The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History’s Greatest Mystery Revealed [Gavin Menzies] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Tremendous. This guy. Ex-submariner Gavin Menzies attracted global attention with his eye-catching farragos “” and “”, books laying out how he imagined. Given the fevered nature of most works on Atlantis, it is slightly alarming to read this sentence: “In , as captain of the submarine HMS.

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Where his speculation really starts to stretch credulity is when he claims that the Minoans sourced considerable amounts of copper from North America, regularly crossing the Atlantic to do so. This book is not nearly as rigorously researched as I had hoped it would be.

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He says two things are almost identical when they are not. I loved his enthusiasm and his acknowledgement of the role various experts played in research for this book; from archaeologists to linguists, from mathematicians to astronomers, the author quotes at length his source’s verification of his theories.

But it’s SO interesting, so well researched, so accessibly written that even if you don’t buy into the main premise, there is still much here to I have always been fascinated by Atlantis.

How many of us every pursue our passions like that? Part travelogue, part history, menzjes written with color inserts, which is always a nice bonus this was a great read. Nationalism and the Internet”. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Although I enjoy any books about Atlantis, I prefer theories based on actual archeological evidence, which favor the ancient Minoan civilization based on the Mediterranean islands of Crete and Thera as the most likely basis for legends of Atlantis.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This ultimately leaves Lost Empire as a slight book, albeit one padded to length by his travelogue detailing his This book is not nearly as rigorously researched as I had hoped it would be.


I was suckered in by Atlantis and the pretty cover, sue me. My favorite, where he cites a “USA Today article” as suddenly providing him enlightenment on a specific point.

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I had also read about how it is assumed that Atlantis might have been there, before the mighty volcanic eruption ended it all. His perspective from the Royal Navy allows him to look for evidence others have missed.

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Assuming Atlantis did exist, we are never likely to find definitive proof about where it was located. Oh, and that atlantid Egyptian Pharaohs basically outsourced sea-trading to the Minoans, and that you can if you squint at all the evidence see evidence of the Minoans on the Red Sea and even in India, too.

He conjectures that when the Yongle Emperor died in and the new Hongxi Emperor forbade further expeditions, the mandarins hid or destroyed the records of previous exploration to discourage further voyages. All of this assumes a very advanced civilization, one that lst a profound influence on the Egyptian dynasties that existed at the time atkantis on later Greek civilization.

If nothing else, this book leaves you questioning century-long beliefs about the discovery of America and the origin of the instigators who dispersed the secrets of metal smelting and casting over Europe, Egypt and the Americas during the Bronze Age.

So, even though what his approach yields is a series of vividly-coloured, imaginative accounts of how things might have been, these ultimately are little more than modern-day sea-shanties.

Retrieved 23 June As it happened the engineer, Rene Davidson, was president of the local historical society and he said the ruins were well known as the remains of early settlers the Imlay brothers.


My favorite, where he cites a “USA Today article” as suddenly There are many interesting facts sprinkled in, but it felt to me that this book is a bit out there in terms of scientific robustness. Menzies claims that knowledge of Zheng He’s discoveries was subsequently lost because the mandarin bureaucrats of the Ming imperial court feared atlsntis the costs of further voyages would ruin the Chinese economy.

And whether The Minoans did in fact traveled as widely as Menzies posits or whether it is merely a case of parallel development, the interconnectedness, the similarities of various aspects of different civilizations throughout the world is really a fascinating thing to behold.

The Year China Discovered America ed. The Year China Discovered the World All that said, this is thought provoking book, in which there’s much to be learnt about the most ancient of European civilisations.

In his third book, The Lost Empire of AtlantisMenzies claims that Atlantis did exist, in the form of the Minoan Civilizationand that it maintained a global seaborne empire extending to the shores of America and India, millennia gacin actual contact in the Age of Discovery. The topic of Atlantis offering some detailed archaeology is always appealing to me, and this book promised to have much of the recent discoveries. He theorizes that the “continent” of Atlantis, described by Plato as being bigger than Asia and Libya combinedwas not a sunken continent in the middle of the Atlantic, but was in fact North America.

What happened to all that Lake Superior copper that was mined in antiquity? No trivia or quizzes yet.