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Thebes with his cousin, the god Dionysus who shows up at the gates of the city with the liberating blessings of madness as a stranger who is no stranger at all as the paradigm for a devastating psychoanalytical critique of contemporary America s attitudes towards the imagined outsider. The power of myth is that it is eternal, and Spector not only offers much to contemplate about today's society, but also new perspectives upon an ancient classic, Euripides tragedy of the Bacchants. --Carl Ruck, Professor of Classics, Boston University, co-author of ''The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries'' and ''Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion''
Barry Spector's book is a strikingly imaginative rumination on our society, reaching back into Greek mythology to illuminate the world today. It is a fascinating blend of literature, history and myth, and while we have had many critiques of contemporary America, his is unique in the way it draws upon the Greek gods to examine, with devastating accuracy, our present deities of war and greed. This is truly an original work. --Howard Zinn, author of ''A People's History of the United States''
In this disturbing and evocative book, Barry Spector offers us a trenchant commentary on the ignorance, pathos and shadows residing in the American addiction to innocence. Mythologically wise and instructive, the author gives us keys to the hidden kingdom, and the potential to participate in an emerging new and creative story as we once again join forces with the genius inherent in myth and the guidance and warnings that it holds. This is a work that should be read by anyone who wants to make a difference. To respond and become proactive in the mythic tasks that are now upon us, our basic human nature is challenged by Spector to deepen, discover, evolve. We must become mything links. --Jean Houston, author of ''A Mythic Life''
Barry Spector writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth, indigenous traditions and archetypal psychology. He is a regular contributor to Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche and the online journal Mythic Passages.
If ever a book deserved to be called humorless, this is it. Spector spends so much time
excoriating the United States, he doesn't even pause to look in the mirror. Read more
Of all the books I've read over the years this one is clearly at the top of my list as one of, if not, the best. Thought-provoking. Thoroughly researched. Highly informative. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Richard Fishenden
It is a testament to the compelling metaphor of Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence that I have not been able to prevent myself from referring items in... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by Claire Ortalda
Barry Spector's book, Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence is a profound and disturbing look at the way we view the world and why the current American... Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by J. Fadiman
I found Barry Spector's book a challenging but greatly rewarding read. As one who has been reading mythology for years as a guide towards approaching the complexities of life in... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Ralph Bartholomew
Madness at the Gates of the City, the myth of American Innocence by Barry Spector is a brilliant opening of the mythic mind to that vacuous desert we find strung between politics,... Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by David Bean