This is a fascinating and enjoyable account of the counterculture from its origins in the fifties through into the seventies. It focuses on wellness and how the hippies developed the whole concept of self-care. It’s dispassionate but sympathetic and always entertaining and it covers Ram Dass, Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung, Swami Vivekenanda and Chogyam Trungpa, amongst a cast of hundreds. I learned a lot from reading it and discovered completely new connections across one of the most important periods in recent history. It also sheds light on current aspects of the spiritual movement and again we can find out a lot that way.
524pp, 197 x 130 mm, Paperback, 2020, RRP £14.99