Don Lattin, The Harvard Psychedelic Club (Harper One, New York, 2011)
(from dust jacket)
"This book is the story of 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 1960s and 1970s.
They came together in a time of personal upheaval and experimentation, and they set the stage for the social sexual and psychological revolution of the 1960s. Huston Smith would be the teacher, practicing every world religion and educating three generations of Americans to adopt a more tolerant, inclusive attitude toward other cultures religions. Richard Alpert would be the seeker, traveling to India, returning to America and 'Ram Dass' and reborn as a spiritual leader with his 'Be Here Now' mantra, inspiring a restless army of spiritual pilgrims. Andrew Weil would be the healer, becoming the undisputed leader of alternative medicine, devoting his life to the holistic reformation of the American health care system. And Timothy Leary would play the rebellious trickster, the premier proponent of the therapeutic and spiritual benefits of LSD, advising a generation to 'turn on, tune in, and drop out.'"
Newspaper Reviews (in part):
New York Times by Dwight Garner, January 5, 2011
"I enjoyed just about every page of The Harvard Psychedelic Club."
New York Times Sunday Book Review by Mary Jo Murphy, March 21, 2010
"Lattin makes sense of a complicated movement ... And he does it with authority and an evenhanded understanding of the good, the bad and the crazy of it all."
SF Weekly by Keith Bowers, January 5, 2011
"Don Lattin deals in deconstruction, Part detective, part historian, he uses interviews, documents, the public record, and his own experience to connect disparate events and trends to wrestle a sense of order - not to mention a gripping tale - from the chaos. In his latest book, Lattin works his deconstruction magic, tracing much of the social upheaval of the 1960s back to four men seeking breakthroughs in spirituality, hallucinogenics and holistic medicine."
New books by Don Lattin
See also Don Lattin's subsequent book "Distilled Spirits" concerning the story of Aldous Huxley, philosopher Gerald Heard and AA co-founder Bill Wilson experimenting with psychedelics together in the 1950's.
See also Don's posting on Facebook ("As some of you know, I've been working on a book about the new wave of scientific and spiritual research, therapy and spiritual exploration into psychoactive substances like psilocybin (magic mushrooms), MDMA (Ecstasy), and ayahuasca, a tea brewed from two Amazonian plants. We now have a title, a subtitle and a publisher!")
CHANGING OUR MINDS
The Reemergence of Psychedelics
for Mental Health and Spiritual Growth
By Don Lattin
Forthcoming, from Synergetic Press