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The Bermuda Triangle

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You may have heard of it as 'the Hoodoo Sea', 'the Graveyard of the Atlantic' or 'the Devil's Triangle'. But it is most famous as 'the Bermuda Triangle' - an area of the Western Atlantic between Bermuda and Florida where, since 1945, over 100 ships and planes and 1,000 people have vanished - without a trace.
Published September 1975 by Avon (first published 1973)
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Nandakishore Varma
This was the first book of this ilk I read, and I read it while still in college, so I was enthralled by it. I would have given it 5 stars had I reviewed it in those days! But since then, I have come to realise that most of these "conspiracy theories" are based upon very nebulous evidence at best, and out-and-out hoaxes at worst.

Still, giving it 3 stars for entertaining me. However, I would recommend it only if you enjoy crackpot theories.
An interesting (and dated) look into what caused the massive amount of disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. I remember this being a thing when I was a kid in the 80s, maybe into the 90s, but I can't think of a single instance where this has come up since the major computer era of today. This book is from 1974, so it's from a different time entirely. I like to think there are still mysteries that are unsolved, and I read this book without researching any follow up to keep that air of mystery, ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Rambler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the book began as a good recounting of the disappearances of the various ships, planes, and people in the Bermuda Triangle, after the first five chapters the author branches off into so many ludicrous theories involving ancient civilizations and aliens that it was hard to get through one paragraph without rolling my eyes.

B. Jay
Jan 24, 2011 B. Jay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This 1973 examination of the Bermuda Triangle starts off as a scientific and factual examination of the myth and events that led travelers to request flights that avoided the western Atlantic ocean, but quickly descends into campy theories that makes the book hard to take seriously. Nonetheless, Berlitz treads the line between science and science-fiction in a way that makes both interesting. There is enough credible research to make you doubt the naysayers and actually get a little creeped out a ...more
Jim Townsend
Dec 04, 2010 Jim Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely interesting nonfiction book about the strange disappearances in and around the Bermuda Triangle, this brief (208 pages) hardcover that I purchased at a library book sale discusses known disappearances and other anomalies (such as maelstroms or whirlpools) within a region of the Atlantic Ocean that the U.S. Navy doesn't officially recognize. Several theories explain the strong magnetic forces at work, including the idea that it is one portal to Hell (the Sea of Japan is said to be th ...more
Apr 01, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although most of the sensational "mysteries" and disappearances of ships and airplanes in the "Bermuda Triangle" have since been proven to be the result of either human error or ordinary bad weather, this is still an entertaining read. For a while. After running to the computer every few pages to check on recent developments in the searches for these crafts and finding out that either wreckage has been found, or that recordings of distress signals have been digitally enhanced and turned out to b ...more
An engaging account of the unexplained mystery of the triangle.

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Jim Razinha
I can't give this the one-star it deserves, despite it being throughly saturated with stupid. It's actually a great illustration of the kind of crap that 20 million bought into, and are still buying into today (think Fox"News", Breitbart, Alex Jones, and even more from an unfortunately lengthy list...). Why read it now? Well, not all of my Year of Nostalgic Re-reads are fiction. I read this back in 1974 or 75, which put me at 13 or 14. I was intrigued, at the time. Of course, while on the path o ...more
Oct 07, 2015 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Not a bad read. You need to take into consideration that it was released in 1973. (The version I read was printed in 1975, the version pictured here is from 1978). Of course technologies have changed dramatically. But the accounts of the plane/ship disappearances it pretty interesting. And even though the latter part of the book fades off the subject, it does discuss some very interesting phenomenons of history. Like the giant carvings in Peru that can only be viewed in their entirety from up in ...more
Aniket Mahajani
Apr 01, 2015 Aniket Mahajani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting & Thrilling reading all through the book, the author has written another book after this called Ocean Triangle which is also a horror. I read these books in my school days when my mind got completely occupied with a fright for these haunted places. There may be actual Bermuda & yes it is there & things might have happened there for a coincidence still the language in the book is enchanting & ties you with the book completely.
The first few chapters are excellent case studies and recaps of famous disappearnces. They are well written, but after that things take a wrong turn at the theory page. The author jumps to the many crazy ideas like time warps, black holes, Atlantis, and other odd things. I liked the book, but the wierdness at the end kind of spoiled it.
Nov 24, 2007 Der_m rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: paranormal freaks
I really enjoyed this! The Bermuda Triangle is an oft-forgotten mystery for us twenty-somethings, and I was thrilled to see the first edition paperback at St. Vinny's for $.50! Berlitz does a great job of expanding on the legends, citing the very authoritative sources, and speculating on the possibilities. His speculation leads to unusual conclusions, as well. He brings up the haunting Sargasso Sea (which is eerily reminiscent of an episode of Duck Tales), the peculiar nature of the oceans, simi ...more
Sonya Watkins
Way too much about theories of aliens capturing planes and ships. Also seemed to include an inordinate amount of info on ancient civilizations(Atlantis) and theories of advanced ancient technologies causing interference within the triangle. All in all, I enjoyed the first three chapters, which consisted of historical facts, and could have done without all the theory b.s.
Apr 09, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting. It details some of the mysterious disappearances of ships, and planes within the Bermuda Triangle. It also offers up some theories to explain whats going on. This is a very old book but to my knowledge none of the planes or ship disappearances describe in this book have been explained. I found it particularly interesting that Christopher Columbus had some experiences when crossing the Sargasso Sea. He wrote about his compass going haywire and seeing glowing lights ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, mysteries, strange events, inexplicable occurrences. Now I know that the whole Triangle idea is bogus, but at the time, I thought this kind of stuff was so cool.
Bob Jr.
Yes it's ludicrous. Yes it's like the worst of In Search Of..., but nostalgia colors my view and I still enjoy the almost earnest outlandishness of the whole thing.
Un romanzo intrigantissimo che, per un fenomeno misterioso - almeno quanto quelli narrati nel libro - è scritto in forma di saggio. ;)
Nov 30, 2015 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a little embarrassing to admit, but this book was fascinating. Probably one of my favorites. A guilty pleasure.
Sep 21, 2015 Leonardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garcia
¡Jaja! ¡Que increible! Cuando tenga que contarle a mis hijos que yo de joven leía lo que llegaba a mis manos, que no podía elegir demasiado lo que leía y no me crean les voy a mostrar que alguna vez hace mucho tiempo, leí este libro. Obviamente ni me interesaba ni nada, pero era el que había en casa para leer. ¡Y gracias a Dios que en casa había bastantes! No es que eramos pobres ni nada, simplemente que hace no tanto tiempo el acceso a material de lectura era significativamente menor. Hubo un t ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Seezo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A fantastic book!!!
Feb 21, 2014 Nerrydamian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
im a kid but ilove mystery
Lucy Quinn
Jan 27, 2015 Lucy Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That was crazy! I stayed up all night to finish this. Really, an awesome book! *O*
Amelia Chameleon
I'm a dork and like crazy conspiracy books, just to see what the crackpots think, and someone bequeathed me a giant stack of them from the early 70's. Man! These books are written SOOO terribly but I can't look away!

This book in particular was 1,000 shades of sad. The writing was hack-y but also it had no cohesion at all. It went from "disappeared" ships in the Bermuda Triangle straight to ancient astronauts. What? I still kind of liked it though.
May 15, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fortean
Back in High School I went through a huge phase of reading all these sorts of books: the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, Pyramid power. While it's been so long since I've touched it I can't remember much of it's style, but there was lots of details of ships and planes that went missing as well as various theories into what caused it. There was even a SF TV series in the 70s about how the Bermuda Triangle was a nexus for gateways to alternate timezones.
Jan 15, 2015 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was quite an experience to read a 40 year-old book about the Bermuda Triangle. I read an old Hebrew translation of it, which was archaic (I should have known) and badly edited, and that ruined it for me a little. The book could have been shorter had the author hadn't exaggerated with history and archeology and focused more on the subject matter (it WAS interesting, but I think it could have been a subject for a different book).
11811 (Eleven)
Feb 01, 2011 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A character in Stephen King's The Langoliers mentions this book. It has all sorts of crazy theories mixed with recorded facts. I can't help feeling somewhat haunted by the alleged last words of a pilot whose airplane disappeared or dematerialized in 1945 - "Don't come after me. They look like they're from outer space."

The four other planes with him also disappeared. So did the rescue plane sent to find them.
Sergio ruocchio
Aug 06, 2013 Sergio ruocchio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
un’incredibile saga di inspiegabili sparizioni – 219 pagine
Autore: Charles Berlitz
Sperling & Kupfer editori
Pubblicato in 16 edizioni, ha venduto circa 500.000 copie in edizione originale e 2.750.000 copie in edizione economica.
Tradotto e pubblicato in Finlandia, Francia, Germania, Giappone, Inghilterra, Israele, Olanda, Portogallo, Spagna, Stati Uniti, Svezia e Turchia.ha fatto la storia del mistero del '900
Mar 15, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
At a some point in the book, you don't know if you're reading a book about the bermuda triangle any more or a book about ancient civilisations. Anyway, a interesting read.
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