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The haunting of America : from the Salem witch trials to Harry Houdini / William J. Birnes and Joel Martin ; foreword by George Noory.

Birnes, William J. (Author). Martin, Joel, 1945- (Added Author).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

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Fulton Co PL - Aubbee Library (Leiters Ford) 973 BIR (Text) 33187003137136 Nonfiction Available -
Fulton Co PL - Fulton Library 973 BIR (Text) 33187003137128 Nonfiction Reshelving -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780765352538 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 0765352532
  • Physical Description: xiii, 497 pages ; 18 cm
  • Edition: 1st mass market ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Authors' note -- Foreword / George Noory -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction : what is New Age? -- 1. Colonial America : the devil in Salem -- 2. Whig, Tory, and spiritualist -- 3. Is that you, Mr. Splitfoot? -- 4. Spiritualism spreading like wildfire -- 5. Home and the power of levitation -- 6. Women at the sǎnce table -- 7. From sǎnce to science -- 8. A magician among the spirits -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary, etc.: "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 mediums who have advised presidents, UFOs that frightened the nation's military into launching nuclear bomber squadrons toward the Soviet Union, out-of-body experience's 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." - from publisher's website.
Subject: United States > History > Anecdotes.
Spiritualism > United States > Anecdotes.
Ghosts > United States > Anecdotes.
Parapsychology > United States > Anecdotes.

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