New York: TarcherPerigee, 2018. Paperback, xxii+233 pages. New.
Subtitled Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, Gary Lachman’s new book Dark Star Rising explores the relationship between magic and esoteric ideas and their impact on contemporary political events across the globe. From the American New Thought movement to Chaos Magick, the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalist school, Lachman traces an occult trail of clues that draws in Norman Vincent Peale, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Meme Magic and the alt-right, Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin Alexander Dugin, to build a startling tale of how magical thought may have helped put Donald Trump in the White House and spurred the growth of Nationalist politics in Europe. Meticulously researched and written with exceptional clarity, Lachman shows the similarities between many of the key tenets of Chaos Magick and Donald Trump’s “chaotic” presidential style. A book for anyone who wants to make sense of these turbulent political times, Dark Star Rising is an enthralling account of the intersection between occult thought and contemporary events.