Guest: Peter Levenda
Born: The Bronx, New York, 1950
Education: M.A. in Religious Studies and Asian Studies from Florida International University. He has lived in New York, Indiana, Chicago, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Miami as well as in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and China.
Assosications: Former president of the international division of Ortronics, Inc., a member of the AAR (American Academy of Religion), TAK (the religious studies honor society), T.E. Lawrence Society, AFIO (the Association of Former Intelligence Officers) and is charter member of the Norman Mailer Society. As a young man he was briefly involved with the American Orthodox Catholic Church (which served as a front for American intelligence operations and which was implicated in the JFK assassination).
Feature: He has appeared in TV documentaries on Nazism & the Third Reich (most recently on Brad Meltzer's "Decoded" series) as well as on documentaries aired on History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and TNT. He has given addresses before the American-Chinese Business Women's Association and the Florida-China Chamber of Commerce on China trade, and has lectured on the role that Operation Paperclip played in American political and military post-war history, and was one of the first speakers on the Secret Space Program / Breakaway Civilization conference (in Amsterdam).
Levenda is not the average armchair historian, but a real hands-on researcher active in the field obtaining primary sources and making new discoveries. In the course of his 25 years of research, he has traveled to more than 40 countries, gaining access to temples, prisons, military installations, and government documents. He has worked in the business of international trade since 1984, as well as IT executive in China, Southeast Asia, Latin America, & Europe.
His religious interests extended to Eastern Orthodoxy, Chinese Daoism, Haitian voudon, Alchemy and modern occult societies in the Kabbalistic tradition, as well as Islam & sufism. Even though he denies it, many regard Levenda to be "Simon", the author of "Simon Necronomicon" - a grimoire that derives its title from H.P. Lovecraft's fictional "Necronomicon", featured in Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos stories. However, he does acknowledge working on the book with Simon.
He is well known for his books on Nazism and its use of occult and mystical practices and sources, is an expert on use of former Nazi scientists in promotion of rocketry in the U.S., the space program and NASA. One of his most important works the investigations of the real-life O.D.E.S.S.A. (Organization der ehemaligen Schutzstaffel-Angehörigen - Organisation of former members of the S.S.) where he uncovers the extent of Nazi influence before WWII, as well as the escapes following the war. Due to his brave delving into risky, shadowy and obscure areas, he has had his life threatened more than once, as when in the course of his nazi research, he undertook a dangerous trip to Chile to investigate the notorious Nazi sanctuary, Colonia Dignidad, where he as the only journalist obtained access, was detained and eventually released.
He is also known for using the Freedom of Information Act to add to source material for his exposure of the involvement of the U.S. Government in research of dubious ethics, including research on human subjects without their knowledge. He masters a wide range of subject matter allowing him to connect many dots; his writing is engaging and infused with his own personal experiences and close encounters with accidental death.
Levenda also has several unpublished novels and other fiction, such as The Chinese Chip; Citadel; The Black Pullet; The Key Keeper; and Orientalisms.
Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement With the Occult (1994)
Sinister Forces - The Nine: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft (2005)
Sinister Forces - A Warm Gun: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft (2005)
Unholy Alliance: The Nazis and the Power of the Occult (2006)
Sinister Forces - The Manson Secret: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft (2006)
Gates of the Necronomicon (with Simon - 2006)
The Mao of Business: Guerrilla Trade Techniques for the New China (2007)
Stairway to Heaven: Chinese Alchemists, Jewish Kabbalists, and the Art of Spiritual Transformation (2008)
The Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries and the Founding of America (2009)
Tantric Temples: Eros and Magic in Java (2011)
Illuminati: The Stigma Order (with Peggy Pawlowski - 2012)
Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler (2012)
The Angel And The Sorcerer: The Remarkable Story of the Occult Origins of Mormonism and the Rise of Mormons in American Politics (2012)
The Most Dangerous Book in the World: 9/11 As Mass Ritual (with S. K. Bain - 2012)
The Dark Lord: H. P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic (2013)
The Hitler Legacy: The Nazi Cult in Diaspora, How it was Organized, How it was Funded, and Why it remains a Threat to Global Security in the Age of Terrorism (2014)
The Tantric Alchemist: Thomas Vaughan and the Indian Tantric Tradition (2015)
The Lovecraft Code (2017)
Sekret Machines - Gods: An Official Investigation of the UFO Phenomenon (with Tom DeLonge - 2017)