Surprisingly interesting! Old bones and stone tool findings that have been ignored due to their anomaly. After Darwin's "The origin of species" archeo...moreSurprisingly interesting! Old bones and stone tool findings that have been ignored due to their anomaly. After Darwin's "The origin of species" archeological items that contradict Darwinism were dismissed, even not discussed. These things are reviewed and readers get to follow researchers' and anthropologists' arguments through the centuries. The fact that our ancestors might be much older than we know, actually millions of years, is thrilling. The human footprint next to that of a dinosaur's. The gold necklace in ancient coal. A super ancient beautiful vase deep down in the strata, from a time long before the existence of homo erectus. All these findings indicate a great human civilisation, lost in time. "Forbidden archeology" isn't on of those books that try to convince you of it's authenticity and reliability. This feels truthful.(less)
This is an amazing story, with many amazing, but horrifying human destinies, about the search for a mysterious, ancient city. The lost city of Z.
Spoil...more This is an amazing story, with many amazing, but horrifying human destinies, about the search for a mysterious, ancient city. The lost city of Z.
The problem with this book was that during the first half, I didn't really care for Fawsett and his son. It's because the book handles too many destinies. I was blinded by every disappearance, and it ceased to affect me the way I had expected. Unfortunately. The book gained some speed half way through, but I'm afraid it isn't enough to make up for a slow start.
What bothered me a great deal was the way the indians were treated by the white people. They were terrorized, driven from their home, and then, ironically, when the white people had realized the value of indian culture, the indians were educated about their old culture. A culture they had forgot. Generations lost. Considering how the white people murdered, raped, tortured (and there are even whispers about cannibalism), it's not surprising which kind of attitude the indians had towards them. No wonder some of the tribes were considered unfriendly and weary. Perhaps one would rather have stayed with the indians, as many think Fawsett chose to do.
I felt a sting of sadness for the destroyed rain forest, which, without its greenery and vegetation, runs the risk of destroying the global eco system, something worth thinking about. Why do we molest our own planet, destroying the home for generations to come? Who could be so self-destructive, but humans?
Another thing that really struck a chord was Ninas destiny, as an abandoned and penniless wife. It was heart-breaking. I can't really understand how Fawsett could leave her like that, so many times. It was very patriotic of her to always trust he was coming back. It always hurt tremendously to read about people that sacrifices everything: their happiness, their love, their reputation and even their life, and doesn't expect anything in return. Nothing gets to me like that. I don't know much about Nina, but that made her a real person, someone I could see in front of me. What I don't understand is how her only remaining son, Brian, could decide to leave her, as well, and conduct his own expedition, in search of his father and brother, more than twenty-five years after their disappearance. I mean, why not earlier, when they could have still been alive? Was his aggression towards his father for leaving him at home and choosing his brother for the expedition, so strong back then, that he couldn't bring himself to it?
Now, to the findings!
I began to believe that David Grann wouldn't get anywhere with the mystery and it was satisfying to learn that Fawsett was finally justified. Grann himself didn't discover anything, but learned it from others, which was a mayor disappointment, but still, Grann's own expedition was exciting. And, furthermore, he is excellent at research.
Grann's contact Heckenberger published his research and findings in "The ecology of power", a book I would want to look into. Anna Roosevelt, great grand-daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, found some interesting remains of a settlement at least ten thousand years old, in a cave in the Brasilian Amazon, indicating that the first Americans didn't migrate from Asia, but was indeed living in the Amazon.
Another great finding in the Amazon is the oldest pottery in the Andes and Mesoamerica, that shows that civilization might have spread from there.
Findings implying civilized settlements are what appears to be bridges as long as half a mile, and roads as wide as a hundred and fifty feet, which is very impressive. This undoubtedly challenges the existing view, and scholars are now reevaluating the prospect of the mythical El Dorado. In 2006 an astronomical observatory tower was uncovered in northern Brazilian Amazon, made of huge granite rocks each weighing several tons and as tall as ten feet, supposedly as much as two thousand years old. Unfortunately, Grann goes through these interesting and highly important findings and results very fast and I would have liked to delve into them a bit more. This hurried explanation kind of destroyed the suspense.
Despite the myths and the few remains, not much of the old history of the so called lost city of Z is written down, as other parts of the world, but fortunately some of the tribes - The Kalapalos for instance, that were the last people who saw Fawsett - have preserved their culture amazingly. As Heckenberger stated: "You can see the past in the present".(less)
To be able to interpret and analyse images in the media when it comes to advertisement and news is important, especially for media people and journali...moreTo be able to interpret and analyse images in the media when it comes to advertisement and news is important, especially for media people and journalists. The book teaches you how to become a critic and avoid a bad or partial path.
The book discusses role models, USP (Unique selling points), identity markers, gender issues and sexism in advertisement. The thing I found most interesting was the gender issue. The media still portrays women in an unjust way. This shows more than anything that an equal society is merely an illusion. However, men have lately been portrayed in a way not totally different, which indicates a change on its way.
To work in the media industry, you need to have an analysing eye and a certain awareness to be able to read between the lines and hopefully become a successful producent or journalist.(less)
If you want to be a successful interviewer, this is the book for you. Hager describes certain interview methods that have proven useful. He discusses...moreIf you want to be a successful interviewer, this is the book for you. Hager describes certain interview methods that have proven useful. He discusses these methods and how they provide the interviewer with information. Open questions, active and attentive listening, silence, empathy and research are frequenly used in journalism and considered the most important parts to become a great interviewer.
Overall, I felt Hager repeated himself over and over again and the book could have been shorter. But, there were still some rather helpful advice that I will remember.(less)
Tina, a journalist, went to Riyad and other cities in Saudi Arabia to learn about their view of human rights and women's position. She got to know man...moreTina, a journalist, went to Riyad and other cities in Saudi Arabia to learn about their view of human rights and women's position. She got to know many different people - hospital staff, people in media, princes and old judges. She asked them delicate questions, which led to people fearing their current situations. To protect them Tina used false names in the book. After a while, she explained the difference between religion, culture and tradition in a complex system.
I felt that there were too many interviews that ended too soon and a bit difficult to keep up with all the names introduced. The fact that she kept changing place and sometimes time only added to the confusion.
All in all, it's always entertaining to read about other cultures, but I had to squeeze some other books in between.(less)
Johan af Donnier put 8 million swedish crowns in his pocket during his working period at Röda Korset and Cancerfonden, charity organizations in Sweden...more Johan af Donnier put 8 million swedish crowns in his pocket during his working period at Röda Korset and Cancerfonden, charity organizations in Sweden. I got very upset when reading about it. Of course it has been in the media a while ago, but this book made me feel like I really got under the skin. I couldn't help feel a little bit sorry for him, as well. He had such high expectations from his rich environment and had been brought up learning that status was the most important thing. It's all very sad. One man's illusion of himself ruined a lot of chances for the people in need.
At the same time i felt that the author didn't portray every perspective. The thing af Donnier did is awful, indeed, but what I would like to know when reading this book was to learn more about him, his motives and his castles in the air. His illusion of a rich, respectable life that got shattered. His lack of empathy towards other people. The last chapters described these things but I would have liked a deeper insight.