The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus by Gary Lachman

Somehow this 2011 book escaped my attention until today, and I'm delighted that such a reliable author has taken on a subject of such importance.  Will be ordering it immediately, but sight unseen will add this to the recommended reading list for Church of Light history.  It meets a very real need, that much is apparent from some of the reviews. 

Here's the publisher's webpage link.  Most impressive review:

'Gary Lachman offers us a fascinating history of the myth of Hermes Trismegistus and the translation of the Corpus Hermeticum … This is a comprehensive book covering all aspects of the tradition of Hermes,
from the early periods through to modern explorations of Hermetic science as it resonates with altered states of consciousness. Lachman is an easy to read author yet has a near encyclopaedic knowledge of esotericism and is hence able to offer many different perspectives on the subject at hand. From the Egyptian influence on Greek philosophy to Islam and the Renaissance, Freemasons and the Rosicrucians this is a truly informative journey through all aspects of Hermes Trismegistus.'
-- Living Traditions Magazine

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Comment by K. Paul Johnson on October 13, 2011 at 8:02am
Glad to hear such first impressions.  I won't be able to get to it until next month, but look forward to your comments after finishing the book.
Comment by Michael A. Williams on October 11, 2011 at 1:25pm

Good idea, Joe. Since you're the founder of this site,, it's probably best if you contact him. Here's his website:

In case you haven't noticed, go to the page "About Gary Lachman" and at the bottom there is a section to send in comments. That's the only place I can find to contact him.

This site has lots of fascinating reading for those interested in Western Esotericism and Occultism.

Comment by K. Paul Johnson on October 11, 2011 at 4:44am

The author's website reveals that his current project is a book on Blavatsky, which he doesn't call a biography.  The challenges facing a researcher on this subject are formidable.  I don't think any of the existing HPB biographies rises nearly to the quality of Lachman's recent books.   So this might be a milestone achievement, but depending on its scope might be several years in the making.


Comment by James Sunderland on October 11, 2011 at 1:20am
I just started Yates' Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. Now you're telling me I have to study ANOTHER book about Hermes? hehe thanks for the recommendation! Amazon reviews are favorable!
Comment by Michael A. Williams on October 11, 2011 at 12:16am
Looks like a winner, Paul, for all those interested in Western Occultism. Thanks for calling it to our attention.

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