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Paradigm Shift for American History, 25 Oct. 2013
Once in a lifetime, you find a book that establishes a new guideline for generations to come. This is it!
The new bestseller, from the British team of Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson finally gets it right. Who Discovered America? is a synthesis of the latest investigations by Menzies and Hudson after visiting American museums and archeological sites - and after interviewing cutting-edge scientists in such diverse fields as genetic research, cartography, plant biology, epidemiology, and marine archeology. The broad-based scientific foundation for this book is beyond reproach.
Nevertheless, Menzies and Hudson do not claim to have written the last word on the subject of New World voyages before Columbus. They acknowledge that even more discoveries are yet to come. Everyone can be a part of this thrilling adventure. Menzies and Hudson invite readers to participate in the unfolding drama of rewriting the real history of world exploration by inquiring into a host of websites, books, and the current research of experts in many fields. Only Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson have developed the kind of interactive web site where this synthesis of new ideas and widespread participation can actually happen - on a global basis. Professional historians tend to shelter themselves in little cubby-holes of specializations in obscure fields of study that totally miss the Big Picture. Not Menzies and Hudson!
The vital importance of Menzies' original book, 1421 - The Year China Discovered America (Bantam, 2002), is underscored by the fact that a Beijing map collector, Liu Gang, realized that a Ming Map he had purchased from a Shanghai antique dealer was a World Heritage Treasure. Liu Gang came to this conclusion only after reading Menzies' book. Subsequently, tens of thousands of curious readers (and many expert scientists) offered contributions and ideas by using the interactive web site created by Team 1421.
Those scholars who have criticized Menzies' early theories haven't considered the fact that the British author has always regarded his explorations as "a work in progress." Unlike many "certified" academics who seem to believe they already know "everything," Menzies is open to considering new evidence and new interpretations that are offered by his growing list of associates. His frequent consultants include many university professors and leading scientific experts from across the globe.
A decade ago, Menzies began his odyssey of global research when he realized that the Eurocentric history discounted the role played by the Ming Chinese in New World exploration, mapping, and settlement before Columbus. Since then, his research team has identified maps by ancient Chinese explorers dating to the 3rd millennium BC, maps of America's West Coast by Yuan Dynasty survey teams (including Marco Polo as an eyewitness), and two Ming Dynasty Maps showing both North and South America prior to the voyage by Columbus. The authenticity of these documents has been confirmed by lengthy linguistic examination, cartographic analysis, and radiocarbon dating. Let there be no mistake: shorelines that Europeans supposedly "discovered" were already "on the map" before Columbus sailed. Mercator even confirmed that he had seen "a Chinese map and a Marco Polo chart." In other words, the Chinese not only mapped American shores, their maps were used by European explorers for their own "discoveries."
You will enjoy this engaging adventure into America's dynamic cavalcade of exploration and discovery. It is presented by two talented tour guides who make real science seem fascinating and alive. This is a fundamental Paradigm Shift for the fields of history, anthropology, and geography; and you can become part of the action.
Fasten your seatbelts for the historical rollercoaster ride of the century.