By Andy Roberts
Opposite to renowned trust, LSD is far extra attached to Britain than it really is to the us. This enticing e-book seems on the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the current day. It presents a hidden background of a arguable drug and the way it permeated British culture.The writer explores LSD’s use through the scientific career in treating numerous mental and psychological difficulties. even as, The Ministry of Defence believed they have been near to harnessing LSD as a battlefield incapacitation drug which might permit wars to be gained with out demise. yet LSD’s reputation rose with its use one of the British counterculture, from the Fifties beatniks via to the overdue 80s acid apartment events. At its top, while it was once felony, LSD affected the lives and philosophies of important participants (politicians, scientists, writers, educators, entertainers, artists, reporters) in addition to traditional humans for strong and undesirable. This ebook is the 1st to discover LSD’s awesome effect on British tradition and society.
Andy Roberts is a characteristic author for the Fortean instances journal. he's the writer of thirteen books and is a specialist to the BBC. He lives in Flintshire, North Wales.
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Albion Dreaming: A Popular History of LSD in Britain by Andy Roberts