Unsolved History: Investigating Mysteries of the Past

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 12, 2010 - History - 192 pages
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What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change. Joe Nickell demonstrates the techniques used in solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries, such as the authenticity of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated Bixby letter, the 1913 disappearance of writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce, and the apparent real-life model for a mysterious character in a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nickell also uses newly uncovered evidence to further investigate the identity of the Nazi war criminal known as ""Ivan the Terrible.""
 

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My impressions of reading this book in 1992. I was only familiar with Nickell through the essay on reproducing the Nazca lines (included in this book). At first his clear, popular writing story made ... Read full review

Contents

History and the Investigative Approach
1
The Mystery of the Nazca Lines
6
Ambrose Bierce Is Missing
18
Unmasking a Nazi Monster
34
Swifts Lost Silver Mine
51
D Boone Riddles
69
Lincolns Bixby Letter
90
Cookes Missing Edition
106
Hawthornes Veiled Lady
118
Pseudoscience and the Shroud
132
Some Lessons Learned
145
Notes
149
Index
170
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