A lighthearted look at the most intriguing events in American history. "Stimulating and pleasurable, fair and objective."-Kirkus Reviews. Did Leif Ericsson beat Columbus to America? If it wasn't witchcraft, what possessed the girls of Salem? What really happened to Amelia Earhart? And was she a spy? Who killed JFK? This thrilling book explores these questions and more, explaining each mystery offering the latest research, speculations, and possible solutions. Informative and witty, it is sure to please both history buffs and mystery fans. Period photos, cartoons, and drawings illustrate each mystery. * Annotated bibliographies for readers who want to investigate further. * A selection of Doubleday Direct Book Club. Paul Aron (Williamsburg, VA) is a reporter for The Virginia Gazette. He was previously editorial director at Leo Douglas Publishers, executive editor at Simon and Schuster, and an editor at Anchor Press/Doubleday.
Table of Contents
When Did the First People Arrive in America? Did Leif Ericsson Discover America? Why Did the Anasazi Abandon Their Cities? Where Did Columbus Land? How Did Cortes Conquer the Aztecs? What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Did Pocahontas Save John Smith? What Caused the Salem Witch-Hunt? Was Daniel Boone a Traitor? Why Did Benedict Arnold Turn Traitor? Was Sally Hemings the Mistress of Thomas Jefferson? Was Meriwether Lewis Murdered? Was Rachel Jackson a Bigamist? How Did Davy Crockett Die? Why Did Lee Order Pickett's Charge? Who Was to Blame for Wounded Knee? What Destroyed the Maine? Were Sacco and Vanzetti Guilty? Who Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby? Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot? Was Amelia Earhart a Spy? Who Was to Blame for Pearl Harbor? Why Did Truman Drop the Bomb? Were the Rosenbergs Guilty? Who Killed JFK? What Happened at the Gulf of Tonkin? Who Killed Malcolm X? Who Was to Blame for the Kent State Killings? What Did Nixon Know About Watergate? What Did Reagan Know About Iran-Contra? Index.
PAUL ARON is a reporter for the Virginia Gazette. He was previously editorial director at Leo Douglas Publishers, executive editor at Simon & Schuster, and an editor at Anchor Press/Doubleday. Mr. Aron lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.