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David Gibbins

Autor(a) de Atlantis

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Obras de David Gibbins

Atlantis (2005) 1,223 cópias
Crusader Gold (2006) 647 cópias
The Last Gospel (2008) 608 cópias
The Tiger Warrior (2009) 333 cópias
The Mask of Troy (2010) 310 cópias
The Gods of Atlantis (2011) 232 cópias
Pharaoh (2013) 181 cópias
Pyramid (2014) 114 cópias
Destroy Carthage (2013) 107 cópias
Testament (2008) 71 cópias
Inquisition (2017) 48 cópias
The Sword of Attila (2015) 28 cópias
L'héritage d'Atlantis (2023) 3 cópias

Associated Works

Hellenistic Economies (2001) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



In his book, A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks, David Gibbons, underwater archeologist, gives a fascination look at history from the 2nd millennium BCE to WWII through the exploration of shipwrecks. He looks at what is known of each ship’s provenance, where it originated, where it had been before it sank, what it is known about its cargo including what has survived, and a bit of the history of the area where the ship was found and little bit about important historical events of the time.

I enjoyed this book quite a lot but, as other reviewers have pointed out it reads in parts much like a text book and could be rather dry in some places. And, like any book, that covers large periods of history, some is bound to resonate more than others based on the reader’s specific interests. Still, for anyone interested in snapshot portraits of various periods of history, underwater archeology, or the evolution of commerce and/or shipbuilding through the ages, it is well worth a read.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review
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lostinalibrary | outras 5 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Not a light beach read. Gibbins gives a detailed history of the period around each wreck as well as an inventory of what was found. There are wonderful description of what each item was intended for, inventory numbers, the trade or fight involved in it's sailing and sinking. It's fascinating but reads like a textbook. A history lovers dream but in order to appreciate the detail involved it takes time & effort.

The story is part autobiography, part human history, part ship building techniques, part naval history. It's a wondrous tome for a history buff but casual readers will not be engaged.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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FDarlene491 | outras 5 resenhas | May 16, 2024 |
This could have been a really fascinating book, but I think the author took the wrong approach in the presentation and organization of the history. This felt very text book, with few events or characters standing out in the sea of facts.
I listened to this on audio, which may also have hampered my enjoyment. I thought for sure an AI was narrating, the vocal rhythm was so punctuated and choppy. I do not recommend the audio.
KallieGrace | outras 5 resenhas | May 8, 2024 |
I loved that each of the Twelve Shipwrecks had a unique story to tell. With hundreds on record and even more yet to be discovered, David Gibbins has chosen each one with a discerning eye. Personal favorites include the Dover Wreck, the oldest seagoing vessel ever found; the Marzamemi Wreck which contained 28 marble columns fit for a Byszantine Church; and the Belitung Wreck, which contained 57,000 Changsha bowls and priceless metals. And of course the legendary Wreck of the Mary Rose! Others include the Uluburun Wreck, the Plemmirio Wreck, the Roskilde Wreck, the Santo Christo de Castel, the Royal Anne Galley, the HMS Terror and the SS Gairsoppa.

However, this one required some effort to get through. Factually, it is flawless, and Gibbins is clearly a master of the field. Structurally though, it is cumbersome and needs refinement. First, Gibbins introduces the shipwreck and describes what was found. He then posits where it was sailing to and from. These portions are great, but you have to sift through a lot to find them. To include as much "world" as possible, Gibbins incorporates temporally adjacent events or loosely tied literary references. A single artifact may be the only link to several pages of surplus information. I often found myself simply googling the shipwreck to stay on track. This book would greatly benefit from footnotes and illustrations. I recommend having a notebook and an encyclopedia to assist with the archaeological terminology. Thankfully Gibbins' enthusiasm and passion for shipwrecks convinced me to stick with it. There's an excellent book buried here, but like an archaeologist you have to have the patience to dig it up.
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asukamaxwell | outras 5 resenhas | Apr 16, 2024 |


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