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Unsolved Mysteries of History by Paul Aron

Unsolved Mysteries of History (edition 2000)

by Paul Aron

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Title:Unsolved Mysteries of History
Authors:Paul Aron
Info:Barnes & Noble (2000), Edition: 1ST, Hardcover, 225 pages

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This book was a thumbnail sketch. Each chapter was excessively short, and contained only a paragraph or two more than the average public school history book. Most of the events covered are covered far more in depth by the one hour or longer documentaries on the same subject, or the actual event history books. Good if you just want a reminder, or a refresher course in a few events. Nothing new here. ( )
  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
I'm a fan of historical mysteries, and with Stonehenge, the legend of King Arthur, the Easter Island statues, and a whole lot more, this book covers a lot in a short time.

I really like the format of Unsolved Mysteries of History. Aron gives a short description of each topic and then briefly goes into the findings of archaeologists and historians who have tried to explain or solve these mysteries. He keeps it objective, listing arguments for and against various theories of these popular mysteries. What I appreciated is that he doesn't try to solve these mysteries -- don't go into this book looking for concrete resolutions about whether or not King Arthur really existed. Instead, after giving a brief overview of the topic, he gives a list of works for further reading, if you're interested, and explains what each work is about.

This book is well-written, and each entry is relatively short. This means that if you're not so interested in the Easter Island statues, you can still read a few pages on them and learn something new. If you're really interested in Stonehenge, Aron gives you lists of works that will further your knowledge. It's a win-win! For those who are at all interested in historical mysteries, definitely check this book out. ( )
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In Josephine Tey's classic mystery story The Daughter of Time, Scotland Yard's Alan Grant is laid up in the hospital after falling through a trapdoor. (Preface)
On an August day in 1856, in the Neandertal Valley in northwestern Germany, a workman in a limestone quarry uncovered the bones of what he thought was a cave bear.
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Unsolved Mysteries of History is not the same book as Unsolved Mysteries of American History.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0760745080, Hardcover)

Discover the startling truth behind history's most puzzling mysteries. Why did the Pharaohs build the pyramids? Was there really a King Arthur? Why did Mayan civilization collapse? Could the Titanic have been saved? Did Hitler murder his own niece? Any many more!

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Probes some of the most vexing events in human history.

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