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Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult

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Aleister Crowley is best known today as a founding father of modern occultism. His wide, hypnotic eyes peer at us from the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and his influence can be found everywhere in popular culture.

Crowley, also known as the Great Beast, has been the subject of several biographies, some painting him as a misunderstood genius,
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Paperback, 380 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Feral House
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Tim Pendry
In Lobster, the premier journal of para-politics in the UK, I argued that more latitude should be given to historians when dealing with the shadowy world of espionage. I had an interest as someone initially trained as a historian, who had participated in a range of political projects and who often had had to deal with cases of political manipulation damaging the reputation of persons who were clients or friends of mine.

The 'truth' about the grey world between official record and unrecorded actio
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Gavin Mcdowell
A very thoroughly researched and documented look at the previously little-known "spy" work 666 did throughout his life, especially during WWI. Until reading this book, I had always simply taken 666's word for it that his motives for writing in The Fatherland, etc., were what he said they were. Now, I understand that this was not only plausible but probably the case, and then some. A very enjoyable and informative study for anyone who wants to look more closely at what has previously been a sort ...more
Sir Michael Röhm
First off, the bad - there are way too many people to keep track of, and no 'Dramatis Personæ' to aid one in sorting them out when one forgets who is who. Thus, a star was deducted.

This is not a biography of To Mega Therion, but instead uses his life to support its central thesis - that Crowley was a British secret agent. While the documentation is lacking (naturally), absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, and its absence, given how notorious Crowley was, is certainly something to be n
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Will
Just what was self-proclaimed Antichrist Aleister Crowley doing in America during World War I? Did he instigate the attack on the Lusitania as a provocateur? What, if, anything, did he have to do with the interrogation of Rudolf Hess?

Readers looking for answers are likely to be disappointed by this book, where what is advertised is not what is offered. The blurbs give no idea of how much of it is SPECULATION. The book is peppered with "could have", "possible", "would not be surprising" .... as
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Paul Toner
though it is dense with facts, half truths, rumours and hearsay... it only serves to add to the mystic and mystery that surrounds Crowley. Found it a very slow read but really enjoyed the connections and links it raised. Very enjoyable for someone with an interest in AC.
Rodney
This is a great 50 pages of fascinating info, padded out with another 250 of extremely tenuous speculation. I did enjoy it all the same, but basically not really worth it unless you are a Crowley fanatic.
Kristen
Well-researched but not well-written. This book is not engaging at all and I have to force myself to read another chapter or two a day.
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Dr. Richard “Rick” Spence received his PhD in History from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1981. He has taught at the University of Idaho since 1986 where currently he is a tenured full Professor of History. He specializes in Russian, intelligence and military history, and his course offerings include Modern Espionage, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, History of Secret Societies and ...more
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