This was probably worth the 1.99 to rent it, however, probably not worth my hour and a half of time spent watching. To say this covers in a meaningful way all the people that it implies is not accurate. He spends a great deal of time hashing and rehashing some early folks (like the Shakers), however, he doesn't touch on much of their actual practices and what was going on. Boring if you know anything about the period. It's an academic presentation at best, what his point was seemed irrelevant.
Mitch Horowitz proves himself to be the one of the foremost researchers, lecturers, and authors covering the history of esotericism, specifically in America. Along with his book of the same name, this lecture demonstrates the significance of American religious freedom to the dissemination of mystical, initiatic, and esoteric doctrines. This lecture is both informative and entertaining, in my opinion, and I enjoyed it. Mitch is a dynamic and eloquent presenter whose passion for his subject shines.
As someone who's serious about historical accuracy and recognizes the mysteries of the universe, I appreciate Horowitz's approach ... and I think you will too.
A very lively presentation on the history of mysticism in America from a Fall 2010 conference at the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Virginia Beach, VA. This lecture is filled good historical detail, great energy, and it is clearly marked as a lecture presentation.