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Coral Castle: The Story of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge Hardcover – September 9, 2009
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He has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory university and a Harvard MBA.
An advisor and investor in numerous entrepreneurial projects, Rusty teaches the entrepreneurial course at his undergraduate alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan university.
He is the son of Ellen Crosley McClure, daughter of Lewis Crosley. She is the direct descendant of the Crosley brothers. Rusty resides with his wife and daughters in Dublin, Ohio.
Rusty has served as a PGA scoring observer for twenty years.
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Most of Edward Leedskalnin's life is a mystery. It is incredible that the authors (Mr. McClure and Mr. Heffron) found out so much about this recluse of a man.
I can see how difficult and daunting a task it must have been to write such a book, given all the references and interviews noted.
I would reccomend Coral Castle to anyone, not just history and supernatural buffs. I rate this a 5-star production.
The fact that the man worked mostly at nighttime proves he was hiding something, yet how a peasant from Latvia with no education had learned to successfully use levitation and knowledge of the laws of anti-gravity?
I have read this book and find it interesting yet as most of the writings about Leedskalnin and his mysterious castle, the mystery is anybody's guess. The fact is that Ed continues to be, unless somebody either travel in time to in depth interview him, or astral connect with his mind: a profound mystery. He said he was motivated to build that thing after a heartbreaking rejection, and to ad insult to injury right at the altar, by a ten year his junior 16 year old girl.
The point is that he was logging in the cold forests of Oregon and Washington caught consumption then quit and moved to South Florida where he got better, purchased a cheap lot of land and started building Coral Castle. His theme for his park was "lost love", not much different a theme than any other fun park in the USA and I am almost convinced the rejection thing was fabricated by him to attract more tourists to his park.
We learn here about Eds beginnings in Latvia, how he and others suffered political persecution by Russian Czars and class distinction between poor peasants and their castle dwelling lords. Obviously Edward was repulsed by the idea of a hopeless peasant on one hand and rich castle dweller "lords" on the other, so to balance the stakes he built himself a castle in America.
Was Ed Leedskalnin familiar with and able to put into practice laws of anti-gravity? In spite of the secrecy I am optimistic imagining we will be able to unravel the dilemma of Coral Castle.
Many of the popular tourist destinations in Florida have never appealed to an introverted guy like me enough as to motivate a desire to one day visit them. Coral Castle, I discovered, is quite the exception.
How an overwhelming work of art, built solely by a small and simple man of a poor and foreign background, managed to stay under the radar of (what I like to think) an educated adult like myself, prior to reading this work, is almost as much a mystery to me as the origin stories surrounding the work itself.
This book provides a decent summary on what is known on the topic. It documents the history of the site itself and its rather peculiar architect, Ed Leedskalnin, the various posited theories for how it was built (ranging from scientific ingenuity which Ed could not properly articulate - or perhaps kept to himself - to the harnessing of supernatural forces), and a visual, descriptive tour of the site as it presently stands, unblemished decades later by natural elements as oppressive as even tropical storms.
In this day and age, it can be hard to find an unbiased third party source to talk levelheadedly on a topic as fun, mystic, and controversial as Coral Castle. But this book fits the mold, calling attention to various schools of thought and testimonials, as well as the merits and limitations of claims following from such, and leaving the reader to make up their own mind on the matter. You may not find yourself convinced, as some are, that there is anything extraterrestrial going on here - I sure wasn't - but that does nothing to detract from one's marvel at the ultimate product. Whatever it was at work, Coral Castle is a remarkable sight to behold.Read more ›
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Purchased this and decided to visit the site. Was not disappointed!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Rusty McClure’s book about, Ed Leedskalnin, and his creation, Coral Castle is an easy, but worthwhile read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Freddy
After reading this book, I was so amazed about this little man's ability to create and build a Coral Castle with Coral that weighed many tons. Read morePublished 8 months ago by marion mcmahon
My son showed me this story on the History Channel, and it was
very interesting. So when I found this on Amazon Kindle, I was
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The only book that's really been written about Ed Leedskalin or the Coral Castle the Author has done a lot of research and investigating on this little man's life and his rock... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephen Ryder
I have always been fascinated by The Coral Castle .Thought this book was excellent in telling about the life of Ed Leedskalnin.Published 10 months ago by Charles Newman