Magic: A History—From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present by Chris Gosden

It will forever be a mystery to future historians that a society in which people paid $66 to have jade eggs popped into their vaginas didn’t believe in magic. Astrology abounds, yoga proliferates, “wellness” is the nebulous watchword of our era, and yet we think of ourselves as living in a rational age of science. Who are we trying to fool?

In Chris Gosden’s eye-opening new book on the history of magic, the author asks us to take a step back and see not just how magic has infused every era of human civilization but how it sustains us today, often in disguise, and how it can guide us into the future.