It's too bad that Gerry Vassilatos didn't hire a good editor to clean up his tortured treatment of the English language in this book because he has some great material. It's clear he did considerable research in profiling the discoveries of a number of inventors whose brilliant work never made it to mainstream America. Too bad, since we could be enjoying free energy, warp drive to the stars and a cure for cancer. I don't mean that sarcastically either -- I think these men (they were all men) actually made the discoveries claimed in the book. One reason I bought this book was my interest in the work of Royal R. Rife, who, judging from all sources I've seen, really invented a machine that stopped cancer; his cure rate was 100% But we don't have this machine today, nor do we have the unlimited wireless energy promised by Nikola Tesla (another amazing and fascinating character) or the fusion reactor that actually worked, as created by Philo T. Farnsworth. The author gives us a feast of unrealized potential for the betterment of society.
And that brings me to another problem with this book. The author weaves his own opinions and ideas in among the stories of these inventors, and due again to his idiosyncratic writing style, it is often unclear as to just what point he is trying to make. He mixes metaphors in appearing to endorse the old idea of the "ether" which he introduces along with his first story, that of Baron Von Reichenbach and his "od" energy. The idea of a natural type of energy that is not electricity, but exists in abundance, is part of many of these inventions. Apparently Tesla was sensitive to this energy. But what exactly is it? It is always a kind of radiance that can be tapped by those who know it's there, who can listen to the earth, or feel it in the radiance from the moon (Von Reichenbach's somnambulists were driven crazy by moonlight). The author often becomes lyrical as he talks about the dream state, the shared consciousness, the archetypes, the sea of ideas that he sees as the source of all great breakthroughs. The ideas are apparently "in the ether." The inventor brings them forth, as gifts to mankind. But some gifts never reach the intended recipients because society runs on money, not creativity, and there are often powerful vested interests that stand to lose financially from technological changes. Technology gets suppressed because the military wants it or some organization wants to keep doing things the same old lucrative way.
I was startled to read in this book a new theory of the Philadelphia Experiment. In this version, the military first noticed the invisibility function while using huge and high-powered arc welding equipment, and they consulted Dr. Thomas Moray who had discovered a similar effect. Working together, they equipped the USS Eldridge with the equipment which made the ship blink invisible, with disastrous effect on the crew. There have been many versions and retellings of this event, and here is one more (from a source that is not Carlos Allende).
The author concludes with a little tale about water and fire and how mankind lost "contact with the inner water world" through its belief in the power of fire. We lost our way when we bought into the "thermodynamic model of the world." I think somewhere in all this garbled and often grammatically incorrect language is a profound thought. I guess as a professional editor myself, I find sentences that twist and turn without meaning especially annoying. I could have done with fewer sentences like "Dream waves ebb and flow in the mind of humanity." I would love to have a crack at editing this tangled mess of words into something coherent, but despite its considerable shortcomings, this book was worth reading. Like I said, if you can wade through the overdone metaphors, repetitious concepts, and bad English, you might be able to pick up some actual ideas.