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Friday, October 10, 2014

“Unsolved Mysteries of American History” by Paul Aron

Title: “Unsolved Mysteries of American History”
Author: Paul Aron
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Year: 1997
Genre(s): history, non-fiction
Part of a Series: No

Why I Read It: I got it in Colonial Williamsburg because it looked interesting. Who doesn’t love mysteries?

Summary: Mr. Aron presents twenty unsolved mysteries of American history, starting with the mystery of where the native people came from right up to Iran-Contra.

Review: Mr. Aron organizes the book quite well. Each mystery is it’s own chapter. Aron sets each one up with the facts history knows. Then he goes into the different theories people have created over the years to explain each mystery. He doesn’t say one is right or one is wrong. Instead, Mr. Aron remains as unbiased as possible.

Due to the year of publication, the book still has a chapter pertaining to the Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemings controversy. A Y-DNA test was conducted the year after this book was published. The results of that test and research has led historians to conclude that Jefferson did father children with his slave, Hemings. But that’s really the only mystery I know of in the book that’s…well…no longer a mystery.

Bottom line: A good book for history buffs and mystery lovers.

Moonlight Musing

Any historical mysteries that intrigue you?

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