Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics
Aleister Crowley's wide-ranging and fluctuating political views are studied in depth by a leading scholar.
Crowley was a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but he was also a religious romantic and a reactionary. His complex politics led to contact with the secret services, the German Nazi party, Russian political activists, journalists and politicians of various persuasions. This riveting study unravels the contradictions and tells the tales of his many politically-related adventures and misadventures. Author Marco Pasi of the University of Amsterdam is a leading scholar and also an engaging writer, and here tackles an important subject with skill and nuance. This is an important work on the history of Western Esotericism.
Durham, UK: Acumen, 2014. Paperback, 238 pages. New. Launch copy, Signed by the author.