Maps I was gazing north from the balcony of our hotel, the glowing lights of the town huddled at my feet. Far below, the Aegean stretched away through the night towards a lost horizon. Somewhere out there in the open sea lay the ancient, ruined island of Thera. What I did not know, as I turned and made my way back into the room, was that hidden beneath that island was a secret that was thousands of years old, a secret that would revolutionize my view of history.
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Nov 26, Bandit rated it really liked it I have always been fascinated by Atlantis. I also have a strong interest in ancient history. So this book was a perfect choice, really, since it deftly combined both topics. Sure, Menzies can be accused of making certain suppositions and then finding evidence to it the theory as he traverses continents, to the proverbial hammer it all looks like nails. I, for one, have found out a great deal about the ancient Thera modern Santorini and the Minoans.
And whether The Minoans did in fact traveled as widely as Menzies posits or whether it is merely a case of parallel development, the interconnectedness, the similarities of various aspects of different civilizations throughout the world is really a fascinating thing to behold.
His theory seems pretty solid and at no point was he self righteous or arrogant about it, major bonus points. Part travelogue, part history, well written with color inserts, which is always a nice bonus this was a great read.
Pleasure for any history buff. Between actual, interesting, hard scientific facts Menzies throw in random, unscientific, personal postulation to "connect the dots" to make his case. The book would have been stronger if it stuck to the science, been more rigorous and objective, and stopped straying into the world of conspiracy theory. My favorite, where he cites a "USA Today article" as suddenly There are many interesting facts sprinkled in, but it felt to me that this book is a bit out there in terms of scientific robustness.
My favorite, where he cites a "USA Today article" as suddenly providing him enlightenment on a specific point. That said, conspiracy theorists would enjoy this one.
I would classify this as historical fiction, not nonfiction. He may have been in the Royal Navy indicted for a ship collision during his service but he knows nothing about ancient seafaring, navigation, ship building, or trade. His speculation about the Minoans is also laughably wrong. Buried in his exploration of the ancient world is some good hard facts but the reader would be better served Menzies has done it again. Buried in his exploration of the ancient world is some good hard facts but the reader would be better served reading a more authoritative work.
The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed