Grim People – Crowley the Intelligence agent

51oo5ectoil_ss500_2Excellent food for conspiracy theory adepts: I ran across a book written by professor Richard B. Spence which exposes Aleister Crowley’s involvement with British secret services. The full title reads: Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult, and unlike other biographies of Crowley, this book takes an in-depth look at his career as a British Intelligence agent. We can learn a bit more from the reviews of this book on Amazon; a user called Midwest Book Review introduces us to the story and some of its subplots:

Drawing upon documents garnered from British, American, French, and Italian archives, Secret Agent 666 reveals that Crowley played a role in the sinking of the Lusitania, a plan to overthrow the Spanish government, countermeasures against Irish and Indian nationalist conspiracies, and the 1941 flight of Rudolf Hess.

this is some other astonishing stuff quoted by and from Hanyi Ishtouk:

Given Thelema’s ties to Qabalah, no wonder that “in 1922 he proposed a convenient means for Jews to regain their true will and destiny — the adoption of Thelema as the foundation of new Israel.” (p. 166) As for the Nazis, “around the same time Crowley was reaching out to Hitler {“in a 1933 article for the Sunday Dispatch” where he had asserted that “before Hitler was, I am”}, he also was courting Joseph Stalin” via his admirer and disciple, journalist Walter Duranty, perhaps with the aim to neutralize the Red Menace (pp. 212-3). There is no evidence that any of the recipients took the bait.

Reviewer Henry Pierce finally reminds us of the speculative nature of this book:

Mr. Spence has done an amazing job of connecting the dots – albeit largely ‘created’ out of possibility and probability. It is not his fault of course, by his own account he does, “rely more on circumstantial evidence and informed speculation” than he would like, due to the tampering, withholding and loss of established records.

Richard B. Spence is professor of history at the University of Idaho, and has always been drawn to the less traveled paths of historical inquiry. He appreciates the work of such writers as Edward J. Epstein, Niall Ferguson, Antony Sutton and Bernard Wasserstein.

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ISBN 1932595333

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