The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed

The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed


By (author) Gavin Menzies

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After a chance conversation in Egypt in 2008, bestselling historian Gavin Menzies launched himself on a quest that would reveal the truth behind the mystery of Atlantis and her destruction. Through an examination of documentary and academic research, metallurgy, ancient shipbuilding and navigation techniques, artefacts and DNA evidence, Menzies slowly and painstakingly reveals a trading empire that spanned from the Great Lakes in North America to Kerala in India. And in doing so finally explains the incredible reality behind the legendary civilisation described by Plato and its disappearance. Reading like a real-life Indiana Jones story as ex-Royal Navy submarine captain Menzies travels round the world in pursuit of his goal, this is epic, iconoclastic popular history.

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Gavin Menzies served in the Royal Navy between 1953 and 1970. His knowledge of seafaring and navigation sparked his interest in the epic voyages of Chinese Admiral Zhang He. He lives in London.

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intriguing hypothesis THE INDEPENDENT The book is best viewed as an adventure story, trailing a fascinating but tantalisingly obscure lost ancient civilisation all over the world. It's tremendous fun, and captures a compelling portrait of the Minoans, pieced together by evidence. ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS Menzies's theory on why the Minoans disappeared so abruptly is fascinating. THE LADY

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER For thousands of years, the legend of Atlantis has gripped our imaginations. Until now, it has remained shrouded in myth. Is it possible that the Lost City actually existed? On a trail of evidence that leads him around the world, Menzies uncovers the extraordinary truth. By examining new geological research, cargo salvaged from ancient wrecks and cutting-edge DNA data, he makes a staggering discovery: not only did Atlantis exist, but it was at the heart of an advanced Minoan civilization, the true extent of which has scarcely been imagined. Here, Menzies shared his remarkable findings, including: The present-day location of Atlantis The cataclysm that destroyed it in 1,500 BC The first ever decoding of the language of Atlantis Phoenix Non-Fiction/History