Warrior's Way: A Twentieth Century Odyssey by Robert S. de Ropp
Happily, a new group of readers can benefit from de Ropp's penetrating insights and honest account of his life. De Ropp's approach to life was highly rational and spiritual, individualistic and idealistic. An autobiography well worth the read for then and now.
“It was a fascinating reading. I found myself reading it practically in one sitting, something which I hardly do with other books.
“De Ropp met some of the people whose work I greatly admire the most including Ouspensky and Gurdjieff. It was very insightful to read his understandings and his analyzes of the various ‘I’s that ruled his life. His struggles throughout the 20th Century should give people food for thought. We are living in crazy times and it promises to get much worse before it gets better. de Ropp's book should provide inspiration to all the warriors out there in the world.”
“This book was fantastic. De Ropp has a heck of a personal story to tell, and he is very good at telling it. He's an engaging writer. I picked it up mostly because I was interested in the 60s and the happenings around then, but de Ropp's childhood story is really compelling… I loved the chapter, near the end, on Alan Watts, called ‘the Watercourse Way.’ And the book ends well. A fantastic read and definitely recommended.”
“An enjoyable autobiography to read about a great man's spiritual quest.”
“He's the Forrest Gump of consciousness development, but on steroids and rather than a simpleton he's a genius. He touched nearly every inner development movement from the 1930s up until the book was published in 1979. The cast of characters is unbelievable. Vaughaun Williams, Ouspensky, Gurdjieff, Aldous Huxley, Charles Lindbergh, Leary, Castaneda … the list goes on and on. He doesn't just talk about these people, he actually knew and worked with most of them at different points along his journey. Commies, Nazis, pacifists, yogis, beatniks, and hippies, all those and more are part of his story.
“Besides getting a PhD and working as a research chemist, he built 2 houses with his own hands and was a farmer and rancher. If, like me, you read The Master Game and wanted to know why he speaks with authority, the answers are here. It's not really an autobiography, even though it is a glimpse into his most personal thoughts and feelings. It uses the context of his personal life to describe his experiences with and his take on all these movements.