The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Dallas 1963, comes a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary's daring prison escape and run from the law. On the moonlit evening of September 12, 1970, an ex-Harvard professor with a genius I.Q. studies a twelve-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. A few months earlier, Dr. Timothy Lear From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Dallas 1963, comes a madcap nar...

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Title:The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD
Author:Bill Minutaglio
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Genres:History
ISBN:1455563587
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD Reviews

  • Patrick
    Aug 31, 2018
    This was very interesting for the light it sheds on Leary, Eldridge Cleaver, and "the movement" in general. The parallel story of Nixon is not particularly revelatory. For every page of Nixon there are four of Leary. Nixon wanted Leary captured and returned to the U.S. We get it. ...
  • David Ward
    Sep 08, 2018
    The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD by Bill Minutaglio & Steven L. Davis (Twelve 2018) (150.92). The two men named in the title, Dr. Timothy Leary and President Richard M. Nixon, represented absolute polar opposi...
  • Erik
    Oct 04, 2018
    A fascinating look into the 60s counterculture. We all know of Timothy Leary (if only from the mention in the Moody Blues song) as the "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out" Harvard psychologist who became the spokesman for LSD use. What surprised me though, was his alignment with the violently ...
  • Niklas Pivic
    Feb 06, 2018
    From the start, it's evident that the authors of this book liked Timothy Leary. One of them actually met him, but even though this book is no real hagiography but a deep dip into one part of Leary's life?from where he was jailed, called "the most dangerous man in America" by Nixon, t...
  • Traci
    May 28, 2018
    I found the historical reading of this fascinating. I was too young when the events in the book were happening to remember much about them. Timothy Leary came across as narcissistic and pathetic. I was much more interested in the events of the Nixon whitehouse and the various Black Pan...
  • J.S.
    Jan 31, 2018
    Timothy Leary, a figurehead of the hippie and drug counterculture in the 1960s who famously encouraged youth to ?turn on, tune in, drop out,? managed to escape from a minimum security prison in California by dangling from a telephone wire. With the help of the Weathermen, a radical...
  • John
    Jun 01, 2018
    A fascinating look at a brief period in the life of LSD prophet Timothy Leary, when he escaped from a California prison, went to Algeria (as an unwelcome guest of the Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panthers), then Switzerland, then Afghanistan, before finally being extradited. Good cov...
  • Argum
    Feb 21, 2018
    I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads FirstReads. I only knew part of this story before reading. TImothy Leary King of LSD, Human Be-In, Tune In Turn On and Drop Out. I missed the fugitive part entirely as well as the personal antagonism and sort of PR importance he had to ...
  • Karen
    Mar 20, 2018
    In my early 20s I went through a Leary phase. I didn't take my experimentation anywhere near the level he did, but I got very interested in his philosophy of psychedelics and spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. I majored in religious studies in university and I likened Leary's ph...
  • Kitty Galore
    Feb 17, 2018
    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. While not condoning the behavior o...
  • Josh Firer
    Jan 18, 2018
    This was a compelling account of what Timothy Leary was up to after his most famous years as an LSD evangelist. I had known that he escaped from prison, but it was fascinating to see how that played out, as well as what his life was like on the run. The way in which Richard Nixon was o...
  • Don
    Jun 13, 2018
    Buckle up, this is a madcap, mind-boggling journey through the turbulent sixties, as Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon wage a mystifying and often nonsensical war against each other for the soul of America. With appearances by the Black Panthers, the Weathermen, Allan Ginsburg, Keith Ric...
  • Anna Fedorowycz
    Feb 23, 2018
    Wooweee, this book sure was a ride! Crazy story, and it all actually happened! I didn't know much about Timothy Leary at all really until I listened to the New York Public Library podcast for the first time, and the first episode I listened to was about this book (which could not have ...
  • Bob Schnell
    Feb 13, 2018
    "The Most Dangerous Man in America" by Bill Minutaglio is one of the craziest true stories I've read about the time of Nixon where Nixon is one of the more sane people involved. It is the story of Timothy Leary on the run from American justice after escaping from prison and being decla...
  • Marti
    Feb 27, 2018
    I am laughing myself silly, wondering if anything like the events in this book could possibly occur today? I am guessing that with the advances in airport security and surveillance, the answer is no. I am also wondering how I was largely unaware of the details of the story because the ...
  • Jake
    Mar 24, 2018
    A fast-paced examination of the years that Dr. Timothy Leary spent on the lam. After being sentenced to ten years for possessing two roaches, the former Harvard professor busted out of his minimum security prison and bounced around safehouses in the Pacific Northwest, North Africa, and...
  • Wes Ferguson
    Mar 09, 2018
    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. It's obvious the authors did a ton of research. Dr. Tim Leary comes to li...
  • Shaun
    Mar 10, 2018
    I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. An entertaining look at some history not everyone may be familiar with. It was a little light on details surrounding some of the characters in the periphery (like the Weathermen Underground for instanc...
  • Randy Fay
    Jul 16, 2018
    This is an amazing book, especially in the context of today. It's mostly 1970-1973, and those were *astonishing* times. It's worth reading the book just for the context of what was going on in the US. People were bombing the US Congress. Kent State. Absolutely crazy antics by Nixon. (W...
  • Gerard Villegas
    Feb 09, 2018
    Dubbed by Richard Nixon as "The Most Dangerous Man in America", former psychologist and drug advocate Timothy Leary became the scapegoat of the president during the late 60's and early 70's as the poster-child for an anti-drug campaign. Leary, a provocateur of LSD and it's affects on t...
  • Lucy
    Mar 06, 2018
    Quite a magic carpet ride. Drugs, sex, drugs, celebrity friends, drugs, exotic locations, drugs, amazing escapes, and more drugs, and more sex. A highly readable and fascinating book. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. Th...
  • Nofyfb Azo
    Jan 24, 2018
    It's a fascinating read - a time machine, really. The book covers Dr. Timothy Leary's adventures while he was a fugitive from the law. Leary's experiences provide the guideposts for the book's outstanding portrait of the state of affairs in the US during that period: Nixon, Watergate, ...
  • Jason MARTIN
    Jun 05, 2018
    A romp through Nixonian might and Leary escapism ...
  • Wanda Keith
    Nov 30, 2018
    This is the story of Dr. 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 vaguely remember some of the Leary history but I had either forgotten or never knew the rest of the st...
  • Reed
    Jun 30, 2018
    History, spirituality, philosophy, (geo)politics, & music all written in a white knuckle-like thriller style. With gripping storytelling of the exploits of Timothy Leary & Richard Nixon, I found this book very hard to put down. It kept me up way past my bedtime on several occas...
  • Patrick
    Mar 06, 2018
    Quite a magic carpet ride. Drugs, sex, drugs, celebrity friends, drugs, exotic locations, drugs, amazing escapes, and more drugs, and more sex. A highly readable and fascinating book. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. Th...
  • Ken Roberts
    Mar 18, 2018
    What a ride! I was there, but Davis and Minutaglio showed what I had missed. A fast-paced, compelling tale of drugs and paranoia, told from inside the minds of Leary and Nixon. This book proves that fact can definitely be stranger than fiction. ...
  • Charles Bookman
    Apr 08, 2018
    ?The Most Dangerous Man in America? tells the story of Leary?s 1970 escape from a California prison, his 2 years on the run, and Richard Nixon?s monomaniacal pursuit of him. The authors rely on Leary?s writing, Nixon?s White House tapes, and interviews with contemporaries ...
  • Susan Evans
    Jul 02, 2018
    This book tells the story of Timothy Leary's escape from detention for an unbelievably harsh 30-year sentence for the possession of a couple of joints through his more than two-year flight to avoid capture after being declared ?the most dangerous man in America? by Richard Nixon. ...
  • Silvio111
    Aug 08, 2018
    A totally outrageous story about Timothy Leary on the lam after his prison break in 1970. Supported by both the Weathermen and the hippies as well as a radical (yet self-serving?) California lawyer, Leary fled to Algeria to the "American Embassy" of Eldridge Cleaver's branch of the Bla...