I bought this after seeing Levenda's work repeatedly name-checked in Joseph P Farrell's books (if you like Farrell, you'll like Levenda also). I also caught his You Tube talk on the so-called "secret space programme", which impressed me with the depth of research.
Some reviewers at Amazon.com have criticised the book for being a little vague and rambling. To be sure, if you're looking for clear-cut routes to the truth behind the geopolitical situation in the world today and explanations for events such as the JFK assassination, then you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a very in-depth look at subjects of interest to those who subscribe to a conspiratorial view of history, including information that you may not have come across before, then you will enjoy this book.
Levenda points out clearly why books such as his can be hard going in terms of attempting to reach hard and fast conclusions; in fact, he states that precisely the same problems were experienced by Jim Garrison in attempting to bring prosecutions in his JFK investigation. The problem is twofold:
1 - So much of recent history has been classified and hidden away by governments that it is almost impossible to know definitively the truth behind events over the last 70-100 years.
2 - Research into important historical/political events such as the JFK assassination turns up such bizarre connections and links between individuals and groups suspected of being involved, that it is extremely difficult to put the research into any kind of logical format.
In his book, Levenda turns his spotlight onto the shadowy intelligence, military, political, criminal and corporate groups which appear to play a major part in how the world is run. However, Levenda goes further and uncovers bizarre links between these groups and Occult groups such as the Process Church, the Church of Satan and Crowley's OTO. In many cases, membership of these groups overlap and Levenda implies that these "secret rulers of the World" hold Occult concepts and ideas as central to their ideology. Levenda points out that intelligence agents and members of Occult groups can be similar in terms of their psychological make-up; both have a love of mystery and enjoy feeling that they have knowledge which the average person does not have access to.
One example of such a group is the Nazi's, which both Levenda and Joseph Farrell assert did not disappear with Germany's defeat in World War II but went underground and still assert a major influence over World affairs today. The major influence of ex-Nazis on American life via Operation Paperclip is, of course, a matter of historical record. However, whilst uninformed Americans assume that these ex-Nazis recanted their former ideology and became good Americans, Farrell and Levenda prove otherwise. Levenda (rather humorously, in my view) states that the Nazis were not a political party but "a cult, albeit with the best uniforms." That Occult ideas were central to Nazi ideology, again, is a matter of historical record.
In short, a great read; can't wait to download and start part 2...
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