It's a fascinating listen. Compelling.
But it's frustrating when a little research revealed that the author himself will not confirm which parts of this story are fact or fiction, confirming also that it contains fiction. A lot of the 'inspiration factor' in this book is about hearing of grand feats of fate and universal power. Without his confirmation, I am forced to assume that all of these are the fiction, and exaggerations.
This brings this amazing tale down to the level of "story which discusses fascinating concepts". It's still worth the listen for those seeking for more out of life.
It's food for thought.
Yes, there is so much information to assimilate, it is definitely one I will have to reference in the future.
The other reviewers of this book (top reviewers, really?) have said that this book both contains 'too much information' and at the same time 'covers already known facts'. The only way this makes sense is if the reviewers are historians... I found this book extremely informative about exactly the minute details of history that most media on the era don't have time or patience to cover. I was expecting tales of gang wars and police clashes, but was pleasantly surprised that the book focuses more on cultural and political changes and transformations that occurred before, during, and after.Yes, the story jumps focus a LOT from figure to figure, but always it is following the overall tale of the birth, bloom, and death of prohibition. I never found any section of this book to be unnecessary to painting a down-to-earth picture of this period of history. Recommend this book to anyone interested in prohibition of any kind (past or modern), formation of political movements, the rise to power of modern corporate behemoths and political families.. As well as a good example of historical periods where countries get overtaken by fear and radicalism.Lots of interesting tidbits to chew on, for many fields of interest.
If you're interested in eloquent descriptions of hallucinogenic experiences, this is a good listen. Although, I had some trouble connecting to the narrator, a little too slow for my liking. For this kind of text I much prefer the more 'scientific' sounding voice of DMT-The Spirit Molecule.
But never the less a good listen.
Yes absolutely, this book deals with a serious human experience and current issue in society. Just what do we experience in the DMT space? This book will dissolve all your wrong notions about psychadelics from government propaganda. And also highlight just how beneficial these things can be. At the very least, how much further study is urgently needed. Even if you don't plan to use any plant drugs, it's worthy information to absorb.
The Cosmic Serpent. Like that book, this book is something of a detective story. It follows the path of a scientist who stumbles onto the DMT trail, and is rightly absorbed and compelled to study it.In both cases we see proof that there really is something here to study, and it should no longer be regarded as taboo, or fringe, but rather a frontier we must advance into.
Though most people point to the obvious section of peoples' experiences, I personally enjoyed the entire journey of the book, including the torturous anticipation of that climax. It was very educational and informative about the barriers both social and bureaucratic that stand in the way of rational study of psychedelic drugs.
Simply an amazing book.
It could have done without the religious semi-preaching, however apologetic he is before each of those parts. If you can get past the turn-off value of spurts of talking about the devil and god, angels etc, it's a very worthwhile listen. He does remind you to view them as metaphor if it bothers you, the message is what's important.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a religious book. That's just the only criticism I can make.
Life-changing for countless people, I'd bet.
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