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Whisperers: The Secret History of the Spirit World [Format Kindle]

J.H. Brennan

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“From the hair-raising to the eyebrow-raising, this is a scintillating account of meetings with spirits throughout history. Hats off to J.H. Brennan!” —Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World
“An authoritative new study of the influence of apparent spirit contact on the course of history from ancient times to the present day.” —The Daily Beast
“Here is the history that you didn’t learn about in the classroom. Whisperers is a challenging and thought-provoking work.” —Christopher McIntosh, Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Exeter

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Is it possible that major world events are affected by spirits--even if one doesn't believe in them? Can it be that everything from decisions about peace and war to the food we eat and the gods we pray to may have roots in the disembodied voices whispering in the ears of popes and prophets, politicians and prime ministers, dictators and kings? It may seem incredible, but as J. H. Brennan reveals in this eye-opening new history, there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that such whisperings are not only possible, but that they have occurred again and again, subtly directing the course of human events.

In Whisperers, bestselling novelist and expert on the occult J. H. Brennan explores how the "spirit world"--whether we believe in it or not--has influenced our own since the dawn of civilization. With a novelist's flair and a scholar's keen eye, Brennan details the supernatural affinities of world leaders from King Nebuchadnezzar to Adolf Hitler, showing how the decisions and policies of each have been shaped by their supernatural beliefs and encounters. Brennan also examines the impact of visions, from Shamanism in native cultures to prophets such as Joan of Arc. Chronicling millennia of contact between the spirit world and our own, Whisperers presents an entirely new and different way to look at history.

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  • Editeur : Overlook (13 juin 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully Readable Scholarly History of Spirits 8 juillet 2013
Par Pamela Grundy - Publié sur
W. H. Brennan's history of the effect of spirits on human civilization is a great read whether you personally believe in spirits or not. Impeccably researched and footnoted yet written with lively and even entertaining prose, Whisperers will hold the interest of even the most diehard skeptic.

Those of us who have been calling for a new, more comprehensive paradigm for Western knowledge for ages will be absolutely thrilled by this book.

In recent years, the tide has started to turn against the strident voices forever insisting that magic and spirits are bunk, pure and simple. What we take for granted is changing. Discoveries in quantum physics continue to open doors to other realities, and people are less reticent to share personal experiences and their own understanding of esoteric phenomena. Even if physicists still cringe when people they consider to be 'fringe' thinkers mention the 'q' word, even briefly, writers do it anyway, the point of being that, seriously, there really ARE 'more things in heaven and earth' than are dreamt in the old philosophy.

What really impressed me is that Brennan doesn't need the 'q' word at all in his history, so compelling are the facts, and so good is he at documenting them. The book is based on his University of Exeter master's thesis. An earlier, shorter version received the imprimatur of formal academia. This is no small matter, since in past years it has been next to impossible to write on such topics without ruining one's academic reputation or losing funding or tenure or both. Brennan makes the point that professional academics have all the same information he has, but the threat of career implosion prevents them from publicly reaching his conclusions.

This is a good enough reason to read the book all by itself, but an even better one is this:

If spirits are real, and spirit communication is real, and magic is real, and we refuse to look at any of it seriously or research if in any way, what does that make us? Sitting ducks I'd say, and if you aren't disturbed by Brennan's material on Nazism and its uses of the Occult, I just don't know what to say. I suppose you also park your car in Detroit and eat lunch meat made from pink slime, and that's your business, go ahead and keep it up, but for myself, I want to know more.

Brennan's news isn't all grim. Lots of positive and/or neutral things have come of spirit/human interaction too, and Brennan provides many historical anecdotes and resources. The healing arts, for example, may in fact have originated from spirit contact.

I have been slowly but surely putting together a collection of serious modern texts on spirits and related topics, and it is so encouraging to see more and more of them year after year. New paradigms begin this way: Failing to gain traction within traditional academia, (or gaining only a little on the outermost margins), some researchers, scientists, historians, and philosophers will go ahead and write their books anyway, pursue their ideas anyway, and before you know it, the old way has passed into the realm of phlogiston and leeches and Martian canals and the new way is already here.

Whisperers deserves a place of honor in this emerging library.

I can't wait to read what Brennan writes next.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent sources 11 août 2013
Par Jacks - Publié sur
Contrary to A. Washburne's suggestion that Whisperers has `no sources, no cites' the book features a tightly-printed 8-page bibliography and some 426 end notes over 18 pages, all but a handful of which refer the reader to Brennan's sources for his central argument (which, incidentally, goes far beyond the John Brown story.)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extremely intelligent and well written account of "spirit contact" throughout the ages. 8 juin 2014
Par Anne Rice - Publié sur
Excellent book. Highly readable. Entertaining. What this book offers is not a grand theory of spirits and spirit contact so much as a secular overview of the evidence for humankind's involvement with the "spirit world" since its earliest beginnings through the present. Myself, I do not subscribe to any comprehensive theory as to whether spirits are real, or what their nature and goals might be, etc. But I deeply value books like this which draw together so much evidence with regard to spirit contact in all ages and explain and reflect on the evidence in simple and often elegant terms. The book is very well researched and very well documented and contains a lot of interesting references for further study in the field. I felt Brennan's criticism of the "skeptics" (those who discount the paranormal out of hand) were sound. The last few chapters of the book I found particularly intelligence and persuasive. But overall, it is an extremely ambitious and satisfying study. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Impeccable Research 5 septembre 2014
Par J. Stephen Peek - Publié sur
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Impeccable research, firm grasp of history and clarity of writing reconfirm Brennan as the expert in the field of the paranormal. Brennan is known in the U.S.A. but he is and has been an authority on the paranormal in Europe for many years. With over 100 books published in his career, his brilliance at extracting forgotten bits of history to clothe his works always amazes me. If you are interested in the History of the Spirit World, this book is for you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating. Worth the read! 20 novembre 2013
Par AE - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Wow! Finally an explanation that makes sense. He knows of which he speaks.
But then, any of Mr Brennan's books are worth their weight in gold.
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