Focusing on the impact that the 19th-century movements of Freemasonry, Spiritualism, and transcendentalism have had on America, Horowitz portrays a colorful cast of characters as he explains the origins of the Ouija board, the political influence of Spiritualism on the Senate, and the source of the mysterious slogan on the back of the dollar bill.
©2009 Mitch Horowitz; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"What a fascinating book. So it happens that another equally compelling take on our complicated national narrative lies just beneath the surface of things, not the grand procession of presidents, generals, and wars but something more hidden, more mysterious, but often no less revealing." (Ken Burns, award-winning documentary filmmaker)
It is an interesting subject. However I am not sure I learned very much from this book. I am not sure I can cover how mysticism shape our nation after listening to it.
I was excited about this book, but when it began with bias and misinformation about Mormomism I began to be skeptical about the accuracy of the remainder of the book. This skeptisim led to boredem which led to the inability to finish. What a disappointment.
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