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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
"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
Please don't purchase this title without understanding the context. This book is filled with excerpts of interviews with Joseph Campbell—first hand speaking on his work, basic... Read morePublished 18 days ago by KRF
I ordered this book as a required material for a college class on Religion, Faith, and Theology. I must say, I've haven't been this intrigued by required reading since Orwell in... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not yet finished since I keep rereading and annotating throughout this powerfully thought-provoking conversation. I can't believe it's a transcribed conversation! Read morePublished 20 days ago by Veronica J. Barnard