About the author
MARTIN A. LEE has written several books, including Smoke Signals, a comprehensive social history of marijuana, published by Scribner in August 2012. Historian Douglas Brinkley said of Smoke Signals: “Every American should read this landmark book!” Lee is the director of Project CBD, an information service that reports on cannabis science and therapeutics. He is also the associate editor of O’Shaughnessy’s, the journal of cannabis in clinical practice, and a contributing writer for BeyondTHC.com.
Lee’s first book, Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD – The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond, was published by Grove Press in 1986 and by MacMillan UK in 2001. Andrew Weil in The Nation described Acid Dreams as “Engaging throughout…at once entertaining and disturbing.” Choice hailed it as “a landmark contribution to the sociopolitical history of the U.S.” The American Journal of Psychiatry said the book contained “a wealth of historical, sociological, and political information.” The San Francisco Chronicle called it “a generalist’s history that should replace all others.” Acid Dreams was on the Chronicle’s bestseller list for six weeks. Featured in several documentaries, including the History Channel’s special on hippies, Acid Dreams has been translated and published in France, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
Lee is the co-founder of the New York-based media research group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting), former editor and publisher of FAIR’s magazine Extra!, and co-author with Norman Solomon of Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias In News Media (Lyle Stuart, 1990). The Washington Post called Unreliable Sources “a worthy addition to the library of any student of American news media, social structure and political science.” Booklist described it as “a telling indictment, urgently but not hysterically expressed.” A Chinese-language edition of Unreliable Sources was published in 1995.
Lee received the Pope Foundation Award for Investigative Journalism for his work on The Beast Reawakens, a book about resurgent racism and neofascism published in hardcover by Little, Brown (1997) in the U.S. and Great Britain and as a revised and updated paperback by Routledge (2000). Publishers Weekly called The Beast Reawakens a “compelling, intelligent investigation which reads more like a thriller than a history lesson [and] contributes much toward understanding the politics of hatred.” The New York Times Book Review described it as “a vivid survey of fascist resurgence.” The San Francisco Chronicle called it “brilliant…dramatic…hard to put down.” Conor Cruise O’Brien called it “The best-documented account of the fluctuating fortunes of the far-right in Europe and America in the late 20th century.” A Czech translation was published in 2004.
Interviewed for numerous public affairs news and talk shows, Lee has been a guest on CBS 48 Hours, CNN’s International Hour, BBC-TV and radio, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR’s Fresh Air, and C-Span. His articles have been published in many media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Newsday, Miami Herald, Village Voice, Christian Science Monitor, Interview, Mother Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Jose Mercury News, Spin, LA Weekly, Utne Reader, National Catholic Reporter, In These Times, the Progressive, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Intelligence Report.”
Lee has also written for the Associated Press and InterPress Service, and his articles have been syndicated by the New York Times and Alternet. His writing has been translated and published in several foreign periodicals, including Le Monde Diplomatique and L’Evenement du Jeudi (Paris), New Statesman and Index on Censorship (London), Aktuelt (Copenhagen), Humo (Brussels), Sydsvenska Dagbladet (Stockholm), Vrij Nederland (Amsterdam), Il Manifesto (Rome), and Die Tageszeitung (Berlin).
Lee was a guest teacher-in-residence at the University of Illinois. He has lectured widely at colleges and universities including Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, and the American University in Paris. As an undergraduate student in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Lee won four Hopwood awards for creative writing.