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Breaking Open the Head by Daniel Pinchbeck
Aug 12, 2003 | ISBN 9780767907439
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    Aug 12, 2003 | ISBN 9780767907439

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    Aug 06, 2002 | ISBN 9780767911528

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"Grippingly dramatic, powerfully moving, this is a classic of the literature of ecstasy."
–Booklist (starred review)

"In his reporting, [Pinchbeck] manages to walk a difficult tonal tightrope, balancing his skepticism with a desire to be transformed. He thoughtfully serveys the literature about psychedelic drugs, but the most exhilirating and illuminating sections are the descriptions of drug taking…Pinchbeck’s earnest, engaged and winning matter carry the book."
–Publishers Weekly

"I much admire Breaking Open the Head for being the account of an authentic quest for enlightenment in jungles, up rivers, in deserts, and hardest of all to access, the human mind and heart via one of the oldest thoroughfares on earth, mind-expanding drugs. This is a serious and illuminating journey."
–Paul Theroux

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