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The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux Devereux's impressive and thorough trawl through prehistory will be an eye-opener for anyone who thought drug use was a modern phenomenon.John Higgs is a journalist, television writer and producer and author.His latest book, I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary, published by the Friday Project, is the first full biography of the pioneer of psychedelic drugs.Huxley never wrote a dull sentence in his life and this is certainly one of his best works.If its influence of the likes of Timothy Leary or Jim Morrison is considered, then it could easily be his most culturally important book. The Great Shark Hunt by Hunter S Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is usually considered Thompson's best work, but I much prefer The Great Shark Hunt.
Certainly every other book in this top ten is from a male author, which is why this book so important.
It sheds light on the otherwise hidden half of the psychedelic experience.6.
It's a huge book, a collection of the best of his journalism from the 60s and 70s, and it shows that Thompson had a far greater range than his later reputation suggests.
His essay about Hemingway's death, in which he tried to understand why such a once-vibrant man ended up blowing his brains out in small town America, is particularly poignant following Thompson's suicide. The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe This is Wolfe's account of life with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and the birth of the American west coast psychedelic movement.
It captures both the drug experience and the sense of discovery so well; the moment a scientist realises that the implications of their work are so huge that their life will never be the same again.5.
Sisters of the Extreme: Women writing on the drug experience by Cynthia Palmer and Michael Horowitz (eds)Psychedelic use is split fairly evenly between the men and women, but the desire to write about and try to explain the experience is a predominantly male trait.