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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Ram Pub Co (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981899110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981899114
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Robert Marx has been called the "true father of underwater archaeology" and has been knighted by the rulers of three European countries. He has worked in over 60 countries on more than 3,000 shipwrecks, finding more treasure than anyone else on earth. He has also authored more than 800 articles and 60 books on shipwrecks, history and marine archaelogy.

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Happy treasure hunting!
Charles George
There is a useful Bibliography but NO Index at all.
Ned Middleton
This one looked really great.
Sylvia Wadlington

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles George on June 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I first received my copy of The World's Richest Wrecks from Sir Robert Marx personally; I asked Bob how long it took him to write this book and he replied "All of my life Chief." I thought about this and after reading the book it made perfect sense to me. This book is the culmination of his life's work as a researcher, shipwreck explorer, and treasure hunter.

For each body of water; broken down into New World and the Old World shipwrecks; Bob and Jenifer have written a summary of the richest shipwrecks that are still waiting to be found and recovered. The World's Richest Wrecks is much more than a reference guide to the valuable lost ships. The book is a primer that gives the reader a historical background on the economic and nautical activities during the days these ships sailed the open seas and the circumstances leading to the lost ships demise.

The World's Richest Wrecks provides details on the individual wrecks; including when they went down, how much treasure was carried on board, the previous salvage efforts made on the ships, and what treasure is still waiting to be discovered and salvaged! The World's Richest Wrecks includes many nautical charts, old maps, and photos in B/W and Color of the treasure and historical artifacts that Bob and others have recovered from some of these wrecks.

Sir Robert Marx, knighted three times by three different countries, is a diver, writer, photographer, and historian that has been researching and diving the oceans and seas of the world for all of his adult life and arguably has found more treasure than any other treasure hunter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been scuba diving for almost 40 years with a passion for shipwrecks to equal any. Many years ago I purchased a very expensive underwater metal detector and went in search of the missing treasure from a Spanish Galleon wreck site. I later visited another well-documented site in Wales where gold coins are still being washed ashore - and on both occasions found nothing but heartache and disappointment. These rather primitive efforts, however, are nothing when compared to some of the legendary treasure FINDERS - many of whom had lost all the important things in their lives (wife, family, house, respect!) and were in considerable debt before finally striking pay-dirt. Those who were not successful are, of course, long forgotten even if their debts are not! The reason for such obsession is explained by the first eight words in this book which read; “Treasure fever is an acute and incurable condition.” Of course, there are no quick fixes and virtually no fabulous treasure ships or other hoards exist which are not already well known to, and well researched by, several other people. Such pessimistic thoughts, however, never prevented Robert Marx from seeking his own dreams and, today, both his exploits, successes and occasional controversial methods appear to be legendary in certain quarters.

My problems with the book, however, began just as soon as I read the short bio on the back cover where the author refers to himself as ‘Sir’ Robert Marx – claiming to have been knighted in three European countries – but surely that would be Sir, Sir, Sir, but I digress!!! That truly exceptional feat is neither explained nor expanded upon anywhere in the book and is one which, to my knowledge, has never been extended to any, for example, US President.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Wadlington on January 31, 2012
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I looked through all the treasure hunting books after my daughter mentioned an interest in the subject. This one looked really great. I spent about twenty minutes studying it before I wrapped it up to give to my highly successful, detail orientated, bean counter daughter, for Christmas. It must be a great book because it's been over a month and she still won't lend it to me to read. I followed the same strategy with her husband, giving him a book on sunken ships. I expect them both to escape their successful lives any day now and run off in search of pirate gold. The book has proved itself to be an excellent choice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flavio on December 10, 2012
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the book is full of what it seems unaccurate info, of certains discoveries, which seems to be product of a vivid imagination. It is like an UFO book.
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