Book Review: Lace the air with LSD – Mike Jay, London Review Of Books

Over the years there I’ve learnt that there are only half a dozen English language publications with book reviews worth reading and LRB has topped that list for many years.

Mike Jay author of Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic  reviews in the fortcoming 4 Feb 2021 issue

Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control 
by Stephen Kinzer.

In the late 1950s, the CIA’s schemes included using an aerosol to lace the air with LSD in the Havana studio where Fidel Castro made his radio broadcasts, sprinkl­ing Castro’s boots with thallium salts to make his beard fall out and contaminating his cigars with botulinum. None of these plans came to fruition. They resembled the popular fiction with which they had always been in dialogue.

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