By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
And what a narrative it really is, starting with LSD’s discovery in 1943 because the so much effective drug recognized to technology till it spilled into public view a few two decades 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 important covert study application within the desire that LSD may function an espionage weapon, psychiatric pioneers got here to think that acid might make clear the puzzling difficulties of psychological affliction, and a brand new iteration of writers and artists had given delivery to the LSD sub-culture.
Acid desires is an entire social heritage of the psychedelic counter-culture that burst into complete view within the Sixties. With new info bought throughout the Freedom of knowledge Act, the authors show how the CIA grew to become captivated with LSD in the course of the chilly struggle, fearing the Soviets had designs on it to boot. What follows is without doubt one of the weirder 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 voters got acid with occasionally tragic results.
The tale took a brand new flip while Captain Al Hubbard, the 1st of a sequence of “Johnny Appleseeds” of acid, started to activate hundreds of thousands of scientists, businessmen, church figures, policemen, and others from diversified 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 forged of characters who stride during 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 desires strains the way in which the drug intensified every one degree of counter-cultural transition to damage the “mind-forged manacles” of a brand new new release in rebellion.
In Acid desires, Martin Lee and Bruce Shalin have written the heritage of a time nonetheless in simple terms dimly understood. The occasions they recount and the proof they discover provide a big lacking piece of the puzzle of a very important decade in our contemporary past.
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