• Who Discovered America?

  • The Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas
  • By: Gavin Menzies, Ian Hudson
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Who Discovered America?

By: Gavin Menzies,Ian Hudson
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
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Publisher's Summary

Greatly expanding on his blockbuster 1421, distinguished historian Gavin Menzies uncovers the complete untold history of how mankind came to the Americas - offering new revelations and a radical rethinking of the accepted historical record in Who Discovered America?

The iconoclastic historian's magnum opus, Who Discovered America? calls into question our understanding of how the American continents were settled, shedding new light on the well-known "discoveries" of European explorers, including Christopher Columbus. In Who Discovered America? he combines meticulous research and an adventurer's spirit to reveal astounding new evidence of an ancient Asian seagoing tradition - most notably the Chinese - that dates as far back as 130,000 years ago.

Menzies offers a revolutionary new alternative to the "Beringia" theory of how humans crossed a land bridge connecting Asia and North America during the last Ice Age, and provides a wealth of staggering claims, that hold fascinating and astonishing implications for the history of mankind.

©2013 Gavin Menzies and Ian Hudson (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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Like reading an appendix

1421 was a riveting story so I had high hopes for this one but there was so much data if a compelling narrative was there it drowned in waves of information.

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Interesting premise, but still needs much more research

The author’s premise, at least as expressed through this book, is full of generalizations on why the Chinese must have made trips to the Americas over the span of millennia.

His premise that people couldn’t have crossed a land bridge because he wasn’t able to do a similar journey today, completely ignores the fact that the climates of 20,000 years ago was very different than today.

There are several chapters that have nothing to do with the premise of the book, such as his long description of a vacation he took along the Silk Road.

Also annoyingly, I’m fairly certain he mispronounces many of the Chinese names.

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Great details and story, narrator cannot pronounce key foreign words

These details make history interesting, showing it isn’t a dead topic, but an ongoing debate. The author spent a lot of his own money on travel and research, resulting in a very interesting book.

Narration was good except for the many foreign words the narrator mangled beyond all recognition. I guess they wanted to stick with a British accent, but there are plenty of brits who can pronounce the foreign words better. Narrator would be great for an all English topic.

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Very Enlightening Book

Loved this book. Opened my archeological/historical mind, first love though amateur. Will be reading and following on audio again. So much to absorb. My question is why has the main stream professionals been so adamant to keep this knowledge in the closet. Looks like people like Gavin are shaking up minds too locked into the status quo despite clear evidence.

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outstanding real history of the world

The research is overwhelming in its accuracy and scholarship. it is time to match history instruction to what actually happened.

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another is that really true book

Fascinating if true. You want to believe it but many don't. Might as well read about who killed JFK. Too many facts that you can't immediately verify. Check WIKI before you read it.

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Interesting

Keep an open mind. This author has many references to collaborate his hypothesis. I wish I had time to dig deeper into them but I just wanted to keep listening. I feel like my history classes were a waste of time.

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thrilling

great. very pleasant voice and accent. the storyline is super, have already listened to

other books by the same author

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a must have

there has been years of research put into this writing. not just someones opinion. and if your into real research you must get this book. todays science is " if it does not fit the theory it cannot be" but every six months or so the educated that write history get educated.

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  • Matt Jollands
  • 02-10-22

A man and his grudges

Felt like a wronged lover texting you with their theories about Chinese explorers at 3am