Timothy Leary: A Biography

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Harcourt, Incorporated, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 689 pages
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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 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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User Review  - Josef - Goodreads

Unflinching look at the text and sub-text of the real life human being known as Timothy Leary. Again, this bio pulls no punches and reveals what we all know by personal experience, but rarely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

This was an absolutely fascinating book to listen to. It covers the sprawling history of this man's astonishing life in a lot of detail, and is therefore not just a book about a brilliant, multi ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Robert Greenfield is the author of a biography of Jerry Garcia and a book about rock impresario Bill Graham, which won a Ralph J. Gleason Award and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence. He lives in California.

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