- Title: I Have America Surrounded: A Biography of Timothy Leary
- Author: J.M.R. Higgs
- ISBN: 9781569803158
- Page: 323
- Format: Hardcover
President Nixon called him the most dangerous man in America, while Terence McKenna believed he made people happy than anyone else in history Few People have divided opinion as strongly as Dr Timothy Leary Leary, a brilliant behavioral psychologist, persuaded millions to tune in, turn on, and drop out His influence was so wide ranging that he had enormous impact oPresident Nixon called him the most dangerous man in America, while Terence McKenna believed he made people happy than anyone else in history Few People have divided opinion as strongly as Dr Timothy Leary Leary, a brilliant behavioral psychologist, persuaded millions to tune in, turn on, and drop out His influence was so wide ranging that he had enormous impact on shaping the post modern 21st century world.
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Bardzo ucieszyłem się, gdy zobaczyłem zapowiedź tej książki, wydanej jako część niezwykle ciekawej serii łódzkiego wydawnictwa Officyna. Oto po raz pierwszy w naszym kraju pojawia się pozycja przedstawiająca w wyczerpujący sposób życiorys jednej z najważniejszych, jeśli nie najważniejszej postaci kontrkultury czasów, gdy była ona niezwykle prężna i płodna kulturowo. Jednocześnie radości tej towarzyszyła obawa, że książka ta może powielać dość jednoznacznie pozyt [...]
I saw this book at the Half Priced Book store and, well, I was intrigued. I've heard about this man and his famous quote, "tune in, turn on and drop out." I perceived Tim through the filter of pop cultures and stoned hippies. It turns out it was a far more interesting read. All the other individuals that were present in that time, music, political personalities, that he knew back then who have made influences on how we perceive American culture today.It was well written, funny and fact filled. I [...]
I was absorbed in the stories about Leary and loved the "voice" of the author, as non-sensational and letting the facts speak for themselves. Leary's development as an influential and ground-breaking psychologist is well presented, and fleshed out the bits and pieces I had previously known from psychology study. The telling of Leary's personal life is astonishing, revealing, and fascinating to me. The media coverage at the time of Leary at Stonybrook dwelled on the counterculture rebellion. Higg [...]
This book gives a history of Tim Leary, mainly focusing on the period between 1967 to 1974. It delves into some of his theories and psychological conjectures and explains his thought processes as best possible. This made the book interesting and thought provoking. Furthermore, the book relates the reader to the structure and evolution of America at that time. The wonderfully thorough and unbiased research on Leary's influence on politics, cultural movements, the gender gap, and his relationships [...]
Fast-paced biog, and lots of interesting stuff (never knew the Black Panthers had an embassy in Algeria, for example). But I didn't get a very deep impression of what Leary might actually have been like, and crucially, the effect of psychedelics, so central to the book and to Leary, isn't very clearly explained. I mean, that's notoriously difficult to do, but quote some Huxley or something.
Much better than Greenfields book.
i bought this, primarily, as i enjoy john higgs' writing, but also with the intention of becoming informed regarding the life of timothy leary, although i had no particular admiration for the man. still don't really, as (to me) the book makes clear what a self-serving glory hunter he was - how dismissive of people he was, and borderline cruel to those closest to him. looks like hunter s. thompson was spot on with his assessment of the man! maybe this was how he had to behave in order to pursue h [...]
A refreshingly unsentimental biography of one of the most interesting people of the post-war period. Very little of what I personally, not having been born at the time, refer to as the 1960's would have happened if it were not for this man.He hung out with the Beatles and the Stones, sang backing vocals on "Give Peace a Chance", rode along with Jagger on the helicopter into Altamont and recorded "Seven Up" with Ash Ra Tempel. Then there's the flipside of the coin, of course, namely his affiliati [...]
An entertaining, and informative biography which sheds a lot of light on the roots and aims of the counter-culture whilst also being fun to read. I knew next to nothing about Leary before reading this book, but was tempted by the 99p Kindle edition, and am rather glad I was. Leary was no doubt an extraordinary guy; hugely charismatic, highly intelligent, and fearless, but also narcissistic, selfish and a sucker for the limelight. He must have had the constitution of an ox to have survived the qu [...]
This is the best book I've read this year. I started it with the expectation that it would be a poorly written, zonked-out summary of the widely scattered and relatively unstudied primary sources on Leary. Instead, Higgs provided a deeply researched and thoughtful biography that credits Leary's fearlessness of thought while refusing to gloss over his considerable personal flaws. I feel like I finished this book with a deeper understanding of myself and my place in the world, which is probably th [...]
As with most 60s lit, this one does not differ too much in its hero worship, but it does fairly well at sticking to the whole truth, and you can decide from there if Tim is your hero or not. So I liked it alot for it's readability, succinctness, and somehow cramming all the very important facts in its pages about a very complex life, now gone. Some would say a waste, some would say he was not around long enough. Me, I'd say I wish that he could have been just a bit more circumspect and saw his o [...]
All the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll of the 1960s' and 1970s, plus lots of politics, psychology and philosophy. If you are interested in reviewing the second part of the 20th century through the mastermind and the ideas of Timothy Leary, you will enjoy this narrative of his life. The book is well written and easy to follow despite being full of names, events, places and connections.
OMG BEST FRICKIN BOOK EVER!!! Can't describe in words how I loved this book, I feel like I've been on an amazing journey and cannot believe all this stuff revolved around one man Crazy, inspiring and beyond the realms of what is humanly possible!
I found this at half price books while browsing the cultural studies section. It turned out to be a very quick read and super interesting if you've ever been curious about lsd or radical terrorist groups and whatnot.
What a life . T
Tim Leary truly was larger than life. Absolutely fascinating book about a man who became a legend through psychedelics.
An interesting read, which showed both the likeable and not so likeable sides of T Leary.
9/10. The life of Timothy Leary is an amazing story and it is very well told in this book.
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