What are the best 1960s counter-culture books?

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    #1One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.
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    Daniel Foster
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I watch the movie many years ago so I thought I'd give the book a try. Man the movie wasn't even close. The book is so much better very highly recommended."
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    #2Another Roadside Attraction

    Another Roadside Attraction

    Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins is a speculative fiction and humor novel originally published in 1971 by the Doubleday. This book was the first novel ever written by Robbins.

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    Randy Hamilton
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Another Roadside Attraction by Robbins is a great book about the counter-culture from the 1960s. Robbins writes an entertaining story filled with interesting characters. It's an enjoyable read."
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    #3Soul on Ice

    Soul on Ice

    Written by Eldridge Cleaver, one of the most prominent members of the Black Panthers, this classic yet timeless memoir changed the way American society saw the civil rights movement and how the black community was approached. 

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    Ricardo Andrade
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is about Eldridge Cleaver, one of the most prominent members of the Black Panthers. If you don't know who they are, go do some research first. This story challenges the viewpoint of Americans and offers a different perspective of a very smart person whose odds were against him. Truly an eye-opener and must read if you are into history."
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    #4The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe is a creative nonfiction novel originally published in 1968. This book is claimed as the breaking ground for the literary style of New Journalism.

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    Cheryl Young
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The book cover is very attention grabbing and the topic seems interesting and worth the price. However it was difficult to find details of what the book is about and only gives less than a sentence description. "
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    #5On the Road

    On the Road
    On The Road is a semi-autobiographical novel by well-known American beatnik author, Jack Kerouac. It tells the story of two friends on a road trip and their quest for freedom and self-discovery. 
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    Betty Murray
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book was actually published in 1957, but it seems as though it rose in popularity in the 1960's and could be considered part of this topic. I think it's a good fit because it's about freedom, which was something the 1960's was all about. "
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    #6Post Office

    Post Office

    This is a classic novel by Charles Bukowski originally published in 1971 talks about the story of Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's alter ego. Trapped after 12 years in a post office, Chinaski prays to survive in the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and sad coworkers. 

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    Amanda Yi
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Although considered a highly respected work, Post Office is boring, slow, and depressing. The main character does little to change his dour demeanor. The structure of the writing is excellent but the characters and theme, not so much. "
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    #7From Yale to Jail

    From Yale to Jail

    From Yale to Jail: The Life Story of a Moral Dissenter is a historical non-fiction biography written by David T. Dellinger. It is first published in 1993 by Pantheon. 

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    Tejas Pillai
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This story shows how someone who could have it all loses it all. The story is simply wild, thrilling, and gloomy at times. I felt so many emotions reading this amazing book. Fantastic read."
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    #8Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson is a cult classic of gonzo journalism. It chronicles a drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times of a road trip that went down in the annals of American pop culture.

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    Paul Perry
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The founder of Gonzo Journalism really goes all out for this novel. It feels less like a coherent story and more like Thompson directly vomiting his conscience into your mouth. It's a trippy, weird experience that feels often surreal, and occasionally has you hope it's outright fiction. This is an interesting and hilarious book that is actually complemented by the Johnny Depp film."
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    #9Drop City

    Drop City
    Drop City is a fiction written by Thomas Coraghessan Boyle, also known as T.C. Boyle. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2004 by Penguin Books. This book's first publication is in 2003.
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    Mildred Williamson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a strange tale of colliding utopias -- the alaskan homesteaders clash makes for compelling reading. However, this isn't a great solution since the book was first published in 2003. I recommend something by Ken Kesey instead."
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    #10Desert Solitaire

    Desert Solitaire
    Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey is a passionate tale of a man who lived in a desert. With a lot of details and humor, this incredible book lets you reconsider your relationship with nature.
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    William Brooks
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey it's more of an adventure story than a book on counter–culture. It will completely change the way you see parks, deserts and nature in general. Ultimately it will get people to ask do we adapt to nature or do we try to adapt nature to us?"
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    #11Positively 4th Street

    Positively 4th Street

    Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña is a non-fiction book written by David Hajdu. This was originally published in 2001.

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    Christian Lynch
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "“Positively 4th Street” is an excellent retrospective on the 60scounterculture as told through the lives of Joan Bayez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina, as well as the circle of friends and family who helped to define their personal and creative lives during one of the most turbulent and dynamic periods in US history. The love and care Mr. Hajdunput into this widely-praised and eminently readable work is palpable, and I could tell this book was written by “someone who gets it” and was serious about capturing this time and place in American culture so others could understand it. I wasn’t around for this period of history, but Me. Handy was able to give me a great look at what it must have been like. The vivid writing and diverse range of primary and secondary sources give this work the ring of truth and made it credible to me, a History major."

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Best What are the best 1960s counter-culture books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 38 Paid
2Another Roadside AttractionBooks 34 Paid
3Soul on IceBooks 31 Paid
4The Electric Kool-Aid Acid TestBooks 31 Paid
5On the RoadBooks 29 Paid
6Post OfficeBooks 27 Paid
7From Yale to JailBooks 27 Paid
8Fear and Loathing in Las VegasBooks 25 Paid
9Drop CityBooks 23 Paid
10Desert SolitaireBooks 19 Paid
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