The Upstart Spring: Esalen and the Human Potential Movement: The First Twenty Years
- Publish Date: 2004-02-04
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Walter Truett Anderson
The first responsible account of an important, uniquely American happening - worthwhile reading for anyone who wants to piece together the social undercurrents of the '60s
-Robert Marquand, Christian Science Monitor
A charming, gossipy multiple biography of the curious gurus who spawned Esalen . . . a complex story, but a sequential one nonetheless, with feuds and psychic shoot-outs, games of capture the flag and smell the roses.
-Arthur Hough, San Francisco Chronicle
Upstart Spring tells Esalen's riveting, unfinished story - even-handedly, entertainingly, with sympathy, and yet holding little back.
-David Toolan, Commonwealth
An absolute delight: brimming with juicy gossip, and as carefully crafted as a page-turner novel. And it has substance, the gift of a therapist who also happens to be a cultural historian with a good eye for the telling meta-detail.
-Sandy McDonald, New Age Journal
Walt Anderson has the requisite experience, humor, and affection (if not detachment, since Esalen teaches, indeed proves, that detachment is a universal impossibility) to carry off a wonderful account.
-Stewart Brand, Co-Evolution Quarterly
A wonderful read, consistently entertaining on several levels.
-Michael Rossman, Associate for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter
A superb wrap-up of a notable influence on our popular culture. -Rita Fink, Pacific Sun