At the Wilmington Star News (in North Carolina), Ben Steelman writes about The Wizard's Handbook: An Essential Guide to Wizards, Sorcerers, Magicians and Their Magic, by Robert Curran. The book is aimed at "young readers," Mr. Steelman says.
"Articles cover the ancient shamans, the Celtic Druids (who used the Wicker Man as a means of sacrifice) and medieval alchemists. Short biographies introduce young readers to such well-known characters as Nostradamus and lesser known souls such as John Dee (astrologer to, and sometime secret agent for, Queen Elizabeth I of England) and Adam Weishaupt, the founder of that oldtime favorite, the Bavarian Illuminati," he writes.
"(If you don’t know who the Illuminati are, see “Angels and Demons” by Dan Brown, or even better, the Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. But that’s for grownups)," he adds.