Faced with a multi-hour “weather delay” Sunday returning from the ISCD meeting in Florida, I wandered through the airport bookstore looking for something interesting. My brain was full of information from the presentations, so I wanted something easy to read and fun. I found the latest book by Gavin Menzies.
“1421: the year China discovered America” was his first book. He assembled evidence that the Chinese had circumnavigated the world in 1421-24, charting the Straits of Magellan. His next book “1434: the year the magnificent Chinese fleet sailed to Italy and ignited the Renaissance” tells of knowledge brought to Italy (including maps showing the Americas) well before 1492.
His latest book is “The Lost Empire of Atlantis”. It assembles the evidence that the Bronze Age relied on seafaring Minoans, who crossed the Atlantic in the second century BC. As before, it makes most interesting reading. It is also at least as plausible as the Space Aliens theories that we see on TV.
Considered wierd when published, the conclusions in 1421 are becoming more mainstream. It still makes a most interesting read. The technique of taking many apparently disparate bits of information, assembling them, and coming to new conclusions, is basic to advancing knowledge. You might also enjoy these three books.
Jay Ginther, MD