Tremendous This guy has done history like you would not believe Glenn BeckThe secrets of history s most enduring mystery are finally revealed in The Lost Empire of Atlantis Through impeccable research and intelligent speculation, Gavin Menzies, the New York Times bestselling author of , uncovers the truth behind the mysterious lost city of Atlantis making the startling claim that the Atlanteans discovered America , years ago and ruled a vast Mediterranean empire that was violently destroyed in , BC Forget everything you ve ever thought about the Atlantis legend Gavin Menzies will make you a believer


10 thoughts on “The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed

  1. JBradford JBradford says:

    Gavin Menzies is a retired submarine captain from the British Royal Navy, whose retirement hobby is pursuing unlikely beliefs about long past history In this book he recounts his pursuit of a belief that the sometimes thought mythical country of Atlantis was in fact an island nation that was a collection of city states comprising the Minoan nation on Thera now called Santorini and Crete and other nearby islands in the Mediterranean, with that civilization having been destroyed when the volcan Gavin Menzies is a retired submarine captain from the British Royal Navy, whose retirement hobby is pursuing unlikely beliefs about long past history In this book he recounts his pursuit of a belief that the sometimes thought mythical country of Atlantis was in fact an island nation that was a collection of city states comprising the Minoan nation on Thera now called Santorini and Crete and other nearby islands in the Mediterranean, with that civilization having been destroyed when the volcano on Santorini blew up in c 1450 B.C. leaving a hole 7.5 miles long by 4.3 miles wide and 1300 feet deep, and creating a tidal wave that Menzies believes simply wiped out the Minoan civilization at a single stroke Once he came to this belief, after touring the ruins of Knossos while vacationing on Crete, Menzies and his wife went on a whirlwind tour of the Mediterranean and indeed the world, findingevidence of his growing theory, even to the point of concluding that the Minoans traded not only with Egypt but also with China and had sailed across the Atlantic and up the Mississippi River to mine tin on the Penquaming Peninsula in Minnesota He has scads of references and lot of maps and pictures, all of which are interesting and even fascinating, but I have a strong suspicion without having had the time or energy to check things out myself that he tends to find things that support his beliefs and ignore things that don t This is not at all uncommon I recall many decades ago, when I lived in Minnesota, getting all excited about the supporting evidence for the belief that the Kensington Stone had been left in Minnesota by a band of Norsemen who had made their way up the Hudson River and then halfway across America via the Great Lakes only now I find what appears to be much the same evidence Indian legends about white men, European type relics, etc being used to support the claim that it was instead a commercial enterprise of Minoans who had sailed up the Mississippi River.This is not to say that I disbelieve it only that I am not ass yet convinced But the writing is passionate, the pictures are fascinating, and the overall story is interesting


  2. Bandit Bandit says:

    I have always been fascinated by Atlantis I also have a strong interest in ancient history So this book was a perfect choice, really, since it deftly combined both topics Sure, Menzies can be accused of making certain suppositions and then finding evidence to it the theory as he traverses continents, to the proverbial hammer it all looks like nails But it s SO interesting, so well researched, so accessibly written that even if you don t buy into the main premise, there is still much here to I have always been fascinated by Atlantis I also have a strong interest in ancient history So this book was a perfect choice, really, since it deftly combined both topics Sure, Menzies can be accused of making certain suppositions and then finding evidence to it the theory as he traverses continents, to the proverbial hammer it all looks like nails But it s SO interesting, so well researched, so accessibly written that even if you don t buy into the main premise, there is still much here to learn, enjoy and admire I, for one, have found out a great deal about the ancient Thera modern Santorini and the Minoans And whether The Minoans did in fact traveled as widely as Menzies posits or whether it is merely a case of parallel development, the interconnectedness, the similarities of various aspects of different civilizations throughout the world is really a fascinating thing to behold Menzies enthusiasm and passion for his subject is tangible, it infuses the book His theory seems pretty solid and at no point was he self righteous or arrogant about it, major bonus points Part travelogue, part history, well written with color inserts, which is always a nice bonus this was a great read Pleasure for any history buff Recommended


  3. Benjamin Benjamin says:

    There are many interesting facts sprinkled in, but it felt to me that this book is a bit out there in terms of scientific robustness Between actual, interesting, hard scientific facts Menzies throw in random, unscientific, personal postulation to connect the dots to make his case The book would have been stronger if it stuck to the science, beenrigorous and objective, and stopped straying into the world of conspiracy theory My favorite, where he cites a USA Today article as suddenly There are many interesting facts sprinkled in, but it felt to me that this book is a bit out there in terms of scientific robustness Between actual, interesting, hard scientific facts Menzies throw in random, unscientific, personal postulation to connect the dots to make his case The book would have been stronger if it stuck to the science, beenrigorous and objective, and stopped straying into the world of conspiracy theory My favorite, where he cites a USA Today article as suddenly providing him enlightenment on a specific point That said, conspiracy theorists would enjoy this one I would classify this as historical fiction, not nonfiction


  4. Les Les says:

    Menzies has done it again Th Lost Empire of Atlantis is filled with speculation taken as fact as he had done with his previous books on pseudo archaeology He may have been in the Royal Navy indicted for a ship collision during his service but he knows nothing about ancient seafaring, navigation, ship building, or trade His speculation about the Minoans is also laughably wrong Buried in his exploration of the ancient world is some good hard facts but the reader would be better served read Menzies has done it again Th Lost Empire of Atlantis is filled with speculation taken as fact as he had done with his previous books on pseudo archaeology He may have been in the Royal Navy indicted for a ship collision during his service but he knows nothing about ancient seafaring, navigation, ship building, or trade His speculation about the Minoans is also laughably wrong Buried in his exploration of the ancient world is some good hard facts but the reader would be better served reading aauthoritative work


  5. Elizabeth Sulzby Elizabeth Sulzby says:

    This book confirms my thought that I should return to Knossos on Crete Menzies describes other rediscovered palaces of the Minoan era before the great eruption of the volcano on Thera Santorini He also charts the evidence that during 7000 BCE and afterwards, the Minoans were not just trading adventuring seafarers in the Mediteranean area, but traveled around the world Recently discovered evidence from the oil pithoi, serving pieces, artwork all suggest that Menzies is correct but the most in This book confirms my thought that I should return to Knossos on Crete Menzies describes other rediscovered palaces of the Minoan era before the great eruption of the volcano on Thera Santorini He also charts the evidence that during 7000 BCE and afterwards, the Minoans were not just trading adventuring seafarers in the Mediteranean area, but traveled around the world Recently discovered evidence from the oil pithoi, serving pieces, artwork all suggest that Menzies is correct but the most interesting is DNA work unique to these people from the sophisticated lands around and on Crete suggestsconvincing evidence of their far travels.Don t let the title put you off Finding Atlantis books and documentaries can be pretty weak stuff Menzies tracies the history of his travels, site studies, research, and shifts in his own thinking as this book goes along.Menzies was in the Royal Navy and has written other historical accounts His perspective from the Royal Navy allows him to look for evidence others have missed He is picking up on strands that I have studied in other contexts and I am delighted that he supports my musings about the people on Crete I now think of the early Minoans and later Minoans Readers should know that most of excavated Knossos is the rebuilt version after the Thera explosion that decimated Knossos and other parts of Crete Subterranean electronic photos document the palace on which today s Knossos was built More to come


  6. Jay Jay says:

    Interesting and entertaining premise that the Mediterranean Minoan culture, which flourished circa 2,500 B.C., sailed the globe, explored North America, and even mined copper on what we now know as Isle Royale in Lake Superior, then transported the ore down the Mississippi and back across the Atlantic, among other astounding feats of ancient navigation and technology recounted in this book However, apart from being fairly entertaining in a what if kind of way which is why I gave it 2 stars th Interesting and entertaining premise that the Mediterranean Minoan culture, which flourished circa 2,500 B.C., sailed the globe, explored North America, and even mined copper on what we now know as Isle Royale in Lake Superior, then transported the ore down the Mississippi and back across the Atlantic, among other astounding feats of ancient navigation and technology recounted in this book However, apart from being fairly entertaining in a what if kind of way which is why I gave it 2 stars this book is complete applesauce It s convenient to his thesis, but tragic for those who experienced it, that the Minoan culture was nearly completely erased form the face of this planet by the eruption of Thera So we don t really have much to go on in terms of contemporaneously recorded they had an alphabet accounts of the Minoan s exploits and achievements If anyone knows of any legit archaeological digs that have linked any prehistoric copper mining on Isle Royale to the Minoans, or any other non North American native culture or people, feel free to comment below


  7. April Spaugh April Spaugh says:

    I really expected to love this book, but it didn t hold my interest The author s writing style bothers me I d rather be reading something else.


  8. Alison Smith Alison Smith says:

    A terrific read At this mid year point, my best non fiction read of 2018.for full review go to A terrific read At this mid year point, my best non fiction read of 2018.for full review go to


  9. Smitha Smitha says:

    I don t recall where I got to know about this book, but I had it in my wish list When I got my hands on it finally, it was amazing how the book took hold of me.Gavin Menzies takes us on his journey to rediscover the Lost Empire of Atlantis He builds up on his theory that the Minoan empire wasaccomplished that it is assumed He tries to bring together facts and goes on to try to prove that the Minoan civilization had extensive sea faring abilities and that they might have discovered Ameri I don t recall where I got to know about this book, but I had it in my wish list When I got my hands on it finally, it was amazing how the book took hold of me.Gavin Menzies takes us on his journey to rediscover the Lost Empire of Atlantis He builds up on his theory that the Minoan empire wasaccomplished that it is assumed He tries to bring together facts and goes on to try to prove that the Minoan civilization had extensive sea faring abilities and that they might have discovered America way before Christopher Columbus He challenges some of the accepted notions of the lost civilizations.I have no real knowledge of history, so I would not be in a position to say whether all that he says, could actually be true or not, but he sure does paint a very convincing picture.The manner in which he relates it, makes it a fascinating read It left me wanting , at the end of the book To me, the added interest was that I had visited Thera Santorini , which has an important role to play, and it helped me visualize things a bit better I had also read about how it is assumed that Atlantis might have been there, before the mighty volcanic eruption ended it all.I think it would make interesting reading for anybody who likes historical research of this sort I had not known that I enjoyed it before I read this book And maybe if someone with a better grasp of history read it, they could tell me how much of it is fiction and how much could be reality For me, it was a fantastic read I will be reading it again, to absorb it better, and maybe do some other related reading as well, to understand it better And yes, I will try to get hold of his other books I really enjoyed his style of writing and his obvious enthusiasm for his subject


  10. Jean Smith Jean Smith says:

    This book was so intriguing about the lost civilisation of Atlantis notably the Minoans I knew nothing historically about these people but Gavin Menzies took me on a journey that I was very happy to experience This book reveals a new and very ancient history that is very plausible As Menzies writes he is also discovering a people that were so amazing, capable, artistic, revolutionary and travellers that took them far and wide It captures the Bronze Age and the amount of trade and travel th This book was so intriguing about the lost civilisation of Atlantis notably the Minoans I knew nothing historically about these people but Gavin Menzies took me on a journey that I was very happy to experience This book reveals a new and very ancient history that is very plausible As Menzies writes he is also discovering a people that were so amazing, capable, artistic, revolutionary and travellers that took them far and wide It captures the Bronze Age and the amount of trade and travel that was taken by these people two or three centuries BC I believe that the fact Menzies is a very experienced seaman gives a depth to his knowledge and writing that is really convincing Great book and one that not only historians will enjoy but anyone with a keen sense of curiosity