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

By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain

ISBN-10: 0802130623

ISBN-13: 9780802130624

Acid goals is the entire social background of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and amazing 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 an incredible covert examine software, during which numerous unwitting electorate have been used as guinea pigs. even though the CIA was once purpose on protecting 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, and so forth, Acid desires presents a huge and exciting account that is going to the guts of a turbulent interval in our historical past. "Engaging all through . . . immediately exciting and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The state; "Marvelously particular . . . loaded with startling revelations." - la day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected virtually 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 primary metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.

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As a result, they became both patrons and collectors, the place they occupied requiring them to manifest good taste, attract artists to their court and surround themselves with works of art. All those who occupied the upper echelons of the hierarchy, and not just those of royal blood, were forced to play the same role, their particular preferences showing through within the confines imposed on them by their positions, so that if some took a special interest in art, others had a preference for literature or the sciences.

Man himself thus finds he is placed in a hierarchy or in one of a number of hierarchies. At the top there is inevitably a man or semiophore-men who represent the invisible: gods, God, ancestors, society taken as a whole, and so on. At the bottom, on the other hand, are thing-men who have at the most only an indirect link with the invisible, while between the two extremes are those in whom meaning and usefulness are to be found in varying degrees. This hierarchical organization of society is projected onto space, as the residence of the semiophore-man, be he king, emperor, pope, grand pontiff or president of the republic, is seen as a centre from which one cannot move without also being increasingly distanced from the invisible.

The second one, the Ambrosiana, was founded in Milan by Bishop Federico Borromeo, and opened its doors in 1609. In 1620 it was the turn of the Angelica in Rome, founded by Bishop Angelo Pocco. In Paris the first public library, or more accurately a private library open to men of letters, belonged to De Thou, while the first truly public one was founded by Cardinal Mazarin. The number of institutions of this kind was to grow in the latter half of the century, and it was at this time that the first museum made its appearance: 42 The Collection: between the Visible and the Invisible in 1675 Elias Ashmole left his collections to Oxford University for the use of its students, and access was given to them in 1683.

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