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