Synopses & Reviews
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 superstitionthe fear of the number 13developed 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.
Intriguing. (The Boston Globe) An amusing exposé. (The Times, London) Lachenmeyers impressive historical research and quirky survey of present- day triskaidekaphobic practices provides a glimpse into irrationality and superstition through history. (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is the author of the award-winning The Outsider: A Journey into My Fathers Struggle with Madness as well as several childrens books.