The Secret Teachers of the Western World


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6.0 X 1.3 X 9.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Gary Lachman is one of today's most respected writers on esoteric and occult themes. His many books -- including Madame Blavatsky, Swedenborg, Jung the Mystic, and Rudolf Steiner -- have received international acclaim. He has appeared on many television and radio programs and is an adjunct professor in the Evolution of Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. A founding member of the band Blondie, Lachman has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in London.


"It is no mean feat to make good sense of the Arcana and to cast light on the occult, but Lachman has pulled it off with this most engaging book. The Secret Teachers of the Western World is a very ambitious undertaking most successfully completed."
--William Irwin Thompson, author of The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light

"Gary Lachman makes ideas thrilling. . . Start reading and feel the world around you start to come to life."
--Ptolemy Tompkins, author of The Modern Book of the Dead and collaborator with Eben Alexander, M.D., on Proof of Heaven

"Gary Lachman spoils his readers -- after encountering his prose you will find no other writing on esoteric and occult subjects that displays such fluidity, vibrancy, and gentle but assertive purpose. . . Gary has become the voice for our generation that Colin Wilson was before him."
--Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

"Gary Lachman has become an increasingly prolific engine of literate, well-written, and clear-headed books about esoteric history and 'occulture.' "
--Erik Davis, author of TechGnosis

"Thinking outside the box, Lachman challenges many contemporary theories by reinserting a sense of the spiritual back into the discussion."
--Leonard Shlain, author of Art & Physics and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

"Gary Lachman presents the Western esoteric tradition as a richly detailed parade of characters, seething with political ambitions, follies, even infamy. He teaches by example that to understand their psychology and historical contexts is far more useful than moralizing or partisan reactions."
--Joscelyn Godwin, Colgate University, author of The Theosophical Enlightenment

"The invisible Rosicrucian brothers of the seventeenth century, the 'Unknown Superiors' of high-grade Freemasons, French utopian occultists, and Traditionalists of the twentieth century trace a continuous tradition of esoteric idealism applied to political thinking. Gary Lachman offers a panoramic spectacle of occultists and millenarian visionaries who seek to translate an absolute gnosis into a radical program of regeneration."
--Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, professor of Western Esotericism, University of Exeter