I simply don't recognize the book from most of the glowing reviews posted here. With a title adapted from a line by Jim Morrison and a teasing Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream subtitle, together with a cover illustration featuring dancing hippies and Charlie Manson's staring eyes we are invited to learn about some grand conspiracy by the American military industrial complex.
This constantly came down to references rock star family members who sometime may or may not have worked for such organisations. Really, as if that has to do with anything.
I got completely tired of reading the words 'allegedly' or 'reportedly'. Dates of births or deaths wherever mentioned are also ridiculously linked to solstice or equinox dates or Walpurgis Night. So someone died 4 days after Walpurgis Night, folks, let me tell you now, 4 days after Walpurgis Night is NOT Walpurgis Night. Irrelevant by whatever measure.
One 'conspiracy' is the inexplicable arrival of the above mentioned Jim Morrison and the Doors as superstars with a ready supply of hit songs in his head, and conveniently fails to mention Robbie Krieger wrote the most of hits including the classic Light My Fire.
One could go on. Not one mention of The Charlatans. A penultimate chapter on that well known flower power icon, Harry Houdini. What? A 15 page final chapter which seems only to be an advert for the author's previous book on serial killers.
The shame of this is, in my opinion, with a less desperate attempt to find absolute conspiracy everywhere this could actually have been a much better read.