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Storming Heaven: LSD and. has been added to your Cart. Jay Stevens' writing is entertaining and educational. The book brought the sixties back to life, when LSD was legal and young people believed they would change the world

Storming Heaven: LSD and. The book brought the sixties back to life, when LSD was legal and young people believed they would change the world. This is a fascinating book, documenting LSD's history and some of the famous and brilliant people that used it, created it, and spread the joy. For a fascinating look at the drug that everyone was talking about when they said, "Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll", do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in this fun trip back in time.

Storming Heaven book. Storming Heaven is a riveting history of LSD and its influence on American culture. Jay Stevens uses the "curious molecule" known as LSD as a kind of tracer bullet, illuminating one of postwar America's most improbable shadow-histories.

Storming Heaven is a book that will forever stay dear to my heart as it literally changed my life. I can't expect anyone else to have the same experience I did, and it changed it in a way you probably wouldn't imagine, but I can definitely recommend you this book and say it is a fantastic read. This book doesn't create a rose-tinted view of the American 60's cultural revolution, but instead unearths its roots, explores its good side and bad, and never forgets to remain dogged in pursuit of the truth. That isn't to say that the book is dry, far from it, this is a page-turner that will ultimately break your heart.

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Storming Heaven: LSD & the American Dream by Jay Stevens is a social history of America from the Forties through the Sixties that weaves an astonishing tapestry of Science, Psychology, Politics, the Arts, and the Counterculture. Whatever you think you know about this confluence of drugs, culture, and history in America is necessarily incomplete and very likely incorrect until you read Storming Heaven.

Stevens' story begins with pioneering psychologists discovering the effects on the .

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For an entire generation that came to maturity in the 1960s, LSD, the hallucinatory drug which promised liberation of human consciousness, was the catalyst of an all-pervasive cultural revolution.

Storming Heaven" is a riveting history of LSD and its influence on American culture. Storming Heaven" irrefutable demonstrates LSD's pivotal role in the countercultural upheavals that shook America in the 1960s and changed the country forever.

For an entire generation that came to maturity in the 1960s, LSD, the hallucinatory drug which promised liberation of human consciousness, was the catalyst of an all-pervasive cultural revolution. This is the riveting account of the unique social phenomenon created by LSD.

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Nargas
I first read this book back in the 1980's around the time of it's first publication. After 30 years have passed, I decided to read it again and was not disappointed. It was a remarkable page turner even on the second read.

This very well may be the best book written on the American cultural revolution of the mid-20th century. It goes into great detail laying the groundwork as to how it started and why. From the 1940's to the 1980's Storming Heaven explains how American culture, politics, music and art were transformed by forces acting on it from both sides. On the side of the mainstream culture, the CIA was exploring mind control and the psychiatric community was studying madness by administering as well as taking LSD themselves. While the counterculture was trying to end the war in Vietnam and live beyond the shadow of the generation that preceded it by "dropping acid". Storming Heaven depicts the wave of cultural change that swept through American culture, pruning everything in it's path, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.
Zorve
This is good, competently written, informative and mostly accurate. I have only found one area of the book that is significantly off. When he talks about Elliot Barker's work in Ontario prisons with psychopaths he misrepresents what happened. I don't think it was deliberate, and Elliot has avoided talking to people since he got fired. Elliot lost his job because of a rebellion by the inmate group, not because of using LSD as part of therapy. The recidivism study was done later, not causative. Barker has kept on working and others have also kept working in the field.

Two places to get more complete information on the Ontario prisons case are:

Chapter three of Jon Ronson's "The Psychopath Test". Ronson got the first interviews known with the principals since Barker's firing.
A paper by Weisman, Reflections on the Oak Ridge Experiment with Mentally Disordered Offenders, 1965-1968. [...]
If you google the name, you can get the paper for free. There's a lawsuit that has it in full.

Aside from that, this is a good resource I think.
FLIDER
A good companion piece to Acid Dreams. The books have some common ground, but Storming Heaven's focus is more on the social history (and therapeutic uses) of LSD and other psychedelics, but Acid Dreams deals more with the CIA and military's research into acid.

A great deal of time is spent on Timothy Leary, be warned. Storming Heaven was published just as the 1990s psychedelic resurgence was taking off, so aside from a veiled reference to a figure who was probably Alexander Shulgin, that scene's not really covered here.
Ericaz
Just finished a class at our local college titled "Welcome to Wonderland: The Golden Age of Psychedelic Music." This book was recommended by the instructor, who did a great job of evoking the time and the spirit. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to get the straight story about LSD and all the characters surrounding that brief doorway to perception (thanks Dr. Huxley). No famous musicians OD'd on LSD - chalk those deaths up to cocaine, alcohol and heroin. This book is a fascinating and funny tale.
Nikobar
_Storming Heaven_ is a non-ficticious account of the history of the spread of LSD in America and England during the 50's and 60's. It gives detailed accounts of all of the major players in the early days of the synthesization and distribution of this drug. It is not as thoughtful or philosophical as I hoped, and has little to say about the implications and nuances of the actual effects of the drug. However, I came to accept this book for what it is, which is a matter-of-fact description of how this drug progressed from the university offices and laboratories to the streets of San Francisco. This book has much to say about both the east-coast and west-coast acid scenes of the 50's and 60's. In the east, you have Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Alan Watts, and their whole gang of weirdos hanging out in an acid-soaked mansion in Millbrook NY. It is very interesting to read about the(mis)adventures of these three men, all of whom (especially Alan Watts) are gifted and accomplished writers. For those who are fans of their work, _Storming Heaven_ is a must-read if for no other reason than to get some idea of the formative influences of these writers.
The west coast scene, in contrast, was less intellectual and more of a free-for-all. Jay Stevens describes the exploits of Ken Kesey, and the riders of his magic bus. Of course any discussion of Ken Kesey will inevitably lead to a discussion of the Grateful Dead, and the handiwork of their "chemist" mr. Owlsley. Stevens also covers the involvement of the Hell's Angels in this west coast movement. All of this makes for very entertaining, albeit light, reading.
Nettale
I loved this book and am deeply disappointed that the promised companion books BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE and CONSCIOUSNESS WARS were never printed.
Jay Stevens' writing is entertaining and educational. The book brought the sixties back to life, when LSD was legal and young people believed they would change the world.
This is a fascinating book, documenting LSD's history and some of the famous and brilliant people that used it, created it, and spread the joy.
For a fascinating look at the drug that everyone was talking about when they said, "Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll", do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in this fun trip back in time.
Blackredeemer
A very interesting and balanced account of the history of LSD in America, and how it impacted society. It was also written in a very entertaining style. For anyone interested in this topic, it's required reading.
Storming Heaven: Lsd and the American Dream download epub
Social Sciences
Author: Jay Stevens
ISBN: 0871130769
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr; 1st edition (August 1, 1987)
Pages: 396 pages