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Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge Hardcover – September 9, 2009

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Rusty McClure, is the New York Times best-selling author of Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed The Nation. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory and he teaches an entrepreneurial course at Ohio Wesleyan University. He resides in Dublin, Ohio. Jack Heffron, has written several books of instruction for writers as well as numerous articles for magazines, primarily on travel, sports, and popular culture. His work has been noted in Best American Travel Writing and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and Authors. His column in Cincinnati magazine recently was chosen as the best in Ohio by the Cleveland Press Club. His short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and twice have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has taught at writers conferences throughout the country and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Ternary Publishing (September 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098421321X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984213214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has the most in depth review/research of this, truly, amazing phenomenom. How this, supposedly uneducated, rail thin man could spend most of his entire adult life building a castle out of coral/stone, each piece weighing megatons, is the stuff of the supernatural.

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.
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I expected to hear some realistic theories on how Ed moved these stones and built the Coral Castle but I was sadly disappointed in that respect. I did learn a lot about this mysterious man as well as the castle. It has made me anxious to visit this place sometime when I'm in the area but there was not even some educated guesses as to how it was built. Neither did it give much information as to how this was done over a time span of years without anyone ever seeing the rocks moving or being dug up. All it said was that he worked at night and seemed to sense when he was being watched. Now surely sometime in the many years that he took to build and move them someone would have seen something. I just can't believe that in a populated area such as he was in that it could have been done in complete secrecy in an outdoor environment.
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This book sheds some light on the mystery yet the important question is still unanswered: How did Ed lift 18,000 pounds coral blocks to those heights using simple primitive homemade tools?

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.

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Rusty McClure’s book about, Ed Leedskalnin, and his creation, Coral Castle is an easy, but worthwhile read. McClure’s research relies heavily upon first hand accounts of the life Leedskalnin and the construction of his “Rock Gate Park”, aka “Ed’s Place”. It covers pretty much everything that can be documented about Ed's life from his adolescence in Latvia, his immigration to the "New World" and his efforts during the 1920s thru early 1940s at Coral Castle, and on until Ed's death in 1951.
McClure’s account thankfully sticks to the known facts about Leedskalnin. The resulting story is amazing enough without resorting to crutches about aliens from other planets, mysticism or unknown and unexplainable technologies.
Leedskalnin was trained in the crafts of stone masonry and lumberjacking. He knew how to work stone, how to move heavy objects made of stone and lumber and how to rig timber into cranes and winches. These things can be done by one man who knows what he is doing, but this should take nothing away from Leedskalnin’s accomplishments, which were impressive. What I found so impressive from my own efforts with heavy labor is how easily one can injure oneself so very, very quickly and very badly doing this kind of work. And Ed performed these feats….at NIGHT!
McClure doesn’t neglect telling the parts of the story that have inspired fanciful conjecture. Leedskalnin was a resourceful, inquisitive and obviously hard working man who harbored idiosyncratic theories about electricity and magnetism and even published some of his ideas in pamphlet form. It is these character traits that have served to fuel some of the more zany ideas that have been put forth about his life’s work.
At the end of the day, Leedskalnin’s story is a simple one that isn’t lengthy in the telling. The book moves along quickly and makes for an enjoyable and easy read.
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