LSD and the American Dream
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The Atlantic Monthly Press
FROM THE EROWID REVIEW #
- Review by JF, 2001 Jun 24
Jay Stevens' history of LSD in the United States, Storming Heaven, is probably the most visible and well-regarded work on the subject. As such, it is rather unfortunate it is no better than it is. The subject is certainly a colorful one, filled with characters of proportions far more mythical than any others in recent memory.. . . (more)
BACK COVER #Storming Heaven reads like a novel : a strange psychoactive drug is loosed on the unsuspecting population, and odd things begin to happen. Unlikely though it seems, it is all true.
A revered if somewhat eccentric English writer sees the drug as inducing the next step in evolution, and promotes it to his avant-garde friends (Aldous Huxley)
A model of the new breed of hotshot Harvard professor starts research on the drug and ends up in prison, labelled "the most dangerous man in America." (Timothy Leary)
The head of one of the world's greatest magazine empires talks to God, who reassures him that He has everything in hand. (Henry Luce)
A movie star known for his romantic prowess confesses he was incapable of love until he took the drug. (Cary Grant)
A promising young writer spreads news of the drug to young people, and turns on tens of thousands of people. (Ken Kesey)
A commune forms in the slums of a major city, and soon its attitudes, dress, music, and life-style span an entire generation. (Haight-Ashbury)
What started as a scientific experiment becomes a religious movement and then a social and political revolution. This is Storming Heaven : LSD and the American Dream.