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Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History Paperback – September 25, 2007
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Fortunately, when Patrick Hunt wrote Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History, he brought to the project not just the completeness and accuracy of an accountant but also the sensibility of the well-renowned archaeologist and excellent story teller that he is.
Hunt knows his subject inside out and there is probably not better authority on the landmarks he has chosen to write about. More importantly, however, is that he makes the discoveries come to life. Hunt starts each chapter with a description of the discovery then describes in detail the excavation of the landmark. He then weaves the historical, cultural, and political implications of the discovery into his narrative, thus giving his readers a well-rounded view of some of the most well known wonders in the span of less than 25 pages.
Patrick Hunt excels at capturing the sentiments of both the creators and the discoverers of each featured item. The vivid descriptions make the reader feel as if he is situated in the time period and watching each story unfold before his/her eyes. It is also evident that Patrick Hunt shares in the awe of the grandeur and splendor of these amazing discoveries and through the strength of his writing is able to transfer that same excitement and awe to his audience.
Informative, yet entertaining, the book appeals to readers of all ages and will surely entice all to experience the discoveries first hand.
Overall, a wonderful read - I do hope he is able to do the same with other fascinating discoveries that combine his knowledge of archaeology and history.
As a Biblical historian, I found the text not overly academic without shirking responsibilities of noting cultural context and impact on traditional understanding in various schools of thought. Hunt chronicles such discoveries as the Terracotta Warriors, the Rosetta Stone and Machu Picchu and their effect on science, history and popular culture.
Hunt's book gives meaningful information that will serve all readers well regardless, of their walk of life. If it doesn't make you fantasize about being Indiana Jones, it will certainly entice you to travel to some of, if not all of, the exquisite locales described within the book.
As a busy professional who loves learning but doesn't have a lot of time free for reading, this book hits all of the bases without drowning the reader in endless facts. I was surprised to see that the last Amazon review panned the book for not being detailed and of all things boring! That couldn't be farther away from the mark. I was glad to see that everyone else has heaped praise on this book which is well deserved! The author sounds like the kind of college professor that you see in the movies but rarely get in real life - bright, articulate and stimulating.
This is the direction that I hope more college professors go, rather than continuing to churn out scholarly books that only specialists read. Kudos to the author - he gets it - here is to more accessible surveys written for the general public!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prof. Hunt provides a very readable, interesting and personal view of some of the most important archaeological discoveries in history.Published 2 months ago by Louis J. Bajuk-yorgan
Writing style makes for interesting reading and keeps your attention. Important information about our past and the people whose shoulders we stand on.Published 8 months ago by Bjorn F. Lindgren
Excellent book on archeology's greatest 'modern' finds impacting and changing our knowledge of history.Published 15 months ago by Tu Cat
Without including Indus Valley and Saraswati River 'civilizations' and ignoring the Vedic and pre-vedic human accomplishments, I consider this book as an incomplete work. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Venugopal K. Menon
The book is good, but I was disappointed with the merchant who stated that the book is in good condition. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tania Apfel
Book needs editing and particularly diagrams and pictures. It was part of a lifelong learning class for seniors. Instructor filled in all the major missing parts.Published on November 29, 2013 by William Hatt
Forty % accepted by main stream and the remainder is in the mind of the author. I thoroughly enjoyed the revisionary read. Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Roy Ernest Chandler