The Haunting of America by William J. Birnes
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. 

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About William J. Birnes

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Joel Martin is an expert in the paranormal and an award-winning television host, producer, and writer. Patricia Romanowski is an award-winning author and editor whose work has appeared in the "New York Times Book Review" and "Rolling Stone". They are the authors of "We Don't Die", "We Are Not Forgotten", and "Our Children Forever".
Published September 15, 2009 by Forge Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The tone of this purported history is set by the introduction, in which the authors ask readers to consider “the provocative possibility of extraterrestrial intervention and influence” on Earth’s earliest humans, suggesting that various religions’ legends may have been real-life paranormal phenom...

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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.

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