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Carlos Castaneda's don Juan Series
by Carlos Castaneda
Publisher:
Univ. of California Press, Simon & Schuster 
Year:
1968, 1973 
Reviewed by Erowid
4/11/1998

We didn’t provide a rating of this series at the top of the page. It doesn’t really fit easily into a 1-5 scale. It’s a classic. In many ways, this is one of the best series we’ve ever read. In other ways, it’s a series of cheap romance novels. Highly Recommended. [ read more ]

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Growing the Hallucinogens
by Hudson Grubber
Publisher:
20th Century Alchemist 
Year:
1973, 1991 
Reviewed by Erowid
3/22/1998

This small book has page long sections covering the basic cultivation parameters for dozens of home growable hallucinogens; from poppies to daturas, kava kava to morning glories, san pedro to syrina rue. The basic sections are Cultivation and Propagation, and Harvesting for each plant. The descriptions are useful, but not detailed enough to suffice as your only souce for growing ... [ read more ]

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The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs, and Biologicals
by Budavari, O'Neil et al. [eds]
Publisher:
Merck & Co. 
Year:
1996 
Reviewed by Erowid
2/10/1998

An excellent, though rather dense resource for those interested in the chemistry of drugs. See our chemistry section for examples of Merck Index drug entries. [ read more ]

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception
by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh
Publisher:
Touchstone Books 
Year:
1993 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/13/1998

This is an indepth description of the controversy and cover-up surrounding the discovery and translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The book is well-written and an interesting study of the politics of academic studies, though it leans a little toward conspiracy theories. Either way, it’s a good description of the events causing a 45 year delay in the release of ... [ read more ]

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The Dead Sea Scrolls
by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., & Edward Cook
Publisher:
Harper San Francisco 
Year:
1996 
Reviewed by Erowid
1/13/1998

This is a great new translation (1996) of some of the 700+ Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in the mid ‘40s. The texts contain controversial history, religion, and politics with a decidedly adventurous side. Read the original text of maps to buried treasures along with translations and commentaries on both biblical and sectarian texts….all with the endless fun of confusing little ... [ read more ]

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One Nation Under God
by Huston Smith & Reuben Snake
Publisher:
Clear Light 
Year:
1996 
Reviewed by Erowid
4/30/1997

One Nation Under God is the story of the Native American Church and its battle to try to keep the native american use of peyote legal after the Supreme Court’s catastrophic Smith case. The book opens with nice introductions by Sentator Inouye, Huston Smith, and Reuben Snake and then moves into a number of short personal testimonials from NAC members.

The ... [ read more ]

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Pharmacotheon
by Jonathan Ott
Publisher:
The Natural Products Co. 
Year:
1993 
Reviewed by Zapotec Blue
1/11/1995

The first thing Ott does is to explain his use of the neologism ‘entheogenic’ in the title and throughout the book. He says that since we know from experience that shamanic inebriants do not provoke “hallucinations” or “psychosis,” it would be incongruous to refer to traditional shamanic use of “psychedelic” plants. He states that his term “is not meant ... [ read more ]

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Psychedelic Shamanism
by Jim DeKorne
Publisher:
Loompanics Unlimited 
Year:
1994 
Reviewed by Yogi Shan
12/12/1994

This book, published by Loompanics, has been mentioned on usenet a number of times.

I had the opportunity to briefly look it over last weekend. Naturally, I headed straight for the chem section, a chapter titled, “Extractions”, or something.

Well, I must say that I am completely unimpressed with this bozo Dekorne’s abilities. The information he presents is riddled with errors ... [ read more ]

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Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood
by Peter Bebergal
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press 
Year:
2011 
Reviewed by psypressuk
11/30/1999

Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood tells the story of Bebergal’s life as a young adult, as he experimented in drugs with the aim of achieving a higher spiritual awareness, a belief he garnered from the popular literature of the 1950s and 1960s. After a series of failures in this direction that become increasingly punctuated by a deterioration of his mental health and a break down in his weltanshauung, the despair is overcome by a new approach in his life. However, having said this, one should not have the impression that this is the typical addiction story. [ read more ]

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