A Nation of Mystics/ Book One: Intentions

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In A Nation of Mystics, author Pamela Johnson deftly explores the youth subculture in San Francisco and Berkeley in the mid-1960s, with all its initial goodwill and naiveté--its dedication to free speech, promise to end war, commitment to racial equality, new art and music, and the exploration of spirituality based on mind-expanding hallucinogens.

In this epic story of intimacy, metaphysical exploration, and coming of age, the Haight-Ashbury becomes home to genuine and unforgettable characters: Christian Brooks, haunted by a fiery riot in India, leaves the ministry for a new path to God. Kathleen Murray arrives seeking to change the world and exchanges picket lines for a more direct method of altering consciousness. Brilliant young botany student Myles Corbet must choose between prison and betraying his oldest friend. Jerry Putnam, seeking knowledge through science, instead discovers the shamanic calling. Opposing them is drug agent Dolph Bremer, who vows to crush the counterculture movement through any means necessary, while attorney Lance Bormann carefully walks between worlds to defend his young clients.

Book One, Intentions, is the story of the communal family's growing commitment to the creation of a new culture--to social action, expanded awareness, new insights into the nature of mind, and the courage to make change.

Although set in the 1960s, A Nation of Mystics is strikingly relevant, addressing conflicts between political idealism and the old order, violent police overreach, and the beginning of America's War on Drugs.

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PAMELA JOHNSON was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and migrated to Berkeley, California, in 1966. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley in anthropology, she went on to earn master's degrees in education at Mills College and in English at Holy Names University, both schools in Oakland. A former teacher and university professor, she is actively involved in social and environmental issues and views her writing as an extension of her politics. She is married and currently divides her time between a ranch in the Sierra foothills of California and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In addition to her writing pursuits, she is the Director of Stone Harbour Press.

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"A sprawling, epic novel ofclassic dimensions that vividly recreates the psychedelic sixties." 
--Joel Selvin, culture andmusic columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, and author of TheHaight: Love, Rock, and Revolution 

"A Nation of Mystics singswith the sense of wonder and awe that inspired a generation to change theworld--one atom and synapse at a time." 
--Nicholas Schou,author, Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Questto Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World 
 
 
"I would rank PamelaJohnson among the best of modern storytellers. She has the rare ability tocombine valuable history lessons with highly entertaining portraits." 
--Jim Ketchem, MD, authorof Chemical Warfare Secretes Almost Forgotten: A Personal Story ofMedical Testing of Army Volunteers 
 
 
"Pamela captured the feelof the Brotherhood of Eternal Love . . . [and] many of the facets of the scene. . . in a way that is very hard to accomplish in nonfiction." 
--Tim Scully, undergroundchemist, Orange Sunshine, and subject of the upcoming film, TheSunshine Makers 
 
 
"In her trilogy ANation of Mystics, Pamela Johnson, with a remarkable eye for historicaldetail, masterfully charts the beginning, middle and end of this era." 
--Peter Maguire, authorof Thai Stick:  Surfers, Scammers and the Untold History of theMarijuana Trade

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