Unsolved Mysteries of American History: An Eye-Opening Journey through 500 Years of Discoveries, Disappearances, and Baffling Events / Edition 1

Unsolved Mysteries of American History: An Eye-Opening Journey through 500 Years of Discoveries, Disappearances, and Baffling Events / Edition 1

by Paul Aron
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471283681

ISBN-13: 9780471283683

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Wiley

"A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection." —Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World

Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Did Davy Crockett die at the Alamo? What really happened to Amelia Earhart, and

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"A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection." —Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World

Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Did Davy Crockett die at the Alamo? What really happened to Amelia Earhart, and was she a spy? Who killed JFK?

Unsolved Mysteries of American History re-creates the most mystifying events of our past, following some of our greatest historians as they search for the elusive answers. Spanning more than five centuries—from Leif Ericsson and Columbus through Watergate and Iran-Contra—Aron makes sense of all the latest discoveries and speculations. Here is everything you could ever want from a detective story: dramatic twists and turns, intellectual challenges, frustrating dead-ends, murderous mayhem, and thrilling espionage.

"Stimulating and pleasurable, fair and objective . . . recommended for both the history buff and the fan of true-life mysteries."—Kirkus Reviews

"Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 'whodunits.'" —Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg author of The Virginia Adventure

"A welcome gateway for historical exploration." —Booklist

"Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." —Allan W. Eckert, author of Sorrow in Our Heart

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471283683
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

When Did the First People Arrive in America?

Did Leif Ericsson Discover America?

Why Did the Anasazi Abandon Their Cities?

Where Did Columbus Land?

How Did Cortes Conquer the Aztecs?

What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Did Pocahontas Save John Smith?

What Caused the Salem Witch-Hunt?

Was Daniel Boone a Traitor?

Why Did Benedict Arnold Turn Traitor?

Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas Jefferson?

Was Meriwether Lewis Murdered?

Was Rachel Jackson a Bigamist?

How Did Davy Crockett Die?

Why Did Lee Order Pickett's Charge?

Who Was to Blame for Wounded Knee?

What Destroyed the Maine?

Were Sacco and Vanzetti Guilty?

Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby?

Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot?

Was Amelia Earhart a Spy?

Who Was to Blame for Pearl Harbor?

Why Did Truman Drop the Bomb?

Were the Rosenbergs Guilty?

Who Killed JFK?

What Happened at the Gulf of Tonkin?

Who Killed Malcolm X?

Who Was to Blame for the Kent State Killings?

What Did Nixon Know About Watergate?

What Did Reagan Know About Iran-Contra?

Index.

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