Shroom A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom

ISBN-10: 0060828293

ISBN-13: 9780060828295

Edition: N/A

Authors: Andy Letcher

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Is Santa Claus really a magic mushroom in disguise? Was "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" a thinly veiled psychedelic mushroom odyssey? Did mushroom tea kick-start ancient Greek philosophy? Much stranger than the fictions it has inspired, the world of the magic mushroom is a place where shamans and hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets and international bankers. The magic mushroom was rediscovered only fifty years ago but has accumulated all sorts of folktales and urban legends along the way. In this timely and definitive study, Andy Letcher strips away the myths to get at the true story of how hallucinogenic mushrooms, once shunned in the West as the most pernicious of poisons, came to be the illicit drug of choice. Chronicling the history of the magic mushroom, from its use by the Aztecs of Central America and the tribes of Siberia through to the present day, Letcher takes a critical and humorous look at the drug's more recent manifestations. Since the 1970s scientists and others in major Western nations, the United States and the United Kingdom in particular, have identified hundreds of hallucinogenic species, isolated their active ingredients, learned how to cultivate them on an industrial scale, and spread them around the world. More than any other civilization that has come before us, and despite all the myths we have built, "we," by all rights, are the true magic mushroom enthusiasts. Informative, lively and impeccably researched, "Shroom" presents a unique and engaging study of this most extraordinary of psychedelic drugs.
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Prologue
Agaricus
The Mushroom People
Science and Magic
The Archaeology of Ecstasy
Much Disordered
Feasts and Revelations
Wasson
Amanita
The Fly-Agaric
Soma
Chemistry and Conspiracy
Psilocybe
Academic Exercise
High Priests
Ripples and Waves
Underground, Overground
The Elf-Clowns of Hyperspace
Muck and Brass
Epilogue: Love on a Puffball
Appendix
Notes
References
Index
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