Timothy Leary : A Biography (Paperback)

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To a generation in full revolt against any form of authority, "Tune in, turn on, drop out" became a mantra, and Dr. Timothy Leary, a guru. This is one of the first major biographies of the controversial psychologist-turned-counterculture shaman.

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Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Mfg Part# 9780156032063
SKU 202974286
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156032066
Release Date 7/1/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1.25T
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"The best that can be said about Greenfield's biography of Leary is that it will never be necessary to write another one. Greenfield spent a long time with his subject...Greenfield's Leary is a heartless and damaged man. The portrait is convincing."
"Robert Greenfield's comprehensive biography of Leary is an epically thrilling, wicked epitaph for the vain, bizarre, self-promoting guru who, depending on your perspective, either poisoned or blessed our culture with his ridiculous 'turn on, tune in, and drop out' mantra."
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Annotation In this warts-and-all biography of the famed guru of LSD and other psychedelics, Robert Greenfield succeeds in freeing Tim Leary from the 1960s, and tells the story of a very full life from the 1920s through his death in 1996, identifying several themes and showing how key experiences led to his fame and his ultimate demise. Greenfield explores Leary's troubled family life, the difficulties as a cadet at West Point that led to his dismissal, and his brief career as a researcher at Harvard University, from which he was also dismissed in the early 1960s. Greenfield recounts how this came about from his experiences with mind-altering substances--mushrooms, then psilocybin, then LSD--all which not only expanded his mind but became the central mission of his life. Greenfield recounts how Leary's encounters with celebrities and his own personality as showman and perhaps con artist fed his fame in the 60s, but also led to arrest, imprisonment, escape, flight, and return--until he eventually became an informer in order to save himself. This detailed and well-researched life stays close to the many events of Leary's life, without providing the context that is available in many other places.
Editors Note To a generation in full revolt against any form of authority, "Tune in, turn on, drop out" became a mantra, and its popularizer, Dr. Timothy Leary, a guru. A charismatic and brilliant psychologist, Leary became first intrigued and then obsessed by the effects of psychedelic drugs in the 1960s while teaching at Harvard, where he not only encouraged but instituted their experimental use among students and faculty. What began as research into human consciousness turned into a mission to alter consciousness itself. Leary transformed himself from serious social scientist into counterculture shaman, embodying the idealism and the hedonism of an age of revolutionary change. Timothy Leary is the first major biography of one of the most controversial figures in postwar America.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0689
Publisher Harvest Books
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