The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt

The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt

by Randall Sullivan


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ISBN-13: 9780802126931
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 4,164
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

RANDALL SULLIVAN was a contributing editor to Rolling Stone for over twenty years. His writing has also appeared in Esquire, Wired, Outside, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, and the Guardian. Sullivan is the author of The Price of Experience; LAbyrinth, which is the basis for the forthcoming feature film City of Lies; The Miracle Detective, the book that inspired the television show The Miracle Detectives, which Sullivan co-hosted and which premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in January 2011; and Untouchable. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I looked forward to the December release of this book as a holiday gift, giving it sight unseen to my sister, a dedicated fan of the TV show. Then I started reading it for myself. The writing style is chaotic and the author should become familiar with the concept of outline perhaps. The book contains many research findings but jumps around history, covering some unrelated research in too much depth, and glancing over other historical data. Yes, Oak Island has been all over the map from a process and has involved dozens of treasure hunters, companies and support individuals, but it is very hard to follow the story. The author probably assumes that readers have been watching the show faithfully, but if this is a new subject to a reader, this is a tough read.
TwistedReader 11 days ago
There is so much information in this book I don’t even know where to start! The story of Oak Island is something I have grown up with. It was taught to us in our history classes, there were books on it in the school libraries and everyone knew what you were talking about if you mentioned “that place with the booby-trapped treasure”. I’m from Nova Scotia so the Island is common knowledge and I still love learning more about it. Oak Island is the mystery that doesn’t get old. As soon as I started reading Randall Sullivan’s book, I knew I was about to get a wealth of information. It was almost overwhelming, to be honest. The amount of time and research that has gone into writing this…amazing. I think what I love most about The Curse of Oak Island is that Sullivan really goes in depth with every possible aspect of this mystery. I mean, REALLY in depth. I don’t think I have ever read any book, on any subject, that is so meticulous and complete. He doesn’t just dive into the “curse” itself, but the entire history of the Island; the explorers, the conspiracies, the possibilities….everything is in this book. This needs to become a reference in schools that still study this part of Nova Scotian history because the textbook writers have nothing compared to Randall Sullivan. I think any Oak Island history buff will enjoy this book. No matter how much or little knowledge you think you may have on the subject I assure you that you will learn something new. Keep in mind, though, that this is NOT light reading. This book is long and it takes a bit of work to read. It’s not something for a relaxing weekend. I recommend reading in sections, even though you’re going to want to keep going. You won’t get an information overload and it does help to let it all marinate a while before diving back in. If you ever wanted to learn about one of the biggest mysteries in Nova Scotian history, this is the only book you need.
3no7 3 months ago
“The Curse of Oak Island” by Randall Sullivan is the ultimate fan guide to the entire “Oak Island phenomena. It begins with the writer’s individual journey “Thirteen years ago, I began an article for Rolling Stone magazine with these lines: Can what’s buried beneath the ground on Oak Island possibly be worth what the search for it has already cost?” He, like us all, soon became hooked by what many consider the greatest unsolved mystery in the world. This book covers everything “Oak Island,” the reasons, the hidden quest, the foes, the treasures, everything. However, before you get too excited, the one thing it does NOT cover is the answer to the key question “What did they find now?” For that, one must watch and wait . This history details the explorations of Fred Nolan, Dan Blankenship, Rick and Marty Lagina, and the multitudes that went before them. All share the same story of being captivated by Oak Island; even held hostage by it. The book spins comprehensive tales of the personal fortunes, wrecked equipment, piles of rubble, and countless hours that have been spent thus far on the quest. Included are the details of quarrels, fights, lawsuits, countersuits, petty arguments, and endless playing of “Quien is mas macho,” all over the secrets of this little island. As viewers of “The Curse of Oak Island” television show know, this island captures people, swallows them up, explorers and viewers alike. I was given a copy of “The Curse of Oak Island” by Randall Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly Press New York, and NetGalley. I had to read this book because the island has captured me as well. If you have made it to this far in my review, you, too, are one of the treasure hunters, and you find “The Curse of Oak Island” a book you cannot put down.
diane92345 4 months ago
Six people have died and multiple fortunes squandered on the world’s most famous treasure hunt. The Curse of Oak Island is a comprehensive history of each attempt. In 1795, a young man finds a mysterious depression on Oak Island, a small island off Nova Scotia. With two of his friends, they dig down hoping to find the lost treasure of notorious pirate, Captain Kidd. Digging down 10 feet, they find a barrier of logs. They find another barrier at 20 feet. Realizing the danger of cave-in, they stop digging. Around eight years later, they find investors to professionally excavate the site. Every 10 feet, another layer of logs is found. However, at 93 feet, the hole fills with water. No amount of bailing reduces the water significantly. From then until now, people have been fascinated by the incredible earthworks and potential treasure hidden on Oak Island. If you are a fan of the History Channel’s show, this is a great companion volume. The Curse of Oak Island is a history book filled with interesting details of the treasure hunt over the past 225 years. It also contains some questionable theories about why the earthworks were built (i.e., doorway to Hell!) Personally, I found the writing style a bit dry and slightly boring but your experience may be different. 3 stars. Thanks to Atlantic Monthly Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous 20 days ago
Really enjoyed this book. The author is thorough in his research and lays out the timeline of the treasure search very well. I am a fan of the show and thought the back story and more detailed information was great.