Book cover for Houdini: The Elusive American

Adam Begley, Houdini: The Elusive American

Adam Begley discusses his book, Houdini: The Elusive American, with nonfiction author and professor, Dr. Brenda Wineapple.

Watch Live EventPurchase Book

Born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874, Harry Houdini grew up as an impoverished Jewish immigrant in the Midwest and became world-famous thanks to talent, industry, and ferocious determination. Biographer Adam Begley has taken on this fascinating and elusive figure, asking the essential question: What kind of man was this?

Major Day Sponsor: Andi & Larry Wolfe
Co-sponsor: Adat Shalom Synagogue


A picture of the author Adam Begley

About the Author:
Adam Begley is the author of Updike and The Great Nadar. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and for many years the books editor of the New York Observer.

About the Moderator:
Dr. Brenda Wineapple is an award-winning historian and author. She’s taught at several prestigious universities and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians and regularly contributes to major publications such as the New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and The Nation.


A message from our friends at Adat Shalom Synagogue:


Watch the event here:


Dec 09 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 09 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
QR Code


Adam Begley, Houdini: The Elusive American