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Why Did It Have to Be Snakes: From Science to the Supernatural, the Many Mysteries of Indiana Jones

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Publisher Comments:

The ultimate Indiana Jones companion

The true history, supernatural wonders, and mysteries of Indiana Jones

Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a man's heart without killing him? Was there a Shanghai mob in the 1930s—and did the Nazis have a real-life connection to the occult?

At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones–related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. You'll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, the infamous bizarre banquet that included chilled monkey brains, the Sankara Stones, the Cross of Coronado, the Holy Grail, and more.

Get ready for adventure—and more than a few snakes—as you explore the secrets and stories of Indiana Jones and his world. The journey will take you around the globe and through history as you move from ancient Egypt to India, China, and the United States, and from Biblical times to the Spanish Conquest to World War II. You'll also learn about Indiana himself, including the origins of his trademark fedora, leather jacket, and bullwhip. So why did it have to be snakes? Read the book and find out.

Book News Annotation:

The history, culture and archeology behind the Indiana Jones series of films is explored, with a strong emphasis on separating folklore and myth from documented facts. Gresh and Weinberg have written several books about popular film, and while their enthusiasm for these cinematic icons are unwavering, a great deal of objective information is presented about such subjects as the Thuggee cult, the Cross of Coronado, the Sankara Stones and of course the Ark of the Covenant. Written for fans of the intrepid globetrotter, this book also explains plot points of the newest entry, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a man’s heart without killing him? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones–related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. You’ll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, and much more.

Synopsis:

Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a mans heart without killing him? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones-related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything youve ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. Youll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, and much more.

About the Author

Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg have written numerous books together, including The Science of Superheroes, The Science of Supervillains, The Science of James Bond, and The Science of Stephen King.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Hovitos Temple and Golden Idol.

Deadly Tarantulas.

Gigantic Rolling Boulder.

South American Indian Weapons: Poison Darts, Bows and Arrows.

Archaeology.

Real-life archeologists like Indiana Jones.

Bullwhips.

Fedoras.

Leather Jackets.

The Nazis and the Occult.

The Ark of the Covenant.

Staff of Ra.

Tanis, the Lost City of Ancient Egypt.

The Well of Souls, the Temple, and the Map Room.

Deadly Snakes.

Sea Planes and Luftwaffe Airplanes.

Cliff Roads Near Cairo.

Nazi U-Boats.

Secret German Submarine Bases.

Secret Jewish Ceremonies and Sacred Breastplates.

The Ark: Telephone Link to God.

Top-Secret U.S. Archives.

Chapter 2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Giant Gongs in Club Obi-Wan in Shanghai.

Anything Goes.

The Nurhachi.

The Gigantic Diamond.

Poisons and their Antidotes.

The Shanghai Mob.

The Route from Shanghai to India.

Northern India and the Hindi Language.

Delhi and Pankot.

Maharajah.

Monsoon.

Sivalinga.

Shiva.

Three Lines of the Universe.

Giant Vampire Bats.

Baboons in India.

Snake Charmers.

Giant Owls of India.

Big Reptiles of India.

Mutiny of 1857.

Why Did It Have to Be Snake Surprise?.

Giant Insects.

Thuggees and Kali.

Ripping Out Someone's Heart and He Doesn't Die.

Drinking Blood.

Zombies.

Voodoo Dolls.

Crocodiles.

Chapter 3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Utah, 1912, and the Boy Scouts.

Grave Robbers, Spanish Conquistadors, and the Cross of Coronado.

Circus Trains and the Jones family.

The Search for Facts, not Truth.

Walter Donovan, American Nazi.

The Holy Grail.

The Rising Nazi Menace.

The First Crusade.

The Catacombs of Venice.

Rats.

Venice.

The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword.

Book Burning.

Zeppelins.

The Birds in the Skies.

Hatay.

The Phantom II.

The Temple of the Crescent Moon.

The Third Brother.

The Cups of Kings and Carpenters.

Chapter 4. Young Indiana Jones.

My First Adventure: Lawrence of Arabia and The Curse of King Tut.

Passion for Life: A Party in France, a Safari in Africa, a Romance in Vienna.

Travels With Father: Three Writers, a Boy Genius, and a Famous Scientist.

Spring Break Adventure: Prelude to War.

Trenches of Hell: The Horrors of War.

Phantom Train of Doom: At War in Africa.

Attack of the Hawkmen: Working with the French Secret Service.

Daredevils of the Desert: On the Edge of Africa.

Treasure of the Peacock?s Eye: Dracula and the Eye of the Peacock.

Winds of Change: Back in the USA.

Hollywood Follies: Indy in Hollywood.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Hovitos Temple and Golden Idol.

Deadly Tarantulas.

Gigantic Rolling Boulder.

South American Indian Weapons: Poison Darts, Bows and Arrows.

Archaeology.

Real-life archeologists like Indiana Jones.

Bullwhips.

Fedoras.

Leather Jackets.

The Nazis and the Occult.

The Ark of the Covenant.

Staff of Ra.

Tanis, the Lost City of Ancient Egypt.

The Well of Souls, the Temple, and the Map Room.

Deadly Snakes.

Sea Planes and Luftwaffe Airplanes.

Cliff Roads Near Cairo.

Nazi U-Boats.

Secret German Submarine Bases.

Secret Jewish Ceremonies and Sacred Breastplates.

The Ark: Telephone Link to God.

Top-Secret U.S. Archives.

Chapter 2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Giant Gongs in Club Obi-Wan in Shanghai.

Anything Goes.

The Nurhachi.

The Gigantic Diamond.

Poisons and their Antidotes.

The Shanghai Mob.

The Route from Shanghai to India.

Northern India and the Hindi Language.

Delhi and Pankot.

Maharajah.

Monsoon.

Sivalinga.

Shiva.

Three Lines of the Universe.

Giant Vampire Bats.

Baboons in India.

Snake Charmers.

Giant Owls of India.

Big Reptiles of India.

Mutiny of 1857.

Why Did It Have to Be Snake Surprise?.

Giant Insects.

Thuggees and Kali.

Ripping Out Someone's Heart and He Doesn't Die.

Drinking Blood.

Zombies.

Voodoo Dolls.

Crocodiles.

Chapter 3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Utah, 1912, and the Boy Scouts.

Grave Robbers, Spanish Conquistadors, and the Cross of Coronado.

Circus Trains and the Jones family.

The Search for Facts, not Truth.

Walter Donovan, American Nazi.

The Holy Grail.

The Rising Nazi Menace.

The First Crusade.

The Catacombs of Venice.

Rats.

Venice.

The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword.

Book Burning.

Zeppelins.

The Birds in the Skies.

Hatay.

The Phantom II.

The Temple of the Crescent Moon.

The Third Brother.

The Cups of Kings and Carpenters.

Chapter 4. Young Indiana Jones.

My First Adventure: Lawrence of Arabia and The Curse of King Tut.

Passion for Life: A Party in France, a Safari in Africa, a Romance in Vienna.

Travels With Father: Three Writers, a Boy Genius, and a Famous Scientist.

Spring Break Adventure: Prelude to War.

Trenches of Hell: The Horrors of War.

Phantom Train of Doom: At War in Africa.

Attack of the Hawkmen: Working with the French Secret Service.

Daredevils of the Desert: On the Edge of Africa.

Treasure of the Peacock?s Eye: Dracula and the Eye of the Peacock.

Winds of Change: Back in the USA.

Hollywood Follies: Indy in Hollywood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470225561
Author:
Gresh, Lois H.
Publisher:
Wiley (TP)
Author:
Weinberg, Robert
Subject:
Indiana Jones films
Subject:
Television - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
General
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.21 x 6.14 in

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"Synopsis" by , Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a man’s heart without killing him? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones–related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. You’ll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, and much more.
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Could you really use a bullwhip to swing across a chasm? Or rip out a mans heart without killing him? At last, here is the book that finally answers the Indiana Jones-related questions that have troubled you for years. It tells you everything youve ever wanted to know about the history, culture, and science behind your favorite Indy scenes and settings. Youll find out the truth about the Thuggees and their deadly practices, ancient death traps, the Well of Souls, Kali worship in India, and much more.
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