MERLib recommends: book: Wilhelm Reich AMERICAN ODYSSEY - LETTERS & JOURNALS (1940-1947)
AMERICAN ODYSSEY - LETTERS & JOURNALS (1940-1947)
Since we’ve mentioned the importance of primary materials, ensuring the correctness of basic facts, and our commitment to accurate, reliable information, we’d like to call attention to American Odyssey (published in 1999) as one of the most valuable biographical resources about Reich. Surprisingly this book never sold well, and even in Europe—where Reich’s titles are far more popular than in America—it never found a wide audience. And yet it remains the best extemporaneous account of some of the most significant and dramatic events in Reich’s life:
* Invents the orgone energy accumulator (1940)
* Discovers atmospheric orgone energy in Maine (1940)
* Meets with Einstein (1941)
* Treats terminal cancer patients with accumulator (1941)
* Detained as an enemy alien at Ellis Island (1941)
* Purchases a farm in Maine, calls it Orgonon (1942)
* Develops orgone biophysics
* The Mildred Brady articles are published (1947)
* Discovers a motor force in orgone energy (1947)
* FDA begins investigating Reich (1947)
If you haven’t yet read American Odyssey, we highly recommend it.
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Writeup from WRM shop:
This work chronicles, letters and journals 1940-47, Reich's first years in America. They were years of prodigious accomplishment in which he developed the orgone energy accumulator, the so-called box; published his first books in English; made breakthroughs in his investigation of orgone energy in social pathology, physics, astronomy, and cancer; and interested none other than Albert Einstein in testing his theories. America brought a new marriage, a son, a new group of students, and a new laboratory. But these were years of fierce struggle as well: the denial of an American medical license, the refusal of a patent on the orgone accumulator, and, finally, a slanderous article that would incite the Food and Drug Administration to the dogged attack on Reich that would continue until his death in a prison cell ten years later.
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