In the 1990s Ecstasy seemed to come out of nowhere to join marijuana, cocaine and heroin as one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in the country. "Ecstasy Rising" tells the definitive story of how an obscure compound, discovered in 1912 and all but forgotten for over 60 years, became the drug of choice for a generation. To halt its spread, the U.S. government has spent millions of dollars making a dramatic case against Ecstasy as a dangerous drug. The headline of the government campaign has been that Ecstasy causes massive brain damage. But this claim is based on faulty science. "Ecstasy Rising" attempts to set the record straight by providing an accurate accounting of the known risks associated with Ecstasy.