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Meet Me in Atlantis: My Quest to Find the 2,500-Year-Old Sunken City

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,271 ratings  ·  214 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu sets out to uncover the truth behind the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Everything we know about the lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Then he made a second, stranger discovery: Amateur explorers are still activel
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Dutton Adult
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Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I loved this book!

(I won this book in a goodreads giveaway, and very glad that I did.)

A clear, nonbiased, logical approach to the myth-story-legend-maybeitwasreal place called Atlantis, and which has fascinated storytellers, scientists, historians, philosophers and just plain ordinary folk for over a thousand years. Adams is straightforward, to-the-point, investigating many of the major players in this search, outlining their strengths, weaknesses, fallacies, and whatever else he co
Samantha Nowatzke
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting subject and the author did some extensive research but it didn't hold my interest all the way through as I had hoped it would. I found myself skimming parts toward the end. It began to read like a textbook and while the topic is incredibly interesting, it started to drag on. The reader knows he doesn't find Atlantis but you're still expecting a little more throughout the book. A good read for those historically interested in Atlantis but if you're just looking for a good adventure st ...more
Edwin Priest
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
If you ever want to travel around the Mediterranean and learn some stuff, without ever leaving your armchair, Meet Me in Atlantis: My Quest to Find the 2,500-Year-Old Sunken City is a good way to do it, as Adams takes you on his personal journey in search of the “real” story of Plato’s lost city of Atlantis.

This book is in part a travelogue, as you go with him to meet many of the current preeminent “Atlantologists”, and then travel with them to their purported Atlantis sites, including southern Spa
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of books about Atlantis, novels, of course, but also non-fiction. Back in the 70s, I was so fascinated by the idea that the Greek island of Santorini was the basis of Atlantis that I visited it. However, I did not stay at the Hotel Atlantis, but slept on the beach, a great way to save money. Adams also goes to Santorini--so a high point of the book for me--as well as other sites. I enjoyed the book greatly as Adams did his research and writes with humor, especially about the peo ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Like almost all of the reviewers, I grabbed this book (from the library) shortly after reading "Right Turn at Machu Picchu", expecting the same type of lively and witty writing...hopefully relating adventures experienced while searching for the most elusive mythological place in all of history. Right from the start, I realized that that was not to be. This was to be an intellectual journey...with Socrates (i.e. Plato) as the guide...with author Mark Adams as the foil. At first, I didn't much car ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun! It lagged a bit at around the halfway mark, with talk of rings, canals, and plains becoming somewhat repetitive, but the second half was even better than the first, and the book finished strong. I had expected more on the history of the myth of Atlantis, and Adams is very much focused on the location of the “historical” Atlantis, if any. As it turns out, though, Adams's chatty, travelogue presentation of the efforts of a host of enthusiasts to identify an actual site which matches a ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
No matter what your opinion on the reality of Atlantis, this is a fun and fascinating book! Philosophy, mythology, geology, mathematics, and even vampires and more are all explored in the search for the city. I like these tales of exploration, hearing the thinking behind the research and the interviews with all the people obsessed with finding it or thinking they have, traveling to the different places, and just learning random things about the earth, science, people, beliefs, conspiracy theorie ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was seriously awesome. It was pretty much a total study of the idea of Atlantis from Plato through the current batch of wack jobs that desperately want it to be true and full of magical alien beings that wear sexy steam-punk garb. Or something like that.

He is thoroughly skeptical, but is incredibly good natured when interviewing and traveling with the conspiracy theorist and adults that have really taken to heart the idea that they are true geniuses. Which I'm sure came fro
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is definitively the best book I've read about Atlantis. There are no extraterrestrials, and Edgar Cayce is largely dealt with as a footnote rather than the be-all-end-all source. Bimini Road is only a few paragraphs, while Santorini is given a good number of chapters. The section on pre-Viking transatlantic voyages is incredibly respectful, and explains the reason why such a hypothesis is viewed as controversial rather than "likely" even though overwhelming evidence continues to points towards ...more
This book tickled my happy history buff spots. It was a crazy romp through time, and occasionally space, following the author's quest to find Atlantis. Or at least following other people's quest and asking why they were searching.

I have always loved documentaries that focused on hidden history and coming to the brink of changing our perception of what came before, but often they are too short to explore multiple avenues. The result is often focusing on just one theory and twisting th
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to Atlantis. Filled with lots of information and written in a friendly and coffee-filled manner, this book produced a bunch of interesting thoughts and questions in my mind. What was Plato really driving at? What sorts of civilizations existed that are forever lost to our knowledge? I feel I learned a smidgen more about the ancient world. If I had better concentration during the time I read this book, I may have consumed it more thoroughly and given it 5 stars. At the presen ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of non-fiction book where the author tells you about the size of the coffee that he drank when he met with a professor who's some kind of an expert on the topic of the book. When you have enough material for a book, that kind of filler is not necessary.
John Behle
Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: skip
Did not work for me. I had just finished his "Turn Right at Machu Picchu" and thought this would be just as good. It was not.

The opening pages seemingly screamed at me that this book was a force fed requirement from his publisher. The premise would make a good magazine article in one of the publications he places his work...GQ or Outside. Each page had a "paid by the word" feel to it.

I did try...but gave up early on.
Michael Flanagan
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
How many of you have heard the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis? I think I can safely say all of us. But how may can tell you the origins of this legend and the historical events linked to it? Not as many hands go up this time. Mark Adams dives into the story of Atlantis and tries to break it down to the bare facts.

Along the way he also discusses the people and culture that has grown around the legend. From the serious scholars to the slightly unbalanced people. He looks at the origins of th
Horse N.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, audible
Got it cheap at Audible and I can see why. If I hadn't been listening, I would have never finished it. It was not what I expected. When he says people are "searching" for Atlantis, I expected to hear about active digs or searches. But the people are all searching by looking at maps and reading books. That doesn't make for an exciting account. It was hard to keep people straight - which ones had which "credentials" and believed which theories. Also, the discussions about Pythagorus (I'm leaving t ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up. 
Having read "Turn Right at Manchu Picchu" and now this, I would follow Mark Adams anywhere. Based on places discussed in this book, I'm dreaming of a trip to Crete.
Thorwald Franke
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Masterpiece of a serious reality treasure hunt for Atlantis:

Contrary to what most people think, it is not obvious that Atlantis was an invention by Plato. So, Mark Adams did the right thing and just started reading and travelling through world and history, hunting for clues, for possible Atlantis locations and for professional as well as amateur experts who could bring him closer to the truth. Since Mark Adams is open-minded and unprejudiced on the one hand side and on the other hand side armed
Tom Bruno
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Much more enjoyable than I even thought it would be. As a Classics major and a paranormal skeptic I wasn't sure how much new stuff I would encounter in this book, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the chase for Atlantis is alive and well in the 21st century.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Where was Atlantis, if it existed at all? Why does it fascinate? Who are the people who spend their lives trying to find it? It seemed like an interesting concept for a book, but might have done better as a magazine article. The chapters drag as each tries to make too much from its original idea. Quirky travel books have been in vogue for a couple decades now - probably because few places are really exotic any more. People have travelled just about everywhere on the globe. Partially trained half ...more
Denise Louise
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Much more depth to this book than expected. Adams studied all the legitimate theories, visited the major possible sites and interviewed all the key players in the search for Atlantis. This is the book for logical, inquisitive people who do not have time to sort all of the information on their own; I was a bit envious at times of the author's travels and adventures during his search. Adams ends with his own conclusions about Plato's story and lets the reader decide if he agrees. The main thing I ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been fascinated by the Atlantis myth and, even if this book doesn't have THE answer to whether it existed and/or where it is, it does offer many theories. The author has a great sense of humor and interviews interesting characters. While he's exploring the theory of one expert you are convinced that that's the answer. Then you get to hear someone else's theory, and you have to admit it sounds plausible. Again and again, stories, legends, geographical and historical data make a convin ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love authors who undertake a massive amount of complicated research, and then summarize it in book form. Hence, this book is now one of my favorites.

I’ve always thought Atlantis was one of those weird conspiracy stories with no factual basis, but the story actually comes from the writings of none other than the Greek philosopher Plato. Nonetheless, Plato’s story was cryptic and subject to interpretation, which has led to 2,000 years of crazy conspiracy stories about the “if” and “where” of At
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Having read (and loved) Adams best-seller about his travels in Peru (enough to buy a copy as a gift for a family member, and potentially re-read it myself at some point), I really wanted to like this book. But I just didn't. If the star rating were for writing skills alone, it would be a 4 star book... but add in the story (that took me 5 months to get through - the Peru book took about 2 days), the fact that I believe Atlantis to be a myth, and you just have a book about a topic that you known ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, archeology
A fun exploration into the many theories about the location of Atlantis and whether it was ever a real place or not. This book excels in giving each theorist featured enough space to posit their ideas, but where it unravels is when it begins to talk about Plato's use of numbers and geometry--either it doesn't have so much to do with Atlantis or the explanation given wasn't very convincing (or it flew over my head). Another interesting thing this book does is draw attention to little-known subjec ...more
Rebecca Halsey
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I really loved the details of all the historical sites & wish there were more. Ancient history is pretty fascinating. I was glad this book didn't drift too far into cloud cuckoo land...unless you count the discussion of Pythagorean cults. But I thought that was kinda interesting too in a different-strokes-for-different-folks sort of way. The conversational tone is appealing and made me laugh on a couple instances. In the end I enjoyed this.
Lisa Funderburg
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't get far enough with my distaste to give it one star, so I'm giving Adams the benefit of the doubt.

This is a gimmicky self interest memoir of no substance that suggests the reader is unable to comprehend the very subject. Literally on page 20, "you following me so far?... Let's proceed." asinine.

He gives away the ending in the introduction and I found no value to continue down his self promotion/ mid life crisis.

I was very excited to read this and I came away very bitter.
Alyssa Finnegan
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked it, but I think I would have rather read a Wikipedia article about it. There was just so much detail, so many people and places and names that it was hard to keep up. It was interesting to learn about Plato and learn how people try to interpret his writings, but after two hundred pages of theories my eyes began to glaze over.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Brilliant account of the various theories regarding Atlantis and the people who devote their lives to these theories. Mark Adams details the origins of our Atlantis information. He also provides a scientific framework and a skeptical eye. Adams is witty and delightfully readable.
Eric Fischl
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shades of "Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail". Adam's dry humor makes what's already an interesting subject (NB I love conspiracy theories and the pseudoscience of intelligent, often insane people) that much more entertaining, as well as having some actual well-reasoned theories. Fun stuff.
Gerri Leen
The journey the author takes on his quest to find (or find information on) Atlantis is interesting but I didn’t find it particularly humorous. Nevertheless, I stuck with it although by the end I felt like I was circling around the same old ground.
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