Scott Wolter's new book, The Hooked X, Key to Secret History of North America, is an exceptional piece of detective work that results in a shattering, well-presented, and very convincing hypothesis.
Those who have been saying for years that there is not a single thread of evidence for pre-Columbian contact on this continent have been blinded by the power of a long-running paradigm, one that has outgrown its usefulness. There is substantial evidence indicating pre-Columbian contact. For the most part, however, such evidence has not been accepted simply because it does not fit the paradigm.
What Wolter has done in this book is shatter that no-contact paradigm with evidence so strong that scholars will either have to change their opinions or ignore the book completely. I can't imagine their doing otherwise.
Clearly in his previous book, The Kensington Rune Stone, Compelling New Evidence, Wolter, and co-author Richard Nielson, scientifically established the authenticity of the Kensington rune stone. In The Hooked X, not only that stone, but several others declared hoaxes have also been proven to be authentic. The only alternative to that conclusion is to say that hoaxers knew many things, including the hooked X, that even the greatest scholars of our time were unaware of.
Wolter followed the clues world wide and photographed important evidence supporting his thesis, and these photographs appear throughout the book--letting you see what he saw, letting you decide on the evidence.
If this book proves one thing, it is that history is not something just in the past. It's all around us, permeating our daily lives.
I predict this book will be around for a long time and will act as a guide for future studies concerning history (some would say pre-history) on this continent.
I suggest if you read only one book this year, read this one.