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

  • Carolanne
    May 16, 2018
    one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. remarkable too that Nixon's manhunt of Leary still impacts our countries ridiculous "war on drugs" & has effected millions of people, espeically black men who are serving time for marijuana charges when Republicans in the 70's wante...
  • Andy
    Apr 16, 2018
    Wow, this was some wild ride... Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon each thought the other "The Most Dangerous Man in America," which all but guarantees that the book will be hilarious, which it frequently is. It also takes us back to a very strange time in American history, so weird you m...
  • Kevin Kasowski
    Apr 10, 2018
    I was just into my early teens when the events described in this book unfolded and remember the headlines but enjoyed reading the back story now that I am older. Kind of one of those real life stories that is so bizarre that you couldn?t make it up, with a supporting cast of the Weat...
  • 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...
  • victor harris
    Apr 21, 2018
    Give it a 3.5, some of the episodes of Leary's nomadic adventures could have been deleted, but overall the narrative held together well. I don't know who was the the bigger idiot: Leary for his juvenile antics, Cleaver for harboring him as a refugee in Algeria, or Nixon for wasting the...
  • 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...
  • John Beckham
    Apr 18, 2018
    A page turnet A great read full of quotes, music, drugs, crimes and sex. Travel the globe on the edge of your seat through Algeria, Switzerland, the dingy side of Cabal. The only thighs seedier are Nixon and Reagan with their unconstitutional brigades ablE enforcement. Its almost wr...
  • 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...
  • Mikerb
    Mar 04, 2018
    This book is absolutely fascinating! I had known who Timothy Leary was before reading it but I never knew of what he went through in the early 70?s as Nixon declared him public enemy #1. This book dives into some incredibly history on the Black Panther movement and shows how the just...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Russ Bertetta
    Mar 18, 2018
    Thoroughly enjoyable read. Really liked the style-short chapters; the juxtaposition of Leary's travels and travails vs. Nixon's psycho-dramas and paranoia. Leary emerges as a somewhat likeable character although his over-riding ego causes problem after problem. How he could take so man...
  • 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 ...
  • Ricky
    Feb 22, 2018
    Wow! #What a Long Strange Trip It?s Been. ?The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD? is meticulously researched and wonderfully written. Bill Minutaglio (@bminutaglio) and Steven L. Davis provide an insightful look ...
  • 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 ...