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Secrets of the Code by Dan Burstein
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Secrets of the Code (2004)

by Dan Burstein

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While an intersting read that might provoke some thought, it is not up to the standards set by Holy Blood Holy Grail. ( )
1 vote dragonasbreath | Mar 9, 2011 |
I'd half hoped for a book featuring relevant historical background on some of the assertions made in The DaVinci Code, and I was encouraged by Burstein's introduction, as it sounded like this was what he was trying to achieve in writing Secrets of the Code. But it seems Burstein may not have had the requisite training or motivation to carry off such a moderately ambitious project, as his research seems to have consisted mainly of reading everything he could lay hands on about the subject without regard to whether it was written by crackpots or scholars, and his authorship seems to have consisted mainly of compiling excerpts "exploring" different "perspectives" about the possible historical basis of the persona of Mary Magdalene, et al., with minimal added conceptual synthesis or analysis (which is, I feel, a problem in itself, though I cannot review text which doesn't exist).

It's hard to lay blame on Burstein himself for the many strange, erroneous claims made by the authors he included (such as the statement by Lynn Picknett that the name of ancient Egypt, KMT, was a reference to the racial phenotype of its people rather than the fertility of its land), but he cannot be completely blameless as it's mainly due to his freewheeling standards for vetting sources that the historical connection of his text is tenuous at best. ( )
1 vote zhukora | Jun 1, 2010 |
A bit dry, but interesting read. Unlike Holy Blood, it tends to be a bit more negative and debunking of the mytholgys presented here. ( )
  dragonasbreath | May 25, 2010 |
Gives a neutral perspective on the mystery and conspiracy in the Da vinci code. ( )
  parthbakshi | Aug 11, 2009 |
Reads more like a chapter sampler - some good articles but hard going cover-to-cover. Useful as a guide for further reading. ( )
1 vote Moomin_Mama | Apr 5, 2009 |
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Readers of Dan Brown's extraordinary bestseller The Da Vinci Code are fascinated by the questions raised in the novel. Was Jesus actually married to Mary Magdalene? Was she one of his disciples and did she write her own gospel? Did they have a child together? Did some geniuses of art and science, people like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, belong to secret societies that had the most compelling insider information in history, and did Leonardo convey some of these ideas in The Last Supper and other paintings? Secrets of the Code is the definitive guide to the novel and provides the curious reader with authoritative explorations into the major themes within The Da Vinci Code. Dan Burstein has distilled the views of the experts - archaeologists, theologians, art historians, philosophers and scientists - to sort out fact, informed speculation and fiction. Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorised Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code will delight and engage everyone who finished The Da Vinci Code thinking, 'I need to know more about this book.'

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Author's interpretation of the Da Vince Code, that has been listed on the New York Times Bestsellers list for over 52 weeks.

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