Occult America

Occult America

The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

Book - 2009
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From the meaning of the symbols on the one-dollar bill to the origins of the Ouija board, "Occult America" briskly sweeps from the nation's earliest days of mystical and esoteric movements to the birth of the New Age era, tracing the many people and episodes that continue to exert such a powerful pull on the public today.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781616642372
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 21 cm.


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Apr 22, 2016

This book reads more like a collection of trivia on the subject rather than a linear story on the development of America and occult attitudes. Still, for history lovers, it's an interesting read and a springing board to more complex or detailed material.

I'd recommend this for people with a passing interest in US history and/or the occult itself.

Feb 12, 2014

Uncritical anecdotes regarding woo woo. The author's treatment of the Millerites, a 19th century millennial sect, is an example. He defends them against charges of giving away their possessions and winding up their affairs as "exaggerated" -- based on, so far as I can tell, nothing -- and praises them for their industry and thrift. But he fails to note: a) they thought the fricking world was coming to an end, and b) the world did not, in fact, come to an end.


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