Acid Dreams

By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain,

Book cover of Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond

Book description

Few events have had a more profound impact on the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by the spread of LSD. This book for the first time tells the full and astounding story—part of it hidden till now in secret Government files—of the role…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

2 authors picked Acid Dreams as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD, the CIA, the Sixties and Beyond is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Even though I worked in Naval intelligence while I was on active duty in Germany, during the Cold War, I was still surprised at what Acid Dreams revealed about the US government and how for example, government officials were actively searching for a drug that would make American soldiers more amenable to killing. The book details how the government set out to destroy the black culture and imprison young black leaders for mostly minor drug offenses. It…

A towering work that graces the shelf of any student of psychedelic cultural history. Memorable for its coverage, scholarship, and humour, Acid Dreams documents how LSD, once prized by the CIA as a chemical WMD and espionage weapon, broke free from the military-industrial enterprise and escaped the confines of psychiatric research to shape the aesthetics of sixties counterculture, paving its way to become a furnishing of modern life. While there are other notable efforts to address this material (i.e. Jay Stevens’ Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream), Acid Dreams is a wonderfully detailed social history of LSD.


From Graham's list on psychedelics and culture.

Want books like Acid Dreams?

Our community of 9,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Acid Dreams.

Browse books like Acid Dreams

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in substance abuse, social history, and Allen Ginsberg?

9,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about substance abuse, social history, and Allen Ginsberg.

Substance Abuse Explore 122 books about substance abuse
Social History Explore 44 books about social history
Allen Ginsberg Explore 13 books about Allen Ginsberg