By: Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth is the transcript of a six-part interview series of Joseph Campbell from the late 1980's. I found Campbell's depth in mythology and understanding of the human experience utterly profound. From the implications of the same archetypal pattern followed by myths and religious texts from around the globe, to the road map through life of the hero's journey, to his focus on the inner life that we all too often neglect, this is a life-quaking book. I suspect Campbell had one of the best cross-cultural bird's-eye views of the 20th century and he shares it in plain, conversational English making it accessible to everyone.
You can watch the entire interview here, but I suggest the book as written word is more digestible at your own pace, rather than spoken word—it's pace set by the speaker.