By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Few occasions have had a extra profound effect at the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by way of the unfold of LSD. This e-book for the 1st time tells the total and marvelous story—part of it hidden until eventually now in mystery executive files—of the position the mind-altering drug performed in our fresh turbulent heritage and the ongoing effect it has on our time.
And what a narrative it's, starting with LSD’s discovery in 1943 because the such a lot effective drug recognized to technological know-how till it spilled into public view a few two decades later to set the level for one of many nice ideological wars of the last decade. within the intervening years the CIA had introduced a tremendous covert examine application within the wish that LSD may function an espionage weapon, psychiatric pioneers got here to think that acid may make clear the puzzling difficulties of psychological disorder, and a brand new iteration of writers and artists had given delivery to the LSD sub-culture.
Acid goals is a whole social heritage of the psychedelic counter-culture that burst into complete view within the Sixties. With new info received throughout the Freedom of data Act, the authors show how the CIA grew to become captivated with LSD throughout the chilly warfare, fearing the Soviets had designs on it in addition. What follows is likely one of the more strange episodes within the covert background of U.S. intelligence because the look for a “truth drug” started to resemble a James Bond state of affairs during which brokers spied on drug-addicted prostitutes via two-way mirrors and numerous unwitting voters acquired acid with occasionally tragic results.
The tale took a brand new flip while Captain Al Hubbard, the 1st of a sequence of “Johnny Appleseeds” of acid, started to activate millions of scientists, businessmen, church figures, policemen, and others from diversified walks of life.
Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg and the Beat new release, the Diggers and the Age of Golden Anarchy in Haight-Ashbury, William Mellon Hitchcock, Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, the Beatles—these are only a few of a motley forged of characters who stride throughout the pages of this compelling chronicle. What effect did the frequent use of LSD have at the anti-war circulate of the overdue Sixties? Acid desires lines the best way the drug intensified each one level of counter-cultural transition to damage the “mind-forged manacles” of a brand new iteration in rebellion.
In Acid desires, Martin Lee and Bruce Shalin have written the historical past of a time nonetheless basically dimly understood. The occasions they recount and the proof they discover provide a major lacking piece of the puzzle of a very important decade in our fresh past.
“Engaging all through. . . . instantly unique and disturbing.”—Andrew Weil, M.D., The Nation
“Marvelously unique . . . loaded with startling revelations.”—Los Angeles day-by-day News
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“This humorous and irreverent booklet brings all of it back.”—The Washington Post
“Recounts essentially the most extraordinary incidents within the historical past of U.S. intelligence.”—The Boston Globe
“A enormous social background of psychedelia.”—The Village Voice
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“Highly readable. . . . good researched. . . . full of enjoyable and peculiar episodes.”—The Detroit loose Press
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“An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected nearly each point of Western life.”—William S. Burroughs
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