Launch copy, Signed by the author. Durham, UK: Acumen, 2014. Paperback, 238 pages. New.
At last Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is examined within the political milieu of his time. Crowley was a rationalist, sympathetic to the values of the Enlightenment, but 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. Scholar Marco Pasi of the University of Amsterdam here presents a life of ideas, with new insights.