The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
“Tremendous. This guy has done history like you would not believe.”
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 st...more
Gavin Menzies takes us on his journey to rediscover the Lost Empire of Atlantis. He builds up on his theory that the Minoan empire was more accomplished that it is assumed. He tries to bring together facts and goes on to try to prove that the Minoan civilization had extensive sea faring abilities and that they might have discovered Ameri ...more
To be fair, mainstream archeology has often underestimated just how sophisticated ancient civilisations were, looking back on people in the past with an unwarranted sense of superiority. It has also, with similar lack of justification, sneered at the ability of amateurs to make a genuine contribution to ou ...more
This ultimately leaves Lost Empire as a slight book, albeit one padded to length by his travelogue detailing his ...more
But beyond that, and I'm talking to you skeptics, where there is smoke, there's fire. The Minoans and Druids and Egyptians aren't s ...more
not getting any better - doubt I will finish - all about how the Minoans on Crete were the real Atlantic - full of dropped names and places with no real story linie - at least not yet 1/2 way through
Finished it but must say, it is far fetched and not very well written - Menzies is a crock
Seriously though, some (many?) will like Gavin Menzies style. It's less scholarly and more... exciting. This book reads like a voyage of discovery and you're plunging along with him. You can almost see his face light up when a new clue points him to a new discovery. Rather than waiting to prove each point, he races off to the next idea in the chain.
I would say that historians would want more proof. Several times he makes a supposition, defends it a bit, and then in ...more
The author offers some interesting theories, some his, some belonging to others, but by the end of the book, he ties them all together fairly neatly. He also goes back to Greek "myths" which may actually provide historic documentat ...more
This book still maintains the author's unique storytelling style that makes history less of a bore and more of a thriller combined with excellent first hand data that most authors simply eschew. This single sentence allocated him three stars.
Unfortunately, his style wasn't enough. This book has a slow start littered with Menzies' perso ...more
I am not knowledgeable enough to judge the accuracy of the evidence presented. ...more
At first the theory sounds like something out of the next National Treasure movie, but Menzies did a lot of research that I have to admit wouldn't have bee ...more
We also accept that there was a lot of international trade in the bronze age. The origins of grave goods in the tombs of the Pharaohs tells us they traded ...more
Anyway, as I was saying, The Lost Empire of Atlantis is a truly entertaining, insightful, & adventurous journey about some of the possible evidence of Atlantis. Menzies does a great job researching for his books. With this one Menzies postulates that the Minoans of Crete created a world wide shipping & tradi ...more
The book (and his theory)'s development follows his own meandering journey as he uncovers/connects previously unknown & unconnected information -- and while this is sort of interesting from a "oh, so this is how he got from this idea to that on ...more
Those who are mariners will identify with his conviction that ancient peoples did not hesitate to sail the planet in search of the goods they wan ...more
Menzies is most known for his book "1421: The Year China Discovered the World" which claims that the Chinese admiral Zheng He discovered America in 1421.
In his follow up book "1434" He claims that the European Renaissance was sparked by the Chinese.