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Product Details

  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039462081X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394620817
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2003
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You won't here these stories on Fox News or Salon. This book is a superb piece of cultural anthropology and an awesome read. Remember: Owsely, the Farm, the Haight & the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, CIA suicides and the Edgware Arsenal? You get all of the foregoing plus great investigative journalism and a contact high. Part one: the CIA & LSD (You won't hear these stories on Fox News) is worth the price alone. If you can't remember which American General demanded that the Congress flood the NY subway system with LSD gas, you can find the answer here.
Tim Leary, Billy Hitchcock, Milbrook, Alan Watts, pink owsley, The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, Clair Booth Luce! (It's all here.) A finely written work of contemporary history from the LSD user's point of view. If you have an interest in LSD or the CIA or the 60s there is no finer book to read. This book is not a comic book or "like far out, man," treatment of LSD. It combines meticulous investigative journalism and cultural anthropolgy submitted and is a awesome read.
And it's all true! If you were there go back and come inside where it's warm for a while. If you weren't there, it's gonna blow your mind.

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You won't here these stories on Fox News or Salon. This book is a superb piece of cultural anthropology and an awesome read. Remember: Owsely, the Farm, the Haight & the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, CIA suicides and the Edgware Arsenal? You get all of the foregoing plus great investigative journalism and a contact high. Part one: the CIA & LSD (You won't hear these stories on Fox News) is worth the price alone. If you can't remember which American General demanded that the Congress flood the NY subway system with LSD gas, you can find the answer here.
Tim Leary, Billy Hitchcock, Milbrook, Alan Watts, pink owsley, The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, Clair Booth Luce! (It's all here.) A finely written work of contemporary history from the LSD user's point of view. If you have an interest in LSD or the CIA or the 60s there is no finer book to read. This book is not a comic book or "like far out, man," treatment of LSD. It combines meticulous investigative journalism and cultural anthropolgy submitted and is a awesome read.
And it's all true! If you were there go back and come inside where it's warm for a while. If you weren't there, it's gonna blow your mind.

Anybody remember Ronald Hadley Stark?
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Whether you are an aging tripster, a Wall Street conservative, or a high school student, Acid Dreams will grab your interest from the first page. I found this book a very informative illumination of the 50s CIA research(scandalous and horrifying; this subject in itself could fill many books)the 1960s, and Hippie culture. Very well written, it never gets dry or boring. I couldn't put it down, and reccomend it to anyone looking for a fun, exciting, and enlightening read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Halifax Student Account on August 30, 2011
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Its a sad indictment of our world that there are only two books written about this amazing period. Plop on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings! Acid Dreams and Storming Heaven are the real deal. Both are quality books, but Storming Heaven is twice as thick as Acid Dreams and, I found anyway, gives a more mystical treatment of LSD. Acid Dreams is very political, but both books cover similar territory and so they can be read side by side. Prepare to have your jaw dropped by reading Acid Dreams, I know mine did!

The information in here is eye popping, the book is thick but very readable and so there is plenty of back story on the interesting characters of the period, like Gerald Heard, who was an even greater polymath than the renowned polymath Aldous Huxley, or the young Terence McKenna, just back from the Amazon with weird stories to tell. There is a very interesting conclusion that Acid Dreams makes that is different from the later Terence McKenna version of the psychedelic experience. McKenna argued that psychedelics shrink the ego and so would create nicer people (I explain it crudely but that are the gist). This book shows that LSD mostly created ego monsters, because the more acid you took, the more egi-driven you became. This is why the counter culture figures of the 1960's went a bit bonkers towards the end. The CIA knew this and so they flooded the youth movement with pure LSD and, by doing this clever trick, they destroyed the New-Left. LSD apparently helped boost the narcissistic powers of the counterculture leaders and that's why Timothy Leary went a bit daft. I happen to agree with that bit and it is also the opposite of Terence McKenna's version of creating a ego-less utopia with mushrooms.
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