Synopses & Reviews
It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of removable facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers.
Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman “Spear of Destiny”? What’s the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy’s $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what’s still—and perhaps forever—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.
Bound in at the beginning of each story is a custom-designed envelope—a faux 19th-century leather satchel, a U.S. government classified file—containing facsimiles of relevant evidence: John Wilkes Booth’s alleged unsigned will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy’s death certificate. The whole is a riveting, interactive adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.
"Newcomers and longtime fans of Meltzer's popular TV show, Decoded (whereon he and a trio of experts investigate the veracity of various myths and legends), will relish this print companion, comprising summaries of 10 of the most intriguing topics pursued on the show, including the fate of John Wilkes Booth, UFOs in Area 51, Leonardo Da Vinci's apocalyptic predictions, the assassination of J.F.K., and more. Mirroring the series, each chapter begins with Meltzer (The Inner Circle) posing a provocative question (e.g., 'What if I told you that Fort Knox is empty?') before leading readers through his process of interviewing experts and analyzing ancient texts and other ephemera to determine the answer if there is one. As viewers know, the majority of his inquiries don't have a definitive conclusion, but half the fun is getting there. Meltzer peppers each section with fascinating asides (an independent panel determined that all the shots that killed Kennedy came from the rear rather than from multiple angles) and trivia (Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier three months after the Roswell incident, something scientists had previously thought impossible) that is sure to keep readers enthralled and conspiracy theorists encouraged to continue to dig for the truth." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Based on his hit TV show, Brad Meltzer’s bestselling History Decoded explores the ten greatest unsolved mysteries of all time. From Leonardo Da Vinci to Lee Harvey Oswald, Meltzer travels through history, providing stories and hands-on evidence to take readers deep into the world of conspiracies and unanswered questions.
It's an irresistable combination: master storyteller Brad Meltzer, counting down the world's top ten most intriguing stories—the great conspiracies, from Leonardo da Vinci's stolen prophecy to the Kennedy assassination. Adapted from Metlzer's hit series on HISTORY®, the book explores those fascinating, unexplained questions that nag at history buffs and conspiracy lovers: Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? Where did all the Confederacy's gold go? What is the government hiding in Area 51? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?
Richly illustrated in full color—and every chapter has removable facsimile documents, so you can examine the evidence yourself.
About the Author
Brad Meltzer is the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the HISTORY network. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and eight other bestselling novels including his newest, The Fifth Assassin. He is the author of the nonfiction bestsellers Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter as well. He and his wife live in Florida.
Table of Contents
#10 John Wilkes Booth: Was Lincoln’s Assassin Apprehended?
#9: Confederate Gold: Stolen Treasure or Hidden Wealth of a New Confederacy?
#8: The Georgia Guidestones: America’s Stonehenge
#7: DB Cooper: American Outlaw
#6: The White House: Where Is the Cornerstone of Democracy?
#5: The Spear of Destiny: History’s Most Sacred Relic
#4: The Real Da Vinci Code: Did Leonardo Predict an Apocalypse?
#3: Is There Any Gold in Fort Knox?
#2: UFOs: Inside Roswell and Area 51
#1: The Kennedy Assassination: The Truth Is Out There