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Exodus Lost: An Inquiry Into the Genesis of Civilization
This book looks at history and archaeology in a very different way. It also attempts to put dates to several Biblical events.      In the early 1500s, the Aztec leader Montezuma told …
reviewed The Early Germans (Peoples of Europe). October 10, 2010
The Early Germans (Peoples of Europe)
I haven't read any of the other "Peoples of Europe" books yet (just about to start on the book on the Goths) but I found this to be a great introductory survey of what was known about the Classical and …
The Lost City of Z
It may seem that there are no longer unexplored areas of the planet. Less than a century ago, however, the Amazon was one of the last, great areas that remained mysterious. Perhaps it was because it was …
posted a Quick Tip about Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... June 23, 2010
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Collapse, is a great look at what can happen when a society forgets to respect the earth that sustains them.
posted a Quick Tip about The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... June 15, 2010
The Lost City of Z
It's truly scary how many things can kill you in the Amazon. Great adventure/history story.
posted a Quick Tip about The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... May 25, 2010
The Lost City of Z
So packed full of history and archeological info about the Amazon jungle. Highly recommend this one.
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... February 11, 2010
The Lost City of Z
(read as an ARC in 2008)         I picked up this book and was immediately lost between the covers and could not stop reading until I had finished the entire thing.   …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... August 21, 2009
The Lost City of Z
This is a truly excellent book that tells the parallel stories of two explorers- one looking for El Dorado, the other looking for the truth. From the very first page, Grann pulls the reader into the story; …
reviewed Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fai.... June 02, 2009
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
The main theme of this lengthy and substantial book is that human beings invariably leave too great a footprint and that, given current human population levels, we've now just about infested the entire …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... April 23, 2009
The Lost City of Z
I rather imagine that "The Lost City of Z " is going to be in my Top 10 Reads of 2009. I say this because it's a book that has so much going for it: Adventure, Mystery, Tantalizing Facts... not to mention …
reviewed In Search of the Trojan War. March 26, 2009
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This is, without a doubt, one of the best historical documentaries ever made. In Search of the Trojan War combines archaeological adventure, historical investigation and a charming presentation by historian …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... February 26, 2009
The Lost City of Z
David Grann's tale of personal and historic adventure in Amazonia is the kind of book that will rob you of sleep. The author retells the career of "Colonel" Percy Fawcett, the last and greatest of the …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... February 13, 2009
The Lost City of Z
The obstacles to proving his theory were overwhelming. As a young man Percy Fawcett became convinced that contrary to conventional wisdom a highly advanced civilization once thrived in the extremely hostile …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... February 05, 2009
The Lost City of Z
I'm a sucker for exploration mysteries, and the Amazon is the Fenway Park of exploration mysteries. As Grann summarizes in sketching in the backstory for his mystery, the Amazon has swallowed 500 years …
reviewed The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly .... February 05, 2009
The Lost City of Z
"The Lost City of Z" is a very worthwhile and entertaining account of a now-forgotten explorer. In my opinion, Grann has done an outstanding job of painting Fawcett as a man of his times, but also able …
reviewed The Abyssinian Proof, Jenny White. January 10, 2009
Abyssinian Proof Jenny White
In 1453, Christians and Muslims clash in an age old struggle for a land that has been inhabited over the years by both. The Melisites, a secret sect, are forced to protect sacred artifacts, hiding a reliquary, …
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and
In the hands of another author, this could have been a very different book -- a sort of "C.S.I. Jerusalem" in which teams of scientists pore over the James Ossuary and other artifacts in a race to determine …
reviewed Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith.... August 04, 2008
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and
Though Unholy Business has the potential to be a riveting read, it falls far short with its disjointed approach to storytelling. The author bounces back and forth through time and introduces a dizzying …
reviewed Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith.... August 03, 2008
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and
I obtained this book because I am interested in the controversy surrounding the James ossuary, the inscribed limestone box that may have held the bones of James, brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem …
reviewed Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith.... July 27, 2008
Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and
. . . but many questions remain.    I'll be honest. I've never considered Nina Burleigh as anything more than a second-rate (at best) writer -- one whose credibility was seriously …
reviewed The Boat and the Sea of Galilee. February 15, 2008
The Boat and the Sea of Galilee
On our first-ever visit to Israel last summer, the group my wife and I were part of stopped for a few hours one afternoon at the "Jesus Boat" museum at Ginosaur. While relatively interesting, I remember …
reviewed Divers Down! (Adventure Under Hawaiia.... February 01, 2006
Divers Down! (Adventure Under Hawaiian Seas)
This isn't the oldest book I own by a long stretch, but it may be the one I've owned the longest. It was one of my favorite young-adult stories growing up, and rereading it not that long ago shows that …
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