- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; Revised edition (January 21, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780802130624
- ISBN-13: 978-0802130624
- ASIN: 0802130623
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond Revised Edition
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This fascinating study examines how the CIA tested LSD on unwitting residents of Greenwich Village and San Francisco. Of particular interest are profiles of Timothy Leary, LSD chemist Ronald Stark and others.
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About the Author
Bruce Shlain is the author of Oddballs and Baseball Inside Out. He has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and other publications.
Martin A. Lee is the cofounder of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) and the author of The Beast Reawakens. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, Spin, The Village Voice, and Le Monde Diplomatique. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Interesting stuff about Timothy Leary and his place in the Acid story, with a passing bow to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of the shocking protests and police repression that took place outside the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; the advent of the Students for a Democratic Society, and even some of the inner workings of the Black Panthers.
In somewhat of a surprise, the author suggests that LSD may have had a significant dampening effect on the more radical political movements of the mid to late 60s.
As an indication of how wild (almost eccentric) this book is in places, picture CIA agents secretly spiking fellow agents' drinks with LSD. Be a fly on the wall observing the inner workings of the business operations of the Southern California Acid mafia that took over distribution of LSD after Owsley Stanley split the scene.
This reviewer hesitates to label any book as a Must Read; but for anyone doing extensive research into the phenomenon of the 1960s, this book is in fact a must-read. And for those who participated in the wild ride of the acid-drenched days of the 1960s, this book will prove to be a fun (and instructive) read as well. For those who never tripped, it will nevertheless give a much clearer understanding of this drug and its place in what was surely the most radical period of change in American cultural history.