Acid Dreams

Acid DreamsLibrarian S Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 10 0802130623Acid 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 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 Engaging Throughout At Once Entertaining And Disturbing. The cultural history stuff, as several critics have pointed out, is not anywhere near as compelling as the info gathered from declassified CIA files, which all sounds like the invention of some rambling ancient hippie rotting in an incense store somewhere, but, you know, isn t Takeaways Humans are really weird ape things and it s hard to believe the world isn t much, much worse off than it isTimothy Leary was a complete jackass who ruined everything for everyoneLSD is not a magic molecule that will save everyone and turn them into peaceful, caring, loving individuals who will forever maintain peace on EarthLSD is a remarkable molecule with a huge number of possible benefits and a very, very high safety profile in comparison to just about every drug your doctor can prescribe you fun fact I get prescribed amphetamines, which, along with heroin, played a role in absolutely decimating the hippie movement, especially the Haight Ashbury scene, bringing it to an early end, and is correlated with the increase in violence in New Left circles and a massive increase in crime in the Haight fun fact children get prescribed amphetamines fun fact doctors hand out opiates no better worse than heroin like candy, fun fact doctors hand out benzos like candy fun fact fun fact alcoholics and other addicts do not have access to LSD, which has been shown over and over again to aid tremendously in treating addicti
I got this as a gift from someone whose taste I trust implicitly, so read it despite not having had much interest in LSD since high school when, frankly, I had a fairly serious and highly personal interest in the compound It s a beautifully written account of the role LSD played in the social and psychological upheavals of the 60s The early chapters on the CIA s early experiments with acid as a mind control tool are especially interesting The authors historical research chops are impressive, but their attempts to be objective about LSD are shaky at best They re clearly in the pro acid, anti establishment camp, and their hippie advocacy puts something of a damper on an otherwise great
This book was really nostalgic and interesting to read, and a worthwhile piece of history in the hippie counterculture of the late 1960 s Acid Dreams is well written, detailed, illustrated and even includes hippie trivia I m not a hippie but it was interesting to read. This book was somewhat interesting but didn t really live up to its subtitle The Complete Social History of LSD The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond It conveys something ambitious And I think that maybe that is this book s problem in the end, it just tries to cover too much ground.I felt like the book was way too focused on Tim Leary, and the problem is that he s just not that interesting of a guy Or if he is, this book didn t do much to get that across For all the ink spilled about him here, I didn t even really come away with an idea of what he s actually like, or even a biographical sketch just some in depth information about a few episodes in his life which I found, frankly, boring Okay, so he got a new girlfriend and drove around Europe And What s this got to do with LSD, the CIA, or the sixties I think I was just expecting too much Most of the information was not revelatory to me, and what s , the writing style did not really appeal to me It would have been fine if the authors had be
The history of LSD is about as wild as you d expect, ranging from the first CIA spearheaded acid tests of the 1950s to the violent radicalism of the mysterious Weathermen fifteen years later to the quiet bust of enigmatic international kingpin Ronald Stark in the 1980s This book itself is a trip though admittedly a bit outdated now , examining as the subtitle promises not only LSD the drug but also LSD the culture, LSD the movement, LSD the menace It
These gentlemen did their homework and I am proud to have not only read their research but purchased new copies of their book than 20x to send out to those who were led to believe the media lies of the 60s Their documentation is perfect and succinct.The 60s movement could have worked I know this because I have implemented it often on small
The subtitle of this book says The complete social history of LSD the CIA, the sixties, and beyond In a nutshell, this is an entirely accurate summary Lee and Shlain trace the strange journey of LSD from an experimental military chemical, to a psychiatric wonderdrug, to a driving forces of the 60s counter culture, and possibly its demise This book is journalistic than academic, but it is deeply sourced and informed The authors are pro psychedelic but fully recognize the limits of chemical enlightenment, and how t
A fascinating history of one of the most powerful chemicals ever synthesized, the government agencies that tried unsuccessfully to turn it into a weapon and then, even less successfully, to contain it after the proverbial genie was out of the bottle Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, Albert Hoffman and Aldous Huxley and several other well known characters whose lives were inextricably linked to the story of LSD, make their expected appearances, some fleshed out than others We are also introduced to some less infamous characters whose lives would make epic bio pics all their own none so than the larger than life Captain Al Hubbard Anyone who s not already familiar with the CIA s use of LSD and other drugs in their quest to find the ultimate chemical weapon before the Soviets could beat them to it , and the involvement of the military, might be shocked to read about MK ULTRA, in which unwitting US and Canadian citizens including college students, hospital patients, prison inmates, soldiers, the homeless and the mentally ill were subjected, mostly without their knowledge or consent, to an absolutely horrifying array of psychological tortures involving LSD, BZ and a long list of other hallucinogenic and psychomimetic madness mimicking drugs This book was originally published in 1986, so although it s been re released, it unfortunately doesn t cover the psychedelic renaissance of the 1990s, Terence McKenna or recently, any of the promising research being cond
I recall first reading about this book in an advertisement in the then weekly, now defunct Guardian weekly out of New York City I was greatly intrigued and resolved to keep an eye open for it Years later I actually found the book and snapped it up, reading it almost immediately I was not disappointed Indeed, I was impressed by both the quality of the writing and by the material covered.This is, generally speaking, a social history of the influence of psychotropics such as LSD on Western culture, particularly on American culture Much of the most important and disturbing material, however, concerns the involvement of the CIA and its many subsidiary cover organizations in the investigation and utilization of such drugs both on its own people, often without consent, and on, as they say, unwitting civilians The hope was part of a greater effort to find chemical means to facilitate brainwashing and interrogations and later, at le
A strange story of a laboratory chemical which was thought to be a truth serum by the CIA, a nonlethal weapon of war by the army, a psychological simulation of psychosis by the psychiatric community The people who had cosmic visions of ecstasy on LSD saw it as a potential liberator of consciousness Many people who had peak experiences with the transcendent realm felt this is something that they had to give to humankind Many were on a mission some felt themselves an elite vanguard of a new age This often could degenerate into creepy cult like behavior Some like the pranksters with a artistic than messianic vision saw it as a way to create artistic happenings and push the envelope of culture They formed the core of the counterculture that at the time seemed so appealing to so many that it qu