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Acid dreams : the complete social history of LSD : the CIA, the sixties, and beyond /
Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain ; with an introduction by Andrei Codrescu.
imprint
New York : Grove Press, 1992.
description
xxv, 345 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0802130623 (pbk. : acid-free paper), 9780802130624 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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New York : Grove Press, 1992.
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0802130623 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
9780802130624 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
contents note
Part One: The Roots of Psychedelia: In the Beginning There Was Madness...: The Truth Seekers -- Enter LSD -- Laboratories of the State -- Midnight Climax -- The Hallucination Battlefield / Psychedelic Pioneers: The Original Captain Trips -- Healing Acid --Psychosis or Gnosis? / Under the Mushroom, over the Rainbow: Manna from Harvard -- Chemical Crusaders -- The Crackdown / Preaching LSD: High Surrealism -- The Psychedelic Manual -- The Hard Sell / The All-American Trip: The Great Freak Forward -- Acid and the New Left / Part Two: Acid for the Masses: From Hip to Hippie: Before the Deluge -- Politics of the Bummer -- The First Human Be-in -- The Capital of Forever: Stone Free -- The Great Summer Dropout / Peaking in Babylon: A Gathering Storm -- Magical Politics -- Gotta Revolution / Season of the Witch: Armed Love -- The Acid Brotherhood -- Bad Moon Rising / What a Field Day for the Heat: Prisoner of LSD -- A Bitter Pill -- The Great LSD Conspiracy / Postscript: Acid and after.
catalogue key
9004575
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 298-332) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Martin A. Lee is the cofounder of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) Bruce Shlain has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and other publications
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1992-04-13:
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. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Main Description
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 story--part of it hidden till now in secret Government files--of 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 LSD's 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 Beatles--these 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. Praise "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 generalist's 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 America's 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 exposé of CIA drug experimentation on Americans. It's all there."--John Stockwell "Highly readable. . . . Well researched. . . . Filled with entertaining and bizarre episodes."--The Detroit Free Press "An important study of cultural history. . . . The scholarship is exquisite and the methods sensible."--Allen Ginsberg "An engrossing account of a period . . . when a tiny psychoactive molecule affected almost every aspect of Western life."--William S. Burroughs "A missing link, a work of combat history, a devastating combination of facts and poetry that is bound to arouse controversy."--Paul Krassner "An important historical synthesis of the spread and effects of a drug that served as a central metaphor for an era."--John Sayles
Main Description
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 story--part of it hidden till now in secret Government files--of 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 LSD''s 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 whichagents 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 Beatles--these 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 stageof 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.Praise"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 generalist''s 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 America''s 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. It''s all there."--John Stockwell"Highly readable. . . . Well researched. . . . Filled with entertaining and bizarre episodes."--The Detroit Free Press"An important study of cultural history. . . . The scholarship is exquisite and the methods sensible."--Allen Ginsberg"An engrossing account of a period . . . when a tiny psychoactive molecule affected almost every aspect of Western life."--William S. Burroughs"A missing link, a work of combat history, a devastating combination of facts and poetry that is bound to arouse controversy."--Paul Krassner"An important historical synthesis of the spread and effects of a drug that served as a central metaphor for an era."--John Sayles
Main Description
Acid Dreams is the complete social history of LSD and the counterculture it helped to define in the sixties. 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 1950s 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. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Whose Worlds Are These?p. xiii
Prologuep. xvii
The Roots of Psychedelia
In the Beginning There Was Madness ...p. 3
The Truth Seekersp. 3
Enter LSDp. 12
Laboratories of the Statep. 19
Midnight Climaxp. 27
The Hallucination Battlefieldp. 35
Psychedelic Pioneersp. 44
The Original Captain Tripsp. 44
Healing Acidp. 53
Psychosis or Gnosis?p. 61
Under the Mushroom, Over the Rainbowp. 71
Manna From Harvardp. 71
Chemical Crusadersp. 77
The Crackdownp. 89
Preaching Lsdp. 96
High Surrealismp. 96
The Psychedelic Manualp. 106
The Hard Sellp. 113
The All-American Tripp. 119
The Great Freak Forwardp. 119
Acid and the New Leftp. 126
Acid for the Masses
From Hip to Hippiep. 141
Before the Delugep. 141
Politics of the Bummerp. 150
The First Human Be-Inp. 157
The Capital of Foreverp. 170
Stone Freep. 170
The Great Summer Dropoutp. 179
Peaking in Babylonp. 194
A Gathering Stormp. 194
Magical Politicsp. 201
Gotta Revolutionp. 211
Season of the Witchp. 223
Armed Lovep. 223
The Acid Brotherhoodp. 234
Bad Moon Risingp. 251
What a Field Day for the Heatp. 259
Prisoner of Lsdp. 259
A Bitter Pillp. 267
The Great Lsd Conspiracyp. 276
Postscript: Acid and Afterp. 288
Afterwordp. 295
Referencesp. 298
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 333
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