Few events have had a more profound impact on the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by the spread of LSD. This book for the first time tells the full and astounding storyapart of it hidden till now in secret Government filesaof the role the mind-altering drug played in our recent turbulent history and the continuing influence it has on our time. And what a story it is, beginning with LSDas 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 atruth druga 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 aJohnny Appleseedsa 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 Beatlesathese 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 amind-forged manaclesa 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. Praise aEngaging throughout. . . . At once entertaining and disturbing.aaAndrew Weil, M.D., The Nation aMarvelously detailed . . . loaded with startling revelations.aaLos Angeles Daily News aExcellent. . . . Captivating. . . . A generalistas history that should replace all others.aaSan Francisco Chronicle aA 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 Americaas most turbulent modern decade.aaChoice aThis funny and irreverent book brings it all back.aaThe Washington Post aRecounts some of the most bizarre incidents in the history of U.S. intelligence.aaThe Boston Globe aA monumental social history of psychedelia.aaThe Village Voice aA blistering exposAc of CIA drug experimentation on Americans. Itas all there.aaJohn Stockwell aHighly readable. . . . Well researched. . . . Filled with entertaining and bizarre episodes.aaThe Detroit Free Press aAn important study of cultural history. . . . The scholarship is exquisite and the methods sensible.aaAllen Ginsberg aAn engrossing account of a period . . . when a tiny psychoactive molecule affected almost every aspect of Western life.aaWilliam S. Burroughs aA missing link, a work of combat history, a devastating combination of facts and poetry that is bound to arouse controversy.aaPaul Krassner aAn important historical synthesis of the spread and effects of a drug that served as a central metaphor for an era.aaJohn SaylesThis book for the first time tells the full and astounding storyapart of it hidden till now in secret Government filesaof the role the mind-altering drug played in our recent turbulent history and the continuing influence it has on our ...
|Author||:||Martin Lee, Bruce Shlain|
|Publisher||:||Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - 2007-12-01|