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Lost Histories: Exploring the World's Most Famous Mysteries

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In this cross-continental, time-traveling romp through history and mythology, readers can join the hunt for missing cities, treasures, people, and wrecks, all of which have vanished leaving only the faintest traces to show that they ever existed. Proving that real mysteries can be found outside of movies and best-seller lists, the quests in this book are among the most fam ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Vision (first published January 1st 2006)
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Aug 26, 2008 Dave rated it it was ok
Interesting, but he cites Wikipedia as a source....
Mar 25, 2011 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction, weird
I give Levy a lot of credit for his selection here. The historical mysteries presented in Lost Histories are actually mysterious, and probably mostly unsolveable, making a pleasant change from other books in this genre (that is, the weird-stuff-that-really-happened genre) that often include mysteries that have either long since been solved or were never mysterious to begin with. I also liked that there were quite a few things in here that I haven't read a million times. Maybe a British audience ...more
Jun 23, 2008 Cathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: History buffs and the perpetually curious
Shelves: nonfiction
A nice round-up of all sorts of mysterious and intriguing historical people, places, and objects. Each topic gets a few pages briefly outlining the history, the legends, the theories, and the most likely truth surrounding it. Some of them are celebrated -- Atlantis, the Ark of the Covenant, Amelia Earhart -- and others I'd never heard of -- the Oak Island Money Pit!? but in all cases they're pretty fascinating and informative.

If you're looking for the most romantic and exciting interpretations,
Joy Wilson
Dec 13, 2014 Joy Wilson rated it really liked it
I gave this book four stars because it accomplished it goals nicely. It is written to give an overview of each of the mysteries regarding, people, places, and things as well as give a summary of what is true and what is pure speculation or even sheer fantasy. If you take it on that level it is a very satisfying read although you probably won't want to read it cover to cover. I've you expect great revelations or deep solutions, you will most likely be disappointed. The author has done a fair job ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Michael rated it it was ok
Recommended to Michael by: Mary Lou Hartman
An interesting little book which combines both truth and legend to explain tantilizing mysteries such as the lost continent of Atlantis and the fabled City of Gold.

However, after reading this book I feel disappointed. There are no mysteries unveiled, no incredible discoveries reported, no previously lost histories found. The book is filled with information on many intersting historical legends, myths, and stories, but it only contains the information we already know. The author appears to confro
Apr 28, 2015 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good selection of historical mysteries and curiosities, approached by reporting the legend(s), followed by a discussion of what is historically known or provable. These are divided into categories such as lost places, lost people, lost treasures, etc. The text is concise and readable, making this ideal to dip into. I gave it only three stars because in some cases the discussion seemed somewhat superficial, and because the last couple of subjects covered struck me as the least interesting. ...more
Jan 15, 2016 RumBelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book was such a multi-faceted read. It detailed various aspects, people, places and things that have been lost to history, and theories surrounding where they could be. It was very objective, looked at all available evidence and offered a concise opinion. Some topics covered were Amelia Earhart, The Holy Grail, The Temple of Solomon, Atlantis, Captain Kidd's Treasure, The White Ship, Boudica's Grave and many more. I knew about a lot of these legends, but there were some I had never heard of ...more
Feb 18, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While some of the authors sources may be questionable (Wikipedia is not always reliable), he gathers all the information about each lost item into one concise chapter. The information is heavy and very detailed. Mr. Levy takes the time to put mutliples theories/ideas in about what could have happened, not just the popular theories. It was easy reading for me because I could read a chapter, put the book down and come back to it several days later without trying to remember where I was. My 10 year ...more
Köksal Kök
aslında eskiçağ gizemleri hakkında, spritualizmin-mistisizmin bize öğrettiği çok şey var. ama yazar bunları göz ardı etmiş. ruhbilimin önümüze serdiği açıklamalar dikkate değer. kayı-gizem-bilinemeyenler hakkında doyurucu bilgi var burada. tabii dediğim gibi, yazar bunları ciddiye almayarak ifade etmekten kaçınmış.

kitabın son iki bölümü, 3. ve 4. bölümler kronolojik olarak, daha bi günümüze yakın olduğundan, gizemlerinin aydınlatılması-bulunması olası. zaten yazar da, kanıt göstererek kayıpların
Stephen petriccione
Dec 21, 2007 Stephen petriccione rated it liked it
the premise and subject matter of this book is very interesting and the author does give some thorough details but something was missing here. i can't put my finger on it but this wasn't a real page-turner depsite the historical and folklore mysteries. best i can say is good not great.
Jul 12, 2009 Brent rated it liked it
In writing this book, Joel Levy presents the most popular myths and legends concerning each of the topics. With a logical approach to the current theories, Levy gives evidence for and against the plausibility of each legend.
Nov 14, 2011 Andreea rated it liked it
Accurate, interesting, concise
Jan 08, 2010 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nifty little book about legendary lost cities, vanished expeditions and colonies, and other mysterious disappearances and losses in history. Fun!
May 05, 2008 Kimbo rated it liked it
I am reading this on the side right now. Because of my interest in world history, I find it very readable and interesting.
Liz Mangum
Too much of a history book for my liking. To be fair, it never claimed to be more, I had simply hoped for more.
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Joel Levy is a writer and journalist specializing in science and history. He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Little Book of Conspiracies and Scientific Feuds: From Galileo to the Human Genome Project. PHOBIAPEDIA is his first book for children.
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