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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: 250 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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rusty McClure is the New York Times bestselling author of Crosley, Cincinnatus, and Coral Castle.

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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Doug B on February 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By starstruck VINE VOICE on December 28, 2010
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Princelight-7 on January 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 arrogant castle dweller lords on the other, so he built himself a castle in America.

Was Ed Leedskalnin familiar with and able to put into practice laws of antigravity? In spite of the mystery involved I am optimistic imagining someday we will be able to unravel the dilemma of Coral Castle.

I recommend this well researched book to everyone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judah Rule the Heart ya Know on January 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been interested in the Coral Castle and Edward for a long time and this is the first book to take a nice solid look at it and present the story in an unbiased way. I just wish it was a little longer and it had more "experts" and their ideas of how Ed did what he did. I was expecting more about how Ed quarried the rock and ideas from engineers etc... Great book, great pictures, great story just wish I would have come away with a somewhat more informed knowledge of how he might have done this. It touches on the leverage (which I have always had trouble believeing) but nothing more than just touching on it. He could have spent a chapter or two on that topic alone. A chapter or two could have been spent on how he quarried these blocks or carved them etc... I am very glad the book was written though and I recomend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Miller on October 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
(That is, of course, assuming you hadn't already prior to happening on this book.)

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.
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