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Praise for Meet Me In Atlantis:

“The lively, skeptical but open-minded travel writer Mark Adams... takes readers along to four plausible sites, without quackery and with a contagious spirit of curiosity, interviewing scores of experts and fanatics, and painting pictures that will make even the most levelheaded traveler yearn to repeat his fantastic itinerary.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Adams maintains a journalistic skepticism and a buoyant sense of humor, making Atlantis a gripping journey.”
-Entertainment Weekly

"Always entertaining, Meet Me in Atlantis also introduces a significant amount of Platonic philosophy and devotes generous space to legitimate archaeology like that in Akrotiri. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect is Adams’s knack for clever descriptions of places and people"
-The Daily Beast

“Writing with the same jaunty style as Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Adams merrily entertains the lost-cities audience.”
-Booklist

“Few mythic places exert a more powerful pull on the imagination than Atlantis, and here the fabled lost city has found its perfect chronicler. Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed--like a vivid dream surfacing from the weird and murky depths of human consciousness.” 
-Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of In the Kingdom of Ice


“The collision between Adams' youthful zeal and journalistic sensibilities provide an arresting dichotomy to an absorbing search… Fact or fiction, Atlantis, as the author ably demonstrates, still has the power to enthrall inquiring minds.”
-Kirkus

 



Praise for Turn Right at Machu Picchu
 
“Ebullient…An engaging and sometimes hilarious book.”
The New York Times Book Review
 
“Like all great travelogues (and this is certainly one), Turn Right…should come with a fedora and a rucksack.”
Men’s Journal  
 
“Serious (and seriously funny)…smart and tightly written…a rediscovery of Machu Picchu, the way Bingham did 100 years ago.”
National Geographic
 
“In Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Adams proves an engaging, informative guide to all things Inca.”
-Entertainment Weekly
 
“A story that hooks readers early and then sails along so interestingly that it's one of those "can't put it down" books. What more could armchair adventurers want?”
-Associated Press
 
“Short of actually traveling to Machu Picchu yourself, it’s the perfect way to acknowledge the lost city’s 100th birthday as a modern-day tourist site.”
-The Christian Science Monitor, Editor’s Choice
 
“With a healthy sense of humor…Adams unearths a fascinating story, transporting his readers back to 1911, when Yale professor Hiram Bingham III hiked the Andes and stumbled upon one of South America's most miraculous and cloistered meccas.”
--NPR.org
 
“[An] entirely delightful book”
The Washington Post
 
“Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham's story and his own less heroic escapade... Those favoring a quirkier retelling [of Bingham's exploits] will relish Mr. Adams's wry, revealing romp through the Andes.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Mark Adams crisscrossed the Andes and has returned with a superb and important tale of adventure and archeology. The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are one of the world’s enduring mysteries, and Adams has written such a bold, compelling account that I’m sure many of us will soon be trekking up those same outrageous mountains to see them for ourselves. It is a beautiful and profound world that he has entered, and his readers are immeasurably the richer for it.”
—Sebastian Junger

“In this book you will certainly learn more about Peru, Inca culture, half-sane pith-helmeted explorers of the 20th century, zero-sane Australian travel guides of the 21st, and the mysteries of Machu Picchu than you ever knew before. But you will also learn more about Mark Adams, a hugely funny and thoughtful writer, diligent researcher, and unexpected man of action who climbs up from soft middle age to the dizzying, thin air of adventure. You will want to go with him.”
—John Hodgman

“After reading Mark Adams's book, I did two things. First, I checked airfare to Machu Picchu. Second, I told my friends they had to read this amazing and entertaining tale about explorers, stolen treasures, Amelia Earhart and the controversial professor who—according to new evidence Adams found—just may be the model for Indiana Jones.”
—A.J. Jacobs

About the Author

Mark Adams is the author of the acclaimed history Mr. America, which The Washington Post named a Best Book of 2009, and the New York Times bestseller Turn Right at Machu Picchu. A writer for many national magazines, including GQMen's Journal, and New York, he lives near New York City with his wife and children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525953701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525953708
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contrary to what most people think, it is not obvious that Atlantis was an invention by Plato. So, Mark Adams did the right thing and just started reading and travelling through world and history, hunting for clues, for possible Atlantis locations and for professional as well as amateur experts who could bring him closer to the truth. Since Mark Adams is open-minded and unprejudiced on the one hand side and on the other hand side armed with a very reasonable skepticism and -- above all -- with a good sense of humour, this book turns out to be an enjoyable and interesting trip. It reads almost like Dan Brown's Robert Langdon hunting for the secrets of history -- only this time, it is real: The clues are real, the possible locations are real, the informants are real, maybe even Atlantis turns out to be real?

The number of experts and amateurs on Atlantis, Plato, Pythagoras, mathematics, oceanography, vulcanology, history, archaeology, mythology, geophysics, and many other disciplines is enormous. Every time you think, that it would be nice if Mark Adams followed a track and visited a certain expert on a certain topic, he really follows this track in the very next chapter! This is a real search, no journalistic fake. We have to be very thankful to Mark Adams that he did this extensive journey acting on behalf of all of us who are interested in the opinions of all these experts.

Having obviously read a lot, and then talking to all these skeptics and searchers, Mark Adams piles up a huge amount of knowledge about Atlantis and possible interpretations, so that even I could still learn something here. But what is more, we also get to know the personalities of all these experts and amateurs, their motivations, their characters and their flaws.
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People have been fascinated by Plato's descriptions of Atlantis in the Timeas and the Critias since they were written. The descriptions are tantalizing because Plato in the Critias gives a very explicit placement for the sunken island, including measurements and geological features. Since there are apparently no sunken islands in the Atlantic outside the Pillars of Hercules matching Plato's description, many people have concluded that Plato invented the tale to make a philosophical point.

The fact that no island can be found has not deterred some Atlantologists. Locations from Crete to Morocco have been suggested. Each site has it pluses and minuses. The author does an excellent job of tracking down the proponents of each site and getting an explanation of why it should be considered Plato's Atlantis.

In the process of traveling from Malta to Spain, the US, and many points in between, he discovers fascinating archaeological investigations. It's clear that in ancient times the area around the Mediterranean was subjected to repeated cataclysms from the explosion of Thera to tsunamis ravaging the coast of Spain. Using ground penetrating radar, archaeologists have been able to locate some of the ancient cities and map them using advanced technology.

I loved this book. I have always been fascinated by archaeology and by the Atlantis story. This book gives a comprehensive view of what some of the most well-known people in the Atlantology field think today. My only disappointment was the ending. I can sympathize with the author. It's hard to decide which theory to believe, however, I felt that he tossed out too much evidence to come to his preferred choice. However, that has nothing to do with the quality of his research.

I highly recommend this book if you're fascinated by Atlantis and love archaeology.
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Mark Adams is an observer, one who becomes a participant. He admits to becoming contaminated with the virus that is Atlantis. Exposure first manifests as interest, and ends, as the title explains, a full blown obsession.
This work reminded me of Jon Ronson, Will Storr and the grand dame of inquisitive minds Mary Roach. I enjoy all of these writers, they have nimble minds, an open attitude and they ask questions that I would have asked, along with many more intelligent ones. Although Mark Adam's journey has more in common with Joshua Foer (Moonwalking with Einstein) who observes his subjects, (world champion memory enthusiasts) becomes immersed in their strange world, and finally becomes a participating contributor.
Mark Adams has done a great service to his subjects. He has cataloged what must be the definitive collection of theories, evidence and debate around the various schools of thought on the veracity of Plato's tale. The revelations around Plato and his world are some of the most interesting parts of this book. His overview of the theories and philosophy of that time, are accessible and encourage further reading.
The author is always courteous and respectful to his subjects, displaying a great deal of affection and empathy for the various researchers and hobbyists, who have made it a life work to confirm the site of Atlantis. He does keep away from the more 'fringe' theorists, UFOs,Edgar Cayse etc getting short shrift. This despite the central part Atlantis played in many an occultists world view. Probably a smart strategy, sticking to theories that are supported by at least some testable evidence, will surely reduce the eye rolling, that this topic induces in rational minds.
In summary, this is a well written, fascinating book, recommended
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