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Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell's most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology. Herein lies the power of The Power of Myth, showing how humans are apt to create and live out the themes of mythology. Based on a six-part PBS television series hosted by Bill Moyers, this classic is especially compelling because of its engaging question-and-answer format, creating an easy, conversational approach to complicated and esoteric topics. For example, when discussing the mythology of heroes, Campbell and Moyers smoothly segue from the Sumerian sky goddess Inanna to Star Wars' mercenary-turned-hero, Han Solo. Most impressive is Campbell's encyclopedic knowledge of myths, demonstrated in his ability to recall the details and archetypes of almost any story, from any point and history, and translate it into a lesson for spiritual living in the here and now. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"The symbols of mythology and legend are all around us, embedded in the fabric of our daily lives, and the Moyers-Campbell dialogues are a welcom guide to recognizing and understanding their meanings." -- Cincinnati Post.See all Editorial Reviews
Loved it, great into to Campbell's works. Touches on very interesting topics such as love, life, death and religion. Strongly recommend it.Published 10 days ago by R. Morales
More great stuff from Mr. Campbell. You will question the underpinnings of your religion after you hear where all those stories came from thousands of years BC. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Micheal D. Morrow
Simply amazing. This book has literally changed my world view and helped me strengthen my wavering level of spirituality. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Chris W.
A few weeks ago in the beautiful mountain town of Mentone, AL, some friends of our got married. As a group we rented a cabin with an indescribable view overlooking the Tennessee... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trenton Spencer
This book covers a lot of ground from history to religion, myths to love. Wonderful exploration into them all through a detailed and thoughtful interview.Published 1 month ago by Alicia Gardner Kozikowski
This is the most significant enlightening and influential books I have ever read in my life. Required reading for all scholarly folks looking to make meaning in their spirituality... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christohper R Lauth
Joseph Campbell discusses with Bill Moyers the interesting history of myths and how they have affected the way we think in terms of religion and social conditioning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JUDE JACKSON