As described by Minutaglio and Davis, freedom was rarely fun for the aging ex-Harvard professor and his ex-model wife. Good coverage also of Nixon's response. Far too strange to be fiction, the book brilliantly details an American tragedy of two men, each of whom considered the other to be the most dangerous man in America. Much like Leary himself, the book is plenty of zany fun. An entertaining look at some history not everyone may be familiar with. The book is basically a timeline of Timothy Leary's life from when he pops up on the public stage, to the resignation of Richard Nixon.
The deal was pretty simple. Trying to combat his sinking approval rating and the ever-worsening situation in Vietnam, he declares a War on Drugs. I found the historical reading of this fascinating. Timothy Leary came across as narcissistic and pathetic. Timothy Leary from his time as a Harvard professor through his stents in prison, his time on the run and, finally, his later years as a celebrated criminal. I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads FirstReads. The book draws a correlation between Leary and Nixon both vying for the role of most dangerous man.
While I was sympathetic to the unfairness of Leary's harsh sentence, he later wore out his welcome in every country he visited. Tim Leary comes to life as a colorful character whose appetite for sex, drugs and above all the spotlight put him in the crosshairs of President Richard Nixon, who grows increasingly deranged as the globe-trotting fugitive Leary elud This was a really fun and fast-paced nonfiction read from a wild time in American history that I had not known much about, but that has parallels to our own era of progressive protests and rightwing skullduggery. Nixon, represented absolute polar opposite positions and views in the America of the 1960's. But Leary remained free on bond while he appealed, fighting all the way to the Supreme Court. The story follows the misadventures of two iconic characters locked in a mismatched battle that defined the early-1970s: Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Enter the Brotherhood Of Eternal Love, Leary's devoted disciples, who could be relied upon to magically slip through heavily guarded airports with cash and thousands of hits of Orange Sunshine. Crazy story, and it all actually happened! This book is a grand rollercoaster ride through a brief but significant moment of U. A highly readable and fascinating book. Instead of boarding the next flight, he fled the airport, using the false passport he obtained from the Weathermen back in California. It also makes Leary out to be a very sympathetic figure and Nixon a complete villain, for lack of a better term. The book both shows how charismatic Timothy Leary must have been and also what a complete nutcase. Goldfinger will bribe Swiss police if Leary signs over 80% of future book royalties.
To understand Leary's contribution in the drug culture is to understand an era of civil unrest. I am surprised he did not have a nervous breakdown. Tim Leary comes to life as a colorful character whose appetite for sex, drugs and above all the spotlight put him in the crosshairs of President Richard Nixon, who grows increasingly deranged as the globe-trotting fugitive Leary eludes the American government's best efforts to capture him. By the time Leary fled prison, Nixon was behaving more and more erratically as he confronted mounting protests. Ultimately, in my opinion, nobody comes out looking good at the end. The way this tale was written provided exciting segues into each chapter which kept this reader engag The overriding emotion felt when reading this book was joy when Nixon fumed over the government's inability to capture Leary after he had escaped from a minimum security cell while he was serving extended outrageous sentence for possessing two joints.
Lea This is the story of Dr. Timothy Leary and President Richard M. It is the story of Timothy Leary on the run from American justice after escaping from prison and being declared public enemy number one. Still, lots of records were found in places such as the New York Library, which the authors used to piece together an adequate picture. But even Goldfinger's protection was not always enough the C. It then follows his escapades as he travels from country to country trying to avoid recapture.
Timothy Leary was aided by all sorts of underground and militant types of the time, hippies, the Weathermen, Black Panthers, foreign governments, etc. Inside the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon drinks his way through sleepless nights as he expands the war in Vietnam and plots to unleash the United States government against his ever-expanding list of domestic enemies. Was Leary the most dangerous man in America? A fascinating look into the 60s counterculture. Supported by both the Weathermen and the hippies as well as a radical yet self-serving? With the help of the Weathermen, a radical group advocating violent revolution yet who mostly blew up a bunch of government toilets, he made his way out of the country and landed in Algeria, where he was taken in by the Black Panthers in exile. As a result, the man becomes a least free when he exits prison.
Government, only because the rest of the I am laughing myself silly, wondering if anything like the events in this book could possibly occur today? But, the book does seem to assume a lot from the average reader - the back story of the Weather Underground to the point of knowing about the townhouse explosion, what on Earth the Black Panthers were doing in Algeria and their internal leadership. This is an amazing book, especially in the context of today. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. He was not worthy of the reverence and devotion of his followers. Helped along the way by hippies, Black Panthers, sympathetic governments and even suspected arms dealers , Leary's search for a safe haven is an international version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. All the while, infamous countercultural organizations--The Weathermen, The Black Panthers, a mysterious Swiss aristocrat akin to a Bond supervillian--lay claim Leary and use his enormous influence for their own gains.
Could any president have behaved more egregiously or more pompously and with less sense of responsibility than Nixon? An entertaining look at some history not everyone may be familiar with. Thus he spent several months as a sort of court jester to a series of debauched jet setters, who revolved around a shady character who resembled Dr. In violation of international law, he is extradited to the U. For those wanting a more concise understanding of this period, this does not provide a clear, depth picture. Leary everything he despised in a person both politically and individually. The parallel story of Nixon is not particularly revelatory.
Fortunately, a speaking engagement in Denmark opened up. I was too young when the events in the book were happening to remember much about them. I found the descriptions of air travel during that time as particularly fascinating. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture. With the help of the Weathermen, a radical group advocating violent revolution yet who mostly blew up a bunch of government toilets, he made his way out of the country and landed in Algeria, where he was taken in by the Black Panthers in exile.