Stephen Kinzer on "Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control"

Join Book Culture on Columbus and Harper's Magazine and Stephen Kinzer for a discussion of Kinzer's newest book, "Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control." Harper's Executive Editor Chris Beha will moderate. 

The bestselling author of "All the Shah’s Men" and "The Brothers" tells the astonishing story of the Jewish man — a son of Orthodox immigrants from Central Europe — who oversaw the CIA’s secret, deadly drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s, which brought in ex-Nazi doctors to continue the experiments they began in Nazi concentration camps. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture.

As Kinzer told NPR's "Fresh Air" program, "Ken Kesey ... got his LSD in an experiment sponsored by the CIA by MK-ULTRA, by Sidney Gottlieb. So did Robert Hunter, the lyricist for the Grateful Dead, which went on to become a great purveyor of LSD culture. Allen Ginsberg ... got his first LSD from Sidney Gottlieb. Although, of course, he never knew that name."


Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm



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