wide eyed view and critique of America's participation in and subsequent coming to terms with the Vietnam conflict.


A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To The Grave
A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To The Grave
Author: Jack Douglas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/25/2006


Comedy writer Jack Douglas(1909-1989), best known for his contributions to TV including The Jack Paar Show and Laugh-In, takes a generally amusing look at various episodes of his own life up to when this was written in the early '60s.


Go: A Novel
Go: A Novel
Author: John Clellon Holmes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/3/2008


Thinly fictionalized account of the founders of the "beat generation" in their early times before fame brought them a wider audience. Ginsberg, Kerouac, Cassady and others, all under pseudonyms, figure prominently in this engrossing story of daily life on the edge of something they knew they wanted but were striving to understand and explain. Highly recommended for students of that era.


The Last Transaction
The Last Transaction
Author: Barry N. Malzberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/25/2013


Let me say first that Malzberg can write in a way I really enjoy, but I do have a complaint and maybe it isnt even his fault, but the spine and front cover include the words science fiction, however there isnt even a hint of sci-fi contained inside. Maybe blame it on the publisher's marketing department? Political or psychological thriller, character study or maybe just an interesting read but I felt cheated at the lack of anything involving space or time travel, menacing or misunderstood aliens and the overall exclusion of anything scientific.


The Long March
The Long March
Author: William Styron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/31/2006


When a battalion of Marines reservists are ordered on a thirty-six mile forced march during training they fight with their own bodies to complete the mission and in a battle of wills against the officer who gave the order.


On The Beach
On The Beach
Author: Nevil Shute
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/3/2008


Still relevant almost 50 years after it was written. Absorbingly despressing, however, it will make you think.


The Painted Word
The Painted Word
Author: Tom Wolfe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/3/2008
Helpful Score: 1


Tom Wolfe's 1970's view of 'modern art'. True art aficionados may take exception but still an interesting, easy read for the art-illiterate.


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