American Veda is very well written in a journalistic style and covers the entire history of Vedantic influence in the United States. Philip Goldberg weaves together every subtle strand of influence, from the great names such as Emerson, Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Krishnamurti, etcetera, and on to current teachers like Amma and others, and also mentions many lesser known thinkers, writers, teachers, and also celebrities, artists and musicians who have carried Vedantic ideas into our culture. Engagingly written, I must say he masterfully weaves this complex story through time flawlessly. A must-read for those of us who may we feel we have participated in this cultural sea-change at some level.
I must say, I felt like I were reading my own autobiography, there were so many influences mentioned from my own life. Now I know a lot more about most of them, which is something I appreciate.