Saturday, January 04, 2014

History Decoded by Brad Meltzer with Keith Ferrell

Brad Meltzer's novels have often dealt with American history, and he's the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded
on the History network. Now, with co-author Keith Ferrell, he brings some of the work from his television show to readers. And, what fan of history can resist a book with the title History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time?

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

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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Libby Dodd said...

Sounds perfect for a cold winter's night (or day).

Lesa said...

It's just an entertaining look at history, Libby.

Jane R said...

Sounds like a fun read. Brad Meltzer's last couple of novels have been a bit shaky on accuracy but this one sounds interesting. I enjoy the "what if" books so this one might be worth checking out too. Keep warm, Lesa. It's pretty frigid in your part of the world!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Jane! I hope to keep warm. It's going to get even colder. This book doesn't give any answers, but it does present a lot of "what ifs".