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For three millennia, the legend of Atlantis has gripped the imaginations of explorers, philosophers, occultists, treasure hunters, historians, and archaeologists. Renowned New York Times bestselling historian ...

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Overview

Updated with important new findings!

In 1500 B.C. a supervolcano beneath the Greek island of Santorini exploded in a near-apocalyptic eruption. Buried beneath the rubble and waves was the world's most remarkable lost civilization. . . .

For three millennia, the legend of Atlantis has gripped the imaginations of explorers, philosophers, occultists, treasure hunters, historians, and archaeologists. Renowned New York Times bestselling historian Gavin Menzies presents newly uncovered evidence revealing, conclusively, that "the lost city of Atlantis" was none other than the real-life Minoan civilization, a highly advanced global empire that reached the shores of America before being violently wiped from the earth.

Meticulously analyzing exciting new geologic research, recently unearthed archaeological artifacts, and cutting-edge DNA evidence, Menzies constructs a vivid portrait of this legendary civilization. As riveting as an Indiana Jones adventure, The Lost Empire of Atlantis is a revolutionary work of popular history that will forever change our understanding of the past.

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In his million copy-selling 1421, Gavin Menzies argued that the Chinese discovered America in the early fifteenth century. In The Lost Empire of Atlantis, he makes an even more newsworthy claim by identifying the specific location of the fabled lost continent that purportedly collapsed into the sea thousands of years ago. In his fascinating counter-history, he describes how a now-vanished civilization once flourished, trading with partners as far as India and North America's Great Lakes. Bound to raise controversies and sales.

New York Daily News
“A HISTORICAL DETECTIVE, AS WELL AS A SCHOLAR, [WHO] ADDS TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD, PAST AND PRESENT.”
New York Times Magazine
“MENZIES [IS] PROPOUNDING ONE OF THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS IN THE HISTORY OF HISTORY.”
BBC World Service
“A DISTINGUISHED HISTORIAN.”
San Bernadino Sun
“ASTOUNDING . . . MENZIES SHOULD GET THE NOBEL AND PULITZER PRIZES FOR HIS WORK. WALK ALONG THE PATHWAYS OF DISCOVERY WITH HIM. IT IS A JOYOUS JAUNT.”
Library Journal
In his latest speculative work, Menzies (1421: The Year China Discovered America) takes on the much celebrated topic of the fabled Atlantis. Through several generally entertaining chapters, Menzies—who served many years in Britain's Royal Navy—points out the numerous bits of evidence that culminate in his belief that the Minoan people of Crete and Thíra were technologically advanced enough during pre-Hellenic times to travel to western Europe and beyond. He contends that these deft seafarers established trading posts in places ranging from the British Isles to the Great Lakes region of North America. As in his previous works, Menzies does not employ the historical method and insists that his revisionist history is accurate. He is a gifted storyteller and displays in his work the passion of a believer. In spite of this, it must be remembered that history and archaeology are disciplines ruled by solid evidence rather than by unprovable statements. VERDICT If you are in need of a good yarn in the vein of an Indiana Jones film, this is the book for you; however, if you do not care for mostly fictional works cloaked in the mantle of verity, avoid it. [See Prepub Alert, 3/14/11.]—Brian Renvall, Mesalands Community Coll., Tucumcari, NM
Library Journal
In 1421, Menzies argued that the Chinese discovered America in the early 1400s, though records were later destroyed as China descended into political chaos. Here he claims that Atlantis was actually located on the present Greek island of Santorini and traded with communities situated as far away as India and North America's Great Lakes—3000 years before Columbus hoisted his sails. Then a volcano under Santorini blew up. For those who enjoy history at its most speculative, which, since 1421 sold over one million copies in 130 countries, must be a lot of people. With a 100,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of 1434 (2008) and 1421 (2003) argues that the destruction of Atlantis was not fiction but a tale of an actual volcano and consequent tsunami that devastated the heart of the vast Minoan empire on Crete and Santorini (then called Thera). Employing the research of many scholars, the self-confidence of a rock star, the zeal of a True Believer and a travel budget sufficient to make Marco Polo and Henry Stanley glow an envious green, Menzies, who served in the Royal Navy, begins his tale on Crete, where he and his wife went for a brief vacation. When he saw the ruins of the palace of Phaestos, his curiosity about the Minoans was piqued, and off he went, chasing down Minoan artifacts, viewing ruins, interviewing scholars and visiting sites of significance, from Crete to England (did you know that Stonehenge was Minoan?) to Lake Superior to the Mississippi River (which the Minoans used to access their American mines) to, well, just about everywhere. Menzies claims that 2,000 years before Christ, the Minoans ruled a vast Bronze Age empire with myriad outposts. They were master shipbuilders, sailors, mathematicians, astronomers and navigators, and they gathered tin from England and copper from mines around Lake Superior, from which they crafted the bronze tools found later in many relevant sites. If Menzies is right--a massive IF that scholars will surely address--then the tsunami of 1500 BCE might have been the wave that drowned a culture, occasioned Plato's story and spawned a giant Atlantis-related industry. The author's style is breathless and excessively spiced with rhetorical questions, but--thank Zeus--he invokes no ancient astronauts. Animated by a contagious enthusiasm that will propel eager, like-minded readers into a truly Lost World.
Betty Meggers
“I WANT TO CONGRATULATE GAVIN MENZIES ON A REMARKABLE JOB OF RESEARCH … A CONVINCING CASE FOR THE ORIGIN OF THE ATLANTIS MYTH … I RECOMMEND THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS.
San Bernadino Sun
“ASTOUNDING . . . MENZIES SHOULD GET THE NOBEL AND PULITZER PRIZES FOR HIS WORK. WALK ALONG THE PATHWAYS OF DISCOVERY WITH HIM. IT IS A JOYOUS JAUNT.”
New York Times Magazine
“MENZIES [IS] PROPOUNDING ONE OF THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS IN THE HISTORY OF HISTORY.”
New York Daily News
“A HISTORICAL DETECTIVE, AS WELL AS A SCHOLAR, [WHO] ADDS TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD, PAST AND PRESENT.”
BBC World Service
“A DISTINGUISHED HISTORIAN.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062049483
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America, Gavin Menzies was born in England and lived in China for two years before the Second World War. He joined the Royal Navy in 1953 and served in submarines from 1959 to 1970. Since leaving the Royal Navy, he has returned to China and Asia many times, and in the course of his research, he has visited 120 countries, more than 900 museums and libraries, and every major seaport of the late Middle Ages. Menzies is married with two daughters and lives in North London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    wrong book downloaded

    Something is wrong with this. I ordered this book and got Savvy Auntie. Hope the issue is resolved quickly.

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    What Does The Bible Have To Do With Atlantis?

    The book could be a lot better. While the author does give some interesting information in the book about Crete and the Minoans as he travels around the ancient worlds, he focuses on the Bible too much and even propagates biblical prophecy. He needs to stick to the matter at hand. I stopped reading about half way through because I just did not want to read any farther. It just became overall uninteresting. He really needs to rewrite this book. It has the basis to be a great work, but he needs to stick to the matters at hand. The more and more I read into the book, the more it lost my attention. I think that for someone like me who is very into the ancient world, he would need to focus more on that.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    A Great History book on the Lost Civilization of the Minoans

    The Title is a bit misleading, although it is easy to see the connection the author makes between the Minoan Civilization and the legendary Atlantis. The book is entirely a history of the Minoan Civilization, and the evidence the author has unearthed of how they could have possibly reached the Americas thousands of years before any other known civilization. Personally, I enjoyed the history lesson. Mr. Menzies is quite knowledgeable on the subject matter, and draws intelligent conclusions in his findings. The title should have been "The Minoans", with a subtitle "Discovering the Lost Empire of Atlantis".

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    WRONG BOOK !!!

    Pls fix soon

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 14, 2011

    Same result

    I do hope this is fixed very soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Super History comes alive.

    Excellent

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Unable to read sample

    I tried to read the sample and could only get 25 of the 60 pages. It refused to swipe further. I have 100's of books in my nook library and this the first failure.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    This is a work of nautical archeology, as well as history. Ther

    This is a work of nautical archeology, as well as history. There is plenty of work by academic nautical archeologists, specifically at Texas A&M University, on the Uluburun wreck and related topics, which parallels the work in this book, but which can and should benefit from Mr. Menzies's work and insights. Others have been granted Masters and Doctorate degrees for similar work and dedication. He deserves at least an honorary degree in nautical archeology, and might consider at earned one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Borrowed this; Had to own it!

    This book has so much information woven together into a very rich tapestry of the past. Not only is the story compelling, but the footnotes and the appendicies, and indexes give additional directions for inquiry and exploration. This is not a book to be read once, but a treasure to be read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Awsome book

    This is a book u dont want to put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    People may wounder what the lost citty of atlantus has 2 do wth the bible so ill tell

    Alright so the bible tells how great the lost citty of atlantus was and also how it got destroyed by a ttusnimie shese people dont u read the bible u can get it 4 free on the nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Ever heard of spell check

    If u dont mind typos then its a decent read

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