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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Greenfield Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781455187133
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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. In the handsome, charismatic Leary, the youth of the 1960s found someone who promised it all: self-liberation, hedonistic satisfaction, and spiritual fulfillment.

While in Mexico in 1960, Leary, then a lecturer and brilliant psychologist at Harvard, tried magic mushrooms for the first time. He became first intrigued and then obsessed by the effects of the psychedelic drugs. Under the aegis of Aldous Huxley, Leary launched the Harvard Psychadelic Project and transformed himself into a psychadelic messiah. What began as research into human consciousness turned into a mission to alter consciousness itself.

For the next three decades, Leary’s life was a roller-coaster ride of glamour and scandal, drug-induced epiphanies, and endless legal problems. After he died in Los Angeles in 1996, his ashes were shot into outer space—his last trip.

In this first major biography of one of the most controversial figures in postwar America, Robert Greenfield immerses the reader in the life and times of a compelling but troubled icon. The supporting cast of characters in this fascinating book reads like a who’s who of popular culture in twentieth-century America. At the center of the maelstrom he created everywhere he went is Leary himself: a gifted but self-mythologizing addict of fame and notoriety who seized his moment in the spotlight and refused to let it go.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nearly every page is riveting in Timothy Leary, which unfolds like the great novel Sinclair Lewis might have written had he lived to the age of 120…[Greenfield] does a particularly good job of being at once meticulous and brisk.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Leary’s wild ride is the subject of a hugely entertaining new biography by Robert Greenfield, the first man to take on the myth…[A] genuine page turner, an epic tragedy and a cosmic farce.”

    LA Weekly

  • “A veritable who’s who of the age of Aquarius and a real page-turner, Greenfield’s cornerstone portrait of the acidhead who would be king brilliantly illuminates the paradoxes of the psychedelic age.”


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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.