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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 Leary, the High Priest of LSD, had been running a gleeful campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan. Now, Leary is six months into a ten-year prison sentence for the crime of possessing two marijuana cigarettes.
Aided by the radical Weather Underground, Leary's escape from prison is the counterculture's union of "dope and dynamite," aimed at sparking a revolution and overthrowing the government. 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. Antiwar demonstrators are massing by the tens of thousands; homemade bombs are exploding everywhere; Black Panther leaders are threatening to burn down the White House; and all the while Nixon obsesses over tracking down Timothy Leary, whom he has branded "the most dangerous man in America."
Based on freshly uncovered primary sources and new firsthand interviews, THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA is an American thriller that takes readers along for the gonzo ride of a lifetime. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon's careening, global manhunt for Dr. 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.
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February 02, 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 group advocati...
March 01, 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 paparazzi w...
February 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 declared public...
February 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 the mind, wa...
February 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, to his fleeing...
January 25, 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, Vietnam, th...
March 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 instance) but it wasn'...
February 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 of Timothy L...
February 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 President Nixon...
February 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 been made w...