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It touched the lives of Frederick Douglass, Franklin Roosevelt, and Mary Todd Lincoln—who once convinced her husband, Abe, to host a séance in the White House. For many Americans the mystical and esoteric movement broadly known as the occult has become more popular than ever. Brought over from the Old World and spread throughout the New by some of the most obscure but gifted men and women of early U.S. history, this “hidden wisdom” transformed the spiritual life of the still-young nation and, through it, much of the Western world. Yet the story of the American occult has remained largely untold. Now a leading writer on the subject of alternative spirituality brings it out of the shadows. Join Al this Sunday evening at 10:30 as he speaks with editor-in-chief at Tarcher/Penguin Mitch Horowitz about his new book Occult America.