A golden thread connects the wisdom of ancient mystery schools through American culture and politics. Occult historian Mitch Horowitz divulges the esoteric principles from secret societies like Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Hermetics, that have guided America to become the nation it is today. He explains how these teachings directed the course of social and political influence. And we discover how they led to the development of seances and the Ouija board. Throughout it all, presidents, corporate leaders, and celebrities sought the wisdom of psychics and mystics to guide their careers and the course of America’s destiny.
A widely known voice of esoteric ideas, Mitch Horowitz is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult America; One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life; and The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality.