The Most Dangerous Man in America
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.

The Most Dangerous Man in America Details

TitleThe Most Dangerous Man in America
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ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherTwelve
ISBN-139781455563586
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GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Politics, Crime, True Crime, Mystery

The Most Dangerous Man in America Review

  • J.S.
    January 1, 1970
    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 advocating violent revolution yet who mostly blew up a bunch of government toilets, he made his way out of the country and landed in Algeria, where he was taken in by the Black Panthers in exile. Add in Richard 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 advocating violent revolution yet who mostly blew up a bunch of government toilets, he made his way out of the country and landed in Algeria, where he was taken in by the Black Panthers in exile. Add in Richard Nixon, who in an effort to distract the public from Vietnam and Watergate called Leary “The most dangerous man in America,” and you’ve got a stranger than fiction tale from the early years of the 1970s.All this happened before I was even in kindergarten, so while I’d heard of Timothy Leary (not sure where), I knew nothing about him. I knew only a little about the Black Panthers and the Weathermen (later the Weather Underground), but this is a fascinating and often head-shaking account of Leary’s life on the lam, as he moves from California to Washington, to Alergia, to Switzerland, to Beirut, to... geez, it got a little hard to follow. The book is written in a very readable style rather than scholarly, and is often told in present-tense (which I found a bit annoying). It’s also clear that Leary, the “King of LSD” and "Pope of Dope," is a HERO in this book. Although we read occasionally of the dangerous effects the drug had on some people who took it, drug use in general is viewed in a fairly positive or at least benign light in the book and the negatives are mostly swept aside. If you’re from the “Sixties” you might like this even more than those of us from the “Just Say No” generation, but it's still a fun and interesting read. (I rec’d a free copy of the book from the publisher.)
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  • Ken Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    What a ride! I was there, but Davis and Minutaglio showed what I had missed. A fast-paced, compelling tale of drugs and paranoia, told from inside the minds of Leary and Nixon. This book proves that fact can definitely be stranger than fiction.
  • Niklas Pivic
    January 1, 1970
    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 the USA, and later going back—it's a wild 28-month-long ride based on a lot of research.The authors never got the information they asked for from the US government, based on the Freedom of Information A 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 the USA, and later going back—it's a wild 28-month-long ride based on a lot of research.The authors never got the information they asked for from the US government, based on the Freedom of Information Act; not even Leary himself received it when asking for it in the later part of his life. Still, lots of records were found in places such as the New York Library, which the authors used to piece together an adequate picture.As such, this is a chronological fly-on-the-wall tome which is also an easy read. Sentences glide past, written in a kind of 1970s vernacular, which feels suitable to the entire atmosphere, even when dealing with the near-psychotic Nixon, hell bent on catching Leary probably as a way of turning attention away from what he did to Vietnam and the USA at the time, Kent State, Watergate, et cetera.It's fun to read of how Leary's intelligence turned Nixon's attempts to get him upside down:The government convicted him for failing to pay the federal marijuana tax, sentencing him to thirty years in prison. But Leary remained free on bond while he appealed, fighting all the way to the Supreme Court. In Leary v. United States, he won unanimously, defeating the Nixon Administration’s lawyers and striking down key marijuana laws. He celebrated his victory by declaring he would challenge Ronald Reagan in the California gubernatorial election. “Don’t you think I’ve had more experience than Ronnie?” Leary joked to reporters. He promised to legalize pot, selling it through officially sanctioned stores with the tax revenues going into state coffers. He said he would never live in the governor’s mansion—instead he would pitch a teepee on the front lawn and conduct the state’s business from there. His campaign slogan, Come Together, Join the Party, inspired John Lennon to write a song for him that the Beatles recorded as “Come Together.”It's also easy to see Leary's charisma:“Of the great men of the past whom I hold up as models,” he tells people, “almost every one of them has been either imprisoned or threatened with imprisonment for their spiritual beliefs: Gandhi, Jesus, Socrates, Lao-tse… I have absolutely no fear of imprisonment… I know that the only real prisons are internal.”Then, there's the start of The Weathermen Underground (later known as The Weather Underground):The shadowy revolutionary organization that went underground after that deadly townhouse explosion in Greenwich Village has just issued a “Declaration of a State of War” on Richard Nixon: This is the first communication from the Weatherman Underground. All over the world, people fighting Amerikan imperialism look to Amerika’s youth to use our strategic position behind enemy lines to join forces in the destruction of the empire… We’ve known that our job is to lead white kids into armed revolution… Revolutionary violence is the only way… Guns and grass are united in the youth underground. Freaks are revolutionaries and revolutionaries are freaks… Within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of Amerikan injustice. This Sunday, there are also news reports that in Ames, Iowa, the FBI has been called in to help figure out who detonated a massive dynamite bomb inside city hall that injured nine people and blew up portions of the adjacent police headquarters.[...]More bombs are erupting across the country, from New York to Chicago to Oakland. The Weathermen, the tight-knit clique of former campus leaders who have gone underground as guerrilla revolutionaries, are careening toward notoriety. They’ve taken their name from Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues”—“you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”—and are led by Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers. Dohrn is a twenty-eight-year-old with a law degree from the University of Chicago. Raised in an upper-middle-class Milwaukee suburb, she was a dance student and high school cheerleader before turning to revolutionary terrorism. Her coleader, Ayers, is the twenty-five-year-old son of the president of Commonwealth Edison in Chicago. When people call him a rich radical, Ayers bristles: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.”[...]On July 26, an explosion blows apart a sculpture of a Nike Ajax missile housed inside the Presidio, the iconic army base in San Francisco. The Weathermen issue a new communiqué: “Today we attack with rocks, riots and bombs the greatest killer pig ever known to man—Amerikan imperialism.” They sneer at Nixon’s blustery attorney general, John Mitchell, who has been targeting them: “To General Mitchell we say: Don’t look for us, Dog; we’ll find you first.” A few hours later, at 3:30 a.m., a pipe bomb explodes in the front lobby of the Bank of America in the heart of Wall Street. Chunks of marble and glass from the doors rocket into the street. Twenty minutes after the bomb goes off, the New York Daily News receives a phone call: “This is a Weatherman. Listen close. I’ll only say it once. We have just bombed the Bank of America… Tell John Mitchell that no matter what he does, we cannot be stopped.”I won't go to deep into the innards of the book as that would be spoiling it all, but there's also a lovely interview with the authors of this book as held by a representative of The New York Public Library: http://traffic.libsyn.com/newyorkpubl... - which I strongly recommend.All in all, this is a wild ride through corruption, international getaways, Nixon, The Black Panthers, international terrorism, war, psychedelics, philosophy, adventure, love, and life in total. Firmly recommended.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    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 were present at almost every stop of this strange trip (pun intended).It seems to me that, after escaping prison, Leary was able to evade the long arm of the U.S. Government, only because the rest of the 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 were present at almost every stop of this strange trip (pun intended).It seems to me that, after escaping prison, Leary was able to evade the long arm of the U.S. Government, only because the rest of the world regarded Richard Nixon as a war criminal. It's the reason Algeria set the Black Panthers up in a luxurious embassy in their capital city. Through the intervention of The Weathermen and other radical underground lawyers, Leary was allowed to stay in Algeria (in order to do that he had to swear allegiance to "violent revolution," which was not really his bag). However, the whole thing quickly fell apart because Eldridge Cleaver was against the use of LSD, and never believed that Leary's brand of Quixotic silliness would have the desired effect of toppling "Babylon" (which is how he referred America). A series of fiascos meant to establish Leary's revolutionary credibility -- including a botched mission to Beirut to meet with the PLO, which led to his becoming a prisoner of the increasingly paranoid and tyrannical Cleaver)-- ended with his expulsion from the country.Fortunately, a speaking engagement in Denmark opened up. However, a fortuitous phone call en route to the conference from Switzerland, revealed a trap. Instead of boarding the next flight, he fled the airport, using the false passport he obtained from the Weathermen back in California. Having no cash, and his only asset, the potential for a lucrative book deal, he went to the address provided by the tipster. Thus he spent several months as a sort of court jester to a series of debauched jet setters, who revolved around a shady character who resembled Dr. Goldfinger of the Bond films. The deal was pretty simple. Goldfinger will bribe Swiss police if Leary signs over 80% of future book royalties. But even Goldfinger's protection was not always enough (the C.I.A. were relentless in encouraging prominent citizens to write letters to authorities denouncing the presence of an international criminal in their midst). Enter the Brotherhood Of Eternal Love, his devoted disciples, who could be relied upon to magically slip through heavily guarded airports with cash and thousands of hits of Orange Sunshine.The situation clearly was not sustainable and it all came crashing down eventually, ending with Leary's illegal capture in Afghanistan by U.S. agents. This was not how it was supposed to end. After all, the King of Afghanistan's nephew -- who was fond of Mod suits and Beatle boots -- was a friend of Leary's. What happened afterward could not happen here again in a million years. I find it hard to believe Nixon really regarded Leary as all that dangerous, but his capture was undoubtedly good for his law and order stance. There is a transcript included of an actual conversation between Art Linkletter and Nixon on the relative merits of alcohol versus marijuana, which sounded more like a conversation between Beavis and Butthead. At the very least, I always thought Nixon was smarter than that.
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  • Bob Schnell
    January 1, 1970
    "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 enemy number one. Helped along the way by hippies, Black Panthers, sympathetic governments and even suspected arms dealers , Leary's search for a safe haven is an international version of It's a Mad, Mad "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 enemy number one. Helped along the way by hippies, Black Panthers, sympathetic governments and even suspected arms dealers , Leary's search for a safe haven is an international version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. And he's dropping acid and smoking hash almost the entire time. The author presents the story in an entertaining manner and you'll laugh out loud at situations that would otherwise seem quite serious. It was a different time and we sure could use a jester like Dr. Leary these days.
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  • Silvio111
    January 1, 1970
    A totally outrageous story about Timothy Leary on the lam after his prison break in 1970. Supported by both the Weathermen and the hippies as well as a radical (yet self-serving?) California lawyer, Leary fled to Algeria to the "American Embassy" of Eldridge Cleaver's branch of the Black Panthers, and it just gets crazier from there.I was living in a college bubble in rural New England at the time all this was taking place and had no idea. The most interesting part of all this to me was the fact A totally outrageous story about Timothy Leary on the lam after his prison break in 1970. Supported by both the Weathermen and the hippies as well as a radical (yet self-serving?) California lawyer, Leary fled to Algeria to the "American Embassy" of Eldridge Cleaver's branch of the Black Panthers, and it just gets crazier from there.I was living in a college bubble in rural New England at the time all this was taking place and had no idea. The most interesting part of all this to me was the fact that Leary, who apparently dropped acid every day, was able to endure several years of this intrigue, having to flee at a moment's notice, often every few weeks or months, all the while putting up with the patriarchal and strong-man tactics of Cleaver, hippie/druggie hangers-on, and desperate, ongoing pleas to all his friends and supporters for money. I am surprised he did not have a nervous breakdown. But he seemed to dwell in a world of his own.His wives and girlfriends had a harder time of it. It was quite illuminating to read about how when female members of of the "revolution" (Weather Underground members) visited Cleaver, they were relegated to the kitchen with the other women in the Algiers "American Embassy."No wonder the third wave of the feminist movement sprang from the anti-war movement of the '70s!
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  • Reed
    January 1, 1970
    History, spirituality, philosophy, (geo)politics, & music all written in a white knuckle-like thriller style. With gripping storytelling of the exploits of Timothy Leary & Richard Nixon, I found this book very hard to put down. It kept me up way past my bedtime on several occasions, which depending on your perspective, can be either a good or bad thing. Even though I had considered myself fairly exposed to the counterculture of the early 70s through my love of the era’s music and charact History, spirituality, philosophy, (geo)politics, & music all written in a white knuckle-like thriller style. With gripping storytelling of the exploits of Timothy Leary & Richard Nixon, I found this book very hard to put down. It kept me up way past my bedtime on several occasions, which depending on your perspective, can be either a good or bad thing. Even though I had considered myself fairly exposed to the counterculture of the early 70s through my love of the era’s music and characters, I still learned a ton reading this book. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of the excesses of hippiedom. Classify this on the same part of the bookshelf as Hell’s Angels, Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, 1971, & Eat the Document.
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  • Gerard Villegas
    January 1, 1970
    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, was convicted of drug possession of marijuana and escaped as a fugitive overseas where he became both a martyr, folk hero, and wanted man among the public of the time period.To understand Leary's contribut 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, was convicted of drug possession of marijuana and escaped as a fugitive overseas where he became both a martyr, folk hero, and wanted man among the public of the time period.To understand Leary's contribution in the drug culture is to understand an era of civil unrest. Disenchanted with the American government due to the county's involvement in Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, our relationship with the Middle East, and the dissolution of racial equality, gender, and faith in the country gave way for radical revolution groups to rise up. From the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and extremist hippie drug culture, President Nixon had a lot of on his plate to deal with during his administration and what better way than to set an example by targeting a well-known drug marketer like Timothy Leary.However, Leary found himself way over his head. Naïve and not a follower of any political groups, his involvement overseas first in Algier and later in Afghanistan only made him a useless symbol to promote whatever revolutionary group's agenda. This became apparent when he was recaptured, returned to the U. S. and cooperated with the police to name all political radicals.The book itself provides an interesting perspective of a moment in history where there was disorganization and plenty of specialty groups attempting to be heard. Sadly, Leary's role is regulated to one of a figurehead than an actual significant plater of America's restless conflicts among the revolutionary groups. The book tended to ramble with Leary simply lost and confused as he encounters these organizations and became way over his head. For those wanting a more concise understanding of this period, this does not provide a clear, depth picture.It's a simply an okay read.
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  • Wes Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really fun and fast-paced nonfiction read from a wild time in American history that I had not known much about, but that has parallels to our own era of progressive protests and rightwing skullduggery. It's obvious the authors did a ton of research. Dr. Tim Leary comes to life as a colorful character whose appetite for sex, drugs and (above all) the spotlight put him in the crosshairs of President Richard Nixon, who grows increasingly deranged as the globe-trotting fugitive Leary elud This was a really fun and fast-paced nonfiction read from a wild time in American history that I had not known much about, but that has parallels to our own era of progressive protests and rightwing skullduggery. It's obvious the authors did a ton of research. Dr. Tim Leary comes to life as a colorful character whose appetite for sex, drugs and (above all) the spotlight put him in the crosshairs of President Richard Nixon, who grows increasingly deranged as the globe-trotting fugitive Leary eludes the American government's best efforts to capture him.
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating look at a brief period in the life of LSD prophet Timothy Leary, when he escaped from a California prison, went to Algeria (as an unwelcome guest of the Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panthers), then Switzerland, then Afghanistan, before finally being extradited. Good coverage also of Nixon's response. Ultimately, in my opinion, nobody comes out looking good at the end. While I was sympathetic to the unfairness of Leary's harsh sentence, he later wore out his welcome in every count A fascinating look at a brief period in the life of LSD prophet Timothy Leary, when he escaped from a California prison, went to Algeria (as an unwelcome guest of the Eldridge Cleaver and the Black Panthers), then Switzerland, then Afghanistan, before finally being extradited. Good coverage also of Nixon's response. Ultimately, in my opinion, nobody comes out looking good at the end. While I was sympathetic to the unfairness of Leary's harsh sentence, he later wore out his welcome in every country he visited. The idea of keeping a low profile as a fugitive was a concept unknown to him, and his egoism and unconcern for others in my opinion was appalling. Loose ends are wrapped up at the end for those who want to know the rest of the story to the present.I listened to this book on Audible. Unfortunately, there was no narration of any of the Bibliographic material. I hope it exists because otherwise I would question how the authors could recreate in such detail the daily events during this period. I have been unable to get to a library to check out a paper version of the book for this. I don't know why Audible often omits this; you don't need to read every footnote and book consulted, but some statement at the end would help.Fun fact: at around the same time Nixon set up his taping system, Eldridge Cleaver set up his.
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  • Jason MARTIN
    January 1, 1970
    A romp through Nixonian might and Leary escapism
  • Nofyfb Azo
    January 1, 1970
    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, the drug culture, the war on drugs, Weathermen, Black Panthers, etc. Interesting times indeed! I found the descriptions of air travel during that time as particularly fascinating... pre-9/11/TSA, and befor 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, the drug culture, the war on drugs, Weathermen, Black Panthers, etc. Interesting times indeed! I found the descriptions of air travel during that time as particularly fascinating... pre-9/11/TSA, and before all of the crap that makes air travel so miserable today. I do wonder how much of the dialogue and detail in the book was manufactured under the author's artistic license. Knowing the facts, the events and circumstances, is straightforward; knowing who said what to whom, and some of the other rich details in the book clearly required some imagination. Nevertheless, I found the entire story hugely entertaining and informative, and factually accurate as far as I can tell. In summary, I feel this is an excellent book that describes a tumultuous period in history, from the late 60s through the early 70s, through the experiences of one of the period's leading actors. It's also a valuable reference point for measuring the huge changes that have taken place in the US, and the world at large, between then and now.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    In my early 20s I went through a Leary phase. I didn't take my experimentation anywhere near the level he did, but I got very interested in his philosophy of psychedelics and spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. I majored in religious studies in university and I likened Leary's philosophy and practice to a religion. I think I even heard him speak in the early '90s (though that might have been a hallucination). It has been many years since I visited this history, and this book tells the stor In my early 20s I went through a Leary phase. I didn't take my experimentation anywhere near the level he did, but I got very interested in his philosophy of psychedelics and spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. I majored in religious studies in university and I likened Leary's philosophy and practice to a religion. I think I even heard him speak in the early '90s (though that might have been a hallucination). It has been many years since I visited this history, and this book tells the story of a very specific period in Leary's life. It is a very interesting tale, of jailbreak and exile, and the maniacal pursuit executed by Richard Nixon. The Nixon stuff is especially fascinating, seeing it through the lens of Trump's America. I think parallels between Nixon and Trump are inevitable, and indeed this book describes some of Nixon's behaviour as being as erratic and crazed as some have reported Trump to be. The early 70s were a volatile, some might say exciting time, when people rose up and used violent revolutionary acts to express their displeasure with the government. Leary was drawn into that violence because it provided him a means of escape from Nixon's single-minded persecution, but in fact it was exactly counter to his philosophy of joyous contemplation of the universe and humans' place in it. A highly engaging and thought-provoking read.
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  • Jake
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced examination of the years that Dr. Timothy Leary spent on the lam. After being sentenced to ten years for possessing two roaches, the former Harvard professor busted out of his minimum security prison and bounced around safehouses in the Pacific Northwest, North Africa, and Europe. All the while, infamous countercultural organizations--The Weathermen, The Black Panthers, a mysterious Swiss aristocrat akin to a Bond supervillian--lay claim Leary and use his enormous influence for thei A fast-paced examination of the years that Dr. Timothy Leary spent on the lam. After being sentenced to ten years for possessing two roaches, the former Harvard professor busted out of his minimum security prison and bounced around safehouses in the Pacific Northwest, North Africa, and Europe. All the while, infamous countercultural organizations--The Weathermen, The Black Panthers, a mysterious Swiss aristocrat akin to a Bond supervillian--lay claim Leary and use his enormous influence for their own gains. As a result, the man becomes a least free when he exits prison. Serving as a foil to Leary is Richard Nixon, who used the professor as somewhat of a scapegoat. Nixon, joyless, square, obsessed with law and order, was everything Leary was not. Trying to combat his sinking approval rating and the ever-worsening situation in Vietnam, he declares a War on Drugs...and hippies.Something really interesting about this book was comparing what has and hasn't changed. In 1970, the president was mentally unraveling two years into his term, protesters were taking to the streets, and bombs were going off around the country. Hey, that sounds like March of 2018! So what was differernt? For starters, Algeria was a welcoming place for American intellectuals and Afghanistan was a hot destination for international travelers.
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  • Shaun
    January 1, 1970
    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't enough of an omission to make it hard to follow or understand. I didn't know a lot about the era discussed in the book (it was before I was born) but did know the key players and overall history of the 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't enough of an omission to make it hard to follow or understand. I didn't know a lot about the era discussed in the book (it was before I was born) but did know the key players and overall history of the era itself.The book is basically a timeline of Timothy Leary's life from when he pops up on the public stage, to the resignation of Richard Nixon. It's very detailed and well researched concerning Leary...less so concerning other aspects of the timeline. It reads like a cat and mouse novel with Leary always staying one step ahead of the law. It also makes Leary out to be a very sympathetic figure and Nixon a complete villain, for lack of a better term.Overall, it's a good snapshot of the era in which it takes place. Gives a good overview of feelings of the time and is an entertaining read. It lacks a bit of depth in anything other than Leary's activities and life while on the run. I'd recommend as a supplemental read to anyone with interest in the revolution/radicalization of the late 1960s/early 1970s and Timothy Leary in particular.
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  • Kitty Galore
    January 1, 1970
    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 Leary, I was ecstatic that he was able to elude the clutches of his nemesis Richard Nixon for so long. The way this tale was written provided exciting segues into each chapter which kept this reader engag 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 Leary, I was ecstatic that he was able to elude the clutches of his nemesis Richard Nixon for so long. The way this tale was written provided exciting segues into each chapter which kept this reader engaged well into the late night hours. Could any president have behaved more egregiously or more pompously and with less sense of responsibility than Nixon? At the time the answer was no, but recently the answer is yes. In addition to a comparison with the present, however, the antics of Leary, his seemingly constant use of mind-altering drugs, living the high life (literally and figuratively) without any source of constant income, and his relationship with the terrorist groups of the day, make the history of the time nearly unbelievable and provides exciting reading.
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  • Argum
    January 1, 1970
    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 even while Watergate was bringing the world down around his ears. This was fascinating to read about how the men interconnected and the wider circles that were involved in the effort to get Leary back. 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 even while Watergate was bringing the world down around his ears. This was fascinating to read about how the men interconnected and the wider circles that were involved in the effort to get Leary back. But, the book does seem to assume a lot from the average reader - the back story of the Weather Underground to the point of knowing about the townhouse explosion, what on Earth the Black Panthers were doing in Algeria and their internal leadership. I figured most of it out and quickly Wikipedia briefed myself on the rest, but it was frustrating to have to do that. Otherwise really interesting and learned a lot.
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  • Anna Fedorowycz
    January 1, 1970
    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 without archives on Timothy Leary that are at the New York Public Library). This story was about Leary's escape from prison in the 1970s and the various paths he crossed and places he stayed around the wo 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 without archives on Timothy Leary that are at the New York Public Library). This story was about Leary's escape from prison in the 1970s and the various paths he crossed and places he stayed around the world while trying to evade the grasps of the Nixon administration. At first, I was indifferent about this book, but I really started to love it as it went on further into the story. Great read; historical, funny at times, and now I know more about some of the crazy public figures from American history.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Quite a magic carpet ride. Drugs, sex, drugs, celebrity friends, drugs, exotic locations, drugs, amazing escapes, and more drugs, and more sex. A highly readable and fascinating book. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. The book starts with 50 year old Timothy Leary making a daring escape from prison. It then follows his escapades as he travels from country to country trying to avoid recapture. He gets help from terrorist groups, ro Quite a magic carpet ride. Drugs, sex, drugs, celebrity friends, drugs, exotic locations, drugs, amazing escapes, and more drugs, and more sex. A highly readable and fascinating book. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. The book starts with 50 year old Timothy Leary making a daring escape from prison. It then follows his escapades as he travels from country to country trying to avoid recapture. He gets help from terrorist groups, rock & roll stars, groupies, wealthy socialites, foreign governments, and sexy women. Although money is often an issue there never seems to be a shortage of drugs, alcohol or sex. The whole thing is so wacky that it would be unbelievable if it wasn’t actually true.
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  • Susan Evans
    January 1, 1970
    This book tells the story of Timothy Leary's escape from detention for an unbelievably harsh30-year sentence for the possession of a couple of joints through his more than two-year flight to avoid capture after being declared “the most dangerous man in America” by Richard Nixon. Timothy Leary was aided by all sorts of underground and militant types of the time, hippies, the Weathermen, Black Panthers, foreign governments, etc. Of course, this is Timothy Leary we're talking about so there was ple This book tells the story of Timothy Leary's escape from detention for an unbelievably harsh30-year sentence for the possession of a couple of joints through his more than two-year flight to avoid capture after being declared “the most dangerous man in America” by Richard Nixon. Timothy Leary was aided by all sorts of underground and militant types of the time, hippies, the Weathermen, Black Panthers, foreign governments, etc. Of course, this is Timothy Leary we're talking about so there was plenty of LSD and hash throughout.This pursuit of Leary by the Nixon administration was merely a ploy to divert attention of the average American away from his own horrors of the time. The very unpopular war in Viet Nam and Watergate were plaguing Nixon and Leary became his scapegoat. We all know what happened to Nixon but for Leary, he fought his case all the way to the Supreme Court where he was found innocent. The effect of all this was Dr. Timothy Leary became somewhat of a folk hero, and even ran for Governor of California. I was one of those hippie kids that everyone asks, “Where did they go? What happened to them?” I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It brought back plenty of memories for me and also taught me things I didn't know, or have long since forgotten. In answer to your questions, I grew up and became a member of academia, now retired, and am watching Trump with the same eagle eye that I did Nixon. I suggest you do the same.I received a free e-copy of #TheMostDangerousManInAmerica from #NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Quite a magic carpet ride. Drugs, sex, drugs, celebrity friends, drugs, exotic locations, drugs, amazing escapes, and more drugs, and more sex. A highly readable and fascinating book. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. The book starts with 50 year old Timothy Leary making a daring escape from prison. It then follows his escapades as he travels from country to country trying to avoid recapture. He gets help from terrorist groups, ro Quite a magic carpet ride. Drugs, sex, drugs, celebrity friends, drugs, exotic locations, drugs, amazing escapes, and more drugs, and more sex. A highly readable and fascinating book. What must have been extremely extensive research is presented in the form of a fast paced thriller. The book starts with 50 year old Timothy Leary making a daring escape from prison. It then follows his escapades as he travels from country to country trying to avoid recapture. He gets help from terrorist groups, rock & roll stars, groupies, wealthy socialites, foreign governments, and sexy women. Although money is often an issue there never seems to be a shortage of drugs, alcohol or sex. The whole thing is so wacky that it would be unbelievable if it wasn’t actually true.
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  • Traci
    January 1, 1970
    I found the historical reading of this fascinating. I was too young when the events in the book were happening to remember much about them. Timothy Leary came across as narcissistic and pathetic. I was much more interested in the events of the Nixon whitehouse and the various Black Panther-type organizations. Was Leary the most dangerous man in America? No. It was almost comical to read about Nixon's growing frustration with the situation as Leary floated around the world on an LSD high. However I found the historical reading of this fascinating. I was too young when the events in the book were happening to remember much about them. Timothy Leary came across as narcissistic and pathetic. I was much more interested in the events of the Nixon whitehouse and the various Black Panther-type organizations. Was Leary the most dangerous man in America? No. It was almost comical to read about Nixon's growing frustration with the situation as Leary floated around the world on an LSD high. However, Leary's willingness to embrace the violent political organizations and promote them to benefit himself was disgusting. He was not worthy of the reverence and devotion of his followers.
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  • Randy Fay
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing book, especially in the context of today. It's mostly 1970-1973, and those were *astonishing* times. It's worth reading the book just for the context of what was going on in the US. People were bombing the US Congress. Kent State. Absolutely crazy antics by Nixon. (Watch the PBS Vietnam series too!). 1970-1973 makes today's upset look like nothing (so far).The book both shows how charismatic Timothy Leary must have been and also what a complete nutcase. It doesn't make you wan This is an amazing book, especially in the context of today. It's mostly 1970-1973, and those were *astonishing* times. It's worth reading the book just for the context of what was going on in the US. People were bombing the US Congress. Kent State. Absolutely crazy antics by Nixon. (Watch the PBS Vietnam series too!). 1970-1973 makes today's upset look like nothing (so far).The book both shows how charismatic Timothy Leary must have been and also what a complete nutcase. It doesn't make you want to dive into the world of LSD, but does make you want to know the man. Highly recommended.
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  • Charles Bookman
    January 1, 1970
    “The Most Dangerous Man in America” tells the story of Leary’s 1970 escape from a California prison, his 2 years on the run, and Richard Nixon’s monomaniacal pursuit of him. The authors rely on Leary’s writing, Nixon’s White House tapes, and interviews with contemporaries and participants.At a time when our country seems at war with itself and the White House promotes an alien and unhelpful agenda, it is oddly reassuring to revisit a time when there were similarly vicious culture wars and the W “The Most Dangerous Man in America” tells the story of Leary’s 1970 escape from a California prison, his 2 ½ years on the run, and Richard Nixon’s monomaniacal pursuit of him. The authors rely on Leary’s writing, Nixon’s White House tapes, and interviews with contemporaries and participants.At a time when our country seems at war with itself and the White House promotes an alien and unhelpful agenda, it is oddly reassuring to revisit a time when there were similarly vicious culture wars and the White House was preoccupied with the wrong things. We got through this once before, and we can do it again! Read more at bookmanreader.blogspot.com
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  • Josh Firer
    January 1, 1970
    This was a compelling account of what Timothy Leary was up to after his most famous years as an LSD evangelist. I had known that he escaped from prison, but it was fascinating to see how that played out, as well as what his life was like on the run. The way in which Richard Nixon was obsessed with Timothy Leary was also really interesting and added a degree of conflict to the story. I wish that more time was spent talking about his later years, especially his involvement in rave culture and comp This was a compelling account of what Timothy Leary was up to after his most famous years as an LSD evangelist. I had known that he escaped from prison, but it was fascinating to see how that played out, as well as what his life was like on the run. The way in which Richard Nixon was obsessed with Timothy Leary was also really interesting and added a degree of conflict to the story. I wish that more time was spent talking about his later years, especially his involvement in rave culture and computer culture. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and thought the narrator was very good.
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  • Don
    January 1, 1970
    Buckle up, this is a madcap, mind-boggling journey through the turbulent sixties, as Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon wage a mystifying and often nonsensical war against each other for the soul of America. With appearances by the Black Panthers, the Weathermen, Allan Ginsburg, Keith Richards, and a host of other characters that dominated the cultural wars of that era, this is an insanely fun ride that I found hard to put down. And for those of you who think America has never been more divided tha Buckle up, this is a madcap, mind-boggling journey through the turbulent sixties, as Timothy Leary and Richard Nixon wage a mystifying and often nonsensical war against each other for the soul of America. With appearances by the Black Panthers, the Weathermen, Allan Ginsburg, Keith Richards, and a host of other characters that dominated the cultural wars of that era, this is an insanely fun ride that I found hard to put down. And for those of you who think America has never been more divided than it is today, read this book and prepare to be both enlightened and entertained.
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  • Kevin Kasowski
    January 1, 1970
    I was just into my early teens when the events described in this book unfolded and remember the headlines but enjoyed reading the back story now that I am older. Kind of one of those real life stories that is so bizarre that you couldn’t make it up, with a supporting cast of the Weather Underground, Eldridge Cleaver, Richard Nixon and his band of crooks and even a cameo by Charles Manson. Lively and well told!
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  • Trish Reid
    January 1, 1970
    A fast-paced, eye opening adventure that will redefine your image of the 60s. Almost every incident in this book is new to me. I was familiar with Timothy Leary, but I didn’t know he escaped prison with help from the Weather Underground and Black Panthers, then evaded capture in Algeria where hippies brought him drugs while the FBI tried to extradite him. Along the way his story links back to revolutionary politics, COINTELPRO, Watergate, and the political madness of the Nixon era.
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  • Carolanne
    January 1, 1970
    one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. remarkable too that Nixon's manhunt of Leary still impacts our countries ridiculous "war on drugs" & has effected millions of people, espeically black men who are serving time for marijuana charges when Republicans in the 70's wanted to de criminalize but Nixon's ego wouldn't allow it. Also: where did all the young hippies go?
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  • Ricky
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! #What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been. “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD” is meticulously researched and wonderfully written. Bill Minutaglio (@bminutaglio) and Steven L. Davis provide an insightful look at Dr. Timothy Leary’s fugitive “trip” and President Richard Nixon’s obsession with Leary.
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