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13: The Story of the World's Most Notorious Superstition

Lachenmeyer, Nathaniel

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ISBN 10: 0452284961 / ISBN 13: 9780452284968
Published by A Plume Book, New York, NY, 2005
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Title: 13: The Story of the World's Most Notorious ...

Publisher: A Plume Book, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Synopsis:

Triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13

If thirteen people sit down at a table, will one die within a year? Why did five U.S. presidents join the Thirteen Club? What is the only major New York hotel that has a thirteenth floor?

In 13, a fascinating cultural history-cum-detective story, Nathaniel Lachenmeyer gets to the root of how one superstition—the fear of the number 13—developed among wildly divergent societies. A book about mythmaking, 13 explores why people believe what they believe, and the real reason Friday the 13th is the most unlucky day in the world.

About the Author:

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is the author of the award-winning The Outsider: A Journey into My Father’s Struggle with Madness as well as several children’s books.

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