History Decoded by Brad Meltzer

History Decoded

By Brad Meltzer

  • Release Date: 2013-10-22
  • Genre: History
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Description

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.

At the beginning of each story is a custom-designed envelope—a faux 19th-century leather satchel, a U.S. government classified file—containing facsimiles of relevant evidence: John Wilkes Booth’s alleged unsigned will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy’s death certificate. The whole is a riveting, interactive adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.

Reviews

  • Terrible writing

    1
    By Raymond Brigleb
    So bad. "If there's anything good about this book, I want to know about it." That's his writing in a nutshell.
  • Misleading

    3
    By LightsOut2041
    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.

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