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Unsolved mysteries of American history : an eye-opening journey through 500 years of discoveries, disappearances, and baffling events /
Paul Aron.
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New York : J. Wiley, c1997.
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xii, 225 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0471153699 (alk. paper)
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New York : J. Wiley, c1997.
isbn
0471153699 (alk. paper)
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1414538
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-09-01:
Aron, a reporter for the Virginia Gazette, presents here his findings on significant "mysteries" of America's past. He briefly examines 30 controversial questions in chronological order, ranging from "When did the first people arrive in America?" to "What did Reagan know about Iran-contra?" Though he does not claim to provide definitive answers, he offers evidence for both sides of every issue. Each chapter ends with a bibliography. Perhaps the most interesting question tackled is "How did Davy Crockett die?"; Aron strongly suggests that Crockett surrendered at the Alamo rather than fighting to his death there. The author's simple, straightforward style is suitable for junior-high level and above. This volume is comparable to Richard Shenkman's Legends, Lies, and Cherished Myths of American History (Morrow, 1988). Recommended for public libraries.‘Norman Malwitz, Queens Borough P.L., Great Neck, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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UNSOLVED MYSTERIES of AMERICAN HISTORYDid Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Was Amelia Earhart a spy? Who killed JFK? These are just a few of the intriguing mysteries of American history.Unsolved Mysteries of American History re-creates the most mystifying events of our past and follows some of our greatest historians as they search for answers. Like seasoned detectives, these historians gather evidence, pore over eyewitness testimony, head down some dead ends, unmask liars and frauds, and offer their solutions. Here is everything you'd want in a great detective story: the twists and turns, the intellectual challenges, even the espionage and murder.Bringing clarity and a beautifully balanced perspective to his diverse subjects, Paul Aron makes sense of all the latest discoveries and speculation, revealing: What was the meaning of CROATAN, the puzzling letters carved on the fort at the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Do reports from the Mexican side of the legendary battle suggest that Davy Crockett did not die at the Alamo? What prompted Confederate Army mastermind Robert E. Lee to order the suicidal Pickett's Charge? What did nuclear engineers discover while examining the wreckage of the Maine? What dramatic revelations emerged from the FBI and KGB files on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg? Is there evidence that the battle at the Gulf of Tonkin-a key factor in America's escalation of the Vietnam War-may never have taken place?"Like the best historians, Aron renews our sense of the past with challenging questions instead of easy answers. And he does so with a style that would make most historians envious." -Richard Lowry College of William and MaryAdvance praise for Unsolved Mysteries of American History"An uncommonly satisfying read. Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." -Allan W. Eckert ,author of A Sorrow in Our Heart and Narratives of America"Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 'whodunits' ranging from whether Americans are descended from lost Atlantians to who did what to whom at the Watergate office complex." -Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg, author of The Virginia Adventure."For those who have passed beyond the riddle of who is buried in Grant's Tomb, Aron opens up more provocative mysteries. A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection." -Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World."Extremely well written and absolutely intriguing. A page turner." -Robert Smith Thompson, author of A Time for War and The Missiles of October
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UNSOLVED MYSTERIES of AMERICAN HISTORY Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Was Amelia Earhart a spy? Who killed JFK? These are just a few of the intriguing mysteries of American history. Unsolved Mysteries of American History re-creates the most mystifying events of our past and follows some of our greatest historians as they search for answers. Like seasoned detectives, these historians gather evidence, pore over eyewitness testimony, head down some dead ends, unmask liars and frauds, and offer their solutions. Here is everything you'd want in a great detective story: the twists and turns, the intellectual challenges, even the espionage and murder. Bringing clarity and a beautifully balanced perspective to his diverse subjects, Paul Aron makes sense of all the latest discoveries and speculation, revealing: What was the meaning of CROATAN, the puzzling letters carved on the fort at the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Do reports from the Mexican side of the legendary battle suggest that Davy Crockett did not die at the Alamo? What prompted Confederate Army mastermind Robert E. Lee to order the suicidal Pickett's Charge? What did nuclear engineers discover while examining the wreckage of the Maine? What dramatic revelations emerged from the FBI and KGB files on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg? Is there evidence that the battle at the Gulf of Tonkin-a key factor in America's escalation of the Vietnam War-may never have taken place? "Like the best historians, Aron renews our sense of the past with challenging questions instead of easy answers. And he does so with a style that would make most historians envious." -Richard Lowry College of William and Mary Advance praise for Unsolved Mysteries of American History "An uncommonly satisfying read. Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." -Allan W. Eckert ,author of A Sorrow in Our Heart and Narratives of America "Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 'whodunits' ranging from whether Americans are descended from lost Atlantians to who did what to whom at the Watergate office complex." -Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg, author of The Virginia Adventure. "For those who have passed beyond the riddle of who is buried in Grant's Tomb, Aron opens up more provocative mysteries. A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection." -Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World. "Extremely well written and absolutely intriguing. A page turner." -Robert Smith Thompson, author of A Time for War and The Missiles of October
Bowker Data Service Summary
American history is littered with colourful characters and the mysteries surrounding them. This book examines and offers explanations for questions which have intrigued and baffled historians for years.
Long Description
UNSOLVED MYSTERIES of AMERICAN HISTORY Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Was Amelia Earhart a spy? Who killed JFK? These are just a few of the intriguing mysteries of American history. Unsolved Mysteries of American History re-creates the most mystifying events of our past and follows some of our greatest historians as they search for answers. Like seasoned detectives, these historians gather evidence, pore over eyewitness testimony, head down some dead ends, unmask liars and frauds, and offer their solutions. Here is everything you2d want in a great detective story: the twists and turns, the intellectual challenges, even the espionage and murder. Bringing clarity and a beautifully balanced perspective to his diverse subjects, Paul Aron makes sense of all the latest discoveries and speculation, revealing: What was the meaning of CROATAN, the puzzling letters carved on the fort at the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Do reports from the Mexican side of the legendary battle suggest that Davy Crockett did not die at the Alamo? What prompted Confederate Army mastermind Robert E. Lee to order the suicidal Pickett2s Charge? What did nuclear engineers discover while examining the wreckage of the Maine? What dramatic revelations emerged from the FBI and KGB files on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg? Is there evidence that the battle at the Gulf of Tonkin-a key factor in America2s escalation of the Vietnam War-may never have taken place? "Like the best historians, Aron renews our sense of the past with challenging questions instead of easy answers. And he does so with a style that would make most historians envious." -Richard Lowry College of William and Mary Advance praise for Unsolved Mysteries of American History "An uncommonly satisfying read. Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." -Allan W. Eckert ,author of A Sorrow in Our Heart and Narratives of America "Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 2whodunits2 ranging from whether Americans are descended from lost Atlantians to who did what to whom at the Watergate office complex." -Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg, author of The Virginia Adventure. "For those who have passed beyond the riddle of who is buried in Grant2s Tomb, Aron opens up more provocative mysteries. A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection." -Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World. "Extremely well written and absolutely intriguing. A page turner." -Robert Smith Thompson, author of A Time for War and The Missiles of October
Main Description
"A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection." --Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Did Davy Crockett die at the Alamo? What really happened to Amelia Earhart, and was she a spy? Who killed JFK? Unsolved Mysteries of American History re-creates the most mystifying events of our past, following some of our greatest historians as they search for the elusive answers. Spanning more than five centuries--from Leif Ericsson and Columbus through Watergate and Iran-Contra--Aron makes sense of all the latest discoveries and speculations. Here is everything you could ever want from a detective story: dramatic twists and turns, intellectual challenges, frustrating dead-ends, murderous mayhem, and thrilling espionage. "Stimulating and pleasurable, fair and objective . . . recommended for both the history buff and the fan of true-life mysteries."--Kirkus Reviews "Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 'whodunits.'" --Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg author of The Virginia Adventure "A welcome gateway for historical exploration." --Booklist "Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." --Allan W. Eckert, author of Sorrow in Our Heart
Table of Contents
When Did the First People Arrive in America?
Did Leif Ericsson Discover America?
Why Did the Anasazi Abandon Their Cities?
Where Did Columbus Land?
How Did Cortes Conquer the Aztecs?
What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke?
Did Pocahontas Save John Smith?
What Caused the Salem Witch-Hunt?
Was Daniel Boone a Traitor?
Why Did Benedict Arnold Turn Traitor?
Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas Jefferson?
Was Meriwether Lewis Murdered?
Was Rachel Jackson a Bigamist?
How Did Davy Crockett Die?
Why Did Lee Order Pickett's Charge?
Who Was to Blame for Wounded Knee?
What Destroyed the Maine?
Were Sacco and Vanzetti Guilty?
Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby?
Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot?
Was Amelia Earhart a Spy?
Who Was to Blame for Pearl Harbor?
Why Did Truman Drop the Bomb?
Were the Rosenbergs Guilty?
Who Killed JFK?
What Happened at the Gulf of Tonkin?
Who Killed Malcolm X?
Who Was to Blame for the Kent State Killings?
What Did Nixon Know About Watergate?
What Did Reagan Know About Iran-Contra?
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