This groundbreaking book will please neither those who cling to
claims of the paranormal nor skeptics who insist that paranormal activities are unscientific. Frohock maintains a remarkably open mind
throughout this ethnographic investigation of paranormal phenomena, from
near-death experiences to ESP to premonitions. He even
sacrifices his scholarly "objectivity" (acknowledging that there is no such
thing) by recounting some personal experiences that he cannot explain. His
daughter once had a dream-premonition that a plane he would travel in would
crash (it did, though he had just gotten off), and there was also the moment
that he knew, sitting at the kitchen counter, that his mother, in a nursing
home hundreds of miles away, had just died.
For this book,
Frohock conducted in-depth interviews with psychics as well as skeptics (the
"relentless critic" James Randi features prominently). Readers should be sure to stick around for the delicious final
chapter, where he analyzes the success and failure of his interviewees'
psychic predictions for his own life.