THE OCCULT EXPLOSION by Nat Freedland

THE OCCULT EXPLOSION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Much more, and actually much more with it, than John Godwin's Occult America (to follow), just about everyone and everything's that's around turns up (in barely discernible order) -- Castaneda's Don Juan and Madame Blavatsky, J.B. Rhine and Maslow, Peter Hurkos and Claude Levi-Strauss. Freedland also borrows from all the books you've been reading (whether it's Bishop Pike's or Arthur Ford's or those Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain), promotes vague contentions which make the occult respectable, and rarely discourages (it's hard to think of Charles Manson as a ""poor wretch""). Still it's nice to learn via the mortuary director of Forest Lawn that the famous Yogananda hasn't disintegrated at all under his glass lid since 1952 -- and that also out that way (where most of the material seems to emanate from) there's a famous occultist who spent 2 1/2 years doing the research for Irving Stone's book on Freud. . . . Incidentals such as this certainly catch the eye as Mr. Freedland astrojets back and forth and up and down and collects evidence of sorts with enthusiasm bordering on avidity.

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 1971
Publisher: Putnam