Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom
Did mushroom tea kick-start ancient Greek philosophy?
The world of the magic mushroom is a place where shamans and hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets, and international bankers. Since its rediscovery only fifty years ago, this hallucinogenic fungus, once shunned in the West as the most pernicious of poisons, has inspired a plethora of folktales and urban legends. In this timely and definitive study, Andy Letcher chronicles 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—stripping away the myths and taking a critical and humorous look at the drug's more recent manifestations.
Informative, lively, and impeccably researched, Shroom is a unique and engaging exploration of this most extraordinary of psychedelics.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - paperloverevolution - LibraryThing
Really unsatisfying. I'm not sure who the intended audience was for this book - maybe rabid Terrence McKenna fans, who can't be swayed by any kind of logic, and certainly won't be by Letcher's ... Read full review
SHROOM: A Cultural History of the Magic MushroomUser Review - Kirkus
An exuberant, approving account of psilocybin and its kin for those of us living in what debut author Letcher calls "the Mushroom Age."Others would put that magical time back a few decades to the ... Read full review
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