Review: Occult America

Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation
Author: Mitch Horowitz
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0553806750
ISBN-13: 978-0553806755

( 5 out of 5 stars)

Mitch Horowitz dusts off the History books to discover the occult or hidden religious history of  this believing country. Horowitz gives us a “must read” for those who are interested in the esoteric and American History.

I guess Horowitz had me when he described a childhood encounter with a dime-store horoscope. I can remember doing much the same thing and it started a curiosity that has never been sated.

Many of the people are well-known, like Edgar  Cayce or Manly Hall. However; Horowitz reminds us of  some interesting characters like Frank B. Robinson, the Poughkeepsie Seer, Blavatsky  and  Olcott.

His name was Henry Steel Olcott. Decades later, the Buddhist nation of Ceylon would enshrine his image on a postage stamp and mark his death with a national holiday. Hindus in India would celebrate his birthday. And if there were a Mount Rushmore of American occultism, his visage would be carved on it. But instead, in his home country, his name was quickly forgotten.

I enjoyed ever minute of this book. I managed to read the entire thing in one sitting. I think many readers will feel the same way. It has given me so many people to research and so many gurus to study with. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.


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