History Decoded by Brad Meltzer
The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

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...is sure to keep readers enthralled and conspiracy theorists encouraged to continue to dig for the truth.
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It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of facsimile documents—the evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a Griffin and Sabine for history lovers.

Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer’s hit show on the HISTORY network, History Decoded explores fascinating, 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—unproved or unprovable; and in the end, decodes the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the real DB Cooper.

At the beginning of each story is a custom-designed envelope—a faux 19th-century leather satchel, a U.S. government classified file—containing facsimiles of relevant evidence: John Wilkes Booth’s alleged unsigned will, a map of the Vatican, Kennedy’s death certificate. The whole is a riveting, interactive adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.


About Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and six other bestselling thrillers. His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were also New York Times bestsellers. He is the host of the History Channel series Brad Meltzer's Decoded and the Eisner Award-winning writer of Justice League of America. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. You can find much more about him at www.BradMeltzer.com. You can also see what he's doing right now at Facebook.com/bradmeltzer and Twitter.com/bradmeltzer.
Published October 22, 2013 by Workman Publishing Company. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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on Oct 05 2013

The prose is lively and casually amusing, peppered with asides regarding the sheer wackiness of these hidden tales...making these compact narratives seem breezily accessible but also less intellectually weighty. Slick and engaging but lightweight—a good impulse read for fans of secret histories.

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on Jun 10 2013

...is sure to keep readers enthralled and conspiracy theorists encouraged to continue to dig for the truth.

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Reviewed by Wyatt Williams on Oct 24 2013

Meltzer is the host of Decoded, a History network show that seriously explores wing nut conspiracy theories. The book is very much a companion piece to that breezy yet oddly straight-faced treatment of crackpot theorizing.

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