Thursday, January 30, 2014

Houdini: A Life Worth Reading

Like magic, a new Houdini book has just appeared on the market. Houdini: A Life Worth Reading by "Higher Read" is released today. I just placed my order so I don't know much about this title yet, but here's what Amazon has to say:

Houdini was a man of magic and mystery. He was also a pilot, an author, an actor, and a rabid opponent of the Spiritualist movement. He was impatient of charlatans and imitators and loving to his family. He had an impressive ego. If any of these facts are new to you, then Houdini: A Life Worth Reading is the perfect primer on the man who was, by the end of his life, known only as Houdini. From his Nude Cell Escape (yes, that is exactly like it sounds) to his methodical debunking of mediums, Houdini orchestrated his talent, persona, and career with care, enthusiasm, and determination. With an easy-to-read biography, writings from Houdini himself, and quick-fact introductions to each chapter, Houdini: A Life Worth Reading will tell you what you want most to know about the King of Handcuffs, also known as Ehrich Weisz, also known as the great Houdini.

Purchase Houdini: A Life Worth Reading at Amazon.


  1. Looks like it's a self-published work. Should be interesting to see if it's a different take or just a rehash of what we already know.

    1. I don't expect all that much. Probably an assemblage of public domain material. But it has a nice cover and it's a "real" book (not an eBook), so that's enough for me!

  2. Hey, this is better than I expected. It's all newly written content, as far as I can tell, with large chunks of HH quotations from his own writings (which makes for a nice quick reference). Longer than I expected. And the cover is nicely textured. Only thing I don't like about these CreateSpace books is there is no title on the spine.

  3. Hi, I'm Beth from Higher Read, the (very small) company that published Houdini: A Life Worth Reading. I had been to this site before, and then recently saw that you posted our book. Thanks!

    If you are interested in having your review in the book itself or on Amazon, please email me for details (Beth[AT] HigherRead[DOT]com. Thanks again for the review and the cool site.