Outrageous Betrayal

Outrageous Betrayal

The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard From Est to Exile

Book - 1993
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An in-depth look at the life of the charismatic Werner Erhard traces his career, including the founding of est, his New Age-human potential course, and his new movement, The Forum, examining the controversies that have constantly surround him.

Blackwell North Amer
As the founder of a human-potential movement known as "est," which stood for Erhard Seminars Training, Erhard in the 1970s and 1980s attracted hundreds of thousands of followers who sat through grueling sixty-hour "training" sessions that promised personal transformation and profound insights into human relationships.
But Werner Erhard was eventually plagued by problems and controversy, culminating in horrifying allegations, which he hotly disputed, that he had forced his wife to live apart from her children and sexually abused two of his daughters. Erhard also became the focus of renewed charges that his est movement had taken on some of the trappings of a cult. At the same time, the Internal Revenue Service persisted in claims that Erhard's est-related companies owed millions of dollars in back taxes. A bitter divorce battle between Erhard and his second wife further helped to fuel speculation that est's approach to personal transformation was both cruel and hollow. Finally, in early 1991, Erhard left the United States, preferring the solitude of self-imposed exile to the glare of harsh publicity.
Based on scores of interviews and an exhaustive examination of court records, testimony, and crucial documents, Outrageous Betrayal provides the first comprehensive account of Werner Erhard's meteoric rise and crashing fall.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993
ISBN: 9780312092962
Characteristics: xiv, 289 p. ; 24 cm


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