By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Acid desires is the whole social background of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and miraculous account-part of it gleaned from mystery executive files-tells how the CIA grew to become passionate about LSD as an espionage weapon throughout the early l950s and introduced a tremendous covert examine software, during which numerous unwitting electorate have been used as guinea pigs. notwithstanding the CIA used to be purpose on preserving the drug to itself, it finally couldn't hinder it from spreading into the preferred tradition; the following LSD had a profound influence and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that modified the face of the USA. 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 presents an enormous and enjoyable account that is going to the center of a turbulent interval in our heritage. "Engaging all through . . . right now exciting and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The kingdom; "Marvelously special . . . loaded with startling revelations." - la day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected nearly 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 vital metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.
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He preached a new military gospel: war without death. An era of bloodless combat was just around the proverbial comer. There was only one problem. The sadly misinformed lay public and their elected officials harbored a knee-jerk aversion to chemical weapons. In May 1959 Creasy took his case directly to the people by granting interviews to reporters and stumping for psychochemicals on a cross-country lecture tour. "I do not contend that driving people crazy—even for a few hours—is a pleasant prospect," he told This Week magazine.
Another scientist who rented his services to the CIA as well as the military was Dr. Robert Heath of Tulane University. Heath and his colleagues administered LSD to people and then subjected them to electronic brain stimulation via electrode implant. One test subject became hysterical, lapsed into a trancelike state, and later claimed that the doctors were trying to manipulate her body. She was "obviously having paranoid ideas," commented an army employee. In addition to sponsoring research at various universities and civilian hospitals, the army conducted extensive in-house studies with LSD.
So far as I'm concerned," White later told an associate, " 'clear thinking' was non-existent while under the influence of any of these drugs. " White had quite a scene going for a while. By day he fought to keep drugs out of circulation, and by night he dispensed them to strangers. Not everyone was cut out for this kind of schizophrenic lifestyle, and White often relied on the bottle to reconcile the two extremes. But there were still moments when his Jekyll-and-Hyde routine got the best of him.
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain