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Product Details

  • Series: The Haunting of America
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327857
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,616,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Haunting of America:

“Covering chicanery and conjurers, demons and guardian angels, skeptics and believers...Birnes and Martin have produced an informative and entertaining overview that will leave fans of the occult eager for future collaborations by these authors.” —Publishers Weekly

“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

About the Author

JOEL MARTIN is nationally recognized as a paranormal expert and bestselling author. Since the early 1970s, Joel has been a radio talk show host. As a TV talk show host, he won the Cable Ace Award. As an investigative reporter about the paranormal and 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 coauthor of The Day After Roswell. He is the star of the History Channel’s UFO Hunters.

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By timot on January 30, 2015
Format: Hardcover
One of this book's writers, William Birnes, was on the History Channel's excellent "UFO Hunters" until the channel dropped history for historical fiction and arrogant, morbidly obese pawn shop operators. He was the most excitable of the investigators and the most likely to explain a mystery with another mystery.

"The Haunting of Twentieth-Century America" is a survey of the supernatural in the era and place of the title. The writers downplay the otherwise apt word "occult' because they consider it tarnished by its association with evil. Among other topics, the book discusses Edgar Cayce, New Orleans voodoo, White House hauntings, the New Age Movement of the late sixties, and the unlikely, ironic sTARBABY affair. It now and then steps away from its focus, particularly in the chapter about Nazism's infatuation with the the occult.

The book is a sequel to Birnes and Martin's The Haunting of America: From the Salem Witch Trials to Harry Houdini, which, after a brief review of the paranormal and a chapter on the Salem witch trials, settled into a history of spiritualism in the U.S. from the colonial era to the end of the nineteenth century. Both books have long sections of potted history that can be forgiven by their being surveys, but this wasn't so annoying in the earlier of the two, an explanation for which might lie in its feeling like a labor of love while its sequel feels like an assignment. This second book's occasionally miscast sentences denote carelessness while its unneeded quotations and citations are flaws reminiscent of a crank's trying to make himself seem a serious researcher.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
In this sequel to The Haunting of America, the authors turn their attention to the past decade. The book's topics range from Nazis to turn-of-the-century psychics to spiritualism. The purposes of the book is to explain how these paranormal events not only were drastic in their own time, but were the catalyst to some world shattering decisions. The book tries to be part paranormal thriller with some basic government history classes thrown into the mix.

My biggest problem with the book is the bibliography. Many times the authors cites themselves in previous work as a source. This, and other not-creditable sources, leads me to think that this book was written with a bias. If it wants to be a history book, it is not off to a good start. The pace of the book is slow and sloppy at times. It was really hard to keep my interest throughout the book. A lack of plot, and a horribly segregated thought process, makes this book discouraging to read. Maybe if there was a clear thesis or idea, the book would be passable. The only positive thing I can say is that it was an all-right story. But that is what this book really is: just a story.

*Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review*
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gene Stewart on September 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is well put up, although printed on cheap paper. It is, however, poorly organized, scattershot, and research is presented in a personal, loopy manner. Reading this book leaves one approximately as uninformed as not reading it would do. Much of the source material is used simply to reinforce a personal bias, and many of the assertions are downright crazy. This is pseudo scientific, this is pseudo-history, this Is not a particularly recommended book even as a diversion. Light weight in all ways.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ladytailwind on October 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bought this as a gift. Never read it but I do plan to borrow it. LOL
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