NOSTRADAMUS THE END OF THE MILLENIUM (1991)
Comment on front-cover predictions
(Investigator 192, 2020 May)
1992: Prediction wrong. George Bush lost the 1992 presidential election to Democrat Bill Clinton.
1993: Prediction wrong. Earthquakes in California occur regularly but none are listed for 1993.
1993: Prediction wrong. Cancer is still alive.
1993: Prediction wrong. Page 104 limits "America Burns" to the US. However, destructive wildfires occur somewhere in the US nearly every year especially in California. Therefore a mere guess, without psychic powers, for a particular year has a fair chance of being correct. Page 104 says: "Over the years to 1996, this problem increases until almost every state experiences it." This did not happen.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wildfires
1995: Prediction wrong. Wikipedia on "Ozone Depletion" does not mention a "New Hole in the Ozone Layer" in 1995.
1995-2000: Predictions wrong. The predictions regarding Black Holes, Aliens, New World Religion and Mission to Mars are wrong, as is virtually the entire 207-page book. Princess Diana for example, "will become a queen who joins her pensive king [i.e. Charles] in reviving a fleeting monarchy." (p.25) Princess Diana died after a car crash in 1997.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana,_Princess_of_Wales
For a more academic and non-partisan examination of Nostradamus and his supposed predictions than Valerie Hewitt and Peter Lorie have supplied, see The Mask of Nostradamus (1990; paperback 1993) by James Randi.
A review of The Mask of Nostradamus in New Scientist magazine says: "In 1555, Paris had 30,000 working psychics: astrologers, soothsayers, alchemists, and sorcerers. Today an estimated 8000 psychics are active in New York City." (New Scientist, 10 November, 1990, p. 46)
With such vast numbers of prognosticators predicting the future it would not be surprising if by chance some make enough accurate predictions, including vague predictions that seem accurate because of their vagueness, to acquire a favourable reputation. How does Nostradamus compare? He clearly was a prognosticator who does not have "enough accurate predictions" to justify the faith and effort that many authors have put into interpreting him.