Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of Lsd : The Cia, the Sixties, and Beyond (Paperback)
And what a story it is, beginning with LSDs discovery in 1943 as the most potent drug known to science until it spilled into public view some twenty years later to set the stage for one of the great ideological wars of the decade. In the intervening years the CIA had launched a massive covert research program in the hope that LSD would serve as an espionage weapon, psychiatric pioneers came to believe that acid would shed light on the perplexing problems of mental illness, and a new generation of writers and artists had given birth to the LSD sub-culture.
Acid Dreams is a complete social history of the psychedelic counter-culture that burst into full view in the Sixties. With new information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the authors reveal how the CIA became obsessed with LSD during the Cold War, fearing the Soviets had designs on it as well. What follows is one of the more bizarre episodes in the covert history of U.S. intelligence as the search for a truth drug began to resemble a James Bond scenario in which agents spied on drug-addicted prostitutes through two-way mirrors and countless unwitting citizens received acid with sometimes tragic results.
The story took a new turn when Captain Al Hubbard, the first of a series of Johnny Appleseeds of acid, began to turn on thousands of scientists, businessmen, church figures, policemen, and others from different walks of life.
Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg and the Beat generation, the Diggers and the Age of Golden Anarchy in Haight-Ashbury, William Mellon Hitchcock, Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, the Beatlesthese are just some of a motley cast of characters who stride through the pages of this compelling chronicle. What impact did the widespread use of LSD have on the anti-war movement of the late Sixties? Acid Dreams traces the way the drug intensified each stage of counter-cultural transition to break the mind-forged manacles of a new generation in rebellion.
In Acid Dreams, Martin Lee and Bruce Shalin have written the history of a time still only dimly understood. The events they recount and the facts they uncover supply an important missing piece of the puzzle of a crucial decade in our recent past.
Engaging throughout. . . . At once entertaining and disturbing.Andrew Weil, M.D., The Nation
Marvelously detailed . . . loaded with startling revelations.Los Angeles Daily News
Excellent. . . . Captivating. . . . A generalists history that should replace all others.San Francisco Chronicle
A landmark contribution to the sociopolitical history of the U.S. . . . Some of the liveliest, most absorbing, best-documented historical analyses to appear in recent years. . . . A seminal contribution to understanding Americas most turbulent modern decade.Choice
This funny and irreverent book brings it all back.The Washington Post
Recounts some of the most bizarre incidents in the history of U.S. intelligence.The Boston Globe
A monumental social history of psychedelia.The Village Voice
A blistering expose of CIA drug experimentation on Americans. Its all there.John Stockwell
Highly readable. . . . Well researched. . . . Filled with entert
|Genre||SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General|
|Publisher Date||1986-03-01 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||1.15 lb|
|Subtitle||The Complete Social History of Lsd : The Cia, the Sixties, and Beyond|
|Authors||Lee, Martin A.|
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