Peter Levenda. TrineDay, This is a paperback reissue of a book first published in , and it certainly is a tour de force.
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After all what else can one say about a work which includes and somehow links together Charles Manson, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Young the mystically inclined inventor of the Bell Helicopter , Whitley Streiber and Wolfgang Pauli. In many ways this is a deeply paranoid book in the true sense of the term, with a vision of other world where everything is interconnected and pregnant with barely graspable meaning. There are some main themes: the connections between the intelligence services and what might be broadly seen as the occult and the idea of some conspiracy, Satanic or otherwise, behind serial killers such as Charles Manson and David Berkowitz.
The motive of the intelligence services seems to be to get to the 'secret' of Manson's control over his followers, and use it to control society. If so this must be an incredible waste of time and money, as there is no great secret to Manson's power, that of the isolating and abusive patriarch of his surrogate family. Various radical groups also use techniques of initiation which can be found in any anthropology textbook. A central theme, it would appear, of much Levenda's work is a revival of the 'occult Nazism' myth that was introduced by Dawn of Magic in the early s, and has been comprehensively demolished by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke.
While occult notions certainly influenced Himmler, there is little evidence that they had much influence on Hitler himself. This myth is no doubt an attractive one because it acts as the 'alibi of a civilisation', presenting Nazism as something wholly alien to western civilisation. It's hard to make sense of it or keep track, especially when he mentions a name from chapters or even just pages ago that's supposed to be significant or have an impact I believe the thesis is that America has always been and continues to be a nation immersed in occult practice and belief, but it's not always clear.
Still, I recommend it despite these issues, as there's enough golden nuggets in this trip down conspiracy lane to make it worth the read. The first few sections of the book are essential paranoiac reading. I'll use this book as a reference and revisit it from time to time. Oct 11, RB rated it really liked it. This is part one in a trilogy that I've almost completed. As is the case with every Levenda book, he tells you his opinion, gives you the facts and the documentation, and every once in awhile gets so fascinated and sidetracked with certain topics or people, but "Sinister Forces" is never boring, even when you disagree.
If you're looking for a book that goes from before the creation of America, to the Son of Sam killings, to mind control, to the CIA's earlier younger crazier self and all the fun This is part one in a trilogy that I've almost completed. If you're looking for a book that goes from before the creation of America, to the Son of Sam killings, to mind control, to the CIA's earlier younger crazier self and all the fun they revelled in, to the Manson murders, to wandering bishops with intelligence links, to three infamous assassinations, and on and on.
Even when Leveneda reaches to realms and theories that may make you go, "okay then, pass me some of what you've been smoking", he admits it's just a theory on his part and never does he press his ideologies onto the reader, as this is nothing more than a fun romp through the underground of American History.
As a Christian, I do not engage in occult activities. However, I do believe that we should keep ourselves informed about occult activities that have infiltrated and corrupted our political process.
This is the first volume in a three-volume work in which Peter Levenda continues his investigation of occult involvement in politics begun in Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement With the Occult. As with Levenda's other books, this one is well researched, and if I were rating the book on resea As a Christian, I do not engage in occult activities. As with Levenda's other books, this one is well researched, and if I were rating the book on research alone, I would give it five stars.
Unfortunately, Levenda is somewhat long-winded, and these books, like his others, could be better organized.
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Indeed, this three-volume set could be shortened into a powerful and more effective single volume. If you have ever suspected that there is more to American politics than meets the eye, this book and volumes 2 and 3 will certainly make you think about what is really happening behind the scenes. Feb 07, Andrew Ceyton rated it it was amazing. I Love Peter Levenda. The man has a practical working knowledge of the occult yet shows no signs of gullibility or touchy feely mysticism. He understands that occult conspiracies are really not important until you understand the players who believe in them.
Great book. Jul 10, Valiant Thor rated it it was amazing. Lavenda's "Sinister Forces Trilogy" is quickly becoming a must-read among those who pay attention. Lavenda's breadth and depth of knowledge is formidable, and he appears to have a gift for weaving together disparate threads into a unique and somewhat disconcerting tapestry. Sep 08, Siegfried rated it it was amazing. Wanna have your brain melted with a super heavy info dump?
Observe how many, MANY, people are involved with weird stuff? Wanna have your brain exploded? Dec 17, Tom Jessen rated it it was ok. You know the old saying of you can't judge a book by its cover?
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Well, this one you can. This book came up in my recommendations. I scanned the reviews and saw overwhelming praise. I thought it would be a safe bet. I was worried about the amateurish design of the cover It's unfortunate that ideas that challenge the popular narrative always end up well entrenched in the loony conspiracy camp. It's largely because the writers don't know how to convey their material in a serious way. Levenda unfortunately is completely schizophrenic in establishing a consistent voice.
He places himself in the story, which is unfortunate. This move doesn't lend itself to legitimacy, rather comes off as opinion. There seems to be some legitimate attempts to transmit hard facts, but it is disappointingly sprinkled with flip, sarcastic comments and personal anecdotes. The effect is that there has been no editorial oversight regarding the material; again resulting in one questioning the real credibility and seriousness of his assertions. But he does a disservice by placing himself in a cheesy Sam Spade kind of role embedded in the essays.
The connections while interesting are tenuous at best. A line like: "Hughes. Hollywood" is almost embarrassing in its trying to make connections, but is overwhelmingly heavy in mere assumptions without hard facts. It's largely because it is poorly written that the content suffers. Under a more deft and rigorous hand this material could have risen out of the "Disappointing" bin.
If you are looking for some serious scholarship in the Occult influence in America don't bother with this. Aug 07, Cynthia Rennolds rated it really liked it. I read all three of the Sinister Forces book and found them fascinating. I couldn't even begin to tell you what they are all about as the pure amount of data cross referenced, documented and dated is just too unwieldy to even wrap ones head around.
Basic premise is that nothing is as it seems, everything is connected and the man behind the curtain is definately pulling the strings. These books are not for the faint of heart as one feels as though one has stepped into John Nash's world as so be I read all three of the Sinister Forces book and found them fascinating. These books are not for the faint of heart as one feels as though one has stepped into John Nash's world as so beautifully portrayed in the pages of "A Beautiful Mind"", rendered in 3 dimensionality through the superb performanes of Russell Rowe, Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.
But back to the books at hand, these three books are interesting nd thought provoking. Are the conclusions and connections drawn by the author true? Well, that is subject to each persons own belief system, but it's an interesting ride into the many conundrums this author finds a way to connect and shape into a historically connected narrative. I'm very confused but still interested. My statement above should say it all. Levenda weaves an intoxicating tale that will satisfy the conspiracy theorist who thinks there are facts out "there" to be learned and therefore, all of this should be absorbed both as fiction and fantasy alike.
If you are fascinated by the occult and intrigued by strange coincidences of dates, surnames, religious lineage, Big Brother as the CIA, drug trials utilized by nefarious folk in the quest for mind control, and I'm very confused but still interested.
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If you are fascinated by the occult and intrigued by strange coincidences of dates, surnames, religious lineage, Big Brother as the CIA, drug trials utilized by nefarious folk in the quest for mind control, and the like, BUT YET still regard yourself as an intellectual that recognizes proof via excessive footnotes and time lines, then this book is for you!
My eyes are bleeding from the poor Kindle formatting, yet I still have books two and three to squint through while I try to keep this onslaught of over-documented "history" straight in my rattled brain. I'm off to scour the Interwebs for proof that Peter Levenda is my spiritual brother or a obsessive-compulsive librarian of parapsychological folklore!
Sep 14, Sharon Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: e-book , favorites , paranormal-spirituality-mediumship , strange-history-of-the-u-s , investigative-journalism. Jan 08, Steve Werner rated it it was amazing. The author does a very convincing job of drawing connections between things you wouldn't think they exist, but they most certainly do. Sep 07, Paul Baack rated it really liked it. As frightening as this book is, it's always setting the table for the next book, which gets specifically into issues of specific presidents, cult leaders, captains of industry, and occult-centric Intelligence Community activities.
Meticulously researched and presented in a very low-key, unsensationalistic manner, this isn't conspiracy theory as much as it is a dry recitation of known facts. Which are bad enough….
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Mar 07, Hugh rated it really liked it. I like this book. It covers a lot of ground. That's a good thing as you have to pull back from the micro details sometimes to get the "macro" or big picture. The problem is that when you do that there are bound to be things mentioned, alluded to, or referenced as "fact" that may better be put in the "some say X, Y, or Z" catagory. Still VERY worth reading.
This book remained very interesting all the way to the end.