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The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed [Kindle Edition]

Gavin Menzies
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Book Description

“Tremendous. This guy has done history like you would not believe.”
—Glenn Beck

The secrets of history’s most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis. Through impeccable research and intelligent speculation, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling author of 1421, uncovers the truth behind the mysterious “lost” city of Atlantis—making the startling claim that the “Atlanteans” discovered America 4,000 years ago and ruled a vast Mediterranean empire that was violently destroyed in 1,500 BC. Forget everything you’ve ever thought about the Atlantis legend—Gavin Menzies will make you a believer!

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Menzies, a former sailor in the British Royal Navy, has carved a lucrative literary career by seizing upon a few tantalizing facts and then making gigantic leaps to unwarranted conclusions. Previously he has asserted that a Chinese admiral “discovered” America and sparked the Renaissance by visiting Italy. In the process, of course, he has infuriated professional historians. Here Menzies turns his attention to the ancient Mediterannean and the Minoan civilization that flourished on the island of Crete in the second millennium B.C. Again using the flimsiest of evidence, he asserts that this Bronze Age, highly localized culture was linked to the mythical “lost continent” of Atlantis, which was at the center of an immense global trading empire extending north to Britain and west to North America. Still, this will be a fun book for some. It includes brave, adventurous mariners and a dramatic natural disaster (probably the most accurate of Menzies’ claims). As a wild piece of historical speculation, this is enjoyable, but it is closer to science fiction than real history. --Jay Freeman






“I WANT TO CONGRATULATE GAVIN MENZIES ON A REMARKABLE JOB OF RESEARCH … A CONVINCING CASE FOR THE ORIGIN OF THE ATLANTIS MYTH … I RECOMMEND THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS.” (Betty Meggers, Director of the Latin American Archaeology Program at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History)

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  • File Size: 41855 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857820052
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T4N2GC
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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As Always With Menzies, Intriguing, But . . . November 12, 2011
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Gavin Menzies is an impressively clever and imaginative man. As a retired Royal Navy submarine officer, he is a throwback to the days of the gifted amateur historian/archaeologists who sometimes made discoveries that had been overlooked by professionals, and who sometimes made gigantic misinterpretations of what they had "discovered." With Menzies its sometimes hard to tell which he has done. His experience in the Royal Navy has enabled him to analyze shipping routes and interpret the roles of currents and sea levels far better than many other historians with less sailing experience. But unfortunately his enthusiasm and tendency to make giant leaps of faith when interpreting data often leads him to exagerrate or to see connections where there really are none.

With The Lost Empire of Atlantis Menzies postulates that the Minoans of Crete created a world wide shipping and trading empire that stretched from the Middle East through Europe all the way to North America, and that this empire was the basis for the Atlantis legend, including its violent and sudden end when a volcanic eruption on the island of Thera devastated Crete around 1450 BCE. There's really nothing new in Menzies' connecting the Minoans to Atlantis, nor is there in his descriptions of Minoan civilization, which was indeed as advanced and artistic as he describes it. What's new is his idea that the Minoans sailed far and wide, for which he offers little real evidence.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charles Pellegrino told this story better.... November 21, 2011
Menzies' new book is entertaining, but speculations are often presented as facts. A much better exploration of the "Thera was Atlantis" hypothesis is found in Charles Pellegrino's excellent Unearthing Atlantis, published in 1991 and still available in paper. He presents the decades-long work of archaeologists Spyridon Marinatos and Christos Doumas on the island of Thera. In the late 1960's, Marinatos discovered what initially he took to be a Minoan royal palace. However, he soon had to radically broaden the scope of the find. Test digs as far as a half mile away revealed other dwellings just as grand as the first, all connected by an intricate network of streets. These buildings had plumbing almost as sophisticated as that available today with hot and cold running water, bathtubs and toilets. Unfortunately, this beautiful civilization was built on an active volcanic island, and one day it exploded, vaporizing over a cubic mile of island in a matter of seconds, and wiping this sophisticated civilization from the face of the earth.

Charles Pellegrino has worked in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology. He is the scientist whose dinosaur-cloning recipe inspired Michael Crichton's bestselling novel Jurassic Park, and he worked with James Cameron on his research and innovative underwater exploration equipment that led to the discover of the Titanic. He is a fascinating and gifted writer, and his book runs rings around the new Menzies book.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Idle Speculation March 2, 2012
Surprising no one this book is filled entirely with speculation presented as fact, and fact treated as merely an inconvenience. We are entering the realm of pseudohistory and any attempt to wring out "facts" is bound to be confusing. Gavin Menzies is a former naval officer whose previous books (1421 and 1434) revealed how another naval culture (China)'s forgotten naval past was responsible for discovering America and starting the Italian Renaissance. Looking back even further he found another culture who's pattern in no way resembles his previous book. The Atlanteans (Minoans) discovered America and stimulated civilization throughout Europe. Amazing.

So his unfounded assertions are these:
1. The Atlanteans were really Minoans.
2. They not only discovered America but ran a major copper mine in Lake Superior.
3. They built Stonehenge and every other stone circle in Europe, despite not doing so on their own soil.

His evidence for such earth-shattering conclusions is:
1. The Minoans used copper of 99% purity. Only in Lake Superior was copper of this purity to be found naturally.
2. That's it.
3. No really, that's it. There is nothing else.

Aside from the fact that I question his basic assertion on that copper thing, proving that the Minoans did any of these things requires finding archaeological finds of a recognizably Minoan type in at least some of the sites in question. In fact, the evidence from all of these sites is that they were built by their own indigenous cultures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well researched history of a very ancient civilization ...
A very well researched history of a very ancient civilization. It dispenses with
the myths and legends surrounding Atlantis and replaces them with
archeological,... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Vladimir Pilar
5.0 out of 5 stars The theories of this author are mind blowing. HIs ...
The theories of this author are mind blowing. HIs approach to word exploration is very original and while I know that probably some issues are questionable, I hope his suggestions... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Elisabeth Mahjoub
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is not about Atlantis
If you're looking for some education on Atlantis, don't bother reading this book. It's only mentioned two or three times in passing, and in vague terms. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Turbo
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his book about how big-foot build the pyramids ...
Not as good as his book about how big-foot build the pyramids before the Egyptians landed on the moon, but a close second. This guy is completely revolutionizing history.... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Ron Widelec
4.0 out of 5 stars my review
This is a very good story. All evidences seem very convincing, a missing piece of human history finally been found!
Published 1 month ago by Paul Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars for all of those who read and enjoyed "1421" or other books by Menzies
This book is a winner, for all of those who read and enjoyed "1421" or other books by Menzies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joann Porter Toll
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring history that may just be true...
I love reading Gavin Menzies well researched theories about the worlds naval past. Its always an enticing read in particular following him on his journeys of discoveries leading to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by TCD
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Gavin Menzies brainwave that doesn' t reach the shore ...
Another Gavin Menzies brainwave that doesn' t reach the shore .
This guy needs to get real. Its all theory and if and maybe and hypothetical
Science Fiction not Fact
Published 6 months ago by Robert J Hayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Interesting
This was a very interesting read. However I would suggest that you buy the book hard cover a not the Kindle version which I did. I needed to use my tablet to view the plates. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Johan F. Apon
3.0 out of 5 stars after his other great books, a disappointment
i was sad to find that Menzies has gone for the 'Thera is Atlantis' option. by the end he sort of relented and admitted that the truth of a thriving civilization really was not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lizardhaven
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GAVIN MENZIES was born in 1937 and lived in China for two years before World War II. He joined the Royal Navy in 1953 and served in submarines from 1959 to 1970. In the course of researching 1421, he visited 120 countries, over 900 museums and libraries, and every major sea port of the late Middle Ages. He is married with two daughters and lives in North London.

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