By Robert Stone
From the recent York urban of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz period of recent Orleans's French area, to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the Sixties in all its bizarre, blameless, turbulent, and engaging glory. construction on own vignettes from Robert Stone's travels throughout the United States, the mythical novelist bargains not just a riveting and robust memoir but in addition an unforgettable inside of point of view on a special second in American history.
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