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9780802130624

Acid Dreams The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802130624

  • ISBN10:

    0802130623

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-01-21
  • Publisher: Grove Press

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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.

Author Biography

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

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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