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9780813191379
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Unsolved History

Investigating Mysteries of the Past

What constitutes historical truth is often subject to change. Joe Nickell demonstrates the techniques used in solving some of the world's most perplexing mysteries, such as the authenticity of Abraham Lincoln's celebrated Bixby letter, the 1913 disappearance of writer and journalist Ambrose Bierce, and the apparent real-life model for a mysterious character in a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nickell also uses newly uncovered evidence to further investigate the identity of the Nazi war criminal known as ""Ivan the Terrible.""

Reviews

"A fascinating and unusual collection."—Lore and Language

"The stories are interesting and the scientific approaches used to investigate them are fascinating."—Paintsville (KY) Herald

"A riveting collection of historical mysteries that can stand as 'mere' entertainment, or a thought-provoking introduction to an exciting field of study."—Reading for Pleasure

"Nickell ably exploits tests of evidence, reasoning, forensic science, literary analysis, and historiography, making difficult concepts clear with apt example. [He] deftly promotes the difficult art of discovering reality in mystery."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Long before those history detectives hit PBS & Co., there was Joe Nickell."—Rockland (ME) Courier-Gazette

"Into a relatively few pages not only has Nickell managed to pack the philosophy, strategy, and tactics of scholarly research and scientific investigation, but he also walks the reader, in step-by-step fashion, through nine separate and diverse historical mysteries he has confronted and solved."—Skeptical Inquirer

"Nickell takes a practical no-nonsense approach to a series of historical mysteries, surveying the evidence and working out whether there is a case to be made for the strange conclusions that people have often reached."—Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

University Press of Kentucky

9780813191379 : unsolved-history-nickell
Paperback / softback
192 Pages
$30.00 USD
9780813128566 : unsolved-history-nickell
Electronic book text
192 Pages
$30.00 USD

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Ambrose Bierce is Missing

Joe Nickell
Oct 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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$35.00 USD - Electronic book text

The Kentucky Mint Julep

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Detecting Forgery

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Other Titles in HISTORY / Historiography

Historians on the Homefront

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Byzantium after the Nation

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Jul 2021 - Central European University Press, an imprint of Central European University Press
$85.00 USD - Hardback

New Horizons for Early Modern European Scholarship

edited by Ann Blair, Nicholas Popper
Jul 2021 - The Johns Hopkins University Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback
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