Where's the Truth? by Wilhelm Reich, James E. Strick, PhD & Mary Boyd Higgins
Letters and Journals, 1948-1957

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Where’s the Truth? is the fourth and final volume of Wilhelm Reich’s autobiographical writings, drawn from his diaries, letters, and laboratory notebooks. These writings reveal the details of the outrider scientist’s life—his joys and sorrows, his hopes and insecurities—and chronicle his experiments with what he called “orgone energy.”

A student of Freud’s and a prominent research physician in the early psychoanalytic movement, Reich immigrated to America in 1939 in flight from Nazism, and pursued research about orgone energy functions in the living organism and the atmosphere. Where’s the Truth? begins in January 1948, shortly after Reich became a target of the Federal Food and Drug Administration. He had already faced persecution by the U.S. government, having been mistaken by the State Department and the FBI for both a Communist and a Nazi. Starting in 1947, Reich was hounded by the FDA, which, in 1954, obtained an injunction by default against him that enabled it to burn six tons of his published books and research journals, and to ban the use of one of his most important experimental research tools—the orgone energy accumulator. Challenging the right of a court to judge basic scientific research, Reich was imprisoned in March 1957 and died in the U.S. Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, eight months later.

The text gathered here shows Reich’s steadfast determination to protect his work. “Where’s the truth?” he asked a lawyer, and that question animates this volume and rounds out our understanding of a unique, irrepressible modern figure.


About Wilhelm Reich, James E. Strick, PhD & Mary Boyd Higgins

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Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many works include Listen, Little Man!, Character Analysis, and The Mass Psychology of Fascism. He died in 1957.
Published August 7, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 288 pages
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He was driven to calculate how orgone affected hurricanes and drought, emotions and auroras, fleeting sensations and flying saucers, the life of rocks and many cosmic matters.

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In this last of four volumes of autobiographical writings (ending with his death in 1957), psychoanalytic pioneer Reich details his all-consuming interest in and experiments with “orgone energy,” which he claims to have discovered in Oslo in 1939, calling it “the primordial massfree Cosmic ...

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