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Acid Dreams

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Acid Dreams is the complete social history of LSD and the counterculture it helped to define in the sixties.

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Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and astonishing account - part of it gleaned from secret government files - tells how the CIA became obsessed with LSD as an espionage weapon during the early l950s and launched a massive covert research program, in which countless unwitting citizens were used as guinea pigs. Though the CIA was intent on keeping the drug to itself, it ultimately couldn't prevent it from spreading into the popular culture; here LSD had a profound impact and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that changed the face of America.

From the clandestine operations of the government to the escapades of Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, and many others, Acid Dreams provides an important and entertaining account that goes to the heart of a turbulent period in our history.

Reviews
"This fascinating study examines how the CIA tested LSD on unwitting residents of Greenwich Village and San Francisco. Of particular interest are profiles of Timothy Leary, LSD chemist Ronald Stark and others."     ~Publishers Weekly

"A monumental social history of psychedelia."     ~Village Voice

"An engrossing account of a period... when a tiny psychoactive molecule affected every aspect of Western life."    ~William S. Burroughs

Excerpt
"In December 1960 Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky arrived at Timothy Leary's house in Newton, MA. Although Ginsberg was a veteran of psychedelic trips, he had never tried psilocybin, so when the opportunity presented itself he and Orlovsky jumped at it. The environment provided by Leary was much more congenial than the research institute in Palo Alto where Ginsberg had taken LSD the previous year. After swallowmg the mushroom pills, Ginsberg became slightly nauseous, but his initial queasiness subsided as the drug took command of his being.

He and Orlovsky were completely overwhelmed. They took off their clothes and padded around the house, a supernatural gleam in their eyes. Ginsberg was inundated by a rush of messianic feelings. 'We're going to teach people to stop hating... Start a peace and love movement,' he triumphantly proclaimed."

Author Lee, Martin
Coauthor Shlain, Bruce
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 345 pp.
Publisher Grove Press 1992
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