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No Hiding Place An Autobiography Hardcover – 1942
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William Buehler Seabrook (1884 –1945) was an American Lost Generation occultist, explorer, traveler, cannibal, and journalist, born in Westminster, Maryland. Besides his books, Seabrook published articles in popular magazines including Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and Vanity Fair. In autumn 1919, English occultist Aleister Crowley spent a week with Seabrook at Seabrook's farm. Seabrook went on to write a story based on the experience and to recount the experiment in Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today. Seabrook had a lifelong fascination with the occult practices of satanism and Haitian Vodou, which he witnessed and described firsthand both in Third World countries. He later concluded that he had seen nothing that did not have a rational scientific explanation. In December 1933, Seabrook was committed at his own request and with the help of some of his friends to Bloomingdale, a mental institution in Westchester County, near New York City, for treatment for acute alcoholism. He remained a patient of the institution until the following July and in 1935 published an account of his experience, written as if it were no more than another expedition to a foreign locale. On September 20, 1945, Seabrook committed suicide by drug overdose.
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Addendum: I read this book about 3 or 4 months before writing this review. I have since read "The Strange World of Willie Seabrook" by Marjorie Muir Worthington (his second wife). Her book is a memoir of their life together. My advice is, if you're going to read No Hiding Place, you should first read Mrs Worthington's book. Then maybe you can have a little better grasp of what the man was about and, given his early life, maybe get a little better understanding of him, at least insofar as is possible.