I have come across Aleister Crowley's name quite a few times in various books i have read, and i was always curious about the man. After looking at a few reviews of the books that supposedly give an insight to his life, this one was the most recommended, as the other publications were not "warts and all". This book certainly is, the man was a perverted, egotistical, bisexual, drug and sex addict who was also an occultist with a razor sharp wit and mind. He was a mountaineer, a poet, a philosopher, a liar, sometimes kind but frequently cruel. He travelled widely, often alone and often on a whim and found himself more than once at the centre of scandal. He is also the most fascinating person i have ever read about.
This particular book was quite hard to find, but was worth the effort. If you read only one book about this remarkable man, then make sure it's this one.