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Acid Dreams* Acid Dreams: by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
The Complete Social History of Lsd : The Cia, the Sixties, and Beyond3
This fascinating study examines how the CIA tested LSD on unwitting residents of Greenwich Village and San Francisco. Of particular interest are profiles of Timothy Leary, LSD chemist Ronald Stark and others.

* The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History by Terence McKenna
Terence McKenna is considered to be "the cultures foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience," He is an underground legend as a brilliant raconteur, adventurer, and expert on the use of mind-altering plants.
This book takes you on a mesmerizing journey deep into the Amazon as well as into the hidden recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our culture giving you startling visions of the past and the future.

High Priest
* High Priest

by Timothy Leary, Howard Hallis (Illustrator)
Original account of the psychedelic research and life at Harvard, from 1960 to 1962. Each chapter contains part of the storyline, plus an I Ching hexagram, comments, quotations, and illustrations. Chronicles 16 psychedelic trips taken in the days before LSD was made illegal. The trip guides or "high priests" include Aldous Huxley, Gordon Wasson, William S. Burroughs, Godsdog, Allen Ginsberg, Ram Dass, Ralph Metzner, Willy (a junkie from New York City), Huston Smith, Frank Barron and others. The first new edition of HIGH PRIEST in over 25 years and includes a foreword by Allen Ginsberg, as well as a new introduction by Timothy Leary.

White Hand Society* White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg by Peter Connors
City Lights Publishers
(November 23, 2010)

All Dessed Up* All Dressed Up by Jonathon Green
Jonathon Green was at the heart of Sixties counter-culture, working on many of the underground magazines, including the infamous 'Oz'. In this detailed account of that pivotal decade, Green paints an affectionate picture of a society being transformed by a youth culture determined to create a better, alternative world through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

Make Love Not War* Make Love, Not War: The Sexual Revolution: An Unfettered History by David Allyn
The sexual revolution of the 1960's and 1970's is an important subject about which almost no documentation or analysis remains. David Allyn's Harvard U. Ph.D. dissertation, repackaged in this book, is one of the very few books about that subject currently in print. Deeplyresearching first-hand accounts, diaries, interviews, and period research, historian Allyn traces the course of the events, ideas, and personalities that drove the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

*The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
by Aldous Huxley
The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley detailing his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon, and takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. (wikipedia)

* Owsley and Me; My LSD Family
“Owsley met her in Berkeley in 1965, when LSD was still legal and he was the world’s largest producer and distributor of LSD. Rhoney found herself working in an LSD laboratory, and the third corner in a love triangle. Reading and booksigning,
with David Gans on guitar

Birth of a Psychedelic Culture* Birth of a Psychedelic Culture: Conversations about Leary, the Harvard Experiments, Millbrook and the Sixtiesby Ram Dass, Ralph Metzner, with Gary Bravo

Amazing Dope Tales
* Amazing Dope Tales by Stephen Gaskin
Go back in time to the dawn of the psychedelic era with Gaskin's "Amazing Dope Tales" - a personal account of acid trips, telepathy, occult phenomenon, and the San Francisco music scene during Haight-Ashbury's Summer of Love.

The Brotherhood of Eternal Love: From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia* The Brotherhood of Eternal Love: From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler and David May (2007) 4stars 2nd edition
First released in 1984, this book became a cult classic. Now updated and containing new material, it tells a brilliantly researched story of a group of idealists fascinated by the potential of LSD to improve the quality of life.

*Dope in the Age of InnocenceDope in the Age of Innocence by Damien Enright
Liberties Press (January 12, 2011)
4starsThis book is a memoir of Damien's life as a
young man on the road experiencing
Ibiza in the 1960s,sex pyscheldelics
and the loss of love and finding it again.
A real page turner!


* Expecting to Fly: A Sixties Reckoning by Martha Tod Dudman
Describing a time weirdly similar to today, Expecting to Fly recalls a conservative government embroiled in an increasingly unpopular war, racial tensions, and a generation of disillusioned young people looking for something meaningful to believe in — teenagers who, like Dudman, hurled themselves into a sea of drugs and sex in which many young people drowned.

Kool Aid Acid Test * The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
This book sure did cause a ruckus
when it first came out !!

The Seven Sisters of Sleep* The Seven Sisters of Sleep: The Celebrated Drug Classic
by Mordecai Cooke
Written in 1860, 'The Seven Sisters of Sleep' is a groundbreaking survey of the use of the seven most popular plants of the Victorian era: tobacco, opium, cannabis, betel nut, coca, datura, and fly agaric. The author's wide knowledge of scientific, historic, and artistic literature on the subject and his ability to present this information in an entertaining style has made this the classic exploration of drug use througout history.


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