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Books: Patriots and Witches

10/14/2016 07:00AM ● Published by Robert Frey

By Ray Saadi — Book Editor

 Bill O’Reilly’s LEGENDS & LIES – The Patriots

Written by David Fisher (Henry Holt $35)

Forget most of what you learned in school about our forefathers who heroically “brought forth a new nation.” Here, O’Reilly a former high school history teacher ironically debunks much of the “lies” attached to the legends. The book is filled with paintings and illustrations describing major events that precipitated the Revolution, the Stamp Act and Boston Massacre, among others all the way to Betsy Ross and our first flag. It’s a fitting tribute to the heroes who gave us our freedom.

 THE WITCH OF LIME STREET

By David Jaher (Crown $28)

If you are like me, an admirer of the great illusionist and escape artist, Houdini, you’ll be enthralled by this confrontation between him and a famous spiritualist, known simply as “Margery.” Promoted by spiritualist devotee,’ Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes adventures, Margery conducted a series of séances sponsored by Scientific American magazine to prove or disprove her ability to contact the dead. Houdini was one of the many witnesses and the most feared by the “Witch of Lime Street.”


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