- Publisher: Prentice Hall Trade (February 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0137320817
- ISBN-13: 978-0137320813
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain
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One of the book's subjects is Wolf Messing, a man who demonstrated his psychic ability to Stalin by brainwashing his guards into thinking that he was secret police chief Beria and so was waved through all of Stalin's personal security checkpoints. Other subjects include Leonid Vasiliev who pioneered experiments in mental suggestion and Felix Ziegel, who wrote of how UFOs frightened some peasants of Kazakhstan back into church.
The authors visited the USSR in the late 60s, when it seems that orthodox science there was, for a short time, open to exploration of the mysteries of the unknown. The book features an interesting introduction from the always insightful Ivan Sanderson who makes the valid point that "parapsychology" is an awful word as psychology is not a science. He suggests "paraphysics" as a replacement.
The authors seem too credulous at times. For instance, the "blind seeress of Bulgaria", Vanga Dimitrova is spoken of as "a great psychic on a par with Jeane Dixon". I've seen a few of Ms. Dixon's prophecies and she seems to have been wrong far more often than she was right. Also, they refer to apparent fraudster Madame H.P. Blavatsky, whose "psychic powers ripened to perfection in India".Read more ›
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At a recommendation from a friend, I searched the web, found and bought this title. It arrived in perfect shape and exceeded my expectations by seeming to be nearly new. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by M. Kolesar
This book has long been discredited as a fraud -- and as a very sophisticated fraud, too. These "experiments" were concocted by USSR intelligence agencies to fool the United States... Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Three if by Space