This remarkable book is divided in seven main parts. Each one is devoted to a certain group of phenomena classified by the mediums involved or a specific part of the world where the events take place. They are as follows:
Mirabelli!! (after Carmine Mirabelli, a Brazilian medium)
Mediumship in Italy (several cases)
Indridi Indridason (an Icelandic medium)
Matylda (a Polish medium)
Teofil Modrzejewski (another Polish medium)
Physical Mediumship in Russia (several cases)
Psychic Phenomena in China (several cases)
Each of the parts above is subdivided in several chapters detailing the lives and powers of the mediums, experiments, special occasions, seances and testimonies of the witnesses involved.
In a nutshell, this book gives you a good image of many phenomena like levitation, materialization, voices, automatic writing and etc. It also gives an interesting portrait of the mediums and witnesses involved.
The only thing that left me a little disappointed was the lack of visual proof that would be nice along with such authoritative information: there's a group of photographs related to one chapter and that is all. Also, the book does not investigate the causes of the phenomena narrated and offers little contemporary comment on those cases. Basically, it only narrates the events, telling what happened and what the witnesses involved wrote about them.
Also, most of the cases narrated here happened over 100 years ago - what made me wonder about today's cases... where are they?
Still this book is a great introduction to the subject and those who read it will find it extremely interesting and compelling. I cannot imagine a better book to read for the kids, at night, on the woods, around the fire. Get it?
Just avoid reading it alone, in the house, in the night...