Oval Office Occult: True Stories of White House Weirdness

Oval Office Occult: True Stories of White House Weirdness

by Brian M. Thomsen

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Overview

An entertaining and informative look at our paranormal presidencies." --Bill Fawcett, author of Oval Office Oddities

The Discovery Channel's A Haunting meets the History Channel's The Presidents inside this collection of strange-but-true tales of White House weirdness.

Brian M. Thomsen offers a series of nonpartisan accounts of spirits, specters, and supernatural beliefs by and about those who have inhabited the White House. Readers will learn which U.S. presidents have claimed to encounter UFOs, and which have been connected to ghosts, as well as which of our nation's leaders have consulted with fortune-tellers or otherwise been associated with other aspects of the occult.

Famous subjects include Warren G. Harding and the curse of the Hope Diamond, the uncanny similarities between the lives and deaths of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln, George Washington's visions, Ronald and Nancy Reagan's reliance on psychics, the haunted homes of Dolly Madison and Rosalyn Carter, Jimmy Carter's UFO sighting, Hillary Clinton's experience with channeling, the mysterious curse of Tecumseh, the secret societies of presidents, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780740790522
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 899,972
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Brian M. Thomsen is the author of more than 12 books and has edited more than 15 anthologies and collections. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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Writer Cynthia Nims is a lifelong Northwesterner, the author of over 10 cookbooks and a contributor to Cooking Light, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Seattle and other magazines. Her blog, Mon Appétit, can be found atwww.cynthianims.com/blog.

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Oval Office Occult: True Stories of White House Weirdness 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I shouldn't have opted for this one because, although I find the occult quite interesting, the Presidential focus was less than captivating me. So it's no wonder that I grew bored with this book. Like other reviewers, I found the writing dry, the content uninspired... in short, there was nothing to keep me reading after the first handful of pages.
randirousseau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I collect books on the occult, and so tend to have an informal criteria when I read them for how "good" they are. First, how easily does the story read? I'd say this book reads rather well, with a light but matter-of-fact style that flows well and doesn't bog down with either over-abundance of story or leave one wanting from a lack of story. More reporting than folksy storytelling.Second, what's the angle? First-hand accounts, researched tidbits, legend? This is focused reporting of weirdness around the Nation's presidents and first ladies. Third, if first-hand accounts or researched tidbits (well, even if recounting legends), how credible are the stories? These stories, while not told in extreme depth, appear credible, and reasonably researched, citing source documents and a selected bibliography of reasonable credibility. Facts are presented as such, and connections/analyses of connections left up to the reader. My only complaint is, perhaps, that much of the information presented in here is "common" knowledge. But altogether collected and presented in an entertaining way I enjoyed. A quick read, and a good addition to any collection of ghost stories and other such materials!
darkneuro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A small collection of stories taking place in the White House. It's light reading, a quick read, and there's no in-depth seriousness to it. Most of the stories related in the book are either conjecture or curses, not what the average lay person would consider to be 'occult' (no mention is made of Nancy's interest in astrology, for instance). Light read. Meh.
NickKnight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an Early Reviewer and was looking forward to reading it. I like to read occult and haunting books. While it wasn't the best book on the subject I have read it wasn't the worst either. It holds your interest, especially if you are a history buff too.
Oogod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an Early Reviewer and was a bit disappointed in it. I consider myself an amateur history buff so most of what was in here I have come across at some point or another in my reading. I was hoping for more than the same old Lincoln vs. JFK.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as part of the LT Early Reviewers program. I think I was more excited about this selection than any others I have received, however I was slightly dissappointed. While it was good, it certainly wasn't great. I guess I expected it to be chalk full of wierd and disturbing tales from our long line of presidents, but what I got was a handful of slightly interesting trivia about the capitol itself and the floks who have lived in the White House.There were a few interesting tidbits I hadn't heard before, but for the most part the information was a rehashing of several myths and half truths. From a purely historical perspective, the book was entertaining and enjoyable, however if you're looking for some truly jaw dropping tales, this isn't the book for you.
FutureBestSeller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a fun, lighthearted look at the 'weird and wacky' of the White House. However, it was a more serious, in-depth look at the role the Occult has played in the White House. It doesn't mean that there has been sacrifices, devil worship or anything...think Nancy Regan and her Psychic.The book was okay and some of the facts were interesting. Since it wasn't exactly what I expected I only thumbed through some stories I thought would be interesting.
etoiline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a quick read, a lot of fun. Most of it is coincidental, but some stuff really does make you think. Some of the chapter titles are misleading; it seems like they will talk about more than one president, for example, but then end up only relating stories from Lincoln's time in the White House. There are also quite a few long passages from sources, which can get tedious in their old-fashioned, overly descriptive language, contrasted by some very short chapters that last only three or so pages. This book won't change anyone's mind about the existence of UFOs or spirits, but it does make for a fluffy, amusing read.
Michael_P on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Oval Office Occult: True Stories of White House Weirdness¿ by Brian M. Thomsen is one of the better paranormal books to come out in a while. The author quotes from original sources whenever possible and often provides a fair skeptical view of the material, as well as a historical backdrop to help the reader understand the circumstances surrounding the origins of the event or legend.Each chapter is a stand-alone chapter, allowing for the book to be read cover-to-cover or in any order the reader chooses. A wide range of paranormal topics is covered, from ghosts to UFOs to conspiracies to steal Abraham Lincoln¿s body.It should be kept in mind though, that this is a short book of only 160-plus pages and can probably be read by many in a single session. If used as a starting point for further research, or as a quick refresher, this little tome is perfect.
hwphoto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like other ER reviewers, I was disappointed in this book. It seemed like a great book to read between Halloween & the presidential election, but I just couldn't get into it. While some of the information was rather interesting, the author's way of putting it together just about bored me to tears.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recieved this book from the early reviewers. I though by reading it that it would be another take on government, maybe one that I could find some interest in. That was not the chase I was barely able to finish it, I could not stay interested in it. I would have to say that I am more of a imagination girl, not political.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oval Office Occult is a nice collection of supernatural or other unexplainable events that have been experienced by those who have spent time in the White House. The accounts are as recent as Bill Clinton and go back to George Washington. Many of the accounts that are related are very well known, but the collection is still nice. It puts everything plainly in a concise, if short, book. He also tries to disprove or make the reader aware of things that have been mentioned in the past but don't have a ground to stand on. A good book, but rather short.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of stories, accompanied by correspondence or articles, of different paranormal and occult encounters experienced by those who¿ve been associated with the White House. It runs the gambit from visions, to sightings, to mediums and seers, UFOs, curses, a vampire and the Lincoln-Kennedy connection. The author does a good job of providing the history of the story as well as providing the supporting documentation.While the book contains a lot of interesting tidbits¿the visions that George Washington had and that others had about him are pretty cool¿often the supporting documentation has a great deal more in it than relates to the topic it was inserted for. I found the older writings especially difficult to stay focused on with the different language pattern that took place at the time.It seemed like a good chunk of the book was devoted to President Lincoln, either directly regarding his dreams of his death or the use of mediums, or indirectly after his death in regards to a plan by counterfeiters to snatch his embalmed body for ransom. This story alone goes off in different tangents.While I enjoyed some of the information I learned, for the most part, the book didn¿t flow well for me. The supporting documentation, which often told the story, could get long and dragged out. Those who enjoy reading original writings/wordings relating to history will get more pleasure from the book than I did.
kmarcil77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first received this book I thought it would be a quick read. Unfortunately, I was wrong. From the start I had to reread certain sections to understand what was being talked about. Other times the author would repeat over and over to the point that I would scim sections. I also felt that a lot of the historical accounts were too long and drawn out. All and all I thought it was kind of boring.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yeesh. I got his book a while ago as an Early Reviewer and, after reading the first couple chapters, had the hardest time forcing myself to finish it. This book was lazily done. Huge amounts of material are directly quoted - which might be worth it if the quotes were relevant or interesting, but they're not. He presents lots of evidence of abosolutely nothing, one way or the other. Clumsy, boring book.
Jacey25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book provides a selection of various rumors & gossip to sample connected to the white house & our former presidents. Some are certainly more toothsome then others but most never live up to their description. The concept of this book was very promising but the execution of the book will not be to everyone's taste; the author is very hands off- he will put in the story from a historical source but not "pretty" it up and make it sound like a fantastical tale which is something many readers of historical ghost stories or haunted spots are pretty well accustomed to. He lets the story stand alone which seems admirable but quickly can become frustrating when the historical retelling is verbose and vague. Ultimately the author weighs in at the end of the tale to say whether it's likely to be true or not which seems to spoil his role as conduit for the stories only. The research for the book seems to have been thorough and meticulous and historically inclined readers may want to take a flip through this book but readers looking for a good story, bit of gossip or a scare will do best to skip this book.
crishaynes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is unlike anything I have read before. Most political occult books have been on one topic. This book does a good job of introducing a reader to several different scenarios. This is ideal for the reader who has not read any other of these books before and simply wants to get acquainted with the different information. It is also ideal for the reader that is barely starting their research. I have heard some of the stories in this book before, however, I never knew the details to the stories nor the origin and source of them. There were some stories in there that were new to me and were very intriguing. For example, I had heard that Dolly Madison haunts places but never which places or what people have reporting seeing. It certainly made the information more real to me. There are many parallels in these stories and seeing them in an outline format made the correlations even spookier. Makes you really wonder if there are "otherworld" influences in our government. The proof of the involvement of the Masons in our society was a bit startling to me as the proof is right under our nose. There is certainly other information I found intriguing and it gave me a basis to begin research. Brian M. Thomsen does a very good job to give you a broad picture of many different stories and gives numerous details. His writing flows well and keeps the reader engaged. I like the short story format of the book. The graphics leave you with a creepy feeling, which is great and entertaining.
mniday on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oval Office Occult claims to illuminate the reader with tales of the supernatural surrounding various presidents of the United States of America. Curses, UFO sightings, secret societies, and ghostly visions are all promised. The book fails to deliver anything of real substance. Most of these stories are nothing more than rumor and hearsay. There are a few stories of mysterious deaths that are interesting but not what I would consider occult. To his credit, the author does debunk some of the stories. A large portion of the book is comprised of excerpts from historical documents and accounts. I do applaud the research. However, the excerpts are often much longer than needed and not always relevant to the point the author is trying to make. I think summaries of the excepts would have made the book more enjoyable to read. President Lincoln seems to be the favorite subject followed closely by George Washington. The other stories and sections seem small in comparison. Unsurprisingly, very little space is dedicated to the presidents from my lifetime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago