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Acid dreams: the complete social history of LSD: the CIA, the sixties, and beyond.

  title={Acid dreams: the complete social history of LSD: the CIA, the sixties, and beyond.},
  author={Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain},
Acid Dreams is the complete social history of LSD and the counterculture it helped to define in the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and astonishing account -- part of it gleaned from secret government files -- tells how the CIA became obsessed with LSD as an espionage weapon during the early 1950s and launched a massive covert research program, in which countless unwitting citizens were used as guinea pigs. Though the CIA was intent on keeping the drug to… 

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