In a fascinating intersection of history, real estate, and the legacy of a 1960s guru, Ivan Kuper tells the story of the Heaven on Earth Inn, an abandoned hotel in downtown Houston that was purchased by former Beatles spiritual guide, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, for use as a santuary for the Transcendental Meditation movement. But the hotel fell on rough and seedy times and eventually came to resemble — and be called — Houston’s “Beirut Hilton.”

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