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History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time | [Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer]

History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?
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Publisher's Summary

Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions.

Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories; separates what we know to be true with what's still - and perhaps forever - unproven; and in the end, decodes the mysteries, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.

©2013 Original material by A&E Television Networks, LLC. Recorded by arrangement with Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2013 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Sure to keep readers enthralled and conspiracy theorists encouraged to continue to dig for the truth." (Publishers Weekly)

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    debbie seguin, TX, United States 11-03-13
    debbie seguin, TX, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I would rate as just OK!"

    The book was an OK read , but we really don't learn an answers. It was interesting but still felt like something was just lacking. Not worth a credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-25-14
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2002
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    "entertaining, but not much substance"

    Great narrator, but when I got to the point in the book where the issue was "is there gold in Fort Knox?," I felt as if I was listening to a ridiculous story. Then, when I learned that Batman's cape was inspired by Leonardo DaVinci, I almost just deleted the book. Nonetheless, I made it to the last "conspiracy," which was a rehash of JFK assassination
    drivel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dean San Francisco, CA, United States 11-04-13
    Dean San Francisco, CA, United States 11-04-13 Listener Since 2006
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    "Slightly Entertaining, Ultimately Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who know little about "popular" conspiracy theory. It might serve well as introductory entertainment, but is unfortunately a bit too patronizing and annoyingly "populist" in tone. Admittedly, when I purchased this title I didn't realize that the author is a TV personality. That's exactly how he comes across, here. The chapters on the cornerstone of the White House and Lincoln's assassin are actually quite good; the chapter on JFK frustratingly rife with errors.


    What could Keith Ferrell and Brad Meltzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less egotistical-sounding "what if I told you..." nonsense. More consideration of why people want to believe alternative accounts of history.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator did a fine job but the author's tone is populist in a "for the masses" way that IMO is to the detriment of the narration.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was entertaining enough that I didn't feel like it was a total waste of time. I listened to it while doing housework, so in fairness it was a decent mental distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended alternative: "United States of Paranoia" by Jesse Walker.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    VegAZ Peoria, AZ, United States 11-03-13
    VegAZ Peoria, AZ, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about History Decoded?

    Anyone that can Google has nothing to learn with this book.


    What could Keith Ferrell and Brad Meltzer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change their writing style.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Normally I enjoy Scott Brick but the material provided made him unlikable


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Hyde Park, Morocco 11-15-13
    Amy Hyde Park, Morocco 11-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid listener and reader! Favorites are crime, mystery, thriller and paranormal. Medical science and some non-fiction as well.

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    "Delicious!"

    This is for any one who loves Brad and/or his show. Mystery enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists...you will love this book! So many interesting mysteries of era's past well researched by the author. He is very honest about his opinion, facts, and theories. Unsolved mysteries are left to the readers discretion, and solved mysteries are so much fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clydene San Diego, California 10-28-13
    Clydene San Diego, California 10-28-13 Member Since 2004

    So many books, so little time...

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    "Great Book - Fun and Informative"

    History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time is a great little book. It is quick and very detailed about Ten Conspiracies that are the foundation of the history of American.

    I loved every aspect of the book from the lack of John Wilkes Booth conspiracy to what is stored at Fort Knox to the Spear of Destiny (once owned by Heinrich Himmler-one of the authors of the "final solution" the Nazis used to justify what we now call the Holocaust.

    Makes me want to buy a shovel and a submarine and learn how ot extract DNA.

    This is the ideal holiday gift for any history fan.

    Bonus: It is excellently narrated by Scott Brick!

    I wish I could give this book more than 5 Stars.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Fort Dix, NJ, United States 03-25-14
    Shannon Fort Dix, NJ, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Subject Matter"
    What did you love best about History Decoded?

    I love Brad Meltzer's series History Decoded and I think this book is a great companion to the series.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I though the narrator did a great job of capturing the excitement of certain scenes, and also the gravity of others.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you could give History Decoded a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think it is good as is


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Menifee, CA, United States 02-27-14
    Ted Menifee, CA, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not so much history"

    I assumed from the title and description that I would be hearing an analysis of historic events delivered by a scholar. I was disappointed to learn that it was instead a dramatic presentation of conspiracy theories. If you buy grocery store tabloids you might like this. If you enjoy serious historic accounts, give this one a miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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