Unfortunately dated, James Randi’s study of fakers and hoaxsters is nonetheless a passionate, well-thought-out expose. Though Randi is wordy at times and I felt myself growing bored in the middle, I nonetheless found his methods and careful study of each “phenomenon” he investigated to be useful and informative. I can see why, as he states in the beginning, the book caused a stir in its day and despite its small first printing was heavily ordered and requested. I do think Randi could have benefited at the time from more stringent editing and perhaps stepping away from the typewriter every once in awhile to calm down (though his diatribes about why nonfiction books should no longer remain in the nonfiction section of libraries once disproved is very amusing and also full of holes. I suppose we should shelve them in with the novels).
I don’t think there were any unicorns in this book.