The Lost Empire of Atlantis
History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
By Gavin Menzies
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780062049483, 400pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
The astonishing true story of Atlantis
In 1500 B.C. a supervolcano beneath the Greek island of Santorini exploded in a near-apocalyptic eruption. Buried beneath the rubble and waves was the worlds most remarkable lost civilization. . . .
New York Times bestselling historian Gavin Menzies presents newly uncovered evidence revealing, conclusively, that the lost city of Atlantis was not only real but also at the heart of a highly advanced global empire that reached the shores of America before being violently wiped from the earth.
For three millennia, the legend of Atlantis has gripped the imaginations of explorers, philosophers, occultists, treasure hunters, historians, and archaeologists. Until now, it has remained shrouded in myth. Yet, like ancient Troy, is it possible that this fabled city actually existed? If so, what happened to it and what are its secrets? The fascinating reality of Atlantiss epic glory and destruction are uncovered, finally, in these pages in thrilling detail by the iconoclastic historian Gavin Menziesfather of some of the most revolutionary ideas in the history of history (New York Times).
Meticulously analyzing exciting new geologic research, recently unearthed archaeological artifacts, and cutting-edge DNA evidence, Menzies has made a jaw-dropping discovery: Atlantis truly did exist, and was part of the incredibly advanced Minoan civilization that extended from its Mediterranean base to England, India, and even America. In The Lost Empire of Atlantis, he constructs a vivid portrait of this legendary civilization and shares his remarkable findings.
As riveting as an Indiana Jones adventure, The Lost Empire of Atlantis is a revolutionary work of popular history that will forever change our understanding of the past.
Gavin Menzies is the bestselling author of 1421: The Year China Discovered America and 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance. His next book, coming in fall 2013, is Who Discovered America? He was born in England and served as a submarine captain in the Royal Navy between 1953 and 1970.
“MENZIES [IS] PROPOUNDING ONE OF THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS IN THE HISTORY OF HISTORY.”
-New York Times Magazine
“A DISTINGUISHED HISTORIAN.”
-BBC World Service
“A HISTORICAL DETECTIVE, AS WELL AS A SCHOLAR, [WHO] ADDS TO OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD, PAST AND PRESENT.”
-New York Daily News
“ASTOUNDING . . . MENZIES SHOULD GET THE NOBEL AND PULITZER PRIZES FOR HIS WORK. WALK ALONG THE PATHWAYS OF DISCOVERY WITH HIM. IT IS A JOYOUS JAUNT.”
-San Bernadino Sun
“I WANT TO CONGRATULATE GAVIN MENZIES ON A REMARKABLE JOB OF RESEARCH … A CONVINCING CASE FOR THE ORIGIN OF THE ATLANTIS MYTH … I RECOMMEND THE LOST EMPIRE OF ATLANTIS.”
-Betty Meggers, Director of the Latin American Archaeology Program at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History