The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD

By Bill Minutaglio  and Steven L. Davis
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12.42 Hours 01/09/2018 unabridged
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From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Dallas 1963 comes a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary’s daring prison escape and run from the law. On the moonlit evening of September 12, 1970, an ex-Harvard professor with a genius IQ studies a twelve-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. A few months earlier, Dr. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, had been running a gleeful campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan. Now, Leary is six months into a ten-year prison sentence for the crime of possessing two marijuana cigarettes. Aided by the radical Weather Underground, Leary’s escape from prison is the counterculture’s union of “dope and dynamite,” aimed at sparking a revolution and overthrowing the government. Inside the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon drinks his way through sleepless nights as he expands the war in Vietnam and plots to unleash the United States government against his ever-expanding list of domestic enemies. Antiwar demonstrators are massing by the tens of thousands; homemade bombs are exploding everywhere; Black Panther leaders are threatening to burn down the White House; and all the while Nixon obsesses over tracking down Timothy Leary, whom he has branded “the most dangerous man in America.” Based on freshly uncovered primary sources and new firsthand interviews, The Most Dangerous Man in America is an American thriller that takes readers along for the gonzo ride of a lifetime. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon’s careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture.

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Summary

Summary

A Booklist Top of the List Pick for Best New Books

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Week

A Literary Hub Pick of the Week

From Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, authors of the PEN Center USA award-winning Dallas 1963 comes a madcap narrative about Timothy Leary’s daring prison escape and run from the law.

On the moonlit evening of September 12, 1970, an ex-Harvard professor with a genius IQ studies a twelve-foot high fence topped with barbed wire. A few months earlier, Dr. Timothy Leary, the High Priest of LSD, had been running a gleeful campaign for California governor against Ronald Reagan. Now, Leary is six months into a ten-year prison sentence for the crime of possessing two marijuana cigarettes.

Aided by the radical Weather Underground, Leary’s escape from prison is the counterculture’s union of “dope and dynamite,” aimed at sparking a revolution and overthrowing the government. Inside the Oval Office, President Richard Nixon drinks his way through sleepless nights as he expands the war in Vietnam and plots to unleash the United States government against his ever-expanding list of domestic enemies. Antiwar demonstrators are massing by the tens of thousands; homemade bombs are exploding everywhere; Black Panther leaders are threatening to burn down the White House; and all the while Nixon obsesses over tracking down Timothy Leary, whom he has branded “the most dangerous man in America.”

Based on freshly uncovered primary sources and new firsthand interviews, The Most Dangerous Man in America is an American thriller that takes readers along for the gonzo ride of a lifetime. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon’s careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A story more wild, inventive, and sex-drenched than a Dennis Hopper movie.” Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
“Fast-paced, rollicking narrative that brings the freakishness of the revolutionary 1970s to life.” Jan Jarboe Russell, New York Times bestselling author
“It’s a rollicking tale that brings to life the antic atmosphere of America in the ‘Me Decade.’" Wall Street Journal
“Fascinating…rigorously researched…Much like Leary himself, the book is plenty of zany fun.” New York Times
“One of the decade’s most audacious and exciting stories, told with page-turning panache.” Boston Globe
"[A] rip-roaring tale of hallucinogenic drugs, revolutionary politics, and an intercontinental standoff…a vigorous page-turner.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A pitch-perfect, exhilarating work about one of the strangest chapters in the American experience, one so exciting that even the postscript rivets…A stroke of narrative genius, for the trajectories of Tricky Dick and the man whom the Swiss called the Pope of Dope include nearly every interesting person alive in the early 1970s, from the Black Panthers to Art Linkletter. Absolutely unforgettable.” Booklist (starred review)
“A riveting international chase between a tenacious but paranoid cat and a wily but delusional mouse…Minutaglio and Davis are superb storytellers.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Bill Minutaglio

Bill Minutaglio’s work has appeared in the New York TimesEsquireNewsweekTexas MonthlyOutside, and many other publications. He has worked for the Dallas Morning NewsHouston Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News and is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including biographies of President George W. Bush, Molly Ivins, and Alberto Gonzales. He also wrote City on Fire, a narrative retelling of the greatest industrial disaster in American history. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Author Bio: Steven L. Davis

Steven L. Davis is the author of two highly praised books on Texas culture, and his work has appeared in Texas MonthlyTexas ObserverSan Antonio Express-NewsSouthwestern American Literature, and Texas Books in Review. He is a longtime curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard, and many other writers. He grew up in Dallas and lives with his family in the Texas Hill Country.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 12.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English