Buy Used
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Books & Coe
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A very clean copy.
Trade in your item
Get a £0.29
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

I Have America Surrounded: A Biography of Timothy Leary Hardcover – 30 Aug 2006

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"

Trade In Promotion

Trade In this Item for up to £0.29
Trade in I Have America Surrounded: A Biography of Timothy Leary for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £0.29, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; 1st Edition edition (30 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569803153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569803158
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,467,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet on
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 12 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Timothy Leary 101: A fascinating bio of one of the most influential minds of the 20th century 12 Nov 2006
By Sean P. Kearney - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Harvard psychologist, LSD guru, and transhumanist pioneer Timothy Leary was found of saying, "There are 24 Timothy Leary's" and "You get the Timothy Leary you deserve." John Higg's insightful biography "I Have America Surrounded" reads like a mystery novel focusing on Timothy Leary, the fugitive. Higg's explores in depth the events of Leary's escape from prison and adventures on the run beginning in 1970 after announcing that he would face Ronald Reagan in the race for Governor of California.

Unlike Robert Greenfield's recent bio-tabloid or Leary's auto-biography "Flashbacks," "I Have America Surrounded" is a much more complete story of a fascinating, flawed, and yet undeniably brilliant mind. Higgs explores the motivations, misteps, and impact of Leary's works and life with insight from many of the people who were closest to Leary at the time including Brian Barritt, Michael Horowitz, and Joanna Harcourt-Smith.

If you are looking for Timothy Leary 101, this is it. I can't recommend this book highly enough and look forward to hearing reviews from other readers.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best Leary biography, a history of psychedelic culture 27 Jan 2008
By Theseus Augustus - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Unlike the Greenfield biography, this bio is told from the perspective of an insider to 21st century psychedelic culture. Higgs explores the many contributions that this flawed man made both to the methodology and history of psychedelics, but also the lasting contributions he made in the fields of psychological testing, the human potential movement, the personal computer, and the decade of the sixties.

You are likely to come away from this book convinced that everything good about the sixties was due to Leary, and if it had not been for Leary that decade would have probably been a much darker and more violent time.

Leary's serious flaws, the many people he disappointed, his many failures and drop-outs, and later collaboration with federal law enforcement are covered extensively. This biography is critical yet balanced, something that cannot be said of other biographies (including Leary's own).
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A compelling, informed, and informative biography 9 Dec 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
British biographer John Higgs draws upon previously unavailable archive of documents in "I Have America Surrounded: The Life Of Timothy Leary", new biography of Timothy Leary, the brilliant Harvard University psychologist who was one of the leading proponents of using psychedelic drugs like LSD to expand the mind's perception. A figure of controversy who has achieved an almost cult-like status in the history of the 1960s drug culture - and the man who coined the phrase `tune in, turn on, drop out' as a mantra of that era - Leary conducted research that led to changes in popular American culture as reflected in its music, cyber-culture, the Mind-Body-Soul movement, and clinical psychological profiling. Very highly recommended reading and an appropriate addition to academic and community library American Biography collections, "I Have America Surrounded" is a compelling, informed, and informative biography of one of the key figures in the `hippie' cultural movement that stamped the baby boomer coming-of-age experience on and off the college campus.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Turn on 26 Aug 2010
By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A very entertaining and engrossing biography that manages to shed new light on aspects to Leary's life not covered in other works.

The author performs exhaustive research concerning Leary's history. This includes formative experiences and historical events that helped shape the fascinating and unpredictable directions Leary took his own brain AND an entire culture.

There is a respectable balance between showcasing the subject's remarkable intellectual and lifestyle achievements and providing insights into the more controversial inner workings of politics and supposed deals with government.

The human side of Leary shines through in the dynamic stories of his tumultuous family life and relationships with key friends; and notably several beautiful, intriguing women.

Leary was unique in that for every person who claimed him to be an egoist or megalomaniac, there seemed to be 20 or 30 proclaiming him to be the seminal inspiration to their lives. Both demonized and lauded as an eternal hero, we are presented with a protagonist unlike anyone who has ever lived.

Those close to him claimed he possessed an excitement and caliber of intellect that was unparalleled. Leary was a sort of anthropomorphic litmus test of where many of us have stood on issues of libertarianism, psychology, politics, and culture.

He ignited a storm of evolutionary thinking and suffered deeply for his stance - like other great historical figures.

The author succeeds in providing an objective overview of an otherwise incendiary topic.

Readers are happily left with the ultimate option that would have made Leary S.M.I.L.E.

Just Say Know
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best book on Leary so far... 25 Aug 2009
By Lost Johnny - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As everyone else has said, this is a much better book than Robert Greenfield's hack biography. Higgs tries to understand Leary's theories (not always easy, it must be said, but beyond way beyond the intellectual capacity of Greenfield) and his significance to the sixties and beyond. He shows Leary's humour, adventurousness and selfishness. What a life Leary had and he had a great mind too, when he could focus it....

Higgs has said that one of the highlights of writing the book was that he got to interview Robert Anton Wilson. (Greenfield apparently did do too, but edited most of RAWs comments out because they were not negative enough.)

Recommended for anyone wanting to understand more about Leary, LSD and the sixties. It's fashionable amongst some of the weaker contemporary writers on psychedelics to blame everything on Leary-- even Sasha Shulgin has said that Leary had little to do with the banning of LSD.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know

Look for similar items by category