Altered States of America is a riveting collection of journalism by
outlaw-turned-author Richard Stratton. Stratton's years as an
international marijuana smuggler, his 8-year bid in a federal
prison system, and subsequent ascendance to acclaimed author and
filmmaker, give him the credibility with which to wrest an uncommon
truth from his subjects. The stories in this collection read like
adventure fiction. To name a few: the story of Greg Scarpa, a
Columbo mob captain turned informant; Bonecrusher, a guard at
Corcoran penitentiary who witnessed the bloody gladiator fights
between convicts; the CIA's top-secret MK-ULTRA program in which
the CIA secretly dosed unsuspecting civilians and its own agents
with LSD, or the heartbreaking profile of Joe Stassi, America's
oldest living gangster, who was ordered to murder his best friend.
Each piece is linked by Stratton's reflections on and connections
to the people and places he describes. Whether he is talking with
Oliver Stone or a prison guard, Hunter S. Thompson or a gangster,
Sean Penn or a CIA agent, Stratton has an empathetic understanding
of his subjects. This collection truly embodies Bob Dylan's famous
line: "To live outside the law, you must be honest. "
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