Acid dreams: the CIA, LSD, and the sixties rebellion

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Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, 1985 - Medical - 343 pages
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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. Book jacket.

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Review: Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion

User Review  - Tom Lowe - Goodreads

A real eye-opener. I sometimes judge a book on how much it teaches and informs, and this is one of the best. Because of this book, I'm now much more tuned-in about the drug culture and the convoluted ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Rossi - Goodreads

This is basically a scholarly version of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," one of my favorite books. The fact that "Acid Dreams" is written in scholarly, laconic style makes it an even better read ... Read full review

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IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS MADNESS
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PSYCHEDELIC PIONEERS
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UNDER THE MUSHROOM OVER THE RAINBOW
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