History's Greatest Mysteries

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From determined individuals who have struggled against the odds in an attempt to unravel the truth, to people who don?t let the facts get in the way and have made up any old nonsense by way of an explanation, mysteries have defied explanation through the ages. Sometimes the answer to the riddle is tantalizingly just out of reach; more often it resists any rational approach to deciphering it. But, in the end, it is exactly this sense of mystery, of the unknown and the unknowable, that attracts us to these ...

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From determined individuals who have struggled against the odds in an attempt to unravel the truth, to people who don’t let the facts get in the way and have made up any old nonsense by way of an explanation, mysteries have defied explanation through the ages. Sometimes the answer to the riddle is tantalizingly just out of reach; more often it resists any rational approach to deciphering it. But, in the end, it is exactly this sense of mystery, of the unknown and the unknowable, that attracts us to these unfinished stories in the first place. After all, a world in which everything is transparent and where nothing remains uncertain would be a very dull place to live indeed.
 
In this age of information, a vast body of knowledge comes easily to hand. With the internet and 24-hour rolling news, scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations, DNA analysis and CCTV cameras, we may fool ourselves into thinking that we know all there is to know. This is of course hubris. In reality, the world is full of gray areas and enigmas, of unsolved mysteries and unresolved stories, ones which can fascinate, intrigue, and occasionally annoy us in equal measure. This books delves into these gray areas to examine the imponderable and sometimes unlikely stories of actual events and real people. From the gruesome murders committed by Jack the Ripper to the whereabouts of Lord Lucan, and from the loss of an entire continent to the mystery of the missing Nazi gold, we look through history in an effort to shed a little light on questions which, in all honesty, may never yield definitive answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435143937
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/30/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 223,164
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Price is a freelance writer and a traveling enthusiast currently working and living in North London.  For 15 years he worked in various areas of the book trade, but more recently he has built a reputation as a specialist in travel and history writing and has become a regular contributor to a large number of international publications as well as popular reference books.
 
His published works include:
Charles Darwin: Origins and Arguments, Winston Churchill: War Leader, Landmarks of the World, Great Modern Buildings, and Celtic Myths.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    I'm glad this book was in the bargain bin.  It's has a lot of ta

    I'm glad this book was in the bargain bin.  It's has a lot of tantalizing subjects that it covers, but it is by no means a history book.  There are some things in it that are just plain wrong and show where the author didn't do his research on the subject.  The part I found unacceptable for a book posing as a history book was his obvious disdain for alternate theories on some of the subjects. For instance the chapter on the Nazca Lines where he opens up with calling Erich Von Daniken a fraud and goes on to say anyone that shares his views must be on drugs.   Completely out of line for a book posing as a historical and scientific look at mysteries.  In short, if you do purchase the book, get a book with real facts afterword to get a more accurate view of the mysteries.

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