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Jordan Codices - Samuel Zinner
June 20, 2017 06:05 PM PDT
The Jordanian Lead Books: An Overview The Jordanian metal artefacts consist principally of lead sheets bound together with wire rings in the form of several dozen book-like artefacts. There are also a few tiny rolled lead and gold lamellae, about half a dozen copper scrolls (individual book-sized sheets rolled up), about half a dozen gold books, a brass or bronze bowl, two copper dishes (one round, one more square-like), a lesser number of copper books and several loose sheets as well. The only institutional collection is housed at the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DAJ). The private collection of the Israeli Bedouin Mr Hassan Saida became publicly known in 2011. There is another large private collection of Jordanian lead books in Saudi Arabia, romantically (I suspect) traced to a cave just outside Medina. The first version of this particular story put the discovery at some time in very recent years, then after a few years the story changed to a discovery made more than seventy years ago. The story has most recently morphed yet again, this time into a claim that the artefacts are all modern fakes, despite the fact that the same source originally claimed to have personally excavated the artefacts in the cave. The latter claim of fakes could be correct, or it could be an attempt to cover up recent black market activities, or it could reflect the wish to avoid the perception of the latter. I simply have no way of ascertaining the facts in this are Similarly, convenient rumours locate the origins of the gold books in question in the legendary ancient Jewish settlement of Khaybar, which may be just as romantic a story as the one involving the Medina cave. All of these items in Saudi Arabia have design parallels in Jordanian lead books, and the evidence suggests they all originated in Jordan and then made their way to Egypt, various Gulf states, Saudi Arabia, and throughout North Africa and beyond. The artefacts have therefore definitely spread beyond Jordan and Israel. The main question is when this proliferation occurred, was it before or after the 2011 publicity. While unverifiable private claims have been put forth that locate the lead books’ origins in Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia, the only verifiable fact relating to the issue of the Saida collection’s provenance is that in 2011 official Jordanian authorities recovered several lead books comparable in all respects to Saida’s artefacts in the northern Jordanian village of Saham alKfarat. This is quite near to Pella, famous as the home of the ancient Nazarenes/Nazoreans and Ebionites according to early church fathers such as Epiphanius and Eusebius, a fact exploited to the full by lead book enthusiasts back in 2011. A seizure also took place in Egypt, but my own investigation leads me to conclude that these artefacts, too, were originally from Jordan (see ch. 10). None of the above is intended to rule out categorically the possibility that the tradition of making lead books existed beyond the confines of Jordan.Frank Talaber - Canadian Author
June 20, 2017 06:00 PM PDT
June 15, 2017 08:28 PM PDT
Reclaiming Parkland details the failed attempt of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman—cofounder of the production company Playtone—to make Vincent Bugliosi’s mammoth book about the Kennedy assassination, Reclaiming History, into a miniseries. It exposes the questionable origins of Reclaiming History in a dubious mock trial for cable television, in which Bugliosi played the role of an attorney prosecuting Lee Harvey Oswald for murder, and how this formed the basis for the epic tome. Author James DiEugenio details the myriad problems with Bugliosi’s book, and explores the cooperation of the mainstream press in concealing these many faults during the publicity campaign for the book and how this lack of scrutiny led Hanks and Goetzman to purchase the film rights. DiEugenio then shows how the film eventually adapted from that book, entitled Parkland, does not even resemble Reclaiming History, though the script for that film displays the same imbalance that Reclaiming History does.
Reclaiming Parkland also includes extended looks at the little-known aspects of the lives and careers of Bugliosi, Hanks, and Goetzman—including Bugliosi’s three attempts at political office and a review of the Tate-LaBianca murders in the light of today’s knowledge of that case. DiEugenio also looks at the connections between Washington and Hollywood, as well as the CIA influence in the film colony today. Reclaiming Parkland is a truly unique book that delves into the Kennedy assassination, the New Hollywood, and the political influence on how films are made today.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a homeLast Outlaws - Thom Hatch
June 09, 2017 03:11 PM PDT
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid—as leaders of the Wild Bunch, they planned and executed the most daring bank and train robberies of the day, with a professionalism never before seen by authorities. For several years at the end of the 1890s, the two friends, along with a revolving cast who made up their band of thieves, eluded local law enforcement and bounty hunters, all while stealing from the rich bankers and eastern railroad corporations who exploited western land. The close calls were many, but Butch and Sundance always managed to escape to rob again another day—that is, until they rode headlong into the 20th century.
Fenced-in range, telephone lines, electric lights, and new crime-fighting techniques were quickly rendering obsolete the outlaws of the wide open frontier. Knowing their time was up, Butch and Sundance, along with a mysterious beauty named Etta Place, headed to South America, vowing to leave their criminal careers behind. But riding the trails of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, Butch and Sundance would find that crime wasn’t through with them just yet.
In The Last Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before: Butch, the brains of the outfit; Sundance, the man of action; and the men on both sides of the law whom they fought with and against. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, author Thom hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West.KKNW Greg Lawson - Detecting Paranormal
June 08, 2017 10:09 AM PDT
DETECTING PARANORMAL - Discussions on Becoming a Paranormal Detective is a comprehensive guide to refining your abilities in paranormal research. Greg provides anecdotal examples coupled with specific subject concentrations in order for the reader to grasp the real concepts of what an investigation truly is. By dissecting the process into four core concepts, The Investigation, The Interview, The Research, and Scene Management, Greg paints a clear picture for you to become a Paranormal Detective.Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Dick Russell
June 05, 2017 11:21 AM PDT
The science is overwhelming; the facts are in. The planet is heating up at an alarming rate and the results are everywhere to be seen. Yet, as time runs out, climate progress is blocked by the men who are profiting from the burning of the planet: energy moguls like the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Powerful politicians like Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Inhofe, who receive massive contributions from the oil and coal industries. Most of these men are too intelligent to truly believe that climate change is not a growing crisis. And yet they have put their profits and careers ahead of the health and welfare of the world’s population—and even their own children and grandchildren. How do they explain themselves to their offspring, to the next generations that must deal with the environmental havoc that these men have wreaked? Horsemen of the Apocalypse takes a personal look at this global crisis, literally bringing it homeEscape from Dannemora - Michael Benson
June 03, 2017 01:15 PM PDT
It was one of the biggest crime stories of the decade—two deadly killers, desperate and on the run. After months of planning, Ricky Matt and David Sweat cut, chopped, coerced, and connived their way out of a maximum-security prison in the wilderness of upstate New York and managed to elude police for three weeks, sending the region into lockdown and keeping the entire country on edge. The media called it “a bold escape for the ages,” and veteran true-crime writer Michael Benson leads us along the story’s every wild path to dig out a tale of adventure, psychology, sex, and brutality. Escape from Dannemora examines the strange case of Joyce Mitchell, the long-time prison employee who had a sexual relationship with at least one of the killers, and who smuggled them tools and aided in the escape, while they cooked up a plan to kill her husband. In the end, Benson looks closely at conditions at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, a crumbling Gothic pile now under investigation for charges of drug trafficking and brutalityCharles Manson Behind Bars - Mark Hewitt
June 01, 2017 10:12 AM PDT
For the past forty years, Charles Manson has languished in prison for his participation in the Manson family murders of 1969. He is America’s icon of evil, the one who brought down the curtain on the 1960s. He has never been a quiet inmate, however. From his unbridled outbursts of rage to his tender acts of generosity, he makes his presence felt to everyone around him.
May 30, 2017 05:29 PM PDT
Francis Thompson in 1888.He was an ex-medical student with a dissecting scalpel, and a history of mental illness and trouble with the police. He had just broken up with a prostitute and had written about cutting women's stomachs open.At the same time, a few yards from his refuge, a woman was knifed, as part of a spate of prostitute murders, which one coroner said was by someone who had considerable anatomical skill and knowledge.Richard A. Patterson sets out a compelling case for English poet Francis Thompson as the prime suspect for Jack the Ripper in this must-read for Ripperologists the world over.JT Hunter - Vampire Killer (encore)
May 28, 2017 03:24 PM PDT
John Crutchley seemed to be living the American Dream. Good-looking and blessed with a genius level IQ, he had a prestigious, white-collar job at a prominent government defense contractor, where he held top secret security clearance and handled projects for NASA and the Pentagon. To all outward appearances, he was a hard-working, successful family man with a lavish new house, a devoted wife, and a healthy young son.
But, he concealed a hidden side of his personality, a dark secret tied to a hunger for blood and the overriding need to kill. As one of the most prolific serial killers in American history, Crutchley committed at least twelve murders, and possibly nearly three dozen. His IQ ellipsis that of Ted Bundy, and his body count may have as well.
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