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The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved

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An expert examination of the most perplexing and still unexplained mysteries in more than two thousand years of human history. From Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, and Bigfoot to Tunguska, vampires, and zombies, the most fascinating subjects previously featured in Colin Wilson's popular Unsolved Mysteries Past and Present, The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries, and The Un ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published November 3rd 2000 by Carroll & Graf (first published 2000)
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Mar 28, 2009 Doug added it
Most of the stories in here I've already read, however, the chapters on Fulcanelli and the Mysteries of Alchemy, The Holy Shroud of Turin, the Man in the Iron Mask and Rennes-Le-Chateau all allude to Priory of Sion and Merovingian Dynasty theory which has been debunked.

Either that or the government is just covering it up: Either way the information is outdated, but what can you expect from a book printed in 2000?
Apr 24, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up. Really, really patchy. Some chapters were interesting, others I totally glazed over, but I guess that is partly to be expected in something that covers such a wide range. Although I think it says a lot that by the end I was using it to help myself fall asleep...
Jun 19, 2011 Sameer rated it it was ok
i think Wilson just wanted to sell another book.
Nov 04, 2014 Naomi rated it liked it
The late Colin Wilson is one of those writers I can never decide about: when he's good, he's very, very good, and when he's bad, he's horrid. This book is certainly value for money; it's huge, and if you're at all interested in mysteries, the occult, and general "ghosty stuff" there should be something in it for you. At the outset, I claim myself as an open-minded sceptic. I truly want there to be ghosts, etc in the world, and if you give me enough evidence, I will believe it.

But against all thi
Tim Pendry
The Mammoth compilations are usually good value and this is no exception. Authored by the redoubtable Colin & Damon Wilson, it is the merging of the bulk of two earlier works, pulling some 63 'unsolved mysteries' together from A (King Arthur and Merlin) to Z (Zombies).

It is not sensationalist though the subject matter is sensational. It provides a reasoned first stab at assessing these mysteries - nearly all of some cultural importance - so that you can, by the end of the book, have your own
Дени Проданова
Това е една страхотна книга, разкриваща света на възможностите. Хареса ми това, че автора не твърди, че която и да е от включените теории и истории са чистата истина. Излага фактите такива, каквито се ширят из времето, и оставя читателя сам да си прави изводите.
Въпреки слабото начало с историята за Агата Кристи, в която нямаше особена мистерия, то всяка следваща глава притежава онова малко нещо, което да те накара да се замислиш. Доста неща се припокриват, но това само усилва чувството, че, мож
Aug 27, 2014 Allen rated it liked it
There are sixty-three sections in this book, each detailing myths the author chose to include. Lengths vary from a couple pages to about twenty or thirty at the most. Each can be read in one sitting though.

I picked the book up toward the end of my long childhood love affair with myths and urban legends, and was disappointed with what I found. I liked reading about mysteries, the unsolved, and similar phenomenon very much, but I really preferred reference books and catalogs, and the title had mad
Matteo Pellegrini

OItre sessanta misteri che hanno coinvolto e ancora oggi appassionano l'umanità. Strane creature, fenomeni paranormali, delitti irrisolti, pratiche magiche... Un'indagine sull'ignoto nella quale Colin e Damon Wilson analizzano ipotesi e soluzioni. Molti sono i quesiti ancora in sospeso: che fine ha fatto la mitica isola di Atlantide? È il volto di Cristo quello impresso sulla Sacra sindone? Chi fu realmente William Shakespeare? I vampiri sono esistiti davvero? E poi ancora, storie di contatti co

May 21, 2009 Jack rated it really liked it
I started this book as a conspiracy nut and finished it (years later) as a skeptic. Whether that was down to the way the book presented each mystery is unlikely but nonetheless, it was a great read which encouraged me to always investigate stories further and take nothing at face value. I have heard that the author is a believer in things "Woo" related but the stories are presented in an unbiased way (sort of) and easily accessible. It is a decent starting point if you are at all interested in m ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Crazy weird unsolved mysteries? Yes please! I've really enjoyed breaking up my non-fiction reading with some interesting material like this. I like how consolidated the information is and how different the content varies. It's not just the normal conspiracies/unsolved mysteries-- Bermuda Triangle, JFK Assassination or Bigfoot. There's a lot of other crazier and weirder stories that I've never even heard of. I've enjoyed reading this one and recommend this for the person who likes some interestin ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Elena rated it really liked it
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A very entertaining reading! I've always been interested in history, archaeology and folklore and this book mixes up all of these and more: superstions, legends, 'unsolved mysteries' etc. From the Lochness monster to the legend of Atlantis, from the Pyramids to the Holy Shroud... well, the author tries to keep a rational view on all these 'mysteries' and give evidence, so these stories are even more fascinating.
Joe Augustyn
Apr 25, 2014 Joe Augustyn rated it it was amazing

This book is a massive collection of essays on a wide array of paranormal anomalous phenomena. I've been reading this stuff for decades and this book has details of cases I haven't found in other volumes--concise but comprehensive reports. It can be had for a song used on amazon so if you're into the paranormal go buy it now!
Oct 25, 2011 Gillian rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was interesting, but it also has the dubious (dis)honor of having the most typos of any book I've ever read. There must have been some problem at the printer's because there are errors such as three words being connected without any spaces between them. It's a real shame.
Apr 25, 2013 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I used to love stuff like this as a boy bit now or just struck me as rather silly. You can't hear yourself think over the sound of the authors grinding their anti scepticism axes.
Oh and the bit about Shakespeare not writing his plays really didn't help.
Pamela Norman
Apr 02, 2009 Pamela Norman rated it really liked it
It sparked my interest in the paranormal, i am now learning more about the holographic universe!
Mar 11, 2013 Helen rated it it was amazing
i like this book because like other works by Wilson it's simply a collection of evidence. Period.

You are free to decide if the sources are worthy.
Matthew Sysak
Sep 23, 2009 Matthew Sysak rated it it was amazing
THis bok has alot of unsolved mysteries including the Bermuda Triangle, Jack The Ripper, Atlantis, And alot of others.
Oct 04, 2007 aeshaun rated it liked it
Shelves: on-hold
it's a BIG book . . .
Sep 02, 2012 Todor rated it really liked it
Nice one, conspiracy stuffs
Feb 20, 2008 Kirsty rated it it was ok
This was an OK read, but there was too much detail on some stories, which made it rather boring in places...
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, Her ...more
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