The Most Dangerous Man in the World: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD. By Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis (5 out of 5)

This one goes back to December, too. Blog posts are WAY behind. I am working in too many salt mines to keep ahead as I usually try to. That’s ok. I’m still plugging away at the book(s). I’m still battling some health things, so if I am quiet, you can bet your bippy it is due to work being nuts, caregiving catching up to me, or the like. If you’re lucky, the Martians will come and get me soon. 😀👽

This book was released in November. Currently available in hardcover, it’s a quick read into my favorite kind of history- WEIRD history. I’m sure you’ve heard of weird science. So why not weird history? Originally, I thought it was a true crime book, but after reading the inside cover, I knew I had to read it. I should also add here that I have two entire pages of notes in which I find parallels between Nixon and Trump. Not sure much of that will find its way here, but some of it may. This has nothing to do with current politics. This book is from a time in history fraught with war, riots, assassinations, etc. Let’s hope these are not repeating themes, my friends.

Covering a time period between July, 1971 and January, 1973, this eye-opening look at a year and a half of odd history is fascinating, funny, and at times eerily reminiscent of what power-mad politicians in the Oval Office do when unleashed on the public. Tim Leary is known as the man who popularized the phrase “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out”, as well as championing the cause of exploring the therapeutic properties of psychedelic drugs under controlled conditions. Under the oft maniacal eye of the regime under Richard M. Nixon, his platforms on the subject came under intense scrutiny, to the point it resembled a witch hunt. In Minutaglio and Davis’ capable hands, that strange time in history is brought to life in entertaining fashion for those of us who weren’t even born yet. Nixon’s time in the White House has been profiled time and time again, but to see his vendetta (it cannot be called anything but) highlighted in such a manner, makes this a book that boggles the mind. How did it get to the point that the peace-loving Leary found himself on the run all over the globe from Nixon’s goon squad? How did Nixon come to calling Leary “the most dangerous man in the world”, in a time where the war in Vietnam should take precedence over this? Truly a book that any historian should read.

~ by generationgbooks on February 7, 2018.

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