From Library Journal
This work is an updated edition of the authors' The Psychic Side of Sports (1978) and purports to define the frontiers of human potential. Murphy reports the experience of mystical sensations and altered sensory perceptions by athletes during extraordinary physical achievements. Countless subjective oral accounts are quoted with little skepticism; all seem to be taken at face value. The last section of the book contains White's well-executed 1500-item bibliography updated from the 1978 edition. The breadth of athletic achievement surveyed in both text and bibliography is extremely wide, ranging from Charles Lindbergh to Michael Jordan to Tibetan lung-gom-pa runners. Even Carlos Casteneda, Barbra Streisand, fire-walking, and sword-swallowing somehow make it into the text. Although this study is a bit too subjective and offers too many pat answers, it will likely find an audience in large sports collections.John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Bestselling author Michael Murphy (b. 1930) has been called the father of the human potential movement, one of the most influential movements in twentieth-century American culture. His bestselling book Golf in the Kingdom (1972) inspired the creation of the Shivas Irons Society, a nonprofit group dedicated to finding beauty and discovery through the game of golf, and has recently been adapted into a movie starring Malcolm McDowell (2010). His other books include Jacob Atabet (1977), An End to Ordinary History (1982), In the Zone (1995), and The Kingdom of Shivas Irons (1997). He lives in California.