It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers.
Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.
A riveting adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.
Newcomers and longtime fans of Meltzer's popular TV show, Decoded (whereon he and a trio of experts investigate the veracity of various myths and legends), will relish this print companion, comprising summaries of 10 of the most intriguing topics pursued on the show, including the fate of John Wilkes Booth, UFOs in Area 51, Leonardo Da Vinci's apocalyptic predictions, the assassination of J.F.K., and more. Mirroring the series, each chapter begins with Meltzer (The Inner Circle) posing a provocative question (e.g., "What if I told you that Fort Knox is empty?") before leading readers through his process of interviewing experts and analyzing ancient texts and other ephemera to determine the answer if there is one. As viewers know, the majority of his inquiries don't have a definitive conclusion, but half the fun is getting there. Meltzer peppers each section with fascinating asides (an independent panel determined that all the shots that killed Kennedy came from the rear rather than from multiple angles) and trivia (Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier three months after the Roswell incident, something scientists had previously thought impossible) that is sure to keep readers enthralled and conspiracy theorists encouraged to continue to dig for the truth.
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I heard about this book on a conservative talk radio show and I immediately started to pay attention . I had heard of the author and had seen/read some of his work. What caught my attention though was a conversation about the JFK assassination. I will admit, I am a bit if a conspiracy theorist and consider myself a JFK assassination buff but of both sides meaning I lean toward the conspiracy and government cover up but still take in any and all info supporting the line gunman theory. I believe that the only way to find the truth is to take in all sides and all stories and find your own. Let's face it, we will never know the definitive truth...what really happened. Anyway, what caught my ear was when the author and the well known talk show host were discussing in detail a conversation that took place between some guys in a restaraunt sitting behind a brother of a lady who worked directly for the JFK. The conversation? The details of the assassination. He apparently called his sister to tell her what he heard and insist she report it.
Years and years of scoring books , the internet, any source I can find , and I never read about or heard about this story before . Finally something new . And it would be detailed in the book . So I buy the ebook and read my way to the JFK assassination chapter. Not a single mention of the story that sold me on getting the book in the first place.
On a brighter note, the rest if the book was well written and interesting . But I was very disappointed that they used the story they did to get their hooks in me and then not even mention the story....at all...even once. I feel cheated.
So bad. "If there's anything good about this book, I want to know about it." That's his writing in a nutshell.