Did mushroom tea kick-start Greek philosophy? Was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a veiled psychedelic mushroom odyssey? Is Santa Claus really a disguised magic mushroom? The world of the magic mushroom is a place where shamans & hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets & international bankers. Since its rediscovery 50 years ago, this fungus, once shunned in the West as poison, has inspired folktales & urban legends. This definitive study chronicles the history of the mushroom—from its use by Aztecs & Siberian tribes thru to the present—stripping away myths & taking a critical & humorous look at its more recent manifestations. Informative, lively & well researched, Shroom is an engaging exploration of this psychedelic.
By Andy Letcher. Paperback. 374 pages. Published by Harper Perennial, 2008.