Meet Me in Atlantis : My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
"Infused with humor and pop culture references, Adams makes what could have been a tedious recitation of theories into an exciting adventure." -"Chicago Tribune
"Writing with the same jaunty style as "Turn Right at Machu Picchu," Adams merrily entertains the lost-cities audience." -"Booklist
A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Far from alien conspiracy theories and other pop culture myths, everything we know about the legendary lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Stranger still: Adams learned there is an entire global sub-culture of amateur explorers who are still actively and obsessively searching for this sunken city, based entirely on Plato's detailed clues. What Adams didn't realize was that Atlantis is kind of like a virus--and he'd been exposed.
In "Meet Me in Atlantis," Adams racks up frequent-flier miles tracking down these Atlantis obsessives, trying to determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city--and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. The result is a classic quest that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 146 x 230 x 34mm | 300g
- 03 Oct 2015
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- E P Dutton & Co Inc
- New York, United States
- Illustrations, unspecified
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"Few mythic places exert a more powerful pull on the imagination than Atlantis, and here the fabled lost city has found its perfect chronicler. Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed--like a vivid dream surfacing from the weird and murky depths of human consciousness."
-Hampton Sides, "New York Times" bestselling author of "In the Kingdom of Ice"
"The collision between Adams' youthful zeal and journalistic sensibilities provide an arresting dichotomy to an absorbing search... Fact or fiction, Atlantis, as the author ably demonstrates, still has the power to enthrall inquiring minds."
Praise for "Turn Right at Machu Picchu"
"Ebullient...An engaging and sometimes hilarious book."
-"The New York Times Book Review"
"Like all great travelogues (and this is certainly one), "Turn Right."..should come with a fedora and a rucksack."
"Serious (and seriously funny)...smart and tightly written...a rediscovery of Machu Picchu, the way Bingham did 100 years ago."
"In "Turn Right at Machu Picchu, " Adams proves an engaging, informative guide to all things Inca."
"A story that hooks readers early and then sails along so interestingly that it's one of those "can't put it down" books. What more could armchair adventurers want?"
"Short of actually traveling to Machu Picchu yourself, it's the perfect way to acknowledge the lost city's 100th birthday as a modern-day tourist site."
-"The Christian Science Monitor, "Editor's Choice
"With a healthy sense of humor...Adams unearths a fascinating story, transporting his readers back to 1911, when Yale professor Hiram Bingham III hiked the Andes and stumbled upon one of South America's most miraculous and cloistered meccas."
"[An] entirely delightful book"
-"The Washington Post"
"Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham's story and his own less heroic escapade... Those favoring a quirkier retelling [of Bingham's exploits] will relish Mr. Adams's wry, revealing romp through the Andes."
-"The Wall Street Journal"
"Mark Adams crisscrossed the Andes and has returned with a superb and important tale of adventure and archeology. The Inca ruins at Machu Picchu are one of the world's enduring mysteries, and Adams has written such a bold, compelling account that I'm sure many of us will soon be trekking up those same outrageous mountains to see them for ourselves. It is a beautiful and profound world that he has entered, and his readers are immeasurably the richer for it."
"In this book you will certainly learn more about Peru, Inca culture, half-sane pith-helmeted explorers of the 20th century, zero-sane Australian travel guides of the 21st, and the mysteries of Machu Picchu than you ever knew before. But you will also learn more about Mark Adams, a hugely funny and thoughtful writer, diligent researcher, and unexpected man of action who climbs up from soft middle age to the dizzying, thin air of adventure. You will want to go with him."
"After reading Mark Adams's book, I did two things. First, I checked airfare to Machu Picchu. Second, I told my friends they had to read this amazing and entertaining tale about explorers, stolen treasures, Amelia Earhart and the controversial professor who--according to new evidence Adams found--just may be the model for Indiana Jones."
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