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Flashbacks Paperback – March 17, 1997
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Each chapter is nicely designed with a mini bio of someone who had impressed Leary and then continues with Leary's take on the various events in his life. There is much self-disclosure here in the form of admitting mistakes, something you certainly do not find a lot of in many autobiographies of conservatives!
Leary's writing is lively, intelligent and hopeful - a friendly warning to all drug warriors that it is possible to live a productive, intellectually fruitful life while participating in moderate psychedelic "research" and consumption.
The thing I like best about this work is that it is a hallmark of the true libertarian spirit. Leary smiled quite often during his life despite the fact that the power and control freaks tried to keep him down every day. Leary was a proud humanist and his spirit shall live on in many of us.
I met Tim quite a bit later in life, when he was in his 60's, and man was he a bright, charismatic guy! You could just tell from watching him and listening to him that he was on a whole other level.
He was a veritable smorgasbord of wisdom, experience, humanity, love, insight, wonder, beauty, light, fun, excitement, and so on and so forth, ad infinitum...
He was very sharp into his transitional years (transitioning from old age to what we call death, what Tim would call a new beginning), way sharper than most younger people ever will be... The guy was a genius, highly intelligent, brilliant, an Einstein of consciousness.
He'd seen things; no, not hallucinations, but deep reality, deep consciousness, high consciousness, the way things work on an atomic level, the way things work on a macrocosmic level...
And he could tell you things... As he said one time "I'm a cheerleader for consciousness!" And he was. He taught a lot of people about freedom, about questioning reality, questioning authority, questioning your illusions, questioning everything.
Meanwhile, he lived quite a life. And this book is about that life, in his own words.
I found the book to be an absolute page-turner, fun, funny, interesting, amazing...
If you are looking for a really well-written and interesting autobiography, about one of the sixties' greatest men, I highly recommend you read this book. If you do, you'll see that Tim was about a lot more than just "turn on, tune in, drop out".
Drug War proponents who saw Leary as an anti-Christ of sorts, and stoners who invoke his name and the phrase "turn on, tune in, drop out" as reason to do nothing with their lives but drugs, BOTH missed the point. Go to the source. Get the facts. And have fun doing it -- Leary's an enjoyable storyteller.
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Timothy Francis Leary (1920-1996) was an American psychologist and writer, who has written other books such as Your Brain Is God, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the... Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Steven H Propp
Just what I expected in a biographical book about Timothy Leary. Lots of information on the experiments he and his peers tried.Published on July 10, 2013 by David R Hilbert
This is without a doubt one of the most incredible books I've read. Timothy Leary was beyond brilliant. It's a fantastic autobiography -- one of the best out there. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Mike H
It's thrilling to hear first hand stories from the man at ground zero during the psychedelia movement. Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by César Chávez
Who is Timothy Leary, really?? The opinion may and will vary. To me. a man who saw a better world, and was potentially very close to see its global birth. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Iggy
One of the best autobiographies I've ever read. The story reads like a novel because his life was so interesting and action-packed. He has so much to say. Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by A Customer
i enjoyed this book. a really good read that blends bohemia with academia. he blasts the fear the government tried to instill in all of us for pursuing independent thought. Read morePublished on February 17, 2008 by M. Garcia