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Within the concentric circles of Trump's regime lies an unseen culture of occultists, power-seekers, and mind-magicians whose influence is on the rise. In this unparalleled account, historian Gary Lachman examines the influence of occult and esoteric philosophy on the unexpected rise of the alt-right.

Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today's world politics? In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe. From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin. Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture.

©2018 Gary Lachman (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Step Right This Way!

Step right in! Get inside Gary Lachman's amazing encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, the outré, the occult, politics, the macabre dark underground, Crowley, Gurdjieff, "New Thought"
Chaos Magic(k), Trump, thought forms, Hitler, internet memes, and of course, Pepe The Frog. It's all here on exhibition. Step right this way!

But first, a word of caution. The key word in this book's title is "Dark". I've been a fan of Gary Lachman for several years (he is extremely prolific in print, although he hasn't had an Audible presence until now, with the release of his two most recent titles) but this is the first one of his that actually scared the bejesus out of me.

The narrator is quite easy to listen to, and adequate to the task with very few mispronunciations; considering the material, they are forgivable. Still, you might want to listen to it outside on the back porch... on a nice bright sunny day... with a cool drink of your choice... you know, to counter the fright.

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A revelatory work

Absolutely amazing stuff. Brilliant synthesis of complicated ideas. I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it now.