Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a Culture's Psyche
Imprint: Cascade Books
'"The human psyche's dynamics are intrinsically part trickster': so William Jackson tells us in this delightfully wise study of a classic American archetype. The fruit of his prodigious talents as a scholarly hunter-gatherer with his keen insights as an interpreter, Professor Jackson's latest book is an unparalleled treasure for anyone interested in the American experience and the primordial thought patterns that have shaped it."
--From the foreword by Peter Thuesen
"When you gaze into a mirror, what do you see? Does the trickster wink back? Whether you say yes or no, William Jackson's book will tickle you. Filled with a motley crew of con men, hucksters, coyotes, loons, and ravens, its tall tales and explorations of American attitudes are well crafted and highly entertaining. American Tricksters illustrates how dark edges can lighten your spirit while tweaking your funny bone. But beware! If you open this book, besides baying at the moon, you might never look in the mirror (or see America) the same way again."
--Terry Marks-Tarlow, author of Psyche's Veil