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Unsolved History: Investigating Mysteries of the Past

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What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change. Joe Nickell demonstrates the techniques used in solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries, such as the authenticity of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated Bixby letter, the 1913 disappearance of writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce, and the apparent real-life model for a mysterious character in a novel by ...more
Paperback, 179 pages
Published June 10th 2005 by University Press of Kentucky (first published October 1991)
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Larry Hostetler
May 10, 2014 Larry Hostetler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was expecting more famous historical mysteries. Ambrose Bierce's disappearance and the Shroud of Turin were well-known, while some of the others were local to Kentucky and unknown to me. While I enjoyed the Bierce part, the book handled too many obscure occurrences for my enjoyment. And the presentation debunking the South American figures was not news at all.

I think the subject matter could have been covered in half the pages, but in order to fill the book included expansive explanations and
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Mary Bronson
Apr 09, 2016 Mary Bronson rated it liked it
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I thought this was an interesting book. I liked most of the mysteries Joe Nickell looked at. Took me a bit longer to read because it was the kind I have to have slince to read so that I can understand it. But overall it was interesting and kinda of educational at the same time.
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Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) - an international scientific organization - and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective age
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