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How the East came to the West - Book Review

"American Veda. From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation — How Indian Spirituality Changed the West." Philip Goldberg. Harmony. 386 pages. $26.

By Nick Owchar

Long before the Fab Four embraced the East, there were the Fab Three — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

Philip Goldberg’s American Veda is an engaging survey of why, starting with these three venerable American thinkers, the flowers of Eastern practices have thrived in Western soil.

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