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Publisher's Summary

An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.

Program One: "The Hero's Adventure"
Program Two: "The Message of the Myth"
Program Three: "The First Storytellers"
Program Four: "Sacrifice and Bliss"
Program Five: "Love and the Goddess"
Program Six: "Masks of Eternity"

© and (P)1988 Apostrophe S Productions. All rights reserved; (P)2001 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"Those familiar with the six-part PBS series on Joseph Campbell will especially enjoy this audio production. Moyers follows the same format as the TV series: The journalist plies the tuning fork to the teacher's mind, and we listen as Campbell waxes rhapsodic on the hero, the nature of myth, storytelling, the goddess, and finally what we understand of eternity. The dialogue, like the video, is filled with Campbell's wonderful stories and punctuated with illustrative sound clips, ranging from Star Wars to the Oum prayer of Tibetan monks. This production goes into greater depth than the video text, focusing more on Campbell's exciting ideas than his personality and work. Dialogue, of course, is the best format for ideas, and Campbell's insights into myth and religion are a most refreshing response to our age, so deeply troubled with the clashing voices of religious fundamentalism. Let's listen again to Joseph Campbell." (AudioFile)

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Talk about understanding! Campbell Understands!

Joseph Campbell understand religion and myth better than anyone, in my view. He has spent his life studying it because he is fascinated by it. Open your mind and listen, or read!!!

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Sometimes we all must be reminded

Campbell and Moyer at their best. A reminder is decency, gratitude and how to be a good human.

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I love myth!

This is a great set of one hour lessons for a beginner or an expert. I always learn something new form this book.

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Good intro

Just beginning to study Campbell’s research. This was a good introduction. Glad I studied Hindu, Native American, and Buddhist religions first as he touches on all.

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Loved it

This was great. Loved it; I will purchase another from the jo Campbell and editors.

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It’s all here

If you want to understand the human psyche, quest for being and how we express that, it’s all here. A must for any writer.

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Holistic view of the world

I love this book and the insights that are so clearly expressed in the dialogue. It shows us how interconnected we all are, and the universality of our various belief systems & ideologies. Highly recommend!

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Powerful, Beautiful, and Timeless

The Power of Myth is a fascinating discussion between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers on a the role myth plays in our life and society. This book is powerful. It will challenge many people's beliefs to take on a broader perspective. Joseph Campbell is one of the most prolific intellectuals and has influenced my life far beyond the vast majority of iconic intellectual figures. This book is essential for all people with a spark of curiosity and thirst for understanding the world around them. The ideas and discussion presented in this book are a perfect introduction into a complex field of study. Because of how entertaining and informative this test is, I plan on reading it with my children as they grow.

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BELIEFS & LIFE are MOSTLY MYTHICAL

An OUTSTANDING collection of six interviews that detail how myths (human attempts to explain things that they don't understand) have formed the foundations that created the cultures & societal structures/organizations we live in & cope with today as we modify old myths & create new ones in our search for true reality in each of our present now moments.

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wisdom in a bottle (it abook I guess)

Joseph Campbell made a life's work out of unwrapping the different myths and stories of the cultures of the world. Within these stories comes wisdom of the various peoples. Bill Moyers does a good job of reviewing his life's work with him in this book. Definitely worth a read for The Seekers of the world.