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Meet me in Atlantis : my obsessive quest to find the sunken city
2015
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Genre
NonFiction
Adventure
History
Science
Topics
Atlantis
Ancient civilizations
Lost civilizations
Explorers
Ancient Greece
Expeditions
World history
Setting
Greece - Europe
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  Library Journal Review

When Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu) became interested in the sunken city of Atlantis, he immersed himself in the world of Atlantis enthusiasts, both living and deceased. He interviewed people who had made finding it their life's ambition, including scientists, archaeologists, philosophy professors, and a medical doctor. First and foremost, intimate knowledge of Plato's Timaeus and Critias, as well as The Republic, was essential for clues to the true location and demise of Atlantis. Among the experts were those who believed that the sunken city was a fabrication of Plato's imagination, but most believed that it existed and is yet to be discovered, whether it's in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, somewhere in the Americas, or elsewhere. Narrator Andrew Garman articulates the adventure with expert pronunciation and accents from across the globe. Verdict A fascinating introduction to the topic for Atlantis novices. ["Adams's excellent examination frames much of Atlantis research on an intimate level. In its own right, this work serves as an important contribution to the search for Atlantis. Readers of history, adventure, travel, scientific inquiry, or the history of science will find this book provocative and entertaining": LJ 2/1/15 starred review of the Dutton hc.]-Ann Weber, San José, CA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu) joins the ever-popular field of "Atlantology," exploring the evidence and the diverse cast of characters in his chronicle of the hunt for the lost city of Atlantis. He begins with a layman's guide to the origin material, Plato's notoriously difficult Timaeus and Critias, before laying out his plan to visit the four most likely locations: remote islands in Greece, Spain, Malta, and Morocco. Additionally, his investigation takes detours to Minnesota, to visit the library of an especially eccentric Atlantologist, Ignatius Donnelly; Massachusetts to learn about satellite archaeology; and Athens, where a renowned geophysicist discusses the ultimate conundrum: did the island even exist, or did Plato intend it as an allegory? This is an exhaustive account and the material is dry at points, but Adams's informal prose acts as a remedy, transforming an academic topic into a work of travelogue, investigative journalism, and serious philosophical examination. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
"Adventurous, inquisitive and mirthful, Mark Adams gamely sifts through the eons of rumor, science, and lore to find a place that, in the end, seems startlingly real indeed." -Hampton Sides<br> <br> "Infused with humor and pop culture references, Adams makes what could have been a tedious recitation of theories into an exciting adventure." - Chicago Tribune<br> <br> "Writing with the same jaunty style as  Turn Right at Machu Picchu , Adams merrily entertains the lost-cities audience." - Booklist<br> <br> A few years ago, Mark Adams made a strange discovery: Far from alien conspiracy theories and other pop culture myths, everything we know about the legendary lost city of Atlantis comes from the work of one man, the Greek philosopher Plato. Stranger still: Adams learned there is an entire global sub-culture of amateur explorers who are still actively and obsessively searching for this sunken city, based entirely on Plato's detailed clues.  What Adams didn't realize was that Atlantis is kind of like a virus--and he'd been exposed. <br> <br> In  Meet Me in Atlantis , Adams racks up frequent-flier miles tracking down these Atlantis obsessives, trying to determine why they believe it's possible to find the world's most famous lost city--and whether any of their theories could prove or disprove its existence. The result is a classic quest that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.
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