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Storming Heaven

LSD and the American Dream
Paperback Book
September, 1998
$18.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here’s the riches-to-rags story of LSD—from its accidental discovery by Albert Hofmann at Sandoz pharmaceutical labs in Basel, Switzerland on April 19, 1943, promising early research and illuminations, through the Harvard experiments of the early Sixties, the creation of the Sixties culture and its “many-splendored” fracturings of the psychedelic potentials, subsequent government delegalization, and abuse by the CIA (they bought millions of doses), up to the present, where both original and new research is barely tolerated, in a policed climate of “zero tolerance.” This prodigiously researched social history of LSD, filled with colourful characters, reveals much of the early research which has been overlooked or ignored. This is not a simple story, but it is a  gripping ride through some rugged ontological territory.

Western consciousness would never be the same again. One couldn’t, for example, after a serious immersion in LSD, go back to the 9-to-5 world of sales managers and upward mobility. Better to work for yourself, doing something simple and useful, which was why so many hippies became entrepreneurs, farmers, craftspeople.

Storming Heaven is a fascinating, funny and at times tragic story of one of the most controversial drugs in human history. Well researched and entertaining, this is the definitive account of the quest for chemical transcendence, one of the strangest and most misunderstood episodes of recent times. It also reveals more than you’d want to know about how governments attempt to control individuals’ consciousness.

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