Acid Dreams

Acid Dreams

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

eBook - 2007
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2007.
ISBN: 9780802196064
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 17, 2017

Fascinating book. At times a bit slow, but all in all this history/documentary clips along very well and holds the reader's interest as it unfolds the LSD story in considerable detail. This is about as wide-ranging a book as one could possibly imagine on the subject.
After reading it, many people would feel the most important conclusion to be drawn from this story is that the CIA inadvertently triggered much of the anti-war movement of the 1960s, along with the emergence of the hippie counterculture and its culmination in the 1967 San Francisco Summer of Love, as unlikely as all that might seem.
This book tells how and a lot more.


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