Albion Dreaming by Andy Roberts

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Albion Dreaming is a solid work of well-researched cultural history, and its larger issues make it not just a highly readable book but an important one – two things that don't always go together.
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Contrary to popular belief, LSD is much more connected to Britain than it is to the USA. This engaging book looks at the use of LSD in British society, from its arrival in 1952 to the present day. It provides a hidden history of a controversial drug and how it permeated British culture.The author explores LSD’s use by the medical profession in treating a variety of psychological and mental problems. At the same time, The Ministry of Defence believed they were on the brink of harnessing LSD as a battlefield incapacitation drug which would enable wars to be won without loss of life. But LSD’s popularity rose with its use among the British counterculture, from the 1950s beatniks through to the late 80s acid house parties. At its height, when it was legal, LSD affected the lives and philosophies of significant individuals (politicians, scientists, writers, educators, entertainers, artists, journalists) as well as ordinary people for good and bad. This book is the first to explore LSD’s amazing influence on British culture and society.
 

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Andy Roberts is a Data Platform Technology Specialist for Microsoft in the Northeast district. Prior to that, Andy spent 12 years as a consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services. As a consultant, Andy assisted customers in implementing mission critical OLTP and DW/BI solutions on SQL Server. Andy wore many hats as a consultant, including that of application developer, solution architect, mentor to development teams, mentor to DBAs, BI lead, SCRUM Master, and guy-that-knows-a-bunch-of-stuff-about-Microsoft. When not basking behind the glow of his laptop, Andy enjoys volunteering as a ski instructor at Maine Adaptive Sports. He also enjoys golfing, biking, and trying to reverse engineer his three month old son, Max.
 
Published August 3, 2012 by Marshall Cavendish Editions. 432 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Phil Baker on Jul 25 2012

Albion Dreaming is a solid work of well-researched cultural history, and its larger issues make it not just a highly readable book but an important one – two things that don't always go together.

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