By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Acid goals is the full social heritage of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and spectacular account-part of it gleaned from mystery executive files-tells how the CIA turned captivated with LSD as an espionage weapon in the course of the early l950s and introduced an enormous covert study application, within which numerous unwitting electorate have been used as guinea pigs. although the CIA was once rationale on retaining the drug to itself, it finally couldn't hinder it from spreading into the preferred tradition; the following LSD had a profound effect and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that modified the face of the USA. From the clandestine operations of the govt. to the escapades of Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, etc, Acid desires offers a tremendous and pleasing account that is going to the guts of a turbulent interval in our historical past. "Engaging all through . . . instantly exciting and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The state; "Marvelously distinctive . . . loaded with startling revelations." - l. a. day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected virtually each point of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An very important old synthesis of the unfold and results of a drug that served as a significant metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.
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By the mid-1960s nearly fifteen hundred military personnel had served as guinea pigs in LSD experiments conducted by the US Army Chemical Corps. Some later claimed they were coerced into "volunteering" for these experiments by their superior officers. A number of GI veterans complained they suffered from severe depression and emotional disturbances after the LSD trials. Ironically, there were also reports that soldiers at Edgewood Arsenal were stealing LSD from the laboratories and using it for recreational purposes.
44 Huxley described his mescaline adventure in his famous essay The Doors of Perception (which took its title from the works of William Blake, the eighteenthcentury British poet and visionary artist). With this book Huxley unabashedly declared himself a propagandist for hallucinogenic drugs, and for the first time a large segment of the educated public became aware of the existence of these substances. Not surprisingly, the treatise created a storm in literary circles. Some hailed it as a major intellectual statement, others dismissed it as pure quackery.
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain