Superstitious? The Haunting of 20th-Century America

Today’s featured book is THE HAUNTING OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICA,

a look at how paranormal events have impacted U.S. politics

by William J. Birnes and Joel Martin

and I’m giving away a copy, so read on…

Happy Friday the 13th! Are you superstitious? Maybe it’s because I was born on the thirteenth day of the month, but I’m not very. I walk under ladders. I don’t freak out over black cats. I did for a while think I had a poltergeist in my little 19th-century cottage in New Orleans, but have since decided I probably imagined it. Then again…

I haven’t ever thought about how superstition or paranormal activity—real or imagined—might have impacted American history, so I’m wandering off the usual path today and looking at a fascinating nonfiction title. Want to win a copy? Read on…

ABOUT THE BOOK: It’s history like you’ve never learned it before. In unearthing the roots of America’s fascination with the ghosts, goblins and demons that possess our imaginations and nightmares, bestselling authors Joel Martin and William J. Birnes show how the paranormal has driven America’s political, public, and military policies. The authors examine the social history of the United States through the lens of the paranormal and investigate the spiritual events that inspired momentous national decisions: UFOs that frightened the nation’s military into launching nuclear bomber squadrons toward the Soviet Union, out-of-body experiences used to gather sensitive iintelligence on other countries, and even spirits summoned to communicate with living politicians.  (Released September 2011, Forge Books)

Have you had your own paranormal event or are you superstitious about anything? One superstitious commenter will receive a trade paperback copy of The Haunting of Twentieth-Century America. You know the drill, grasshoppers: one entry for comment, a second for blog follow, third for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a tweet or retweet.