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Black Dog & Leventhal

Hoax: A History of Deception

Ian Tattersall, Peter Névraumont
Authors:
Ian Tattersall, Peter Névraumont

An enthralling exploration of the most audacious and underhanded deceptions in the history of mankind, from sacred relics to financial schemes to fake art, music, and identities.World history is littered with tall tales and those who have fallen for them. Ian Tattersall, a curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, and Peter Névraumont, an award-winning book producer, have teamed up to create this anti-history of the world, in which Michelangelo fakes a cupid; the holy foreskin is venerated; arctic explorers search for an entrance into a hollow Earth; a woman is elected Pope; and people can survive on only air and sunshine. Told chronologically, HOAX begins with the first documented announcement of the end of the world from 365 AD and winds its way through controversial tales such as the Loch Ness Monster and the Shroud of Turin, past proven fakes such as the Thomas Jefferson's ancient wine and the Davenport Tablets built by a lost race, and explores bald-faced lies in the art world, journalism, and archeology.

Orbit

The Last Days of Jack Sparks

Jason Arnopp
Authors:
Jason Arnopp

***THE TOP TEN EBOOK BESTSELLER***'Magnificent' Alan Moore'I couldn't put the book down' Ron Howard'Chilling and utterly immersive' M. R. Carey It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now. 'Fascinating, hilarious, disturbing, exciting and surprising as hell' Ron Howard, director of Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code'Brilliantly paced, utterly compelling, I didn't have *a clue* what would happen' Toby Whithouse'Super spooky and addictively written' Heat'We fell hard for Jason Arnopp's whip-smart and impulsive thriller . . . meet your new favourite book' iBooks Store'Wittier than the lovechild of Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker, scarier than watching The Exorcist in an abandoned asylum' Sarah Lotz, author of The Three'This is The Omen for the social media age' Chris Brookmyre'Ingenious and funny . . . A magnificent millennial nightmare' Alan MooreDISCOVER THIS YEAR'S MOST TALKED-ABOUT THRILLER - perfect for fans of Stephen King, Irvine Welsh and Chuck Palahniuk.

Black Dog & Leventhal

Florence

Ross King, Anja Grebe
Authors:
Ross King, Anja Grebe

Every painted work that is on display in the Uffizi Gallery, The Pitti Palace, the Accademia, and the Duomo is included in the book, plus many or most of the works from 28 of the city's other magnificent museums and churches. The research and text are by Ross King (best-selling author), Anja Grebe (author or The Louvre and The Vatican), Cristina Acidini (former Superintendent of the public museums of Florence) and Msgr. Timothy Verdon (Director of the artworks for the Archdiocese of Florence).

Black Dog & Leventhal

Leonardo's Notebooks

H. Anna Suh, Leonardo da Vinci
Authors:
H. Anna Suh, Leonardo da Vinci

An all-new, jewel-like, reader-friendly format gives new life to this relaunch of an international best-seller.Leonardo da Vinci?artist, inventor, and prototypical Renaissance man?is a perennial source of fascination because of his astonishing intellect and boundless curiosity about the natural and man-made world. During his life he created numerous works of art and kept voluminous notebooks that detailed his artistic and intellectual pursuits.The collection of writings and art in this magnificent book are drawn from his notebooks. The book organizes his wide range of interests into subjects such as human figures, light and shade, perspective and visual perception, anatomy, botany and landscape, geography, the physical sciences and astronomy, architecture, sculpture, and inventions. Nearly every piece of writing throughout the book is keyed to the piece of artwork it describes.The writing and art is selected by art historian H. Anna Suh, who provides fascinating commentary and insight into the material, making Leonardo's Notebooks an exquisite single-volume compendium celebrating his enduring genius.

Robinson

The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena

Roy Bainton
Authors:
Roy Bainton
Sphere

Turin Shroud: How Leonardo Da Vinci Fooled History

Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
Authors:
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince

In 1988, carbon dating of the world's most famous Christian relic revealed that it was a mediaeval or Renaissance forgery. Yet many questions remained. How could a hoaxer of 500 or more years ago have created an image that appears so astonishingly lifelike when seen in photographic negative? How was such an image formed? And who would have dared fake the Holy Shroud of Jesus? Setting out to answer these questions, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince discovered that the faker was none other than Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance artist, scientist, inventor - and hoaxer - whose innovations are acknowledged to have been centuries ahead of his time. They also reconstructed Leonardo's secret technique - becoming the first ever to recreate the Shroud image.Now revised and updated, sensationally the new 2006 edition of Turin Shroud presents the long-lost hard evidence to link the Shroud of Turin directly with Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps this is even his 'confession' to having faked Christianity's most sacred relic, which will astonish both believers and sceptics alike, and present a new challenge to historians of both art and photography.

Robinson

The Mammoth Book of UFOs

Lynn Picknett
Authors:
Lynn Picknett

The ultimate guide to the history, background and meaning of whether UFOs really exist, plus associated phenomena such as alien abduction, crop circles and cattle mutilations. There is also a comprehensive overview of the many conspiracy theories which surround UFOs and abductions - from the craft as secret Nazi technology to weird CIA plots. Written by a ufologist with many years in the field, this exciting and highly provocative book at times reads like a thriller. What messages do UFOs hold for us and for the future of life on earth?

Sphere

The Turin Shroud Secret

Sam Christer
Authors:
Sam Christer

It is the most controversial religious icon in the world. No one knows where it came from.No one knows when it was made.But now, the greatest mystery in religious history holds the key to a present-day serial killer who devises savage, bizarre deaths for his victims.And only two American cops, following a trail that stretches from California to the Vatican, can expose the secret of the Shroud.From internationally bestselling author Sam Christer, published in 35 languages around the world, comes a thriller packed with relentless action, shocking twists and astounding research - the most suspenseful and intelligent novel of its kind since The Da Vinci Code.

Constable

The Forbidden Universe

Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
Authors:
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
Sphere

The Masks Of Christ

Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
Authors:
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince

This book is not intended as an attack on Christianity of the Christ of faith, but is an assessment of all the historical evidence about Jesus Christ.Although there is a huge literature on the subject - theological, historical, mythical, New Age and speculative - almost all of it is aimed at a niche market. The Masks of Christ is very different, being a mainstream book aimed at everyone. For the first time, all the various theories and facts about Jesus are considered between the covers of one accessible book.As the phenomenal sales of The Da Vinci Code continue to fuel a growing global appetite for questioning the old certainities and assumptions about Christianity and what it says about its founder, never has there been a more perfect time to launch The Masks of Christ.

Constable

The American Leonardo

John Brewer
Authors:
John Brewer

After the First World War, Harry Hahn returned to America with his new wife and a spectacular wedding present - which the couple claim was the real La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci. The painting caused a sensation until the world's leading art critic, Sir Joseph Duveen (without seeing it in person) questioned its authenticity. The Hahns took Duveen to court for slander. Thus began one of the most extraordinary stories in 20th century art history.The highly renowned historian John Brewer brilliantly uses this story as a launch from which to look at the wider world of the art market and asks the question, when you are standing in front of a painting how do you know what it is? How do you value its worth? What is the most reliable - the expert eye of the connoisseur or the forensic insight of more scientific methods? Through the story of the American Leonardo Brewer charts a thrilling history of 20th century obsession with art, taste and moneyPraise for A Sentimental Murder'A clever, important book,' Kathryn Hughes, Guardian'Sensational . . utterly rigorous, yet written with effortless elegance and continual verve.' Observer'like a set of dazzling variations on the traditional whodunit.' Daily Telegraph'Exceptional, stimulating, original, beautifully written and full of wit.' Miranda Seymour'Rich and significant . . more compelling that any thriller.' Independent

Sphere

The Sion Revelation

Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
Authors:
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince

In their bestselling books The Turin Shroud: In Whose Image and The Templar Revelation, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince uncovered age-old conspiracies surrounding secret knowledge of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist, much of which centred on the activities of individuals and groups allegedly connected with the Priory of Sion. Now, in Decoding Sion, Picknett and Prince look more closely at this French-based organisation, said to be the ancient protector of great religious and historical secrets.Written in a similar style to The Stargate Conspiracy, where the authors argued that apparently bizarre belief systems actually hide real activity on behalf of intelligence agencies and of military and political movers and shakers, Decoding Sion will reveal just how important the Priory of Sion really is - and why we should all care . . .

Magpie

The Secret History of Christianity

Malcolm Brocklehurst
Authors:
Malcolm Brocklehurst

'THE SECRET HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY' follows the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene and the 2000 year old mystery as to how the Church of Rome suppressed the marriage of Jesus and the corruption of the church as portrayed in codes in the medieval paintings of Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci. The book investigates and names the biological father of Jesus as recorded but hidden in the scriptures. The educational years of Jesus are investigated and his education as a 'faith healer' under the teachings of the Essenes who were part of the Egyptian establishment. Symbolic legacies from the Pharaohs are today still to be seen in our churches. The marital status of Jesus to Mary Magdalene is covered in depth with the history of his descendant's who fled the Holy Land after the crucifixion and lived in France. A chapter is devoted to an alleged visit of Jesus to England with Joseph of Aramathea.'THE SECRET HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY' follows the trail for the descendant's of Jesus and then moves to the crusaders and the origins of the Knight Templars and how they were manipulated by their political arm; the Prior of Sion who are still with us today. The narrative covers the French suppression of the Templars and the Cathar people in the south of France which then follows through into investigations into the Holy Grail. The links between the Templars and Scottish history and the hidden secrets of Rosslyn Chapel are outlined which embraces a detailed description of the Templar's discovery of America that happened one hundred years before Columbus. The author spent a considerable time in the Lanquedoc researching the intriguing mystery of Rennes le Chateau and how the descendant's of Mary Magdalene were integrated into the French nobility. Lateral thinking in a chapter on Alchemy puts forward a case that Saunière, the priest at Rennes le Chateau got his wealth from alchemy but the author presents a case that he may have been blackmailing the Church of Rome. The author presents a good thesis for the theory that there are hidden codes in the medieval paintings of Leonard de Vinci and Botticelli.'THE SECRET HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY' finishes with theories as to what may have happened to the Templar treasure and ends with the Author's conclusions to 'The End Times'.

Piatkus

The Two Marys

Sylvia Browne
Authors:
Sylvia Browne
Robinson

The Secret History of Lucifer (New Edition)

Lynn Picknett
Authors:
Lynn Picknett

In her new account of an old religion, Lynn Picknett explains that Lucifer means 'the light bringer' and was a personification of the Morning Star, the planet Venus and its goddess. 'He' was originally 'she' -- a divine representation of love, light and human warmth. The early Christian Church appropriated the name Lucifer, and it became synonymous with darkness and the Devil. Yet many great thinkers have covertly followed the old Luciferan way, most famously Leonardo da Vinci, who encrypted the symbols of his heretical beliefs in his work, visible only to those who have the key.

Da Capo Press

Top Secret/Majic

Stanton T. Friedman, Whitley Strieber
Authors:
Stanton T. Friedman, Whitley Strieber

Top Secret/Majic is the result of nuclear physicist and renowned UFO investigator Stanton T. Friedman's twenty-one year search for the truth about the mysterious Operation Majestic 12, President Truman's top-secret UFO investigation team. In this updated edition of his landmark book, he tells the incredible tale of the July, 1947 recovery of a crashed flying saucer near Roswell, New Mexico, and the establishment by President Truman of a truly All-Star cast to deal with the saucer and its non-human inhabitants. The first four Directors of Central Intelligence, the first Secretary of defence, and several outstanding scientists and military leaders were part of the team. Through painstaking research and startling evidence,including documents that have never before been published,Friedman effectively exposes the U.S. government's biggest-kept secret: a fifty-eight year UFO cover-up.

Robinson

Mary Magdalene

Lynn Picknett
Authors:
Lynn Picknett
Sphere

Double Standards

Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, Stephen Prior
Authors:
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, Stephen Prior

For sixty years there has been an unprecedented cover-up by both the British Establishment and successive generations of historians about the flight of Hitler's Deputy Rudolf Hess to Scotland in May 1941. Long dismissed as the misguided attempt of a madman to make contact with a non-existent British peace party DOUBLE STANDARDS explosively reveals that Hess's peace mission was one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century - and that the Establishment had very good reasons for covering up the truth: the Establishment WAS the peace party that Hess had come to meet. Even more shockingly, the book reveals that members of the Royal Family itself - whose involvement in the Hess affair has been conveniently airbrushed out of history - were at the heart of this group. Based on entirely new material from eyewitnesses, hitherto inaccessible archives and intelligence sources, DOUBLE STANDARDS reveals that Hess's peace mission was of supreme importance. It raises some of the most intriguing questions about the history of the twentieth century. DOUBLE STANDARDS' mission is to answer them.

Sphere

Stargate Conspiracy

Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince
Authors:
Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince

Recent exciting discoveries by independent researchers have dramatically challenged our understanding of ancient Egypt, raising profound questions about our past. STARGATE CONSPIRACY exposes the most insidious & dangerous plan of our times. It involves intelligence agencies, politicians, bestselling writers, scientists & industrialists. The authors believe that this conspiracy, centred upon the eternal mysteries of ancient Egypt, targets & threatens us all. Tracing the identity of the groups involved, Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince argue that at the heart of this strange plan is the belief that the ancient Egyptian gods were-and are-real extraterrestrials, about to return through the 'stargate' between our world & theirs. They suggest that the US-funded excavations on the Giza plateau - officially denied, but for which the authors produce documented evidence - now appear to be the result of directives allegedly received through communication with beings of higher intelligence, who are instructing the conspirators to lay the foundations for great global changes. Provocative & stimulating, STARGATE CONSPIRACY is a book of and for the new millennium.

Anja Grebe

Anja Grebe teaches art history at the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg/Germany. She is taking part in numerous international research projects and exhibitions and has published extensively on medieval and modern art history. Grebe is the author of The Louvre: All the Paintings and The Vatican: All the Paintings. She lives in Erlangen, Germany.