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From the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning best seller Ishmael and its sequel, My Ishmael, comes a powerful novel with one of the most profound spiritual testaments of our time.

“A compelling ‘humantale’ that will unglue, stun, shock, and rearrange everything you’ve learned and assume about Western civilization and our future.” (Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce)

Father Jared Osborne has received an extraordinary assignment from his superiors: Investigate an itinerant preacher stirring up deep trouble in Central Europe. His followers call him B, but his enemies say he’s something else: the Antichrist. However, the man Osborne tracks across a landscape of bars, cabarets, and seedy meeting halls is no blasphemous monster - though an earlier era would undoubtedly have rushed him to the burning stake. For B claims to be enunciating a gospel written not on any stone or parchment but in our very genes, opening up a spiritual direction for humanity that would have been unimaginable to any of the prophets or saviors of traditional religion. Pressed by his superiors for a judgement, Osborne is driven to penetrate B’s inner circle, where he soon finds himself an anguished collaborator in the dismantling of his own religious foundations. 

More than a masterful novel of adventure and suspense, The Story of B is a rich source of compelling ideas from an author who challenges us to rethink our most cherished beliefs. 

Explore Daniel Quinn’s spiritual Ishmael trilogy: 

  • Ishmael
  • My Ishmael
  • The Story of B
©1996 Daniel Quinn (P)2021 Random House Audio

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  • Keren Jackson
  • 11-09-21

Worthwhile read

Really into the ideas. The story is a good vessel for sharing them. Some of the dialogue is just unnatural. I still think everyone should read this and do some introspective thinking.

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  • Samuraidiver
  • 10-09-21

WOW

should be mandatory reading for all inhabitants of this planet. I thought Ishmael was mind opening, this is above and beyond, I will be teaching my children this and plan to read it many more times before I expire.

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  • Marianna
  • 08-09-21

Required reading!

This book is beautifully written, intellectually exciting, and deeply needed in these times.
I first read this book about 15 years ago, and just finished listening to the audio version, and I am struck once again by the marvelous craftsmanship of dear Daniel Quinn. I am so grateful that this book is in the world.
I’ve considered myself an enema stuff sorts, with this belief said, if you could call it that, growing stronger and stronger over the last five years. This book actually gives me the language to speak about some of the truths and longing cluttering around in my heart. I feel this is necessary reading, I wish everyone I know would read this book. I wish they would teach this in school. Perhaps, we can join together and learn to be leavers again.....