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)
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.
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."
Read it, I am not answering this one.
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.
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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