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Lost Histories: Exploring the World's Most Famous Mysteries

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  11 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 bookare among the most famo ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Vision (first published July 15th 2006)
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Interesting, but he cites Wikipedia as a source....
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
Jul 09, 2008 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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,
Nov 14, 2008 Michael rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
Stephen petriccione
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.
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.
A nifty little book about legendary lost cities, vanished expeditions and colonies, and other mysterious disappearances and losses in history. Fun!
I am reading this on the side right now. Because of my interest in world history, I find it very readable and interesting.
May 25, 2009 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Great Book. I would recommend it to anybody.
Accurate, interesting, concise
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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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