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Feet Of Clay
     

Feet Of Clay

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by Anthony Storr
 

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An eye-opening investigation of charismatic "gurus" from Jesus to Freud to David Koresh, by the author of "Solitude: A Return to the Self". In "Feet of Clay", eminent psychologist Anthony Storr uncovers the personality traits that link these men and explores the incredible power they have wielded over their fanatical followers. 11

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An eye-opening investigation of charismatic "gurus" from Jesus to Freud to David Koresh, by the author of "Solitude: A Return to the Self". In "Feet of Clay", eminent psychologist Anthony Storr uncovers the personality traits that link these men and explores the incredible power they have wielded over their fanatical followers. 11 photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684834955
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
08/19/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
852,562
Product dimensions:
0.65(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Storr was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and an Emeritus Fellow of Green College, Oxford. He was the author of numerous books, including The Integrity of the Personality, The Dynamics of Creation, The Essential Jung, and The Art of Psychotherapy. Dr. Storr died in 2001.

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Feet Of Clay 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Great Britain based Anthony Storr writes eloquently about gurus be they saints, sinners or madmen. And as I imagined he would, Jesus Christ, is analyzed (most respectfully) but, Muhammmad, other than a brief mention in the introduction, never makes it to the couch. Go figure. I burned through the chapter on David Koresh (aka: Vernon Howell) but every American's favorite, Charlie Manson, is left back in his California prison cell scratching swastikas in the linoleum with an incisor he ripped from his own jaw. After biographies about the reverend Jim Jones, of Jamestown fame, to televangelist Pat Robertson, and the unknown Paul Brunton, author Storr goes on to explain why Man searches for answers, god and redemption. And then continues with the why and how individuals become gurus and the techniques these powerful mentor's utilize, sometimes unconsciously, to attract and then retain disciples. While the first few chapters containing the real whack jobs, including the already mentioned, James Jones and David Koresh, and adding the Bhagwan Shree Rajaneesh, left me eager to read on, the book too quickly ran out of steam as I chugged through Carl Justuv Jung and Sigmund Freud, then began picking up energy through the section on Ignatius of Loyola and then finally settling down to a steady read of never being either boring or exciting until the final page. As if to put an exclamation mark on his work, the last black and white photo displayed is that of India-based moustached Mother Meera who speaks not at all, but simply holds the heads of her supplicants while they kneel before her! While, of course, not agreeing with everything put forward, I learned so much in this 244 paged book (that includes 14 pages of undisturbed footnotes) that it is difficult to be brief. So I will simply end my review here.