Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream

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Grove Press, 1987 - History - 396 pages
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"Storming Heaven" is a riveting history of LSD and its influence on American culture. Jay Stevens uses the "curious molecule" known as LSD as a kind of tracer bullet, illuminating one of postwar America's most improbable shadow-histories. His prodigiously researched narrative moves from Aldous Huxley's earnes attempts to "open the doors of perception" to Timothy Leary's surreal experiments at Millbrook; from the CIA's purchase of millions of doses to the thousands of flower children who turned on and burned out in Haight-Ashbury. Along the way, this brilliant novelistic work of cultural history unties such figures as Allen Ginsberg, Cary Grant, G. Gordon Liddy, and Charles Manson. "Storming Heaven" irrefutable demonstrates LSD's pivotal role in the countercultural upheavals that shook America in the 1960s and changed the country forever.
 

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User Review  - wickenden - LibraryThing

A facinating journalistic history of LSD. It delves into the phenomenon I am very interested in, the birth of the flower children out of the ashes of the beats. Once they dropped acid they left their ... Read full review

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User Review  - TLCrawford - LibraryThing

Storming Heaven is Jay Stevens’ biography of LSD, a drug that blossomed in the 1960s. I remember the 1960s as a time of war and rebellion but Stevens argues that LSD played a major role in the decade ... Read full review

Contents

THE DOOR IN THE WALL 1 A Bike Ride in Basle
3
The Cinderella Science
13
Laboratory Madness
23
Intuition and Intellect
31
The Door in the Wall
44
Out in the Noonday Sun
47
The Other World
58
Noises Offstage
74
The Harvard Psilocybin Project
136
What Happened at Harvard
159
The Politics of Consciousness
171
The Fifth Freedom
185
Horse Latitudes
197
THE PURE VOID
289
An Afternoon in the Eighties
359
Acknowledgments
375

PUSHING THE ENVELOPE 9 Slouching Toward Bethlehem
91
Starving Hysterical Naked
100
Wild Geese
121
Bibliography
392
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