Joe Posnanki is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Paterno and The Secret of Golf. A longtime columnist for Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, and The Kansas City Star, he was twice named the best sports columnist in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family.
Marvelously entertaining . . . Imbued with Posnanski's infectious passion for all things Houdini, this is a rollicking look at one of the 20th century's most influential and enigmatic entertainers. . . . Posnanski's book is not just a biography of Houdini: it's as much an exploration of why Houdini's fame and legend endures, and how that legacy has inspired, confounded, and influenced generations of magicians and magic enthusiasts. -Library Journal (starred review) Wonderful . . . When a talented writer like Posnanski tackles a subject as endlessly fascinating as Harry Houdini, the results are, quite simply, pure magic. -BookPage (starred review) Enthralling . . . This is a first-class book, a subtle stretching of the biographical form that is also superbly readable. -The Times (London) Joe Posnanski has produced the most informative and moving book ever written about Harry Houdini. It separates fact from fiction but also tackles the larger question of why the great escapist is still so loved (and hated!) in the magic community today. The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is a remarkable journey into the heart of Houdini World. -John Cox, founder of Wild About Harry website As wise in its insights as it is thorough in its research, The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini is more than just a terrific Houdini biography. It is also a book about how we create and regard legends. Like all essential cultural histories, it concerns itself not just with what happened, but with why so many of us have cared so much. -Linda Holmes, author of Evvie Drake Starts Over Whatever mystical inspiration drew Joe Posnanski to the story of Harry Houdini, readers will be forever grateful. Joe's writing about the mysterious and mythical magician is touched by its own stunning magic. -David Maraniss, author of A Good American Family