By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Acid desires is the total social heritage of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and staggering account-part of it gleaned from mystery executive files-tells how the CIA turned passionate about LSD as an espionage weapon throughout the early l950s and introduced a huge covert study software, during which numerous unwitting voters have been used as guinea pigs. even though the CIA was once purpose on holding the drug to itself, it finally couldn't hinder it from spreading into the preferred tradition; the following LSD had a profound impression and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that modified the face of the United States. From the clandestine operations of the govt. to the escapades of Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, and so on, Acid desires offers an incredible and wonderful account that is going to the guts of a turbulent interval in our background. "Engaging all through . . . right away enjoyable and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The kingdom; "Marvelously targeted . . . loaded with startling revelations." - la day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . whilst a tiny psychoactive molecule affected virtually each element of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An very important ancient synthesis of the unfold and results of a drug that served as a primary metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.
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Extra resources for Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, and Beyond
If this screening mechanism was temporarily suspended, if the doors of perception were suddenly thrust open by a chemical such as mescaline or LSD, then the world would appear in an entirely new light. When he looked at a small vase of flowers, the mescalinized Huxley saw "what Adam had seen on the morning of creation—the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence … flowers shining with their own inner light and all but quivering under the pressure of the significance with which they were charged ….
The CIA, ever intent on knowing the latest facts as early as possible, quickly sent informants to find out what was happening at Weyburn Hospital. Unbeknownst to Osmond and his cohorts, throughout the next decade they were contacted on repeated occasions by Agency personnel. * Osmond's reports also caught the eye of Aldous Huxley, the eminent British novelist who for years had been preoccupied with the specter of drug-induced thought control. In 1931 Huxley wrote Brave New World, a futuristic vision of a totalitarian society in which the World Controllers chemically coerced the population into loving its servitude.
Hubbard's influence on the above-ground research scene went far beyond the numerous innovations he introduced: high-dose therapy, group sessions, enhancing the drug effect with strobe lights, and ESP experiments while under the influence of LSD. His impressive standing among business and political leaders in the United States and Canada enabled him to command large supplies of the hallucinogen, which he distributed freely to friends and researchers at considerable personal expense. "Cost me a couple of hundred thousand dollars," he boasted.
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain