Brad Meltzer's novels have often dealt with American history, and he's the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded
Meltzer counts down from ten to one with the conspiracies he considers the most interesting in history. The book is fun, with additional features of interest, thirty removable facsimile documents tucked into envelopes for the reader to examine.
It doesn't take much to guess that the JFK assassination is the number one conspiracy. But, what about the other ones? Was John Wilkes Booth actually apprehended, or did he escape to live and have a family? Meltzer tantalizes readers saying there's a way to find out, DNA, but descendants have not been able to get permission. I enjoyed the stories about the missing Confederate gold, D.B. Cooper, and UFOs at Roswell and Area 51.
Meltzer and Ferrell compiled an entertaining book that plays on all the suspicions Americans have about the government and history. If you're looking for controversial topics for discussion, pick up History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time. The book makes for fun reading for an evening.
Brad Meltzer's website is www.bradmeltzer.com
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time by Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell. Workman Publishing Company, 2013. ISBN 9780761177456 (hardcover), 151p.
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