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It was one of the unforgettable moments of a lifetime, for I knew that I was staring at something that very few men have seen-genuine, honest-to-goodness treasure. These unimpressive-looking lumps were masses of coins-hundreds of them, cemented together " Famous science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke and his partner, Mike Wilson, tell the true, exciting story of how they ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Ballantine Books (first published 1964)
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David Corleto-Bales
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a beautiful, old book, written in a journalistic style by the great Arthur C. Clarke, who was an avid skin and scuba diver. He lived in Sri Lanka, (Ceylon back in the day) for over 50 years, and one expedition he took with a fellow scuba enthusiast and two young teenagers from the U.S. mission to the country in 1960 to a dangerous and difficult to reach reef found a shipwreck in which contained a fortune in silver coins. The wreck was from the early eighteenth century and was full of tre ...more
Samuel Blondahl
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enviable adventure, I found this book in a pile bound for who knows where and rescued it on a whim, it then sat on my "to read" pile for months (it's a deep pile) until I finally dove into it. I'm very glad I did. Treasure is a topic of never ending fascination, today as much as 1964, and I imagine the methods of recovering sunken treasure aren't really much different today, so if you are a treasure hunter yourself, this is a must read. Clarke is a master storyteller too, so this biographical ...more
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Arthur Charles Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke was a graduate of King
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