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Flashbacks: a Personal and Cultural History of an Era [Paperback]

Timothy Leary
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  • Paperback: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P Tarcher (6 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874778700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778700
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,134,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author, a controversial spokesman for the use of psychedelic drugs during the sixties, describes the influences on his psychological theories.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it aint braggin` if you really done it !!!!!! 5 Mar 2001
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Tim`s story is astounding!!! this book is centered on his psychedelic research in the 60`s but also keeps 'flashing back' repeatedly to his earlier life before psychedelics.the book begins with tim describing his conception and birth!!!Only tim could pull this off.whatever you think you know about the life and times of the good doctor you dont have the complete picture if you dont have this book.He runs through everything up until 1983 when he was by that time heavily involved with information technology.it really is a trip back in time and very educational.the only book of his thats more enjoable to me is "high Priest" but this is still as enjoyably disorientating and engrosing.You wonder how he kept his head!!Did he??An absolute must for anyone interested in psychedelics,the 60`s,psychology,or fans of a great (apparently true) and well written story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 22 Mar 2007
Be prepared that from the first moment you start reading this book you'll never stop. And I mean it! I have read this book maybe three times and get back to it every now and then just to refresh my mind and realize never is too late - consider Tim's life: after studying at Westpoint, he embarked on a career of a psychologist and lived the normal american life of 1950's - wife, two kids, binge parties on Fridays...(his wife committed suicide in the early fifties). But at the end of the decade he was that lucky as to have been introduced to mescalin.

That opened his eyes and kicked off his interest in mind altering substances that, ultimately, lead to his imprisonment.You get loads of stunning stories - starting with Marylin Monroe sneaking at a party into his room asking for acid and finishing off with an experiment conducted in one of the most guarded prisons with the most dangerous thieves and thugs. What would we do without this sort of pioneers? We would be bored like hell!

Simply it is a personal account of a man who turned his existence upside down. It is an amazing piece - makes you happier and less frightened of your own self. Great!

(if this book doesn't get you hooked-up with literature on psychedelic therapy,then I have no idea what else could - consider S. Grof's books!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars what an autobiography should be 16 Jun 2001
By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) - Published on Amazon.com
This work is my favorite autobiography. Leary really starts at the very beginning (exceptionally humorously) with his conception in his mother's womb and takes you through his early years as a student, his time at Harvard as an esteemed academic and then up through his "retirement" years as a stand up comedian/raconteur and lecturer.
Each chapter is nicely designed with a mini bio of someone who had impressed Leary and then continues with Leary's take on the various events in his life. There is much self-disclosure here in the form of admitting mistakes, something you certainly do not find a lot of in many autobiographies of conservatives!
Leary's writing is lively, intelligent and hopeful - a friendly warning to all drug warriors that it is possible to live a productive, intellectually fruitful life while participating in moderate psychedelic "research" and consumption.
The thing I like best about this work is that it is a hallmark of the true libertarian spirit. Leary smiled quite often during his life despite the fact that the power and control freaks tried to keep him down every day. Leary was a proud humanist and his spirit shall live on in many of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Q.A.T.F.Y. 8 Mar 2001
By Sam - Published on Amazon.com
This book is great fun so i gave it five stars,however, it seems to take liberties with the truth somewhat.he attempts to paint himself as a mad, self-less saint out to save mankind single handedly but occasionaly the true, self serving clours of Leary shine through faintly and it seems to me the C.I.A had more than a little to do with his 'success'. When alls said and done (we all have an opinion on Leary +or-) this was an amazing man with a basically positive,healthy philosophy and the world is a more colourful,exciting place because of him. An exciting read whatever the truth!!! In this case the motto becomes Question Leary and Think For Yourself!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must have for any student of the 60's... 18 Sep 2006
By KV Trout - Published on Amazon.com
... or anyone who wants to revisit the good ole daze...

I met Tim quite a bit later in life, when he was in his 60's, and man was he a bright, charismatic guy! You could just tell from watching him and listening to him that he was on a whole other level.

He was a veritable smorgasbord of wisdom, experience, humanity, love, insight, wonder, beauty, light, fun, excitement, and so on and so forth, ad infinitum...

He was very sharp into his transitional years (transitioning from old age to what we call death, what Tim would call a new beginning), way sharper than most younger people ever will be... The guy was a genius, highly intelligent, brilliant, an Einstein of consciousness.

He'd seen things; no, not hallucinations, but deep reality, deep consciousness, high consciousness, the way things work on an atomic level, the way things work on a macrocosmic level...

And he could tell you things... As he said one time "I'm a cheerleader for consciousness!" And he was. He taught a lot of people about freedom, about questioning reality, questioning authority, questioning your illusions, questioning everything.

Meanwhile, he lived quite a life. And this book is about that life, in his own words.

I found the book to be an absolute page-turner, fun, funny, interesting, amazing...

If you are looking for a really well-written and interesting autobiography, about one of the sixties' greatest men, I highly recommend you read this book. If you do, you'll see that Tim was about a lot more than just "turn on, tune in, drop out".
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent autiobio by the good Dr. 15 Jun 1999
By revscat@airmail.net (Rev. Scat Warfare) - Published on Amazon.com
From the man whom Richard Nixon labeled "the most dangerous man in America" comes his autobiography, summarizing his extensive life experiences. He talks about his LSD experiments at Harvard, his imprisonment and subsequent escape, and many other suprising events. He met and "turned on" people from Marilyn Monroe to Alan Ginsberg, and while his name dropping can get irritating at times, it nevertheless brings you in and makes you realize that some degree of admiration is warranted. A definate must for free thinkers, this book will warp your mind in all the best ways.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Monroe(Garry Hixon) rates Flashbacks 13 Mar 2002
By Marilyn Monroe - Published on Amazon.com
A really good book, lot's of funny stories about Leary and Liddy squaring off, a very intelligent man, comparable to John C. Lilly's Center of the Cyclone. Many Beatles references and 60's chantra's-Turn on tune in, drop out! The one where he escapes from CMC is funny, what an acrobat. The book is better than the audio cassettes. Book has his baby-boomer/whiz kids chart. Supposedly, any kid born after 1965, is a computer nut in the future, could be, but more like internet kids. Tells about his experiences at Harvard, and how stuffy they were in the early 60's. Tells about his [drug] experience with Marilyn Monroe, and he says"If I knew how sick she was then, my God I would of never given her the [stuff]." She in turn gave him some Randy/Mandy's, some Barb that gives feeling of Euphoria when mixed with booze. She was more wacked out than him. He talks about how happy he is, and how happy the world was in the 60's. Good book and I'm going to read it again, when I can afford it!-A good buy, for a book!-Love Marilyn(Garry)
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