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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.
The book tells some great anecdotes, and includes appearances from many of the luminaries of the sixties scene. I often despair of biographies where the writer aims for exhaustive details at the expense of being a good read. Higgs does a good job of drawing out the most interesting parts of Leary's life while giving appropriate background information where needed. I'd not read a great deal about Leary before this and felt John Higgs did a great job. The book has given me some good ideas for further reading in the future.
This is a well-structured, interesting book, which also has one of the best titles I've seen in ages. Recommended.
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 ›
Loaded with context and written with confidence, authority and zeal...it's a massive story.
Frankly, you are better off reading it than reading this. Personally; money well spent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 29 days ago by Miss M
I liked this book. If you have an interest in 60's American counter culture then this book will appeal. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. Aj Cran
LOVED this book. So much interesting information on Leary and the whole scene and that time. I highly recommend reading this onePublished 12 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 13 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 18 months ago by eddy
Top stuff. I grew up with punk and so dismissed Leary as a grinning hippy twit. This book shows what a counter-cultural force he really was. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Md Lachlan
Thoroughly enjoyed the casual stroll through the life and times of an iconic figure. Some very interesting insights into a movement that revolutionised the way we engage in... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Heathrhodes1