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Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult Paperback – May 24, 2002
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"To belittle National Socialism as a criminal conspiracy to dominate the world is more or less the accepted rule. To blame one man for the horrible disasters Germany caused within twelve years...is also common practice. However, there is more to it, and Peter Levenda, in his breathtaking Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult, has the answers: The Third Reich was deeply rooted in mystical thinking; its philosophical origins go back thousands of years, and millions of people fell under the spell of its occult rites, symbols and teachings....Levenda’s book reaches deeply into the human mind, identifying those dark instincts that draw us to evil and which the Nazis so aptly exploited....Some of the voices heard here today echo the voices Hitler and his gang pretended to hear and used for their apocalyptic purposes. Peter Levenda’s Unholy Alliance makes that shockingly clear."—Hans Janitschek, President, United Nations Society of Writers and Artists
"With humor, courage, an eye for irony and through humble scholarship, Levenda draws the relationship between Nazis, the Vatican, the CIA, anti-Communist organizations...a whole slough of occult societies and our own local yokels. Beginning like a good exciting spy novel in the clutches of a dangerous Nazi hideaway in Chile called Colonia Dignidad, Levenda...weaves this dangerous locale into his vast documentation and original research from many archives in a sophisticated and thrilling revelation of cults and their victims....Too complicated for Geraldo and too shocking for Oprah and too damaging to large corporate entities like ITT (which financed Allende’s overthrow)....I recommend a serious reading of Peter Levenda’s Unholy Alliance."—Bob Rudner, Chicago Greens/Green Party USA
"Peter Levenda's Unholy Alliance is at once a terrific read, an underground classic, and a major work of investigative reporting. Shinning a bright light on the darkest corners of 'history's basement,' Levenda traces and explicates the origins of Nazi occultism from the theosophical enlightenment of the early 20th century to its recent resurgence in North and South America. Rich in documentation and insight, Unholy Alliance is a profound and fascinating book in the tradition of Louis Pauwel's and Jacques Bergier's The Morning of the Magicians."—Jim Hougan, author of Spooks and Secret Agenda.
“Peter Lavenda offers readers a thorough yet popular history of the occult background and roots of the Nazi movement beginning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries….readers come away from reading it with the feeling that the connection between Nazism and the occult is very real…. Open-minded readers should find this book to be a fascinating look at an underemphasized but key aspect of the Nazi movement in terms of its foundational causes.” –Jim Lewis, Journal of Church and State, Vol. 46, Issue #3, Summer 2004
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Writers exploring the occult and its many flamboyant personalities frequently fall into either reflexive debunking or starstruck gullibility. While the author has done plenty of first-hand investigation, even getting into the Chilean Nazi enclave Colonia Dignidad during the Pinochet years, he succeeds in giving us a clear-eyed, even-handed view.
The Norman Mailer Foreword to this edition is an unexpected plus, a fine essay on metaphysics, occultism, and current events that gave this reader, who has always considered the enormous Mailer canon a mixed bag, a pleasant surprise: Mailer has a number of deeply insightful things to say about magic and the occult. Mailer says he's read UNHOLY ALLIANCE three times--once more than I have, though my first edition is a bit ragged from the many times I've also used it as a quick reference.
UNHOLY ALLIANCE belongs on the bookshelf of anyone with a serious interest in WWII, extremist religio-political ideologies of all descriptions, modern Roman Catholic history, or any branch of occultism.Read more ›
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Fascinating, wide ranging book on Nazi Occultism, well written & documented. Good photos. About to read Mr. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean A. Heaney
Well written and documented, the perspective on the Nazi movement and Hitler himself is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of the "spiritual" dynamic of all that took place... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Deb
I had mixed feelings about this book. It seemed to be well researched and was extensively footnoted, although I never double checked the sources. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scott
Very informative, but to understand why these Occults believe the way they do is ancient myths that are not in this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. Bubles
Simply written,this book pulled me into it and never let go! The best read ever,and the author also covered everthing extremly well. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is an interesting book but it must be said that the cover and the title are a little misleading. Levenda does talk quite a bit about the Nazis and their occult movement. Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by T.Velasquez
I have to admit to not really being able to follow this book. Not because the subject matter is difficult, but because the author jumped back and forth so much. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by leecountyhokie