Don Lattin is an award-winning author and journalist who over the past decade has researched and written three books about the history and future prospects of psychedelic exploration. That trilogy includes The Harvard Psychedelic Club — How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age in America, a national bestseller that was awarded the California Book Award, Silver Medal, for nonfiction.
His new book, Changing Our Minds, explores an ongoing wave of scientific research and spiritual exploration into the beneficial uses of psychoactive plants and chemicals. At the end of the book, Don recounts his own journey to find an alternative treatment for depression, a trip that took him to a Mexican ibogaine clinic; an ayahuasca retreat in South American jungle; psychedelic sessions with two crusading ketamine doctors; and, last but not least, a cathartic encounter with an underground mushroom therapist on the California coast.
Lattin's previous works include Distilled Spirits — Getting High, then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher and a Hopeless Drunk. That book blends a recovery memoir with a group biography of writer Aldous Huxley, philosopher Gerald Heard and Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson —telling the story of how they came together to experiment with LSD in the 1950s and lay the groundwork for the spiritual counterculture of the 1960s.