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I Have America Surrounded: A Biography of Timothy Leary Hardcover – 30 Aug 2006
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About the Author
John Higgs is an author and BAFTA-nominated TV producer. He has produced a number of animated children's series, most recently The Beeps and Castle Farm. John has produced video games, created the Radio 4 quiz show X Marks The Spot, and written for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Mojo. His website is www.johnhiggs.com--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
whatever my impression of leary has become, this is exceptionally well written, researched and balanced biography by an author that could write entertainingly about the hardening of faecal matter and make it interesting and valid! contains all we need to know, and set out in a neutral narrative that allows the reader to form opinion and learn. what more? i have thoroughly enjoyed this, 'k.l.f.....' and 'stranger than we can imagine....', now looking forward to a 'trip' down 'watling street' in july!
The title of this book is borrowed from a thing Timothy Leary's sloganized after prez Nixon called him a danger to the youth of the day. Timothy Leary was the psychedelic piper of the counter culture, who told the youth about this version of God, this was after investing magic mushrooms. Things are never the same after experiencing the sacred mushroom.
Before he tried magic mushrooms, Timothy Leary was a stiff Harvard academic, after trying the mushroom, Leary wore beads and guiding a generation of black and white conformist's out of the 1950's and into the light. For his labours, Timothy Leary got his butt thrown into maximum security. Prison was a bitter pill for one of the most prestigious psychologists working in America at the time. Why did he get thrown into prison? Was it for saying that he learned more from an 8 hour mushroom experience than studying psychology for 20 years (the clip was on You Tube for ages but its been taken down now)?
Dr Leary experienced the God within, the God, incidentally, that they never tell you about in kindergarten. The cardinals of the academy, and their political stooges, recoiled in horror at the suggestion that running rats in a maze was not the way to do psychology, and because of their refusal to experiment, Leary called them flat Earthers. We see these flat Earthers today, in the towers of the academy and in the halls of philosophy.
If an idiot looks into a mirror don't expect a genius to look back. Culture is the mirror. Make of that as you may.Read more ›
Its fairly readable as well, so something you could take away and finish in a few days!
The author is not biased either; he balances out his information and pointing out where Timothy Leary went wrong and writing about some of the less heroic acts he did like become a snitch for FBI in order to get out of prison (however, considering Tim's situation it is still understandable why he did this and besides he could've given away much more information than he let on, but instead cleverly led the Feds on). It also has a good forward by Winona Ryder who happens to be his God daughter... It's totally worth getting this book; from stories like his escape from prison with aid from the Weather Underground to his life in Africa and then Europe with his girlfriend Joanne.
Brilliant! I really did enjoy it but only give it four stars because I wanted it to be a bit long and bit more in-depth with more detail but still a great read - it left me wanting to know more about Leary but this is definately a great starter as Higgs totally connects with the spirit of Leary and spirit of the times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good biopic... What a character. .....turn on baby...oh yeah....☺☺☺☺☺Published 4 months ago by James Coates
I share one or two of Leary's opinions but having been at university in Reno in 1982 when he and G. Gordon 'Watergate ' Liddy brought their debate gig to town I knew that he had... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. G. Morgan
Must read, not just about LSD but the counter culture at the time. Excellent book!Published 4 months ago by Emilia
A fascinating book and a true insight into Timothy Leary's life if you're a fan of all people associated with the 1960's read this book. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published 9 months ago by Miss M
LOVED this book. So much interesting information on Leary and the whole scene and that time. I highly recommend reading this onePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highly entertaining, fascinating and important story. It is one of those books that I had to pick up and keep reading at every opportunity.Published 21 months ago by Adrian Raggio
What a life Mr Leary had.a brilliant mind and a wizard and charlatan combined.the stuff that dreams are made of.Published on 9 April 2015 by eddy