A very impressive journalistic undertaking which delivers the near-unbelievable facts of the BEL in easily-assimilable chunks which form a compelling narrative. This allows for such well-known characters as Leary and Kesey to enter the story without derailing it.
The authors are certainly not overwhelmed by the dizzying info strands + the panoply of characters - what a great movie there is to be made about Ron Stark alone, though 'Farmer John' is pretty hard to beat.
I'm guessing Stark may have been among the models for the Ben character in Lost. The Lost team were obviously influenced by the tales of Leary, utopian communities, Merry Pranksters etc and in particular Aldous Huxley's Island, but I hadn't realised how the multiple personalities, scene and temporal shifting (such as BEL's travels between Afghanistan, Switzerland and Laguna Beach), hallucinatory episodes and engagement with special ops, crime etc came from BEL - and there are events and people in this book to parallel the hyper-real sensibilities of that series.