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Pindar, Ian (Selected, Edited and Introduced by) - The Folio Book of Historical Mysteries - ( Item 116240 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2008. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. This book looks at unsolved mysteries and unexplained phenomena such as Easter Island, the Kennedy assassination, Jack the Ripper, the lost city of Atlantis, the Voynich manuscript and many more. Illustrations throughout. 377 pages. From the decline and fall of the Roman empire to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, history is littered with tantalising enigmas that have defied easy explanation and generated a wealth of speculation. In this book of historical whodunits, Ian Pindar has drawn upon the wisdom of many of the leading experts to dispel myth and propaganda, weigh the evidence and reveal the most likely solutions to 20 of the past's most intractable mysteries. Some of these mysteries, such as the murder of the princes in the Tower, are familiar from our schooldays. Others were the causes célèbres of their day: why was the Mary Celeste abandoned by her crew? Did Anastasia miraculously survive the callous murder of the Russian imperial family in 1918? Many conundrums are so old that they have become the subject of legend. The disappearance of 130 children from the German town of Hamelin in 1284 gave rise to tales of a charismatic piper who lured them from their homes – but what is the truth concealed behind the well known story? As A. J. P. Taylor said, the duty of the historian 'is to understand what happened and why it happened'. For anyone who has been captivated by the legend of Atlantis or dreamt about unearthing Captain Kidd's pirate treasure, this book will prove impossible to put down.

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