Unsolved Mysteries Of History
PRAISE FOR UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF HISTORY
"Like a sleuth, Aron pieces together the possible answers . . . It's an engaging way to learn more about history and the new evidence that sheds light on long-...more
The highlight of the...more
First, I liked the fact that Aron didn't try to push any sort of conspiracy theories or other crackpot theories in this book. Everything he wrote was based on the facts. If you're expecting neat and pat answers to the world's largest mysteries, you're going to be disappointed. Mostly because there are no neat and pat answers to these mysteries, hence the name "mystery."
Anyway, so I enjoyed the facts, and I enjoyed his writing style. However, the book is dated (not the author's f...more
I really like the format of Unsolved Mysteries of History. Aron gives a short description of each topic and then briefly goes into the findings of archaeologists and historians who have tried to explain or solve these mysteries. He keeps it objective, listing arguments for and against various theories of these popular mysteries...more
Something else that's interesting is that some of the accounts in this book are a little dated now. National Geographic has published new information about Stonehenge since this book was published and I also know that the...more
Ah, no. I don't think so.
Two good chapters/stories/mysteries:
1) Was Mozart poisoned?
2) Why did Freud abandon his seduction theory?
1) If he in fact was, was probably unwittingly by his doctors; however, there is some evidence (contradicted by other evidence) of salieri having confessed to it.
2) Masson says cuz he was a coward; Crews says because he was a charlatan. This book says Freud fucked up but is still major intellectual force.
As with anything like this you may find some subjects more interesting than others.
I might've enjoyed this if I discovered it years ago, when I was younger. As it was, I thought the book was okay but not challenging enough for me.