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Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain

By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain

Acid goals is the entire social heritage of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and striking account-part of it gleaned from mystery govt files-tells how the CIA turned passionate about LSD as an espionage weapon in the course of the early l950s and introduced a huge covert learn software, within which numerous unwitting electorate have been used as guinea pigs. although 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 effect 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, etc, Acid desires offers an immense and unique account that is going to the guts of a turbulent interval in our background. "Engaging all through . . . immediately exciting and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The kingdom; "Marvelously specific . . . loaded with startling revelations." - la day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected virtually each point of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An very important old synthesis of the unfold and results of a drug that served as a valuable metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.

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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. While Huxley grappled with the question of human freedom under pharmacological attack, he also recognized that certain drugs, particularly the hallucinogens, produced radical changes in consciousness that could have a profound and beneficial effect.

We didn't know much. We were playing around in ignorance …. " Such pranks claimed their first victim in November 1953, when a group of CIA and army technicians gathered for a three-day work retreat at a remote hunting lodge in the backwoods of Maryland. On the second day of the meeting Dr. Gottlieb spiked the after-dinner cocktails with LSD. As the drug began to take effect, Gottlieb told everyone that they had ingested a mind-altering chemical. By that time the group had become boisterous with laughter and unable to carry on a coherent conversation.

Huxley seemed like the perfect subject. A learned man steeped in many disciplines, he was also gifted with a writer's eloquence. Even if the drug confounded him, it would not tongue-tie him, for he was a glorious talker. But Osmond was still a bit apprehensive. "I did not relish the possibility, however remote, of being the man who drove Aldous Huxley mad," he explained. His worries proved to be unfounded. In May 1953, less than a month after the CIA initiated Operation MK-ULTRA, Huxley tried mescaline for the first time at his home in Hollywood Hills, California, under Osmond's supervision.

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