It's an alluring combination: Brad Meltzer, a born writer, counting down the world's most appealing unsolved mysteries. And to make this highly illustrated book even richer, each chapter welcomes the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of removable facsimile documents-- the proof! It's a gold mine for conspiracy enthusiasts, a Griffin and Sabine for history fans.
< BR/ > Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, unusual concerns. Is Fort Knox clear? Why was Hitler so bent 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 completion of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald actually act alone? Meltzer sorts through the proof; weighs contending theories; separates exactly what we understand to be real with exactly what's still-- and perhaps forever-- unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the secret, getting to the most likely option. Along the way we satisfy Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the genuine DB Cooper.
Bound in at the start of each story is a custom-designed envelope-- a synthetic 19th-century leather pouch, a U.S. government categorized file-- containing facsimiles of pertinent proof: John Wilkes Booth's alleged anonymous will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy's death certificate. The entire is a riveting, interactive adventure through the engaging world of mysteries and conspiracies.