Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties

By Robert Stone

From the hot York urban of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz period of latest Orleans's French zone, to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the Nineteen Sixties in all its bizarre, blameless, turbulent, and interesting glory. development on own vignettes from Robert Stone's travels throughout the United States, the mythical novelist deals not just a riveting and robust memoir but in addition an unforgettable within viewpoint on a special second in American history.

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