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Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell's most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary situation, such as
the murder and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context of ancient
mythology. Herein lies the power of The Power of Myth, showing how humans are apt to create and live out the themes of
mythology. Based on a six-part PBS television series hosted by Bill Moyers, this classic is especially compelling
because of its engaging question-and-answer format, creating an easy, conversational approach to complicated and
esoteric topics. For example, when discussing the mythology of heroes, Campbell and Moyers smoothly segue from the
Sumerian sky goddess Inanna to Star Wars' mercenary-turned-hero, Han Solo. Most impressive is Campbell's encyclopedic
knowledge of myths, demonstrated in his ability to recall the details and archetypes of almost any story, from any point
and history, and translate it into a lesson for spiritual living in the here and now. --Gail Hudson