The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini

The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini

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by Joel Martin, William J. Birnes
     
 

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In the tradition of their Haunting of the Presidents, national bestselling authors Joel Martin and William J. Birnes write The Haunting of America: From The Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini, the only book to tell the story of how paranormal events influenced and sometimes even drove political events. In a narrative retelling of American history

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In the tradition of their Haunting of the Presidents, national bestselling authors Joel Martin and William J. Birnes write The Haunting of America: From The Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini, the only book to tell the story of how paranormal events influenced and sometimes even drove political events. In a narrative retelling of American history that begins with the Salem Witch Trials of the seventeenth century, Martin and Birnes unearth the roots of America's fascination with the ghosts, goblins, and demons that possess our imaginations and nightmares. The authors examine the political history of the United States through the lens of the paranormal and investigate the spiritual events that inspired public policy: channelers and meduims who have advised presidents, UFOs that frightened the nation's military into launching nuclear bomber squadrons toward the Soviet Union, out-of-body experiencers deployed to gather sensitive intelligence on other countries, and even spirits summoned to communicate with living politicians.

The Haunting of America is a thrilling exploration of the often unexpected influences of the paranormal on science, medicine, law, government, the military, psychology, theology, death and dying, spirituality, and pop culture.

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Editorial Reviews

host of Coast to Coast AM George Noory
The stories in Haunting of America will certainly challenge your belief system and make you rethink what you believe is real.
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Readers who like Dan Brown will find The Haunting of America a fascinating collection of spectral investigations and historical insights.
author of the Necroscope series Brian Lumley
Anyone interested in ghosts, bogeymen or anything else that goes bump in the night won't want to miss this one. Birnes' and Martin's The Haunting of America says it all. This is the real X-Files, and a frightfully good read!
Library Journal
Following The Haunting of the Presidents, Birnes (The Day After Roswell), star of the History Channel's UFO Hunters, and Martin present this new title, which the jacket copy proclaims to be "the only book to tell the story of how paranormal events influenced the United States." It certainly is not, though it might be the first one with a 50-page introduction discussing such topics as Sumerian astronomy, Egyptian pyramids, and magic and divination in the Bible. The authors begin the U.S. section with an overly simplistic analysis of the Salem witch trials, stating that they're rooted in Calvinism (why similar trials occurred in Europe among other Protestant sects and Catholics is never addressed); they then proceed to discuss Spiritualism, psychic research, and paranormal events. The authors use primary sources at times, as well as secondary sources, encyclopedias, and less-reputable texts (e.g., Zechariah Sitchin, who believes humanity was founded by aliens). In some cases, they gloss over historical difficulties with their source material yet criticize other scholars for bias. VERDICT Excellent books—e.g., Mitch Horowitz's Occult America and Herbert Leventhal'sscholarly In the Shadow of the Enlightenment—are better purchases.—Dan Harms, SUNY Cortland Memorial Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765326188
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
Haunting of America Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
998,629
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.72(h) x 1.06(d)

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