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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765326183
  • 9780765326188
  • 998,650

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The stories in Haunting of America will certainly challenge your belief system and make you rethink what you believe is real. "George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM" Readers who like Dan Brown will find The Haunting of America a fascinating collection of spectral investigations and historical insights. "Chelsea Quinn Yarbro" 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! "Brian Lumley, author of the Necroscope series""show more

About Contributor Joel Martin

JOEL MARTIN is nationally recognized as a paranormal expert and bestselling author. Since the early 1970s, Joel has been a rado talk show host. As a TV talk show host, he won the Cable Ace Award. As an investigative reporter about the paranormal & psychic phenomena, he discovered internationally renowned medium, George Anderson, and exposed The Amityville Horror as a hoax. Joel is also a network TV consultant about the paranormal and has made many TV appearances. WILLIAM J. BIRNES is The New York Times bestselling co-author of The Day After Roswell. He is the star and consulting producer of the History Channel's UFO Hunters.show more

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In the tradtion of their Haunting of the Presidents, national bestselling authors Joel Martin and William J. Birnes write Hidden America: A Paranormal History of the United States, 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, and even spirits summoned to communicate with living politicians. Hidden 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.show more

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