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Occult America Audiobook

Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

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Publisher's Summary

Americans have long had a fascination with the occult. Now, well-known writer and expert on the occult Mitch Horowitz presents a meticulously researched, compulsively readable history of the mystical and spiritual experience in our country.

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 the Critics Say

"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)

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    alphone jefferson, LA, United States 06-30-12
    alphone jefferson, LA, United States 06-30-12

    My name is Shaun McCarron, not Alphone.. LOL. I am just a guy who wants to know the whole story, and live a life that completes myself and the plan of which I am a part of.

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    "Good for those just starting to ask questions.."
    Where does Occult America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can not say it is one of my favorites or top titles that impacted me. It was knowledge that I already had. Though the knowledge of different topics in this book was acquired at different times through different means, this book brought it all out, and tied it in nicely.

    Great for people just starting to poke around, and asking "this cant be it, I need answers."


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Read it, I am not answering this one.


    What does Paul Michael Garcia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Intense audio


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was alert. If you guys want people to continue reviews, you should allow us to pick through drop down menu's topics you guys choose, and let us answer those... laughing and crying are to simple emotional states that some of us do not even subscribe to. Either be choice or reason.


    Any additional comments?

    See above

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    Elise Reynolds Houston, Tx 03-29-12
    Elise Reynolds Houston, Tx 03-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting subject"

    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.

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    Bryan Alpharetta, GA, USA 10-04-09
    Bryan Alpharetta, GA, USA 10-04-09 Member Since 2016
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    "misinformation led to boredem"

    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.

    3 of 22 people found this review helpful

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