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A Pulitzer Prize-nominated author explains how three brilliant scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1960-61, and how their experiences in a psychedelic drug-research project transformed their lives and much of American culture in the 60s and 70s. 20,000 first printing.HARPERCOLL
“[Don Lattin] has created a stimulating and thoroughly engrossing read.” —Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, and Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America
It is impossible to overstate the cultural significance of the four men described in Don Lattin’s The Harvard Psychedelic Club. Huston Smith, tirelessly working to promote cross-cultural religious and spiritual tolerance. Richard Alpert, a.k.a. Ram Dass, inspiring generations with his mantra, “be here now.” Andrew Weil, undisputed leader of the holistic medicine revolution. And, of course, Timothy Leary, the charismatic, rebellious counter-culture icon and LSD guru. Journalist Don Lattin provides the funny, moving inside story of the “Cambridge Quartet,” who crossed paths with the infamous Harvard Psilocybin Project in the early 60’s, and went on to pioneer the Mind/Body/Spirit movement that would popularize yoga, vegetarianism, and Eastern mysticism in the Western world. Book News
Veteran journalist Lattin covers alternative and mainstream religious movements and figures in the US. Here he describes one of the engines that drove the revolution of the 1960s. His style is narrative nonfiction, using spoken and written interviews to construct dialogue as it might have occurred, in most cases reviewed for accuracy by at least one of the actual participants in a conversation. He begins with how the four men happened to cross paths at Harvard in the fall of 1960. Subsequent chapters describe their first encounter with psychedelic drugs, the research they began, infighting and exposure, expulsion, San Francisco, pilgrimage and exile, the impact on the lives of the four, and their impact on the world. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Baker
Explains how three scholars and one ambitious freshman crossed paths in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1960-61, and how their experiences in a psychedelic drug-research project transformed their lives and much of American culture in the 1960sand 1970s.
Lattin examines the lives and times of four men--Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert (aka Ram Dass), Andrew Weil, and Huston Smith--whose paths crossed in the 1960s at Harvard, and who consequently launched the mind, body, spirit movement.