Ken Tucker
January 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Prime Green

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Robert Stone
publisher
Ecco Press
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

Considering that the great novelist Robert Stone (Dog Soldiers) spent part of the 1960s snorting heroin, dropping acid, and inhaling helium from inflated condoms, he has written a remarkably lucid, passionate history and defense of that decade’s countercultural tendencies in Prime Green. Stone seems to have met everyone, from Ken Kesey to the dashingly liberal Paul Newman, and been everywhere, from Vietnam War-era Saigon to Hollywood, where his first novel, Hall of Mirrors, was made into the 1970 dud film WUSA. His overall conclusion? ”We saw…this country as [being] blessed in its most generous hopes.” Right on, brother.

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