The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe PosnanskiThe Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

byJoe Posnanski

Hardcover | October 22, 2019

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Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski enters the world of Harry Houdini and his legions of devoted fans in an immersive, entertaining, and magical work on the illusionist’s impact on American culture—and why his legacy endures to this day.

Harry Houdini. Say his name and a number of things come to mind. Escapes. Illusions. Magic. Chains. Safes. Live burials. Close to a century after his death, nearly every person in America knows his name from a young age, capturing their imaginations with his death-defying stunts and daring acts. He inspired countless people, from all walks of life, to find something magical within themselves.

This is a book about a man and his extraordinary life, but it is also about the people who he has inspired in death. As Joe Posnanski delves into the deepest corners of Houdini-land, visiting museums (one owned by David Copperfield), attractions, and private archives, he encounters a cast of unforgettable and fascinating characters: a woman who runs away from home to chase her dream of becoming a magician; an Italian who revives Houdini’s most famous illusion every night; a performer at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles who calls himself Houdini’s Ghost; a young boy in Australia who, one day, sees an old poster and feels his life change; and a man in Los Angeles whose sole mission is life has been to keep the legend’s name alive.

Both a personal obsession and an odyssey of discovery, Posnanski draws inspiration from his lifelong passion for and obsession with magic, blending biography, memoir, and first-person reporting to examine Harry Houdini’s life and legacy. This is the ultimate journey to uncover why this magic man endures, and what he still has to teach the world about wonder.
Title:The Life and Afterlife of Harry HoudiniFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.98 inPublished:October 22, 2019Publisher:Avid Reader Press / Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501137239

ISBN - 13:9781501137235

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Praise for Paterno "Paterno is a portrait very much in three dimensions. It is the story of an extraordinary life." —The Philadelphia Daily News "Paterno adds grain and texture to the historical record.... makes a cogent case for absorbing Paterno's entire legacy." —Dwight Garner, The New York Times "I urge you to read [Paterno]. . . A life is never defined entirely by a man's good, or by his bad." —Mike Vaccaro, New York Post "It is exhilirating to read of Paterno the man and gripping to read of his downfall." —ESPN.com  "The truth is that [Paterno] is a portrait very much in three dimensions. In that sense, Posnanski succeeds…We are left with this book as the final record of the final days. It is more than that, obviously - it is the story of an extraordinary life - but it is most compelling as a chronicle of the end.” —The Philadelphia Daily News