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.
'It's a rollicking tale that brings to life the antic atmosphere of America in the 'Me' Decade' Wall Street Journal
'A madcap chase... this is a well-written chronicle of 28 months when the world went slightly mad' Sunday Times
'A suitably head-spinning account of LSD High Priest Dr Timothy Leary' Mail on Sunday
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
Steven L. Davis (Author)
Steven L. Davis was born in 1963 and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of two books: Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond and J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind. Davis is a long-time curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of many writers. Davis has also edited several books for publication and he is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
Bill Minutaglio (Author)
Bill Minutaglio is the author of several acclaimed books, including the first major biography of President George W. Bush. His book, City on Fire, was named by Esquire as one of the 'greatest tales of survival' ever written. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Scotland on Sunday, the Daily Beast and many other publications. He is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas-Austin.