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The Power of Myth Paperback – June 1, 1991
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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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.
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until I read this book and discussed it with my book group I wasn't fully aware of the meaning. I would recommend reading this book to gain insight into many of the world's religions and myths and most especially, what I came away with, was how interconnected
we all are with each other. I've always believed that, but Joesph Campbell helped to solidify that thought. I am only giving the book 4 stars because I would highly recommend seeing the video of the interview. The video is much superior to the book. The book is not an accurate representation of the interviews between Bill Moyers and Campbell. When comparing the two, it appears that the author of "The Power of the Myth" may have taken liberties in many instances and added phrases and ideas that were not in fact said during the interviews. The book still is able to stand on its own, but if given a choice between the two - watching the videos would be the better choice.