Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum audiobook

Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life after Death

By Deborah Blum
Read by George K. Wilson

Blackstone Publishing

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538541685

  • ISBN: 9780792745112

  • ISBN: 9780792745587

Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Pulitzer Prize–winning author tells the amazing story of William James' quest for empirical evidence of the spirit world.

What if a world-renowned professor of psychology at Harvard University, acclaimed as one of the leading intellects of the time, suddenly announced that he believed in ghosts? At the close of the nineteenth century, Dr. William James, a founder of the American Psychological Association, did just that. James joined with two other brilliant thinkers to form the American Society for Psychical Research. This riveting book is about their investigations of ghost stories—and their courage and conviction to study science with an open mind.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating…Blum tells her literally wondrous tale very well.” New York Times Book Review
“In a compelling tale with resonance for today, Blum evokes a surprising sympathy for her band of tough-minded intellectuals…A moving portrait of a fascinating group of people and a first-rate slice of cultural history.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Determined to be fair, Blum never scoffs as she narrates the tantalizingly inconclusive results of forgotten research in the history of psychology.” Booklist
“Pulitzer Prize–winning science writer and professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin, tackles a chapter from our past that doubly intrigues—through the search for the afterlife and the number of famous thinkers associated with it…She never wavers…in her ability to draw in readers with stories of famous mediums and their ability to deceive. The result is an entertaining look at the ubiquitous séances and spirit-summonings that make a study of spiritualism a worthwhile curiosity to readers more than a century later.” Bookmarks magazine
“A fascinating reminder that reason and revelation are not opposites.” James Shreve, author of The Genome War

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Author

Author Bio: Deborah Blum

Author Bio: Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a journalist and the author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. She worked as a newspaper science writer for twenty years, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for her writing about primate research, which she turned into the book The Monkey Wars.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English