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  • Title: The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
  • Author: Gavin Menzies
  • ISBN: 9780062049483
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Tremendous This guy has done history like you would not believe Glenn BeckThe secrets of history s most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis Through impeccable research and intelligent speculation, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling author of 1421, uncovers the truth behind the mysterious lost city of Atlantis making the st Tremendous This guy has done history like you would not believe Glenn BeckThe secrets of history s most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis Through impeccable research and intelligent speculation, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling author of 1421, uncovers the truth behind the mysterious lost city of Atlantis making the startling claim that the Atlanteans discovered America 4,000 years ago and ruled a vast Mediterranean empire that was violently destroyed in 1,500 BC Forget everything you ve ever thought about the Atlantis legend Gavin Menzies will make you a believer
    The Lost Empire of Atlantis History s Greatest Mystery Revealed Tremendous This guy has done history like you would not believe Glenn BeckThe secrets of history s most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis Through impeccable research

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    1. Gavin Menzies is a retired submarine captain from the British Royal Navy, whose retirement hobby is pursuing unlikely beliefs about long past history In this book he recounts his pursuit of a belief that the sometimes thought mythical country of Atlantis was in fact an island nation that was a collection of city states comprising the Minoan nation on Thera now called Santorini and Crete and other nearby islands in the Mediterranean, with that civilization having been destroyed when the volcano o [...]

    2. I have always been fascinated by Atlantis I also have a strong interest in ancient history So this book was a perfect choice, really, since it deftly combined both topics Sure, Menzies can be accused of making certain suppositions and then finding evidence to it the theory as he traverses continents, to the proverbial hammer it all looks like nails But it s SO interesting, so well researched, so accessibly written that even if you don t buy into the main premise, there is still much here to lear [...]

    3. There are many interesting facts sprinkled in, but it felt to me that this book is a bit out there in terms of scientific robustness Between actual, interesting, hard scientific facts Menzies throw in random, unscientific, personal postulation to connect the dots to make his case The book would have been stronger if it stuck to the science, been rigorous and objective, and stopped straying into the world of conspiracy theory My favorite, where he cites a USA Today article as suddenly providing [...]

    4. Menzies has done it again Th Lost Empire of Atlantis is filled with speculation taken as fact as he had done with his previous books on pseudo archaeology He may have been in the Royal Navy indicted for a ship collision during his service but he knows nothing about ancient seafaring, navigation, ship building, or trade His speculation about the Minoans is also laughably wrong Buried in his exploration of the ancient world is some good hard facts but the reader would be better served reading a a [...]

    5. This book confirms my thought that I should return to Knossos on Crete Menzies describes other rediscovered palaces of the Minoan era before the great eruption of the volcano on Thera Santorini He also charts the evidence that during 7000 BCE and afterwards, the Minoans were not just trading adventuring seafarers in the Mediteranean area, but traveled around the world Recently discovered evidence from the oil pithoi, serving pieces, artwork all suggest that Menzies is correct but the most intere [...]

    6. Interesting and entertaining premise that the Mediterranean Minoan culture, which flourished circa 2,500 B.C sailed the globe, explored North America, and even mined copper on what we now know as Isle Royale in Lake Superior, then transported the ore down the Mississippi and back across the Atlantic, among other astounding feats of ancient navigation and technology recounted in this book However, apart from being fairly entertaining in a what if kind of way which is why I gave it 2 stars this bo [...]

    7. So I recently found out that Menzies basically makes up his own idea of history, and that really depresses me because if they were true I would LOVE to read his books As it is, my dad bought me this one for Christmas a few years ago and I ll probably wind up reading it because I would feel insanely guilty for getting rid of it without at least trying it s a brand new hardcover I was suckered in by Atlantis and the pretty cover, sue me.

    8. I don t recall where I got to know about this book, but I had it in my wish list When I got my hands on it finally, it was amazing how the book took hold of me.Gavin Menzies takes us on his journey to rediscover the Lost Empire of Atlantis He builds up on his theory that the Minoan empire was accomplished that it is assumed He tries to bring together facts and goes on to try to prove that the Minoan civilization had extensive sea faring abilities and that they might have discovered America way [...]

    9. I really expected to love this book, but it didn t hold my interest The author s writing style bothers me I d rather be reading something else.

    10. Reading this reminded me of a comment I saw on Twitter recently Archaeology isn t really about facts It s about interpretation Menzies certainly does a lot of interpreting in this book To be fair, mainstream archeology has often underestimated just how sophisticated ancient civilisations were, looking back on people in the past with an unwarranted sense of superiority It has also, with similar lack of justification, sneered at the ability of amateurs to make a genuine contribution to our underst [...]

    11. This book is not nearly as rigorously researched as I had hoped it would be Menzies was clearly hit by a flash of inspiration, partly divine, partly mad, and just went with it In his rush to show his readers the connections between Minoan Crete, Stonehenge, Plato s accounts of fabled Atlantis, and the missing copper of Lake Superior, he forgets to ruthlessly question his hypothesis.This ultimately leaves Lost Empire as a slight book, albeit one padded to length by his travelogue detailing his jo [...]

    12. Gavin s book, The Lost Empire of Atlantis, is handicapped by the writing style, as many have noted But, it s worth plowing through some of the dry prose to hear his story First off, hats of to this guy He has organized a research team and pursued years systematic research of the ancient world because he loves it How many of us every pursue our passions like that But beyond that, and I m talking to you skeptics, where there is smoke, there s fire The Minoans and Druids and Egyptians aren t some y [...]

    13. not off to a very exciting start his 1421 was so full of holes and speculation I was curious about this one we shall seenot getting any better doubt I will finish all about how the Minoans on Crete were the real Atlantic full of dropped names and places with no real story linie at least not yet 1 2 way throughFinished it but must say, it is far fetched and not very well written Menzies is a crock

    14. The author s voice really bothered meI wanted less of him and of the archaeology science behind this growing theory.

    15. I have read several books on Atlantis, it is a subject that has always fascinated me so I was per disposed to like this one Although I enjoy any books about Atlantis, I prefer theories based on actual archeological evidence, which favor the ancient Minoan civilization based on the Mediterranean islands of Crete and Thera as the most likely basis for legends of Atlantis Some of the conjecture about the location, size and technological capabilities of Atlantis can get pretty far out there with tal [...]

    16. Provides an insightful history of the Bronze Age civilisation of the Minoans and the connection of peoples and civilisations globally Whether the Minoan Civilisation was Atlantis is based on historical accounts and finding correlations between the two This book did provide me with a much stronger understanding of the bronze age peoples and cultures and the global trade in Copper and Tin as well as the significant environmental changes created by the demand for these raw materials

    17. I bought into 1421 for sure But, although Menzies finds some seemingly compelling evidence to support his theory about the Minoans, it sometimes felt like a reach I agree that any NEW idea that goes against the established thinking by archeologists and scholars will be negated and ridiculed, I m just not convinced Having been to Crete and knowing something about Minoan history, I found the whole premise fascinating

    18. I found the information amazing, especially the research involved Anyone interested in the history of Atlantis would greatly appreciate this book.

    19. The legend of a fabled Atlantis is found in Plato s writings and has generated a multitude of books and movies In this book, Menzies builds the case that the island of Santorini Thera in ancient times was the center of a worldwide trading empire and a truly advanced civilization He takes advantage of a detailed fresco unearthed in Akrotiri and preserved in a museum in Crete and recent discovery of a sunken bronze age boat in the eastern Mediterranean as well as his own nautical knowledge to rein [...]

    20. The topic of Atlantis offering some detailed archaeology is always appealing to me, and this book promised to have much of the recent discoveries it is generally accepted now that the Minoan Civilisation is the origin of the Atlantis Legend and for forty years we have linked its sudden decline to a massive eruption on the island of Santorini.We also accept that there was a lot of international trade in the bronze age The origins of grave goods in the tombs of the Pharaohs tells us they traded wi [...]

    21. In this book, Menzies presents evidence for the theory that Atlantis was, in fact, the Minoan civilization, which was destroyed by a major volcanic eruption on the island of Thera now called Santorini This isn t a new theory in fact, the island of Santorini widely claims to be Atlantis What Menzies does is take it further by presenting evidence that may suggest that the Minoans traded as far away as North America.I am not knowledgeable enough to judge the accuracy of the evidence presented Howev [...]

    22. I guess a lot of people have taken issue with Menzies writing style in this book I definitely found it to be oddly casual at times he seems to spend an awful lot of time describing drinks his past adventures , and strangely organized as well The book and his theory s development follows his own meandering journey as he uncovers connects previously unknown unconnected information and while this is sort of interesting from a oh, so this is how he got from this idea to that one, and this is how he [...]

    23. Oh My Goodness This book is enough to make your brain explode Speculate The ancient island of Santorini near Crete was home to the advanced Minoan civilization a civilization so far advanced they were able to calculate latitude, longitude, and even fractions a thousand years before anyone else, and created the largest sea faring empire for 2,000 years traveling from India all the way to the Americas, as far as Lake Superior The Minoans built astronomical markers and megalithic stone calendars so [...]

    24. This is a pretty fantastic book, and Atlantis is really only mentioned about a dozen or so times throughout the book I think Most of it is devoted to the premise that the Minoan civilization on Crete circa 3,000 BCE 1400 BCE was then a predecessor of the Mycenaean and Greek civilizations but a world spanning maritime trading empire At first the theory sounds like something out of the next National Treasure movie, but Menzies did a lot of research that I have to admit wouldn t have been availabl [...]

    25. Gavin Menzies in his latest book takes a much closer in depth look into the society of the Minoans 3200 1450 B.C who are believed may very well have been the people behind the myths legends of Atlantis In a journey that goes from the Mediterranean to North America back, Menzies follows the clues artifacts of this one powerful society pieces together evidence that proves this ancient society may ve done a lot than people realize Across the pages the reader follows evidence of various Minoan arti [...]

    26. I tend to like Menzies books and have enjoyed his other works on the Chinese Which is why I m inclined to think perhaps he should have stayed in the Far EastThis book still maintains the author s unique storytelling style that makes history less of a bore and of a thriller combined with excellent first hand data that most authors simply eschew This single sentence allocated him three stars Unfortunately, his style wasn t enough This book has a slow start littered with Menzies personal travels w [...]

    27. Some good research here, but some leaps as well However there are some amazing facts uncovered, which, when put together provide a strong case for the Minoans having got much of their copper from America It sounds outlandish, because it doesn t sit well with traditional history, yet there are some very good pieces of physical evidence and anyone who doesn t like it has to explain the Minoan votive carvings on the Mississipi and around Lakes Michigan and Superior And also, where the missing 100,0 [...]

    28. While this book seemed to start out slowly, it gathered momentum after a few chapters, and then became one of those books that you say I ll just read to the end of this chapter but then you keep on saying it until, without even realizing it, you ve finished the book.The author offers some interesting theories, some his, some belonging to others, but by the end of the book, he ties them all together fairly neatly He also goes back to Greek myths which may actually provide historic documentation f [...]

    29. This is an awesome book and I haven t even gotten to read it yet but my husband has read continuously to me from it as he has read it Astonishing and wonderful information abounds in this meticulously researched book which proves that human beings from Europe traveled and traded with almost the entire planet in pre historic times from at least 4000BC Those who are mariners will identify with his conviction that ancient peoples did not hesitate to sail the planet in search of the goods they wante [...]

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