Master of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2011 - 472 pages
In 1919, a Canadian teenager with a sixth-grade education arrived by train to the wilds of Los Angeles. Within a decade he had transformed himself into a world-renowned luminary and occult scholar. His name was Manly Palmer Hall, author of the landmark encyclopedia The Secret Teachings of All Ages and the 20th century's most prolific writer and speaker on ancient philosophies, mysticism, and magic. Hall revealed to thousands how universal wisdom could be found in the myths and symbols of the ancient Western mystery teachings. He amassed the largest occult library west of the Mississippi and founded The Philosophical Research Society in 1934 for the purpose of providing seekers rare access to the world's wisdom literature. He became a confidante and friend to celebrities and politicians. In 1990, he died - some say he was killed - in what remains an open-ended Hollywood murder mystery. This dramatic story of Hall's life and death provides a panorama of twentieth century mysticism and an insider's view into a subculture that continues to have a profound influence on movies, television, music, books, art, and thought.
 

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Hall's life was fascinating and this book was as well. Easy to read and entertaining. It's near impossible to find any good information of substance about Manly P. Hall on the internet, so this book ... Read full review

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Biography of a neglected important figure in Mysticism and Magic. Manly Palmer Hall is a figure is cut large both in the physical sense and in the Occult world. This was a young man who was made the ... Read full review

Contents

City of Angels
2
The Big Book
60
Signs and Symbols of War
131
Marie
172
Good Vibrations
213
The Great Lost Society
260
Metaphysical Turbulence
306
Dr Fritz
348
The Maestros Transition
387
EPILOGUE
408
END NOTES
410
LOUIS SAHAGUN
438
Back Cover Material
439
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Louis Sahagun is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. He was a reporter involved in a Times series on Latinos in Southern California that won a Pulitzer Prize. His work ranges from religion and the environment to crime and politics. He lives with his wife and daughter in California.

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