The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years

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iUniverse, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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"The first responsible account of an important, uniquely American happening - worthwhile reading for anyone who wants to piece together the social undercurrents of the '60s"
-Robert Marquand, Christian Science Monitor

"A charming, gossipy multiple biography of the curious gurus who spawned Esalen . . . a complex story, but a sequential one nonetheless, with feuds and psychic shoot-outs, games of capture the flag and smell the roses."
-Arthur Hough, San Francisco Chronicle

"Upstart Spring tells Esalen's riveting, unfinished story - even-handedly, entertainingly, with sympathy, and yet holding little back."
-David Toolan, Commonwealth

"An absolute delight: brimming with juicy gossip, and as carefully crafted as a page-turner novel. And it has substance, the gift of a therapist who also happens to be a cultural historian with a good eye for the telling meta-detail."
-Sandy McDonald, New Age Journal

"Walt Anderson has the requisite experience, humor, and affection (if not detachment, since Esalen teaches, indeed proves, that detachment is a universal impossibility) to carry off a wonderful account."
-Stewart Brand, Co-Evolution Quarterly

"A wonderful read, consistently entertaining on several levels."
-Michael Rossman, Associate for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter

"A superb wrap-up of a notable influence on our popular culture." -Rita Fink, Pacific Sun

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
15
Section 4
45
Section 5
79
Section 6
101
Section 7
145
Section 8
167
Section 10
207
Section 11
231
Section 12
253
Section 13
279
Section 14
299
Section 15
313
Section 16
325
Copyright

Section 9
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