The Myth of American Innocence


by Barry Spector


Paperback / $22.00 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58790-173-7 / 521 pages / 6” x 9” / includes index


History / Mythology / American Studies / Political Science

As the post-modern world lurches toward the disasters and bereavements that signal the end of an age, we turn to myth to comprehend the elemental forces that move through our lives, to know who we are, to understand which stories inform our consciousness. Madness At the Gates of the City, writes Robert Johnson in his introduction, “shows how America regularly re-enacts old patterns that cause us to subvert our goals and miss the deeper meaning in events. But by looking at American history, politics and popular culture through the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom and archetypal psychology, the author discovers new hope in very old ways of thinking. This book should appeal to anyone interested in myth, Classics, history, psychology or progressive politics.”


Barry Spector writes about American history and politics from the perspectives of myth, indigenous traditions and archetypal psychology. He is a regular contributor to Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche and the online journal Mythic Passages ( Many of his essays can be found on his website:

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