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 first became 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 a serious social scientist into a counterculture shaman, embodying the idealism and hedonism of an age of revolutionary change. Timothy Leary is the first major biography of one of the most controversial figures in postwar America.More
"Hugely entertaining....[A] genuine page turner, an epic tragedy and a cosmic farce." (L.A. Weekly)
"A veritable who's who of the age of Aquarius and a real page-turner....illuminates the paradoxes of the psychedelic age." (Booklist)
"Riveting....unfolds like the great novel Sinclair Lewis might have written had he lived to the age of 120." (New York Times Book Review)
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