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American Odyssey: Letters & Journals, 1940-1947 by Wilhelm Reich

By Wilhelm Reich

A brand new autobiographical paintings via probably the most unique and arguable thinkers of our time.

"I seemed up on a daily basis from at the back of the bars to the Statue of Liberty in long island Harbor. Her mild shone brightly right into a darkish night." With those phrases, Wilhelm Reich defined his adventure 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 built the orgone strength accumulator-the so-called orgone field; released his first books in English; made breakthroughs in his research of orgone strength in social pathology, physics, astronomy, and melanoma; and none except Albert Einstein in checking out his theories. the United States 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 besides: the denial of an American clinical license, the refusal of a patent at the orgone accumulator, and, eventually, a slanderous article that might incite the foodstuff and Drug management to the dogged assault on Reich that will proceed till his demise in one other criminal cellphone 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 background.

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13 January 1941 1. I am famous as a psychiatrist. 2. I am doubted as a biologist. 3. As a physicist, I am regarded as nothing. Therefore I am going to Einstein. Practical c. Use in physics, mathematics (energy production) d. Biology Possibilities a. Hand over the meteorology and physics elements. b. Work and assistance, possibly for everything. c. Remain silent. d. War industry—biological charge. Orgone constitutes the "field" that Einstein is searching for. , depend on its functions. AM ER IC AN ODYSSEY [55 ♦ 13 January 1941 Today I had a four-hour discussion with Einstein at Princeton.

I am famous as a psychiatrist. 2. I am doubted as a biologist. 3. As a physicist, I am regarded as nothing. Therefore I am going to Einstein. Practical c. Use in physics, mathematics (energy production) d. Biology Possibilities a. Hand over the meteorology and physics elements. b. Work and assistance, possibly for everything. c. Remain silent. d. War industry—biological charge. Orgone constitutes the "field" that Einstein is searching for. , depend on its functions. AM ER IC AN ODYSSEY [55 ♦ 13 January 1941 Today I had a four-hour discussion with Einstein at Princeton.

Moon in first quarter. 1. The blue of the atmosphere in front of mountains shimmering in the distance on sunny days ("fine weather"). Assumption: Orgone, which absorbs and emits the blue color from light, sits uniformly distributed at the lower level. , the orgone is mixed in the higher regions of the atmosphere and forms the clouds through magnetization and charging of the water vapor. 2. Observations of dark clouds at night: By staring at a point on the edge of a dark cloud, one sees grayish-blue flickering light phenomena.

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