Mysteries in History: From Prehistory to the Present (Google eBook)
Award-winning author Paul Aron takes readers on a journey through great historical mysteries through the ages. Entertaining in themselves, the stories also show that history is not merely living, but lively. The reader who comes to the book thinking history is boring will leave with a changed outlook with regard to both the subject matter and the process of writing history.
Each chapter is a carefully and thoroughly researched presentation not of popularized accounts but of valid historical scholarship. Chronologically arranged, the essays show the historical process in action. For each disputed historical point, theories arise, become standard wisdom, and then are revised as additional information becomes available. This book reveals the mechanics of that process, including spirited debate, swashbuckling archaeology, and the application of modern science to ancient questions.
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Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas Jefferson?
Was Aaron Burr a Traitor?
Was Napoleon Murdered?
What Were Joseph Smiths Golden Plates?
How Did Davy Crockett Die?
Who Was Emily Dickinsons Master?
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Who Was Homer?
Who Wrote the Bible?
Did Jesus Die on the Cross?
What Were the Nazca Lines?
Did Alexander the Great Kill His Father?
Why Didnt Attila Invade Rome?
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Who Was King Arthur?
Why Did Mayan Civilization Collapse?
Who Built the Statues on Easter Island?
Did Leif Ericsson Discover America?
HEMISPHERIC INTERACTIONS 10001500
Why Did the Anasazi Abandon Their Cities?
Why Did Cahokia Fall?
What Was Joan of Arcs Sign?
Who Invented Printing?
Did Richard III Kill the Princes in the Tower?
Why Did Constantinople Fall?
Did Columbus Intend to Discover America?
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Where Did Columbus Land?
How Did Cortés Conquer the Aztecs?
Did Martin Guerre Return?
Did Mary Queen of Scots Murder Her Husband?
What Happened to the Lost Colony?
Who Wrote Shakespeares Plays?
Did Pocahontas Save John Smith?
What Caused the Salem WitchHunt?
Was Captain Kidd a Pirate?
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Were the Dahlgren Papers Forged?
Why Did Custer Attack?
Who Was to Blame for Wounded Knee?
What Destroyed the Maine?
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Could the Titanic Have Been Saved?
What Sank the Lusitania?
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Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby?
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Did Hitler Murder His Niece?
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Who Was to Blame for Pearl Harbor?
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Why Did Truman Drop the Bomb?
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Who Killed JFK?
What Happened at the Gulf of Tonkin?
Who Killed Malcolm X?
Who Won the Tet Offensive?
What Did Nixon Know About Watergate?
Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?
Was Howard Hughess Will a Forgery?
What Did Reagan Know About IranContra?
Was Gorbachev Part of the August Coup?
Was OJ Simpson Guilty?
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