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George Leonard oral history, 2004-2005
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George Leonard oral history, 2004-2005


Online Archive of California


George Leonard and David Russell, George Leonard-A Life (Santa Barbara: UCSB Oral History Program, 2004.) 485 pages. The oral history presents a view of the major forces that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. A southerner by birth, Leonard grew up in a family of integrationists in Atlanta Georgia. After serving as a bomber pilot during world war, he remained in the Air Force for a number of years, and was reassigned to work as a journalist. As editor of a magazine for the Air Force, he gained the experience that enabled him to move into the private sector as senior editor of Look magazine. While at Look, Leonard covered the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cold War. Upon leaving Look, he published articles for Esquire magazine. Having moved San Francisco, while at Look, Leonard met Michael Murphy, and became one of the leading forces in the Human Potential Movement, and is the past president of the Esalen Institute. The author of numerous books, including Education and Ecstasy, The Transformation, The Ultimate Athlete, The Silent Pulse, Adventures in Monogamy, Mastery, and the Way of Aikido, Leonard presents a life story filled with eyewitness accounts and associations, with such noted historical figures as Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy, who he had dinner with week before he was assassinated. Interviewer: DER Interviewee(s): George Leonard Transcript: Multiple versions, including what appears to be George Leonard edits.


2004 (issued)


The collection is open for research.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.
Cite as: [Identification of item], George Leonard oral history, OH 129. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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The collection is open for research.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.