When the Dead Talked

The Smartest Minds in the World in the Golden Age of Spiritualism

Author:Eric Burns
Subject:Mind, Body, Spirit
ISBN-13: 978-1-63265-136-5
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Format: Paper
Price: $16.99

According to Live Science, one out of every five people in the United States currently believes it is possible to communicate with the dead. They are in good company: Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Leo Tolstoy, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, and Marie and Pierre Curie all concurred.

In fact, in the latter half of the nineteenth century, confidence in communication with the dearly departed was so prevalent that it became regarded as a religion! At its peak, there were more Spiritualists in the United States and England than Mormons or Christian Scientists. ↵
Second only to Darwin’s theory of natural selection, Spiritualism sparked the greatest controversy of faith in the half-century of its prominence. Though few historians seem to know of it, Spiritualism is not only crucial to an understanding of both past and present, but also to the inner workings of the human animal.

One of modern history’s most revealing stories, Spiritualism comprises feats that stretch credulity to the breaking point and investigations that often produced equally staggering results.

As brilliant men and women are introduced in When the Dead Talked, their enduring accomplishments are highlighted. It becomes ever more startling to contemplate the fact that, once upon a time, so many geniuses devoted themselves to the study of such an oft-derided topic.

As a correspondent for NBC News, Eric Burns was chosen as one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism. He joined such illustrious company as Edward R. Murrow, Charles Kuralt, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, and others. He also won an Emmy for television news commentary in 1988. Later in his television career, Burns was an essayist for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and a commentator for Entertainment Tonight. Most recently, he hosted Fox News Watch. His previous books have won a plethora of awards. With the Emmy, the Welty honor, and his accolades as an author, Burns is one of few people ever to have earned major awards in three distinctly different genres of writing.

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