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

By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain

Acid goals is the entire social heritage of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and wonderful account-part of it gleaned from mystery govt files-tells how the CIA turned enthusiastic about LSD as an espionage weapon in the course of the early l950s and introduced an incredible covert examine application, during which numerous unwitting electorate have been used as guinea pigs. notwithstanding the CIA was once motive on maintaining the drug to itself, it finally couldn't hinder it from spreading into the preferred tradition; right here 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 on, Acid goals offers a major and interesting account that is going to the guts of a turbulent interval in our background. "Engaging all through . . . instantaneously wonderful and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The kingdom; "Marvelously unique . . . loaded with startling revelations." - la day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . whilst a tiny psychoactive molecule affected nearly each point of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An very important historic synthesis of the unfold and results of a drug that served as a primary metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.

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This was true of Russia whose Eurasian coastlines were so intermittent that no coherent naval force could be built and whose continental stretch was so great that no blue-water fleets had to be built. In 1900 the czar possessed either the third- or fourth-largest navy in the world. It was true of France whose global empire was great but whose Mediterranean coastlines fronted on a restricted sea and whose Atlantic ports could be (and historically had been) closely blockaded by enemy squadrons. France constantly vied with Russia for the number two, three, or four position in the world.

From an Isthmian base France or any nation that might ally with it would threaten America’s Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River, the nation’s great internal highway. Mahan also articulated a more vague fear that an unforeseen war with a European power would expose America’s large, completely defenseless coastal cities to a possibly devastating naval attack either by bombardment or by outright invasion. The British burning of the Capitol and White House was only seventy-six years in the past when Mahan published The Influence of Sea Power, and young Theodore Roosevelt’s recent naval history of the War of 1812 had reminded American readers of its horror.

Tirpitz’s first move to position himself as the father of a “high-seas fleet” had been to ask for the creation of a “strategic-tactical Admiralty Staff ” as “a main task in the navy”; such a move was essentially a declaration of independence from the Prussian army’s firm control of German sea forces. He also implicitly argued for construction of a large German “war-fleet stationed in European waters” as an adjunct to the “annihilation strategy” being developed by Alfred von Schlieffen and the German General Staff for the defeat of France through the Low Countries.

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