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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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“Adams maintains a journalistic skepticism and a buoyant sense of humor, making Atlantis a gripping journey.”
"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.”
“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.”
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“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.”
“Serious (and seriously funny)…smart and tightly written…a rediscovery of Machu Picchu, the way Bingham did 100 years ago.”
“In Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Adams proves an engaging, informative guide to all things Inca.”
“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?”
“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.”
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“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.”
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–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.”
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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.Read more ›
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.
I reviewed this book for Dutton.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've always been fascinated by the Atlantis myth and, even if this book doesn't have THE answer to whether it existed and/or where it is, it does offer many theories. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gorilichis
I am not, as the author terms it, an Atlantologist. I have never read another book on the subject, and what little I do know of Atlantis I've gleaned from flashy documentaries,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hanagin
Very good read -page turner really. I read this while traveling Greece and visiting the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, thought to be a contender for the lost city of Atlantis. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Patricia Douglass
Very informative,however, not as funny as his book , Turn Right At Machu Picchu, .. Also at time gets a little bog down with the math question... Read morePublished 10 months ago by j. kiehl
This book does a nice job summarizing the origin and subsequent efforts to prove the truth of the Atlantis myth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ken Kardash
Great book ! Explains all the explanations of various theories about Atlantis.Published 10 months ago by Donald Hottman
I've "known" that Atlantis was on Santorini for many years, though I didn't know much about the Atlantis legends in general; and I was curious to know the latest research... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa