Stevens has written a gripping account of the use and abuse of mind-altering drugs in recent decades. He explains the fascination of mescaline and psilocybin for psychologists interested in behaviorial change. He documents the insidious role of the CIA in testing mind-control drugs. He traces the convoluted path of Timothy Leary from his position as research psychologist at Harvard to his role as guru advocating the use of LSD to achieve spiritual utopia. He descibes the outwardly placid social climate of the 1950s, and vividly contrasts the dramatic upheavals of the 60s, sketching pulsing portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Aldous Huxley, and Jack Kerouac. Packed with facts, this is social history at its most compelling. Carol R. Glatt, New Jersey Bioethics Commission, Trenton
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For Aldous Huxley it was the next step in human evolution; for the CIA it was a potential tool for mind control; for Timothy Leary it was the liberator of humankind (a belief that led to his being branded "the most dangerous man in America"); for Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters it fueled the notorious Acid Tests; and it was the improbable common denominator that united such disparate figures as Allen Ginsberg, Cary Grant, G. Gordon Liddy, and Charles Manson.
In this brilliant, riveting, and exhaustively researched book, Jay Stevens relates the history of that "curious molecule," LSD. He unearths a story of Pynchonesque complexity, tells it with novelistic flair, and irrefutably demonstrates LSD's pivotal role in the cultural upheavals that shook America in the 1960s and changed the country forever.
"Fascinating . . . The most compelling account yet of how these hallucinogenic, or psychedelic, drugs became an explosive force in postwar American history."-Newsweek
"Jay Stevens proves himself a superb social historian with a ripping good story to tell. He tells it brilliantly."-Commonweal
"Tirelessly researched and discursive enough to provide a quite enthralling read. A prize-worthy social and cultural history."-The Washington Times Magazine
"In this brilliant, engaging work, Stevens explores the hallucinogenic heart of that weird shiver in American history that was the 60s . . . exemplary history, compelling and committed."-Kirkus Reviews
In addition to Storming Heaven, Jay Stevens co-wrote Drumming at the Edge of Magic with Mickey Hart.
It seems to me, as others have said, that the discovery of LSD ranks up there with the top scientific discoveries of the century. Read morePublished on March 2 2001 by nonamespecified
Let's get a couple of things straight: No, I am not the author. No, I'm not related to the author. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2000 by Jay Stevens
I loved this book. It had me gripped to it from start to finish. It facinated, humoured and impired me. Read morePublished on July 28 2000 by Richard J Murphy
if they taught this kind of history in school, I don't think i would have ever been bored enough to draw stupid comics of stick figures running about the pages of my notes and... Read morePublished on March 20 2000 by Tim Shortnacy
This book is a fair account of the affects and consequenses of mature ingestion of the chemical Lysergic acid---please read thids book it is an eye opener for the skeptic--get it... Read morePublished on March 17 2000
Storming Heaven chronicles the advent of LSD (as well as many other halucinagens) from its early days as a pharmaceutical curio to indispensable ingredient of sixties social... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2000
This is very likely the best book I have ever read. It gave me a taste for any non-fiction which is written in "story" form. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2000 by Ian Hough
Segue to the end: money wins. Personal greed (or some variant of Maslow's hierarchy) triumphs over freedom of the mind. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 1999