Timothy Leary: A Biography by Robert Greenfield.
Hardcover book published by Harcourt Publishers 2006, 689 pages with a few black and white photographs.
To a generation in open 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 in Harvard’s psychology department, tried magic mushrooms for the first time. Immediately, he became convinced that first psilocybin and then LSD could fling open the doors of perception. Under the aegis of Aldous Huxley, Leary launched the Harvard Psychedelic Project and transformed himself into a psychedelic messiah. For the next three decades, Timothy 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 Leary, Robert Greenfield immerses the reader in the life and times of a compelling but troubled American 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. $14.50 + postage. #hgnew #bookstagram #instabook #rarebooks #bookporn #bookseller #vintagebooks #oldbooks #antiquarianbooks #booklover #books #Clunes #Clunesvictoria #booktown #Ballarat #Daylesford #booksforsale #TimothyLeary #lsd #biography #Amercianhistory #the60s