Author: Smith, Huston
Renowned world religion scholar Huston Smith was there at historic turning points and encountered many of the people who shaped the twentieth century, including Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Reinhold Niebuhr, J. Krishnamurti, Aldous Huxley, John Kenneth Galbraity, Noam Chomsky, Robert Graves, Saul Bellow, Pete Seger, and Bill Moyers. Smith was also present at many extraordinary moments in history, including:
- Smith invited Martin Luther king, Jr., to Washing University between King's Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and his historic March on Washington
- In the '60s he took hallucinogens with Timothy Leary and discussed metaphysics with Ram Dass and Andrew Weil
- In Tanzania, Smith was rescued from lions by Maasai warriors, who took him to the encampment of world-famous archeologists Louis and Mary Leakey
- He's recorded multiphonic chanting with Tibetan monks and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead
Smith's amazing life and stories of adventure and wonder serve as a travelogue, a popular history of monumental change, and an inspirational memoir.