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Little known explorations : overlooked or forgotten discoveries that nevertheless have furnished facts that have served to unlock the secrets of the past

by Hereward Carrington; Haldeman-Julius Company.

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Little Known Explorations by Hereward Carrington   (2013-11-19)

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Review of Little Known Explorations by Hereward CarringtonCITATION: Carrington, H. (1948 )(edited E. Haldeman-Julius). Little Known Explorations: overlooked or forgotten discoveries that nevertheless have furnished facts that have served to unlock the secrets of the past (B 680). Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Publications.Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer.This is a pamphlet in the Haldeman-Julius Publications series of `Big Blue Books'. This is one of 23 different `Big Blue Book' titles written by Hereward Carrington with about 1000 different titles written by a variety of authors, with Carrington being amongst the more prolific of the Haldeman-Julius authors. How original and compelling is this work? The best rating that `Little Known Explorations' can be given is fair to middling and it was somewhat of a pot-boiler for Carrington as he had frequently written on this general area previously. The pamphlet is only twenty eight pages long with the brief histories of twenty-two explorers or archaeologists.Each story is less than two pages long and some would be improved with a little more detail. The stories of the Rosetta Stone, of Henry Rawlinson and of Heinrich Schliemann are brief but extremely interesting. His story of South and Central American civilisations with less than a page to explain the Mayan, Toltec, Aztec and Incan artefacts and their discovery is taking abbreviation to absurd lengths. Regarding Australian exploration, his description of the Burke and Wills expedition is decidedly weak. However, he gave credit to some women explorers and mentioned some polar and North American explorers whose stories are little known. His style is factual with a tendency to exaggerate for dramatic effect, but overall I found sufficient of interest in this work to suggest that it is worth reading.BILL PALMER


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