The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years
"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."
"Upstart Spring tells Esalen's riveting, unfinished story - even-handedly, entertainingly, with sympathy, and yet holding little back."
"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."
"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."
"A wonderful read, consistently entertaining on several levels."
"A superb wrap-up of a notable influence on our popular culture." --Rita Fink, Pacific Sun
What people are saying - Write a review
This book...helped me avoid opiods and anti-depressants. It gave me permission to find my own way and that it was okay to do that. Powerful stuff for a 24 yr old lost soul. Thank you, Truett Anderson, or whomever you may be now!