Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge

Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge

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by Rusty McClure, Jack Heffron
     
 

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Coral Castle is the first book to take an objective, journalistic look at one of America's most intriguing places Coral Castle, located in Homestead, Florida. Edward Leedskalnin, an eccentric Latvian immigrant, built Coral Castle in the 1920s and 30s. Working alone with primitive tools, he quarried, carved, and set in place more than 1,100 tons of coral rock, creating

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Coral Castle is the first book to take an objective, journalistic look at one of America's most intriguing places Coral Castle, located in Homestead, Florida. Edward Leedskalnin, an eccentric Latvian immigrant, built Coral Castle in the 1920s and 30s. Working alone with primitive tools, he quarried, carved, and set in place more than 1,100 tons of coral rock, creating what is commonly known as the American Stonehenge. How he accomplished this amazing feat remains a mystery. Some believe he was simply a talented stonemason and engineer. Many others believe he had somehow harnessed anti-gravity powers. Several books have been written on Ed's otherworldly powers and he has become a cult figure to those who believe in extra-terrestrials and the magnetic grid theory. In Coral Castle, Rusty McClure and Jack Heffron survey the theories and tell the story through journalistic investigation and interviews with experts on all sides of the argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013195523
Publisher:
Ternary Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Rusty McClure, is the New York Times best-selling author of Crosley: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed The Nation. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Emory and he teaches an entrepreneurial course at Ohio Wesleyan University. He resides in Dublin, Ohio. Jack Heffron, has written several books of instruction for writers as well as numerous articles for magazines, primarily on travel, sports, and popular culture. His work has been noted in Best American Travel Writing and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and Authors. His column in Cincinnati magazine recently was chosen as the best in Ohio by the Cleveland Press Club. His short stories have appeared in many literary magazines and twice have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has taught at writers conferences throughout the country and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and His American Stonehenge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GD42 More than 1 year ago
I've visited Coral Castle a few times in my life and have read whatever I could find about Ed Leedskalnin. This book is certainly the best historical description of this mysterious little man I ever read. I did not learn from my other readings that he worked for ten years in the lumber business in Washington state. That made clear how Ed learned to use leverage to lift huge objects. However, the author and I are still baffled as to how he could carve out of the ground and lift a 28 ton obelisk up unto a truck, transport it to his yard miles away, and lift it upright all by himself back in the 1930s. His use of a tall tripod made of telephone poles appears to explain some of that, but does not provide the full and comprehensive explanation. That tripod could not physically support 28 tons without breaking. Only a massive metal crane from today's world could do that. So the mystery remains and forces those of us who have open minds to contemplate that some other force of nature was involved that Ed had figured out. An anti-gravity, magnetic force, perhaps? Who can say yay or nay without reservation about that? The mystery continues, but it's always interesting to read and marvel and speculate about mysteries like Coral Castle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago