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"Ruth did not point at the fence before he swung," Root insisted. "If he had made a gesture like that, well, anybody who knows me knows that Ruth would have ended up on his ass." What really happened? That's the question this book asks, not just about Ruth's called shot but also about Ed Delahanty's death and Moe Berg's spying and Satchel Paige's age and Fidel Castro's tryout. This is not the place to find out who the best first basemen were or what were the greatest teams or whether Pete Rose or Joe Jackson belong in the Hall of Fame. Those are important and fascinating issues, well worth discussing. But whatever your opinion on these issues, it's undeniably a matter of opinion. Here, instead, are the facts.
Praise for Unsolved Mysteries of American History: "The facts are presented clearly and concisely, and the answers have been thoroughly researched using the most up-to-date sources." -Newark Star Ledger. "Everything that would make a great detective story. It has intellectual twists and turns, alleyways and dead ends; it has politics, espionage, intrigue, murder, cowardice, greed, courage, battles, liars, and frauds." - New Strait Times. "Stimulating and pleasurable, fair and objective . . . recommended for both the history buff and the fan of true-life mysteries." -Kirkus Reviews. Praise for Unsolved Mysteries of History "Draws intelligently and entertainingly on respected-and disputed-primary volumes ... Reading a chapter aloud to a group would almost guarantee a lively evening." -Baltimore Sun. "Unerring good sense and ... well-paced prose." -Petersburg Monitor. "Solid speculation ... full of clever advice." -Associated Press. "Aron's latest offering proves again that history can be fun and as strange, at least, as fiction." -Booklist BS.
A lively tour through our past and an ingenious primer in the art of historical detection. --Robert A. Gross, author of The Minutemen and Their World. Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Did Pocahontas really save John Smith? Did Davy Crockett die at the Alamo? What really happened to Amelia Earhart, and was she a spy? Who killed JFK? Unsolved Mysteries of American History re-creates the most mystifying events of our past, following some of our greatest historians as they search for the elusive answers. Spanning more than five centuries--from Leif Ericsson and Columbus through Watergate and Iran-Contra--Aron makes sense of all the latest discoveries and speculations. Here is everything you could ever want from a detective story: dramatic twists and turns, intellectual challenges, frustrating dead-ends, murderous mayhem, and thrilling espionage. "Stimulating and pleasurable, fair and objective... recommended for both the history buff and the fan of true-life mysteries." --Kirkus Reviews. "Everyone loves a mystery and a history mystery best of all. Aron has assembled an impressive array of 'whodunits.'" --Ivor Noel Hume, former director, Department of Archaeology, Colonial Williamsburg author of The Virginia Adventure. "A welcome gateway for historical exploration." --Booklist. "Aron performs something of a minor miracle: He zeroes in on the very core of historical mysteries and provides new insights for reconsidering mystifying events." --Allan W. Eckert, author of Sorrow in Our Heart.
Discover the startling truth behind history's most puzzling mysteries. Why did the Pharaohs build the pyramids? Was there really a King Arthur? Why did Mayan civilization collapse? Could the Titanic have been saved? Did Hitler murder his own niece? Any many more!
These words and words like them, whether written or spoken, had a profound importance during America's Founding period. These are the words of legend and gravitas, referenced by generations of teachers, politicians, and commentators.
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