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The Lost Empire Of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed Paperback – Oct 17 2011


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (Oct. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062049488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062049483
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“MENZIES [IS] PROPOUNDING ONE OF THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS IN THE HISTORY OF HISTORY.” (New York Times Magazine)

“A DISTINGUISHED HISTORIAN.” (BBC World Service)

“A HISTORICAL DETECTIVE, AS WELL AS A SCHOLAR, [WHO] ADDS TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD, PAST AND PRESENT.” (New York Daily News)

“ASTOUNDING . . . MENZIES SHOULD GET THE NOBEL AND PULITZER PRIZES FOR HIS WORK. WALK ALONG THE PATHWAYS OF DISCOVERY WITH HIM. IT IS A JOYOUS JAUNT.” (San Bernadino Sun)

“I WANT TO CONGRATULATE GAVIN MENZIES ON A REMARKABLE JOB OF RESEARCH … A CONVINCING CASE FOR THE ORIGIN OF THE ATLANTIS MYTH … I RECOMMEND THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS.” (Betty Meggers, Director of the Latin American Archaeology Program at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History)

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The astonishing true story of Atlantis

In 1500 B.C. a supervolcano beneath the Greek island of Santorini exploded in a near-apocalyptic eruption. Buried beneath the rubble and waves was the world’s most remarkable lost civilization. . . .

New York Times bestselling historian Gavin Menzies presents newly uncovered evidence revealing, conclusively, that “the lost city of Atlantis” was not only real but also at the heart of a highly advanced global empire that reached the shores of America before being violently wiped from the earth.

For three millennia, the legend of Atlantis has gripped the imaginations of explorers, philosophers, occultists, treasure hunters, historians, and archaeologists. Until now, it has remained shrouded in myth. Yet, like ancient Troy, is it possible that this fabled city actually existed? If so, what happened to it and what are its secrets? The fascinating reality of Atlantis’s epic glory and destruction are uncovered, finally, in these pages in thrilling detail by the iconoclastic historian Gavin Menzies—father of some of “the most revolutionary ideas in the history of history” (New York Times).

Meticulously analyzing exciting new geologic research, recently unearthed archaeological artifacts, and cutting-edge DNA evidence, Menzies has made a jaw-dropping discovery: Atlantis truly did exist, and was part of the incredibly advanced Minoan civilization that extended from its Mediterranean base to England, India, and even America. In The Lost Empire of Atlantis, he constructs a vivid portrait of this legendary civilization and shares his remarkable findings.

As riveting as an Indiana Jones adventure, The Lost Empire of Atlantis is a revolutionary work of popular history that will forever change our understanding of the past.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 7 2011
Format: Paperback
Beginning with well-established Minoan history, the author explores the likelihood that the Minoan Civilization was much more powerful and important than previously thought. He travels around the Mediterranean looking for evidence of past Minoan presence, forming hypotheses that the Minoans were much wider travelled than is commonly accepted. Finding possibly Minoan signs in Western Europe and the British Isles, the author even travelled to North America looking for more. He claims that the copper-rich areas around Lake Superior - areas that apparently have been extensively mined in very ancient antiquity - may be his evidence, since copper was the most common component of bronze. If correct, this would establish the Minoans as the first Europeans to reach the New World - millennia before Columbus. Because of the advanced state of Minoan technology, i.e., ocean-worthy ships, bronze tools and weapons, etc., he equates the Minoans with the people of legendary Atlantis - an idea that has been seriously considered by reputable scholars for a long time.

The author is, of course, convincing in his arguments, some of which appear to be supported by DNA evidence as well as by some scholars who had already examined some of the same sites as the author. However, before jumping onto the author's bandwagon, I would like to see some healthy debate between the author and scholars with diametrically opposing (and more conventional) views who have their own arguments and their own hard evidence. Thus, as is the way in science, a more solid road forward could be paved.

As has already been pointed out by prior reviewers, much of this book is written as a travelogue, as the author and his wife search for the trail of the Ancient Minoans.
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By Lesley A. Turner on July 24 2014
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Since reading this book i now go into museums looking for evidence to support Menzies' compelling argument.
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By Daryl McDavid on May 23 2015
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as usual Gavin Menzies books are a pleasure to read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sasa on Dec 8 2011
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This book arrived in perfect condition. Thank you for your excellent and fast service. Gavin Menzies has done it again! It is a fabulous read and my hat goes off to Gavin and his crew for the painstaking research they do for every book he writes. Please write more books for me to read and gain more knowledge, Gavin.
Your devoted reader, Sylvia Macdonald
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By Peat the Bushman on Oct. 10 2014
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great no problem nice and quick
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