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  • Series: Dover Occult
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (June 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486226689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486226682
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wanderer on June 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Unless your religion requires that you believe in Atlantis, you will find that De Camp presents powerful arguments against the crackpot claims about Atlantis. He tells a compelling history that is supported by the solid scholarship that is often lacking in many books on Atlantis. You will find yourself amazed at the forgotten history that De Camp uncovers, such as the following:

"One contributor to this stream of speculation was Francis Wilford, who in 1805 advanced an Atlanto-Druidic hypothesis according to which the British Isles were a remnant of a former Atlantic continent where the events of the Old Testament had actually taken place (and not in Palestine as most people thought)" (p. 187).

De Camp gives the following caution that the crackpots will never accept:

"Myths and legends, then, do often have a basis of fact. But the factual part of the myth may be so small and muddled that you cannot possibly reconstruct history from the legend. As the historian Grote said: `The lesson must be learnt, hard and painful thought it may be, that no imaginable reach of the critical acumen will of itself enable us to discriminate fancy from realty, in the absence of a tolerable stock of evidence" (p. 250).

See also my five-star reviews of "Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents: Myth and Method in the Study of the American Indians," by Robert Wauchope, and "The Mound Builders: The Archaeology of a Myth," by Robert Silverberg. Click on the following links and scroll down: Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents Myth Method in the
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gail W. Adams on January 20, 1999
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L. Sprague de Camp does a masterful job of refuting the Atlantis legend. His descriptions of geography are easily understood by the average reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob on November 27, 2013
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This is the classic tool for debunking the whole Atlantis legend. Though this edition is over 40 years old, it still is the go to volume to disprove the "reality" of Atlantis (or Mu or Lemuria, for that matter) Well written, well thought out, well worth the time, though some of the information about deciphering Mayan glyphs is now dated.
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