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THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS

Since the publication of The Secret Life of Plants thirty years ago, people continue to tell me how the book has changed their life. I don't always comprehend what they mean, but I can appreciate what they say because it certainly changed my life when I woke up to the fact that all around us there really were the fabled spirits of nature who create the endless beauty of garden, hill, and dale. When I realized that Joan of Arc had been burned not for consorting with her angels, but because she frequented the nature spirits, and was thus considered a witch, I also realized the planet was on the verge of serious trouble. Then I heard that the parish priest had gone to the woods where Joan and her young friends frequented the nymphs and fairies in order to exorcise and banish them. With that, I realized the source of the trouble. Luckily I was guided by Sir George Trevelyan, perhaps the most erudite man I have known, and one of the most charming, to visit a Polish priest in Devonshire, Father Glasevsky, an eminent physicist, reputed to have seen the nymphs. Known fondly to his parishioners as "Father glass-of-whiskey" because of his ever-gracious offer to his guests, he paused for a moment before replying to my question as to what the nymphs were like. Looking out the window he said thoughtfully: "Yes, if the weather is fine, and I am by a stream in the woods, I have seen them." He paused, as if admiring a nymph, then added with a smile: "They have the most beautiful breasts."


Essential Ecology
SECRETS OF THE SOIL
An account of recent breakthroughs--scientific and spiritual--that can save your garden, your farm, and the planet --while there is time.
Essential Tompkins
THE SECRET LIFE OF PT
A glimpse into the private life of PT.
Historical
SECRETS OF THE GREAT PYRAMID
The grandaddy of books on the Great Pyramid, written thirty years ago, plagiarized by a train of followers. Not yet faulted in its original content.
Historical, Anthropological
THE EUNUCH & THE VIRGIN
A novel look into the secret world of the Ottoman Seraglio with its odalisks and eunuchs, leading to an essay on castration as it has been practiced by humans across the centuries.
History of WORLD WAR II
ITALY BETRAYED
Italy's leading philosopher Benedetto Croce, named King Victor Emmanuel as the prime Fascist and his Field Marshall Badoglio as the prime economic benefactor of Fascism. Their dishonorable flight from Rome was a betrayal of the Germans, the Allies, and of Italy. Yet Churchill supported them in preference to loyal, honorable anti-fascists who contributed with their blood to the renaisance of Italy, liberating a hundred cities in the north before the arrival of the Allied armies.
History of World War II
THE MURDER OF ADMIRAL DARLAN
A closer look should be given to why Eisenhower's poliical mentor in North Africa, Robert Murphy, obliged president Roosevelt to go along with a deal with France's top Fascist, Darlan. The story behind it is more interesting than the overt developments.
History, Archeology
MYSTERIES OF THE MEXICAN PYRAMIDS
A bloody history of post Colombian Mexico, revealing the wonders of pre Colombian Meso American civilizations, through the re-discovery of their remarkable monuments.
History, Archeology, Hermeticisim
THE MAGIC OF OBELISKS
Indirectly, the story of Free Masonry and its struggle over the centuries to free the world from ignorance, prejudice, and enmity, while aspiring to a higher level of ethics.
Metaphysical Research
THE SECRET LIFE OF NATURE
Scientific proof of "the little people."
Science Writing
#1 on New York Times Bestseller List
A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man.
Shavian History
TO A YOUNG ACTRESS, the letters of Bernard Shaw to Molly Tompkins
A hundred and fifty hitherto unknown letters of GBS reproduced as he typed or wrote them in longhand.
SHAW AND MOLLY TOMPKINS
The story of GBS's long love affair with Molly Tompkins.

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