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Sinister Forces-The Nine: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft (Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft) (Bk. 1) Hardcover – June 21, 2005


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  • Series: Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day; First Edition edition (June 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975290622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975290620
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,038,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first installment of a thesis that is by turns compelling, cautious, maddening, and intriguing."  —Norman Mailer

About the Author

Peter Levenda has researched the material for this book over the course of 25 years, visiting more than 40 countries and gaining access to temples, prisons, military installations, and government documents. He is the author of Unholy Alliance. He lives in Miami, Florida.

More About the Author

Peter Levenda was born in the Bronx and lived in New York, Indiana, Chicago, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island before going to Malaysia where he lived for seven years. He has an MA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and has worked as an IT executive in China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe (he became involved in China trade in 1984). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the T.E. Lawrence Society, and is a charter member of the Norman Mailer Society.

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Great book, easy to read.
Alicia Mathews
He just brings many amazing facts, from out the memory hole, together in one place; making a very readable, entertaining book in the process.
Adam Kadmon
On style and substance both, this one rates an easy 4 and 3/4 stars.
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Julian's Daughter on June 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sinister Forces (Vol. I) digs far beyond the plots and counter-plots familiar to conspiracy buffs. By now, the American people have endured their own initiatory journey of multiple assassinations, wrong-headed wars hot and cold, and passed through enough contemporary "gates"--Watergate, Contragate, Irangate to name a few--that at this point, reports of low deeds in high places are often greeted with a certain sickened fatalism.

Sinister Forces analyzes American History more profoundly than anything most of us are accustomed to, takes us behind the scenes of consensus reality to show us not just the puppetmasters manipulating the events that become our headlines, but does a convincing job of tracking the spoor, footprints and slime trails of Whatever might be holding the strings of those puppetmasters. We know about the spinmeisters already, but who, or what, Levenda asks, is controlling "them?"

The author's thesis, sketched out boldly and backed by exhaustive documentation, is that something sinister, possibly Satanic, in any event appallingly Other, has been shaping American history from the days of its earliest human inhabitants. Levenda is tackling nothing less than the metaphysical underpinnings of American history from the mysterious mound-building cultures through the Salem witch trials to 20th century mind-control experiments. This is no speculative history, but--as we've come to expect from Levenda--a meticulously researched argument that sheds disturbing light on the land of the free--which may be anything but.

This book deserves five stars-plus for intellectual courage alone.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on February 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
_Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft: Book One: The Nine_ by Peter Levenda, author of _Unholy Alliance_ a book about the Nazis and the occult, published by Trine Day is an occult political history of America. This book is the first book in the trilogy of books _Sinister Forces_ put out by the author. The author traces the history of America from its earliest days up until the Kennedy assassination and the Manson murders, showing how sinister occult influences lie underneath the political fabric of this country. This book is a rather rambling account which attempts to piece together various obscure and occult articles of information that have remained hidden beneath the surface to other investigators. While many so-called "conspiracy theorists" have picked up on this underground knowledge, few others in the mainstream know of these occult synchronicities. Indeed, the notion of synchronicity of Carl Jung plays an important role in this book, which often borders on a stream of consciousness attempt to connect disparate elements within the American political historical landscape.

The book is divided into three sections entitled: "Deep Background", "Agents of the Devil", and "Crossfire". Each section provides a snapshot of various events within American history and their occult origins. The first section begins by discussing the writer of occult horror H. P. Lovecraft, whose incorporation of Native American elements, with ancient pagan religions brought over from old Europe, along with tales of New England witchcraft and sorcery into his stories provided such a unique understanding of the esoteric origins of America.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Adam Kadmon on October 7, 2005
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This in one of the best books I've read in a while...and I read a lot!

This book really has nothing to do with conspiracy theories, the author purposefully stays away from theorizing and points out areas where many are prone to. He just brings many amazing facts, from out the memory hole, together in one place; making a very readable, entertaining book in the process.

If you're generally into this subject matter (the strange side of politics) then read this, you won't be sorry!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Aaron D. Lyons on March 18, 2006
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I'm kind of new to the occult genre (due to being relatively skeptical), but I heard a couple of interviews of Peter Levenda and was intrigued so I bought the book. Well researched stuff; presented in a conversational manner, which was entertaining for non-fiction. The facts that can be nailed down are, and cooincidences and synchronicities are identified as such leaving the reader to draw the conclusions. Overall, a fun non-fiction read, with an end note section at the end of each chapter that provides a great resource for future reading in the areas that one liked. I'll be picking up book 2.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael Tozer on June 24, 2006
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I have Amazon's recommendation system to thank for introducing me to the important work of Peter Levenda. Certainly, I would not have sought out this work otherwise. But, I am grateful that I did. Well done, Amazon!

This book is well written, thoroughly documented, and important. The rather bizarre foreward by Jim Hougan contributes nothing at all to the corpus of the book and can be left unread with no context or meaning being lost. Once Levenda does get going in this book, it is relentlessly fascinating. Levenda portrays much of the "dark side" of American political history with style, class, and a proper sense of wonder.

I was particularly interested in the connections Levenda makes to the Nazi and Satanic influences in such CIA initiatives as MK/Ultra and the Kennedy assassinations. Reading this very interesting and well written account motivates me to read the rest of this series and the author's earlier book on Nazi involvement with the occult. It seems that satanism and Nazism have had a more profound influence on modern history than mainstream expositors would otherwise acknowlege.

The book rates four stars instead of five, from my perspective, for two reasons. The author, apparently a fallen away Catholic, has a bias against Christianity that almost at times borders on nastiness. And the book, though spell binding throughout, ends not with a bang but with a whimper. We are left with the distinct impression that the author's main purpose in the last chapter was to set the stage for the next book in the series. Yet, I am now prepared to order that next item. So, perhaps the sneaky little plan is effective. In any case, I strongly recommend this very interesting book to anyone who would understand a bit better the occult aspects of American political history.
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