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Atlantis Rising: The True Story of a Submerged Land, Yesterday and Today [Hardcover]

Robert Sullivan
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Nov. 9 1999

Plato started it.

Plato was the one who first reported the existence of a vast island with immense mountains, verdant valleys and fruit "fair and wondrous and in infinite abundance." This magnificent Aegean Eden surrounded a capital of fabulous stone buildings, a busy, bustling heaven on earth.

And then, the Cataclysm. Panic spread across the island as Atlantis's volcano shook off its long dormancy. The mountain erupted, and the island was overwhelmed, engulfed. The sea smoothed over, and the continent and its occupants were gone forever.

Or were they?

Enter Robert Sullivan, who first rose to international prominence with his breakthrough research on Santa Claus. In Atlantis Rising, Sullivan reveals evidence even more startling than that contained in his myth-shattering Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission. Set upon his Atlantean quest by Amos S. Eno, executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and lured further and further on by the mysterious oceanographer who calls himself "Atwater," Sullivan is able to separate historical truth from mere legend, fact from fiction, science from silliness. Delving into the historical record, then into secret files that have long been under lock and key at the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, he discovers rare transcripts, documents, maps and, incredibly, photographs. They are all here in Atlantis Rising, along with dozens of paintings by the renowned natural-history artist Glenn Wolff. It adds up to an astonishing tale and a powerful moral.

Atlantis lives.

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Profusely illustrated and oddly charming, this hybrid of tall tale, oceanography and ancient history is written with a sophisticated sense of whimsy. In the opening chapter, the mysterious Atwater, a (fictional) oceanographer, alerts the author to the existence of Atlantis. Sullivan (Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus) then pursues the Atlanteans through (actual) library research and dozens of (actual) interviews. The real Atlantis, mentioned in Plato's dialogues, was a Greek island destroyed by a volcano. Condemned to live in the ocean, its human inhabitants, according to Sullivan, "coveted (and eventually developed) sonar capabilities equal to the porpoise's and electronic sensing instincts like those of the hammerhead shark." Today's Atlanteans are peaceful, intelligent and very funny: they "miraculously saved" Titanic survivors, but sabotaged the floating set of the movie Waterworld. On a more serious note, the fictive Atlanteans' health is endangered by very real marine pollution. Sullivan describes (actual) Victorian archeologists' digs at Troy and Crete and explains how volcanic eruptions work. Biologist Bill Gilbert (How Animals Communicate) explains how whales' mammalian ancestors returned from land to sea. And literary critic Christopher Benfey outlines what Plato's fable of Atlantis may have meant. Wolff's many attractive drawings ably counterfeit ancient maps and naturalists' sketches. Once they disentangle the facts from the fish tales, readers will finish Sullivan's book amused, enlightened and perhaps even moved to save the creatures who really do live in the world's great oceans. Agent, Sloan Harris. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A perception of Atlantis Sept. 3 2000
By A Customer
I truly enjoyed this book. Robert Sullivan provided wonderful photos and historical knowledge of Atlantis in the form of a journal/story. There are questions left unanswered as well as interesting data presented. To believe it is another question. Objectively, I would like to research it myself as many others are probably doing. I enjoyed reading the book because of my interest in Atlantis and the mystery connections. It reads like a pleasant science fiction story with perhaps some truth to it. The book was appealing because it was presented well artistically and it caught my eye. Reading was also a pleasure well suited to someone with a general interest in Atlantis.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a true story! Jan. 3 2003
I felt being tricked for reading this book. I found it in a local library. When I read the cover, it says " the true story...." So I thought that I will read it.
The story is interesting and fun to read. However, after I finished the whole book, and turned to the last page, it has "This book is a work of fiction."
well, if it is not true, why did you put it on the cover to make me think that I am actually reading a book about the real story of Atlantis?!
Therefore, I gave it a rating of 1 star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atlantis Lives Feb. 12 2001
By A Customer
It was a joy to read this book. Well researched and with beautiful illustrations the book caught my imagination. It doesn't matter whether you are a believer or not... The book is interesting to all. It can be read as fiction - or as a pertinent theory on Atlantis. It doesn't hurt that with the new Disney movie coming up - it gives me some information to share with my kids when the questions on Atlantis come up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story Jan. 24 2003
What a great story. Obviously well researched and extremely well presented. I stayed up all night reading this I was so captivated.
Buyer beware, this is not a "true story" as the title states (although after reading you're sure to be convinced otherwise). The is a fantastic piece of fiction heavily rooted in fact.
I absolutely encourage you to pick this up, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made my heart sing! Dec 29 1999
This book is amazingly informative and a visual delight. The author did an incredible job of researching Atlantis and presenting all the pertinent facts. The drawings and photo layouts further the beauty and information exchange. I recommend this highly book to adults and kids. Enjoy!
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