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The Mask of Nostradamus: The Prophecies of the World's Most Famous Seer Paperback – March 1, 1993
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About the Author
James Randi is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). He began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he began investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims. Although often referred to as a "debunker," Randi rejects that title owing to its perceived bias, instead describing himself as an "investigator." He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic, and has published many books including Flim-Flam!, The Truth about Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, and The Mask of Nostradamus. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.
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The book is very well written, always fun to read, always engaging. It gives a lot of context information about Nostradamus, his background and the epoch he lived in. The information really helps to understand what was it like back then, and who Nostradamus really was. Thanks to that he becomes a real person, flesh and blood, and that is crucial when one deals with the most famous seer of all time.
But then comes the eleventh chapter...
I never read or heard a quatrain before. Actually my knowledge of Nostradamus was just some TV shows, with all the enthusiast proudly presenting best cases. But when one reads a quatrain himself, it is hard not to become disappointed. Is it really the rubbish all the people are talking about?
At first I was really irritated that I wasted the money, and what is more important, my time on this. But then I realised that it was in fact necessary: to show me exactly what a big nonsense it is.
The book is great, it is just the topic which is silly.
The author has done a enormous amount of research, viewing and translating of the original editions of the prophecies. His research is by far more extensive than any ever done by Nostradamus believers.
The author has sorted out fraudulent editions of Nostradamus' writings with changes and predictions added long after his death. He has also uncovered many errors in various books regarding Nostradamus and his visions of the future.
In this book, we see that Nostradamus' prophecies were normally so cleverly vague (in the spirit of most prophecies, through all of history) that almost any event could be said to have been predicted by him. Some of his more specific prophecies were actually done after the predicted event, or else never came true. Several famous prophecies were modified, or made up, by other people, long after Nostradamus had died.
This book should be read by Nostradamus believers and skeptics alike.
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