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William Poundstone
If you are a fan of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, his expose' will seem particularly harsh.
"Secrets" is fun and will definitely entertain you.
Terrific--and he tells you exactly how he did it.
"Big Secrets" (and its sequel, "Bigger Secrets") are wonderful. The thing I like best about them is Poundstone's own honesty--he doesn't keep any secrets of his own. He tells you exactly _how_ he found out what he found out.
A Shriner may pledge that if he divulges the secrets of his order, he may incur "the penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade." But Poundstone discovered a Masonic supply house ("The Geo. Lauterer Corporation") that works by mail order and doesn't check ID, ordered a selection of titles, and tells us all of the inside skinny on IAOM and Tubal-Cain.

"Big Secrets" tells as much as Poundstone could find out about the secret formula for Coca-Cola and Kentucky Fried Chicken. It tells how the Rorschach test works and how to I think my favorite is his description of what the Rosicrucians are really like, but his explanation of how David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty Vanish and his analysis of backward and "subliminal" messages in records and movies are also excellent.
Highly handy and the best of the "Secrets" trilogy.
Bigger Secrets, the best of Poundstone's Secrets trilogy, solves the mysteries behind everything from the ingredients in heavily-guarded recipes to backwards masking in records. I have read the book again and again, not only to refresh my memory on some of the facts he includes but also to enjoy Poundstone's concise and drily witty prose. In short, this book will rock your house(and give you cocktail party chitchat fodder for years to come)
A great book to read if you're planning to join the Scientology cult, as this one tells you exactly what you'd be paying $12,000 (in 1986 dollars) to find out (hint: It's a really crappy sci-fi novel).
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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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