Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.95
  • Save: $1.98 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Politics and the Occult: ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This item is gently used in good or better condition. If it is a textbook it may not have supplements. It may have some moderate wear and possibly include previous owner's name, some markings and/or is a former library book. We ship within 1 business day and offer no hassle returns. Big Hearted Books shares its profits with schools, churches and non-profit groups throughout New England. Thank you for your support!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen Paperback – November 1, 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.97
$10.50 $2.50

Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America by Donald J. Trump
"Great Again" by Donald J. Trump
This book is a blueprint for how to Make America Great Again. Learn more | See related books
$17.97 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen
  • +
  • A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult
Total price: $29.72
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Born in 1955, Gary Lachman is a former student of Gurdjieff's Fourth Way, as well as a counterculture expert. He published his first book, Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius, in 2001, a history of the 1960s occult counterculture. During the 1980s, Gary avidly studied philosophy, psychology, history, science, and esotericism. He also traveled in Europe, visiting Chartres Cathedral, Stonehenge, as well as the site of Gurdjieff's prieure in Fontainbleau. From 1987 to 1993, he managed the renowned Bodhi Tree Bookstore in Los Angeles and helped start their catalogue. He has published several articles in the Pauper's Press Colin Wilson Studies Series and was the Science Writer for the University of California Los Angeles. He received recognition for composing music and playing bass guitar for the pop rock group Blondie. His public figure rose in the late 1970s as he toured with Blondie and earned three gold records for his award-winning song, "I'm Always Touched By Your Presence, Dear, which was a top-ten hit in Europe and the UK. His unique experience with the group was the subject of his 2002 book, New York Rocker. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Gary beca"me a full-time writer in 1996, when he moved London. He contributes to many journals in the US and UK including: Times Literary Supplement; Literary Review; Fortean Times; Mojo; Bizarre; and Guardian. He is author of A Secret History of Consciousness and A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult, among other books. He lectures widely on the esoteric underground and the 1970s New York music scene.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; 1st Quest Ed edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Mark Newbold on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Gary Lachman has provided what will stand as a definitive guide to the Occult's real and imagined political agendas and alleged mechanizations. From the attempted geopolitical Rosicrucian inspired government of Frederick V of the Palatinate, an event first documented in depth by Dame Frances Yates in her "The Rosicrucian Enlightenment", to the various esoteric agendas borne out by parties in the French Revolution, to a brief bias free history of Freemasonry and dispelling much of the nonsense and rubbish that has been written about Adam Weishaupt & the Illuminati. All against a historical background of how these various esoteric agendas influenced not only politics but its impact on societies as well. This is social history at its most thought provoking.

Like all of Lachman's works, this is both scholarly and approachable with a style and pace equal to any political thriller on the market today. Rich in detail with a calvacade of portraits of individuals who made their mark in the western esoteric tradition. Lachman clearly pays homage to researchers that have gone before in exploring similar terrain, including Christopher McIntosh and the late James Webb.

I must also recognize Quest Books, the publishing wing of the Theosophical Society in America. For too long they published the staid and rather tame canon of Theosophical literature and its stable of writers. With this work and Mr. Lachman's previous Quest book, "In Search of P.D. Ouspensky", as well as other recent titles, Quest has rescued itself from the oblivion of mundane metaphysical comfortability.

This work concludes with a concise and brilliant overview of Geunonian inspired Traditionalism, leading one to conclude with Sinclair Lewis, "When Fascism comes...
Read more ›
Comment 25 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
_Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen_, published in 2008 by Quest Books, by occult researcher and former performer with the rock group Blondie, Gary Lachman, is a fascinating account of the role of the occult in political movements from the reformation till the modern day. Lachman who is heavily indebted to the work of James Webb (who coined the term "illuminated politics") argues that occult politics need not be fundamentally "fascist", a charge frequently leveled against it, but has actually been involved in various movements of both the left and the right. Lachman considers the primary role of Tradition in occult politics and the opposition of much of it to the modern world. Relying heavily on Webb's book _The Occult Establishment_, Lachman traces out the role of various occultists and their political interests through history as well as their involvement in various revolutions including the American, French, and Russian, and their involvement in Fascism and Nazism. This book offers a fascinating examination of the role that occultists have played in politics and uncovers much hidden material relating to the darker sides of the human condition in the modern world.

This book begins with an Introduction entitled "Hidden Superiors and the Retreat from the Modern World". Here, Lachman considers the role of "illuminated politics" as it relates to the modern world. Lachman considers the arguments of Umberto Eco, author of _Foucault's Pendulum_, concerning occultism and fascism, as well as the occultist opposition to modernity and the longing for Tradition. Lachman explains the "cosmic state" as well as the movement of occult politics from progressive to reactionary.
Read more ›
Comment 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This review originally appeared on The Magical Buffet website on 12/4/08.

I'm given many books and products to review. I'm not swimming in them, but at this point, I've had my share of emails from publicists and delightful packages of goodies sent my way. Yet nothing could prepare me for the email I received from Quest Books asking me to review "Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen" by Gary Lachman. That's right music fans, Gary Lachman, also known as Gary Valentine, bassist for the to die for band Blondie. What was this emotion I was experiencing? Could it be giddiness? Yes, I'm embarrassed to say, I was "as happy as a school girl".

It took awhile to get into the book. Not because it wasn't engaging, but because I kept sitting there thinking to myself, I'm one person removed from Gary Valentine! How cool am I? Once I finally pushed past the girlish giggles and congratulatory pats on my back, I came to a startling and delightful realization. Lachman has got game. (For the record, I have very little game, just enough to recognize the fact that Lachman has it.) "Politics and the Occult" isn't pop culture fluff, and it's not a rehashing of the ever popular Hitler and the occult genre, it's a fascinating, thoroughly researched, and entertainingly presented look at the subtle influence that occult movements have on societies.

In fact, Lachman himself says in the introduction, "So as not to disappoint a reader who is expecting a different sort of book, I should point out what this book isn't about, a practice most publishers frown on, but which I feel may be appropriate here. It isn't, for example, an expose of secret societies whose occult machinations are behind the political movements of today.
Read more ›
1 Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Politics and the Occult: The Left, the Right, and the Radically Unseen