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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
by Johann Hari
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January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on... (read more)

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Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific
Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific
by Martin A. Lee
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This is the great American pot story, a dramatic social exploration of a plant that sits at the nexus of political, legal, medical, and scientific discourse. From its ancient origins, to its cutting-edge therapeutic benefits, to its role in a culture war... (read more)

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Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization
Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization
by Roger Roffman
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Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam.  From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user. Ever since America'... (read more)

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Drug War Capitalism
Drug War Capitalism
by Dawn Paley
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Though pillage, profit, and plunder have been a mainstay of war since pre-colonial times, there is little contemporary focus on the role of finance and economics in today's "Drug Wars"and#151;despite the fact that they boost US banks and fill prisons... (read more)

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Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
by Nick Reding
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The bestselling book that launched meth back into the nation's consciousness. Based on Reding's four years of reporting in the agricultural town of Oelwein, Iowa, and tracing the connections to the global forces that set the stage for the meth epidemic... (read more)

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Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence
Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence
by Mitchell Earleywine
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Marijuana is the world's most popular illicit drug, with hundreds of millions of regular users worldwide. One in three Americans has smoked pot at least once. The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that Americans smoke five million pounds of marijuana... (read more)

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S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.
S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.
by Ruben Castaneda
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During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job at one of the countrys premier newspapers... (read more)

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Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke
Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke
by Dean Kuipers
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The gripping story of two marijuana advocates gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. On a mission to build a peaceful, pot-friendly Shangri-La, Tom Crosslin and his lover Rollie Rohm founded Rainbow Farm, a well-appointed campground and... (read more)

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Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
by Stacy Malkan
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Lead in lipstick? 1,4 dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? How is this possible? Simple. The $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful they’ve kept themselves unregulated for decades. Not Just a Pretty Face chronicles the quest that led... (read more)

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Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Sid
Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Sid
by Ed Sanders
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Fug You is Ed Sanders's unapologetic and often hilarious account of eight key years of "total assault on the culture," to quote his novelist friend William S. Burroughs. Fug You traces the flowering years of New York's downtown bohemia in the sixties... (read more)

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Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide
Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide
by Arik M Roper
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For centuries hallucinogenic mushrooms have participated in a sublime relationship with humankind, thanks to their psychoactive chemicals that shift and modify the human mind. Arik Roper's exquisite painted portraits of magic mushrooms illustrate more... (read more)

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Writing on Drugs
Writing on Drugs
by Sadie Plant
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Through a series of close, fascinating examinations of writing on drugs via, among others, Coleridge on opium, Freud on cocaine, Michaux on mescaline, and Burroughs on all of them, Writing on Drugs combines literary criticism with both socio-cultural... (read more)

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Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond
by Martin A Lee and Bruce Shlain
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Few events have had a more profound impact on the social and cultural upheavals of the Sixties than the psychedelic revolution spawned by the spread of LSD. This book for the first time tells the full and astounding story — part of it hidden till... (read more)

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Build This Bong: Instructions and Diagrams for 40 Bongs, Pipes, and Hookahs
Build This Bong: Instructions and Diagrams for 40 Bongs, Pipes, and Hookahs
by Randy Stratton
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The first book ever to feature detailed directions for bongs, pipes, hookahs, and more, Build This Bong brings both the classics and entirely original showstoppers to the home workshop. Projects of all sortsfrom a standard gravity bong to a rubber ducky... (read more)

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The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis
The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis
by Julie Holland
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Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of Americaandrsquo;s most popular recreational drug andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre... (read more)

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
by Tom Wolfe
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Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD... (read more)

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Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World
Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World
by Nicholas Schou
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Few stories in the annals of American counterculture are as intriguing or dramatic as that of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love.   Dubbed the “Hippie Mafia,” the Brotherhood began in the mid-1960s as a small band of peace-loving... (read more)

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Steal This Book
Steal This Book
by Abbie Hoffman
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A driving force behind the social revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, Hoffman inspired a generation to challenge the status quo. Meant as a practical guide for the aspiring hippie, Steal This Book captures Hoffman's puckish tone and became a cult classic... (read more)

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Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal
by Tom Shroder
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and#147;A book that should start a long-overdue national conversation.and#8221; and#151;Dave Barry Despite their illegality, many Americans are already familiar with the effects of psychedelic drugs. Yet while LSD and MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) have... (read more)

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Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture
Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture
by Chelsea Cain
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Tofu casseroles, communes, clothing-optional kindergarten, antiwar protests — these are just a few of the hallmarks of a counterculture childhood. What became of kids who had been denied meat, exposed to free love, and given nouns for names? In Wild... (read more)

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