By Wilhelm Reich,Mary Boyd Higgins

A new autobiographical paintings by means of essentially the most unique and arguable thinkers of our time.

"I regarded up on a daily basis from in the back of the bars to the Statue of Liberty in big apple Harbor. Her gentle shone brightly right into a darkish night." With those phrases, Wilhelm Reich defined his event as an "enemy alien" imprisoned on Ellis Island within the aftermath of the japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

American Odyssey, compiled from his correspondence and journals, chronicles Reich's first years in the USA. They have been years of prodigious accomplishment within which he constructed the orgone strength accumulator-the so-called orgone field; released his first books in English; made breakthroughs in his research of orgone power in social pathology, physics, astronomy, and melanoma; and none except Albert Einstein in trying out his theories. the USA introduced a brand new marriage, a brand new son, a brand new team of scholars, and a brand new laboratory. yet those have been years of fierce fight to boot: the denial of an American clinical license, the refusal of a patent at the orgone accumulator, and, eventually, a slanderous article that will incite the nutrients and Drug management to the dogged assault on Reich that might proceed until eventually his dying in one other felony phone ten years later.

American Odyssey unearths greater than a interval within the lifetime of an embattled scientist. It discloses the social and highbrow lifetime of a rustic in a tumultuous time in history.

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