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

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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, 288 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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Bill Wallace
Jun 03, 2016 Bill Wallace rated it liked it
Any history of espionage relies on circumstance and reads gaps in the historical record as much as as it considers documents. This trait is doubled here, where the murky and obscure worlds of ritual magicians, con men, and occultists intersect in dizzying tangles of fact and conjecture. A few likelihoods emerge -- Crowley probably did act as a kind of agent provocateur during World War I, writing increasingly crazed propaganda for pro-German factions in the USA in the service of the British secr ...more
Will
Jun 06, 2013 Will rated it it was ok
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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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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Dr.J.G.
Why this one is worth looking at - according to official description

"Crowley, also known as the Great Beast, has been the subject of several biographies, some painting him as a misunderstood genius, others as a manipulative charlatan. None of them have looked seriously at his career as an agent of British Intelligence. Using documents gleaned from British, American, French, and Italian archives, Secret Agent 666 sensationally reveals that Crowley played a major role in the sinking of the Lusita
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Gavin Mcdowell
Mar 11, 2015 Gavin Mcdowell rated it really liked it
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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
Mike Flores
Jan 19, 2017 Mike Flores rated it it was amazing
Aleister Crowley is on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album, he is referenced in music by Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. He was an occultist, poet and performance artist. His live rituals open to the public featured naked women, live music and psychedelic mushrooms.

But what no one knew until recently, was that he was actually a master spy for British Intelligence!

One of the most amazing spy stories you will ever read!
Paul Toner
Sep 11, 2013 Paul Toner rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2011 Rodney rated it it was ok
Shelves: real-books
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.
Holly
Apr 04, 2016 Holly rated it really liked it
Informative and intriguing. Whilst it answered some questions, it left just as many un-answered. More names than I could cope with leisurely, but fascinating none the less. Highly recommend.
Kristen
Sep 16, 2008 Kristen rated it it was ok
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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This book gives accurate information on an aspect of 'hidden history'.
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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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