Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream Paperback – 24 May 1993
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The extraordinary story of how LSD evolved from a psychiatric experience to a social and political revolution, 'Storming Heaven' is a brilliant, revelatory investigation into how the powerful hallucinogenic drug has been used and abused. From the first explorations into LSD's psychotic effects by the American establishment to the notorious 'Summer of Love', the positive role of the mind-expanding and creative properties of the drug is a debate that has been raging for over a generation, from Aldous Huxley to Allen Ginsberg, Ken Kesey to Timothy Leary and Charles Manson. 'Storming Heaven' guides us through an American Dream that was – for many who tuned in, turned on and dropped out – an epic hallucination.
"A valuable historical document."
"A story about the imagination unleashed… full of irony and anecdote."
"A fascinating book… aided by an awesome amount of research and detail."
"A remarkably fluent and intelligent book."
DAVID WIDGERY, 'New Statesman & Society'
"Stevens's narrative moves along at a cracking pace… reads like a good, often funny detective yarn."
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Unfortunately the errors in the Kindle version are a serious distraction. A combination of poor OCR from a print original, and non-compliant AZW compilation appear to be at fault.
For example, Abraham Hoffer's name in interchangeably rendered as Hotter and Hoffer, Harry J Anslinger's name is Ainslinger. The word "Island" is always italicised, whether correctly as in Huxley's novel, or incorrectly as in Long Island. There is no Table of Contents. The footnotes on each chapter run into the next chapter. I have returned my purchase and requested a refund. I hope to purchase a better ebook version elsewhere.
MK ultra and the secret CIA experiments in liquid Cannabis, the synthesis of LSD from ergot by Hoffman, Mescale, the Mushroom by amateur botanists from Eastern Europe were used within the Cold War to obtain truth. The trouble is truth is always relative and drug truth - well it may unlike the unconscious but all you may get is a babble of thoughts. As the drug culture percolated it found its way into the hands of the literacy elites;. Huxley, the Beats, Anais Nin and Junger.
Then a way was fought between the elitism of Huxley and the populism of Leary. The latter wanted everyone to turn on and for society to change its consciousness - not a bad ideas as it sounds increasingly in retrospect. At the beginning of the 1960's the USA was a land of conformity, the Happy Daze era still lying like a low cloud over the collective vision. It was due to Vietnam and conscription that the USA began to transform. Refuseniks; bears, incense and peace ruled over the land and hippies tripping and then discovering their inner consciousness began to take root.
These people began to transform the social world and the drug culture.
The author excavates the various American phenomenons such as the march to the suburbs in the 50's, the desire for conformity after being on the receipt of gindng poverty in the 1940's and the counter reaction.
As McCarthy set to purge the USA of Communists, the LSD counter reaction was being launched by a small intellectual elite who viewed it as a one way trip to Nirvana.Read more ›
As LSD spreads through the universities, music studios and film lots, Jay Stevens charts the adventures of many of the acid lumineries such as Ken Kesey and the merry pranksters, the grateful dead and how the movement suddenly took on a huge momentum, which forced the forsec of law and order into action.
A great insight into ther period, with a very west coast flavour.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An unusual view of a period of history which gave me a lot to mull over. I was interested to from the start, snippets of a piece of history I missed.Published on 17 April 2014 by Helen D. Smart
In a nutshell, this subject is unerving in its implications and I am not suprised that the constipated authorities want to repress this informatio. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2011 by a badly positioned hole near centre of chariot wheel
Storming Heaven is a book that will forever stay dear to my heart as it literally changed my life. I can't expect anyone else to have the same experience I did, and it changed it... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2009 by Johnny Walker
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