Reviewed by John Harney
Many people are fascinated by strange beliefs and stories about ancient artifacts, or sensational interpretations of ancient writings. This book deals with a number of these, together with some more modern mysteries and controversies, particularly with regard to official interest, real or imagined, by US government agencies.
It is rather cleverly written in a manner likely to appeal to sceptics as well as believers. Some of the more bizarre stories are described as “controversial”, so the sceptic only has to substitute “barking mad” for this adjective. In other words it depends on how you read it, as Redfern, unlike many other writers on similar topics, never tries to bully the reader into accepting his verdicts on what he describes.