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Acid dreams : the complete social history of LSD : the CIA, the sixties, and beyond

Author: Martin A Lee; Bruce Shlain
Publisher: New York : Grove Weidenfeld, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. Evergreen edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin A Lee; Bruce Shlain
ISBN: 0802130623 9780802130624
OCLC Number: 25281992
Notes: "An Evergreen book"--Cover.
Description: xxv, 345 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : whose worlds are these? / Andrei Codrescu --
Prologue --
pt. 1. The roots of psychedelia --
1. In the beginning there was madness ... --
The truth seekers --
Enter LSD --
Laboratories of the state --
Midnight climax --
The hallucination battlefield --
2. Psychedelic pioneers --
The original captain trips --
Healing acid --
Psychosis or gnosis? --
3. Under the mushroom, over the rainbow --
Manna from Harvard --
Chemical crusaders --
The crackdown --
4. Preaching LSD --
High surrealism --
The psychedelic manual --
The hard sell --
5. The all-American trip --
The great freak forward --
Acid and the new left --
pt. 2. Acid for the masses --
6. From hip to hippie --
Before the deluge --
Politics of the bummer --
The first human be-in --
7. The capital of forever --
Stone free --
The great summer dropout --
8. Peaking in Babylon --
A gathering storm --
Magical politics --
Gotta revolution --
9. Season of the witch --
Armed love --
The acid brotherhood --
Bad moon rising --
10. What a field day for the heat --
Prisoner of LSD --
A bitter pill --
The great LSD conspiracy --
Postscript : acid and after.
Responsibility: Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain ; with an introduction by Andrei Codrescu.

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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."--Jacket.

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