A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom
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2007(hb,1st U.S. ed.,fine/fine)
BLURBS #"An elegant and authoritative telling of the true story. ... We, and not our prehistoric ancestors, are the true 'mushroom people.' From full-moon parties in Thailand to stalls in Camden Lock, neopagan festivals to Internet spore-suppliers, there are far more 'shroomers' today than ever before."
-- The Independent on Sunday
"An extraordinary account. ... With its easy style and witty handling of scientific analysis, it makes a fascinating and satisfying read."
-- The Observer
"Shroom is a work of love, an obsessive, detailed and definitive reference work, addictive for its insights, broad in its ambition."
-- The Daily Telegraph
"Andy Letcher, one-time psychedelic musician and former bypass protester, charts the path to the ban [on the sale of magic mushrooms] in this intelligent and well-researched book, which is full of surprises."
-- The Guardian
"A superb cultural history of the magic mushroom. ... An immensely entertaining and exhaustively researched work, remarkably level-headed bearing in mind the subject matter, and with much wry humor."
-- Western Daily Press
""This man loves his mushrooms, and by the end of this book you too will be as spellbound as Alice is in Wonderland. ... Letcher is both historian and hippie, and he sees so much in mushrooms to examine, question and celebrate that it becomes a thrilling trip that is both erudite and greatly entertaining. Mind-bending stuff."
-- Scotland on Sunday