About American Odyssey
American Odyssey, compiled from his correspondence and his personal and work journals, chronicles Reich’s first years in America. They were years of prodigious accomplishment in which he developed the orgone energy accumulator—the so-called orgone box—published his first books in English, made breakthroughs in his persistent investigation of orgone energy in social pathology, physics, astronomy, and cancer, and interested none other than Albert Einstein in testing his theories. America brought a new marriage, a son, a new group of students, and a new laboratory. But these were years of fierce struggle as well: the denial of a complimentary American medical license, the refusal of a patent on the orgone accumulator, and finally a slanderous article that would incite the Food and Drug Administration to the dogged attack on Reich that would continue until his death in another prison cell ten years later.
American Odyssey describes more than a period in the life of an embattled scientist. It illuminates the social and intellectual life of a country in a tumultuous time in history.