Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World’s Most Notorious Diaries

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In 1971, the United States was embroiled in a new war. The Nixon administration had initiated a “War on Drugs,” whereby a heavy hand would be applied against users and dealers to satiate the “Law and Order” silent majority. Drugs were considered a scourge upon the public, with experimentation being a one-way ticket to a strung-out and homeless life.

One particular book, the diary of a runaway addict named Alice, would become a symbol for wayward youth and the need for the war. Beatrice Sparks longed to achieve success as a writer, but had hit a brick wall creatively. The death of a celebrity’s daughter, allegedly due to drug use, prodded her to promote a diary she found. The book would be titled Go Ask Alice. The cautionary view of a teenage addict would sell millions, influence many, and yet questions as to its authenticity would lie dormant, until now.

Unmask Alice by Rick Emerson goes a long way to showing what investigative journalism could be in the right hands. The investigation into the work of Beatrice Sparks and her bibliography is intriguing and worth reading. Her motives were questionable, her history suspect, her subjects tragic, but this book is undeniably buzzworthy.

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Author Rick Emerson
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher BenBella Books
Publish Date 07-Jun-2022
ISBN 9781637740422 Buy this Book
Issue June 2022
Category Biographies & Memoirs