December 19, 2011

The Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies

The Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies is a remarkable tale about the author’s journey to discover the possible link between the Minoans and the lost ancient civilization of Atlantis. If you are like me and have always been extremely interested in Atlantis, this is a must read!

Book Description

The astonishing true story of Atlantis

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. . . .

New York Times bestselling historian Gavin Menzies presents newly uncovered evidence revealing, conclusively, that “the lost city of Atlantis” was not only real but also at the heart of a highly advanced global empire that reached the shores of America before being violently wiped from the earth.

For three millennia, the legend of Atlantis has gripped the imaginations of explorers, philosophers, occultists, treasure hunters, historians, and archaeologists. Until now, it has remained shrouded in myth. Yet, like ancient Troy, is it possible that this fabled city actually existed? If so, what happened to it and what are its secrets? The fascinating reality of Atlantis’s epic glory and destruction are uncovered, finally, in these pages in thrilling detail by the iconoclastic historian Gavin Menzies—father of some of “the most revolutionary ideas in the history of history” (New York Times).

Meticulously analyzing exciting new geologic research, recently unearthed archaeological artifacts, and cutting-edge DNA evidence, Menzies has made a jaw-dropping discovery: Atlantis truly did exist, and was part of the incredibly advanced Minoan civilization that extended from its Mediterranean base to England, India, and even America. In The Lost Empire of Atlantis, he constructs a vivid portrait of this legendary civilization and shares his remarkable findings.

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.” – The Lost Empire of Atlantis

My Thoughts
The Lost Empire of Atlantis is a truly entertaining, insightful, and adventurous journey about some of the possible evidence of Atlantis. Menzies does a great job researching for his books, and this one is no exception. He writes about the adventure he took when seeking the lost civilization, so it isn’t just about the facts and evidence. It is instead a tale about the author’s own discovery of how Minoans could have been a part of the Atlantis Empire.

One of the coolest things in this book to me is that Menzies and his team uncovered a remarkable trading empire that spanned from the Mediterranean, India, and even all the way to the Great Lakes in North America. This was 3,000 years before Christopher Columbus “discovered” North America! The copper that was mined and then exported from the Mississippi River was then used in much of the Minoan copper.

Personally, I think that Menzies brings up very valid points and writes a very intriguing book that is a mixture of history, adventure, and possibility. If you watch the show Ancient Aliens on the History channel, this book would be of extreme interest for you. However, if you only follow what the mainstream scientific community gets behind, this would not be the best book for you.

Overall, I found this to be a very intriguing book that gives a whole new look at the possible history of Atlantis. I recommend it to everyone that enjoys history and those interested in Atlantis.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Lost Empire of Atlantis, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love the show Ancient Aliens and the mystery of Atlantis. I'll be sure to look for this in the bookstore (yes, I actually still go to those).