The Most Dangerous Man in America

Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD


"A MAGIC CARPET RIDE through one of the most acid-crazed, improbable chapters of recent American history — Timothy Leary’s escape from a California prison and subsequent global odyssey: A story more wild, inventive and sex-drenched than a Dennis Hooper movie, with a supporting cast ranging from Tricky Dick, Ronald Reagan and the Watergate burglars to John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eldridge Cleaver, the high-strung Soul on Ice, all of them led on a giddy chase by the High Priest of Acid, his fragile, faithful wife and some of the strangest bedfellows of the modern era."

- Glen Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author

photo by Tara Spies Smith

photo by Tara Spies Smith

Steven L. Davis is the PEN USA award-winning author of four books and the editor of two more. His new book, co-written with Bill Minutaglio, is THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon & the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD, scheduled for release in January 2018.

He is the current President of the Texas Institute of Letters and has been described as "one of Texas' leading scholars of its indigenous culture." His previous books include Dallas 1963, co-written with Bill Minutaglio and winner of the PEN USA Award for Research Nonfiction. He is also the author of the acclaimed books, J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond.



Winner of the PEN USA Award for Research Nonfiction


A Must-Read. One of the Five Essential Kennedy Assassination Books Ever Written. - The Daily Beast


One of the Best Books of the Year: Amazon, Kirkus, The New Republic, Washington Post's "The Fix," the Seattle Times, The Oklahoman, The Kansas City Star






If you love Texas, you should read this book." —Southwestern Historical Quarterly


At last, after a long wait, we have a crisp, reliable, and thorough biography of J. Frank Dobie... Steve Davis gives us a much richer understanding of Dobie than we have had previously.” — Larry McMurtry


A "lively re-creation of the man and his times...[Dobie] was a Texan who focused his liberated mind on the mightiest issues of his time." — Dallas Morning News




Groundbreaking...highly entertaining —San Antonio Express-News


A heroic work resting on a sturdy tripod of extensive scholarship, fluid writing and trenchant but bottomlessly humane criticism.  —Austin American-Statesman


Fascinating...a vivid account of their extraordinary lives. —Houston Chronicle