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An Orgasmic Life?,
This review is from: Adventures in the Orgasmatron: Wilhelm Reich and the Invention of Sex: How Renegade Europeans Conceived the American Sexual Revolution and Gave Birth to the Permissive Society (Hardcover)
The man bought to life in this book is a fascinating mix of the charismatic and self deluded. He appears to have an unshakable faith in his own ideas and an ability to attract followers. I felt that the author was even handed in the way he approached the subject. He puts forward suggestions, sometimes gleaned from interviews with friends, colleauges and close family members, about what may have driven Reich but he doesn't dictate to the reader.
I especially enjoyed the early chapters about Reich's relationship with Freud and the evolution of his own theories. I felt that the book floundered and lost its way a bit when Reich did likewise. The later chapters jumped around a bit and the narative thread was lost. I felt this especially after Reich's death, when dealing with his legacy. There was an interesting digression to Friz Perls, but I wanted to know what was happening to Reich's followers and why he still has beliver's who feel protective of him, even today. Despite this it was a well researched and interesting read.