By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Few occasions have had a extra profound effect at the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by means of the unfold of LSD. This publication for the 1st time tells the total and stunning story—part of it hidden until eventually now in mystery executive files—of the position the mind-altering drug performed in our contemporary turbulent heritage and the ongoing impact it has on our time.
And what a narrative it really is, starting with LSD’s discovery in 1943 because the such a lot effective drug identified to technological know-how until eventually it spilled into public view a few 20 years later to set the degree for one of many nice ideological wars of the last decade. within the intervening years the CIA had introduced an enormous covert examine application within the wish that LSD could function an espionage weapon, psychiatric pioneers got here to think that acid might make clear the difficult difficulties of psychological disorder, and a brand new new release of writers and artists had given start to the LSD sub-culture.
Acid goals is a whole social historical past of the psychedelic counter-culture that burst into complete view within the Sixties. With new info received throughout the Freedom of data Act, the authors show how the CIA turned passionate about LSD throughout the chilly warfare, fearing the Soviets had designs on it to boot. What follows is without doubt one of the more unusual episodes within the covert heritage of U.S. intelligence because the look for a “truth drug” started to resemble a James Bond state of affairs within which brokers spied on drug-addicted prostitutes via two-way mirrors and numerous unwitting electorate bought acid with occasionally tragic results.
The tale took a brand new flip whilst Captain Al Hubbard, the 1st of a chain of “Johnny Appleseeds” of acid, started to activate millions of scientists, businessmen, church figures, policemen, and others from varied walks of life.
Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg and the Beat new release, the Diggers and the Age of Golden Anarchy in Haight-Ashbury, William Mellon Hitchcock, Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies, the Beatles—these are only a few of a motley solid of characters who stride throughout the pages of this compelling chronicle. What influence did the common use of LSD have at the anti-war stream of the past due Sixties? Acid goals strains the best way the drug intensified each one level of counter-cultural transition to wreck the “mind-forged manacles” of a brand new new release in rebellion.
In Acid desires, Martin Lee and Bruce Shalin have written the background of a time nonetheless in simple terms dimly understood. The occasions they recount and the evidence they discover provide a huge lacking piece of the puzzle of an important decade in our contemporary past.
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