Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom

By Andy Letcher

Did mushroom tea kick-start historic Greek philosophy?
Was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a thinly veiled psychedelic mushroom odyssey?
Is Santa Claus relatively a magic mushroom in disguise?

The international of the magic mushroom is a spot the place shamans and hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets, and foreign bankers. when you consider that its rediscovery in simple terms fifty years in the past, this hallucinogenic fungus, as soon as refrained from within the West because the such a lot pernicious of toxins, has encouraged a plethora of folktales and concrete legends. during this well timed and definitive research, Andy Letcher chronicles the heritage of the magic mushroom—from its use by means of the Aztecs of principal the USA and the tribes of Siberia via to the current day—stripping away the myths and taking a serious and funny examine the drug's newer manifestations.

Informative, energetic, and impeccably researched, Shroom is a different and fascinating exploration of this such a lot outstanding of psychedelics.

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