The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt

The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt

Randall Sullivan / May 19, 2019

The Curse of Oak Island The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt In a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island in Nova Scotia Canada and ignited rumors of buried treasure Early excavators uncovered a clay lined shaft

  • Title: The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt
  • Author: Randall Sullivan
  • ISBN: 0802126936
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure Early excavators uncovered a clay lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible.S In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure Early excavators uncovered a clay lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible.Since then the mystery of Oak Island s Money Pit has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him young Franklin Delano Roosevelt and film star Errol Flynn Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers imaginations a flat stone inscribed in code a flood tunnel draining from a man made beach a torn scrap of parchment stone markers forming a huge cross Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers excavation attempts have claimed two lives Theories abound as to what s hidden on Oak Island pirates treasure, Marie Antoinette s lost jewels, the Holy Grail, proof that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare s plays yet to this day, the Money Pit remains an enigma The Curse of Oak Island is a fascinating account of the strange, rich history of the island and the intrepid treasure hunters who have driven themselves to financial ruin, psychotic breakdowns, and even death in pursuit of answers And as Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina become the latest to attempt to solve the mystery, as documented on the History Channel s television show The Curse of Oak Island, Sullivan takes readers along to follow their quest firsthand Get A Copy Kindle Store 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Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 05, 2018 Bob Milne rated it really liked it Shelves archaeology, reference, oak island As much a book of mythology and storytelling as one of history and mystery, The Curse of Oak Island is the perfect companion piece for those of us who watch the show and wonder at the details beneath the narrative There s a reason the show is one of the highest rated original programs on cable TV, but there s only so much they can cover in a season, and the recaps often of previous recaps add to the challenge.There s a reason Randall Sullivan subtitled his book The Story of the World s Longes As much a book of mythology and storytelling as one of history and mystery, The Curse of Oak Island is the perfect companion piece for those of us who watch the show and wonder at the details beneath the narrative There s a reason the show is one of the highest rated original programs on cable TV, but there s only so much they can cover in a season, and the recaps often of previous recaps add to the challenge.There s a reason Randall Sullivan subtitled his book The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt, and 223 years of treasure hunting is a massive story to be explored.While there are many ways he could have approached the subject matter, Sullivan chooses to move chronologically through the searchers, hunters, and diggers, painting a vivid picture of an island riddled with as many holes as theories You don t really get a sense of the damage done in watching the show, but reading how each search built on the one before it, it s almost overwhelming For every hole or tunnel talked about on the show, there are a dozen others running through the island.Speaking of damage, Sullivan doesn t withhold his criticism of the extensive damage done by Robert Dunfield, reshaping the landscape so brutally that the Province of Nova Scotia considered putting an end to the treasure hunt and turning the island into a nature preserve He also doesn t shy away from the fact that Fred Nolan deliberately removed or destroyed key markers, consigning those details to memories lost with his passing, and a veritable treasure trove of surveying maps that may never see the light of day That s not to say that Sullivan indulges in judgmental sensationalism, just that he s a little forthcoming and a little less cautious than the cast and crew.Although the book is very closely tied to the show, as evidenced by the History logo on the cover, it is not merely a promotional vehicle for the next season Sullivan reveals some interesting warts about the production, even going so far as to acknowledge that both of the Lagina brothers were nagged by the suspicion that the maravedi found in the swamp in the first season finale had been planted at the Mercy Point by the producers of The Curse of Oak Island It was a key moment in the search, turning a one and done season into an ongoing series, and while Sullivan defends the producers, it s interesting that he calls it out He also talks of other moments where theories were abandoned, details pushed aside, and entire conversations left on the cutting room floor, all to pursue something ratings worthy It s not just the producers who have an agenda, however, but cast members who don t like having facts get in the way of their own pet theories, as Sullivan found one when trying to dissuade Marty from the theory of Marie Antoinette s jewels One time, I reminded myself that I would accomplish on Oak Island by listening than I would by sharing my opinions If you watch the show, then you know it is as much about personalities as it is mysteries, and that s where The Curse of Oak Island holds some of its biggest surprises For instance, we learn about the Restall family, turning an already sad story into something truly tragic, and we get some insights into who the Lagina brothers are, how they made their fortune, and what brought them to the island Even importantly, though, we get the full story of the feud between Fred Nolan and Dan Blankenship, a story of shady deals, backstabbing, violent threats, obstruction, legal persecution, and ruined reputations Coming away from those chapters, you finally understand the depth of their enmity for one another, and appreciate just how significant their cooperation with the Lagina brothers ultimately was Dan Henskee gets some interesting page time as well, but I ll come back to him later.Of course, most people will be reading this for the legends, the history, and the mythology of the treasure, hoping to see their favorite theory advanced, or their least favorite debunked While some of those chapters can become a bit dry in the reading, Sullivan goes all out in researching the facts, presenting a fair, unbiased view of what is possible versus what is plausible He is honest about which theories he was most interested in as a writer, and which fascinated him most during his time on the island, but he gives the big ones Pirates, the Knights Templar, Sir Francis Bacon, the Masons equal time, pointing out what makes them plausible, but never shying away from picking at what makes them unlikely Along the way he passes some very harsh judgment on key figures who have appeared on the show, most notably Kathleen McGowan, a derivative author, and Joan Harris, who married delusions of grandeur to extreme gullibility To get back to Dan Henskee, the entire last chapter is devoted to him, all starting with the question of whether the island is really cursed While Sullivan casts Dan in a favorable light, as a quiet, loyal, knowledgeable man who sometimes struggled to express himself, that final chapter explores his two nervous breakdowns or spiritual experiences that followed his one and only experience holding Dan Blankenship s dowsing rod It is an odd chapter, talking of ghosts, atmosphere, psychics, darkness, palatable evil, and equipment malfunctions that go far beyond anything ever jokingly acknowledged on the show, but an interesting one It puts a personal touch on the island itself, not just the treasure hunt, and it ends with one of my favorite quotes in the book, courtesy of Dan Blankenship who says of the unknown souls who directed the original work on Oak Island Sometimes, he told me, you begin to believe that they understood exactly what they were doing to us, and you start to despise the sons of bitches The Curse of Oak Island is a much longer book than I expected, and a much deeper book than I could have hoped for, required reading for anybody with an interest in the hunt, the mystery, and the personalities involved It does a lot of debunking, and calls out the Dan Brown ing of history by theorists who build fictions on top of facts, selecting details that fit their theories and ignoring others, but Sullivan also does something vitally important he justifies the whole treasure hunt, making a case for there being something significant buried below, while discrediting the idea that the original searchers found all that there was to findtps beauty in ruins flag 17 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Jaksen rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways Meticulously written, thoroughly researched, including first person accounts, of the search for treasure Possibly Supposedly buried under Oak Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.Since the late 1700 s, when three young men found a decaying block and tackle hanging from the branch of an oak tree, with underneath it a depression which might have indicated some kind of subsidence something buried there men, and a few women, have dug and tunneled and dug and tunneled some mo Meticulously written, thoroughly researched, including first person accounts, of the search for treasure Possibly Supposedly buried under Oak Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.Since the late 1700 s, when three young men found a decaying block and tackle hanging from the branch of an oak tree, with underneath it a depression which might have indicated some kind of subsidence something buried there men, and a few women, have dug and tunneled and dug and tunneled some Their finds so far A few old coins A few old buttons Lots of pieces of wood which might have been cut and fashioned some time from the 1500 s up to the late 1700 s Platforms Maybe Also, complex drainage systems to keep water from the various networks of pits and tunnels located under and through the island Rocks with words, etchings, symbols on them Maybe Rocks lined up in triangle formation and spruce poles buried in the ground Or for my money some of this may have been above ground and sunk I know this from personal experience, having dug out two rock walls and totally remade them Rocks, etc can sink fast in moist ground Back to topic I read an article about this many years ago in either a Yankee magazine, or maybe Reader s Digest My grandmother subscribed to both Fascinated, I sort of kept up with the topic, reading here and there whenever I saw mention of Oak Island and Treasure Then there came the TV show, of which I ve watched a few episodes When this book came up as a giveaway, I gave it a shot And won it Yay Mr Sullivan does a great job here, great in that he covers every possible explorer, digger, treasure hunter, island property owner, all the way from the late 1700 s up and to the year 2017 He wrote a story on the subject for Rolling Stone in 2003 2004, and later returned to Oak Island to interview the current explorers and those involved with the television show for this book In other words, this author was THOROUGH If this book doesn t become one of the source books on the topic, I ll eat some oak leaves.He also shows true non bias throughout, covering every possible theory, angle, conspiracy thing, historical event, and whatever, which has a connection, however remote, odd or strange with Oak Island Does he believe that someone or a group of someones buried something of significance on the island Yes, and maybe no He s a skeptic who admits to being awed or surprised at things which turn up Possible treasure includes pirate spoils, Inca treasure, precious documents or other artifacts There ARE many accounts of Spanish galleons, returning to Spain, or English returning to England, etc which never arrived, which are believed sunken, lost, shipwrecked, looted or stolen And sometimes one of these lost ships does turn up It s also true that the inhabitants of the area of Oak Island do occasionally find old coins, or even a bag of coins, on neighboring islands There s just enough going on up there to keep people constantly digging, forming corporations, arguing amongst themselves, and dragging out whatever state of the art finding equipment there is in order to keep digging Men have lost millions of dollars in this enterprise no kidding Some have spent a huge chunk of their lives devoted to the cause A few died in the effort And every time one group of men ages out, dies, or loses interest, another one steps in It s a haunting premise which will only end when something BIG is found.As I said, I won this book through and am very glad I did I read every word Five stars flag 9 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 11, 2019 Nessa rated it it was amazing There is so much information in this book I don t even know where to start The story of Oak Island is something I have grown up with It was taught to us in our history classes, there were books on it in the school libraries and everyone knew what you were talking about if you mentioned that place with the booby trapped treasure I m from Nova Scotia so the Island is common knowledge and I still love learning about it Oak Island is the mystery that doesn t get old As soon as I started r There is so much information in this book I don t even know where to start The story of Oak Island is something I have grown up with It was taught to us in our history classes, there were books on it in the school libraries and everyone knew what you were talking about if you mentioned that place with the booby trapped treasure I m from Nova Scotia so the Island is common knowledge and I still love learning about it Oak Island is the mystery that doesn t get old As soon as I started reading Randall Sullivan s book, I knew I was about to get a wealth of information It was almost overwhelming, to be honest The amount of time and research that has gone into writing this amazing I think what I love most about The Curse of Oak Island is that Sullivan really goes in depth with every possible aspect of this mystery I mean, REALLY in depth I don t think I have ever read any book, on any subject, that is so meticulous and complete He doesn t just dive into the curse itself, but the entire history of the Island the explorers, the conspiracies, the possibilities.everything is in this book.This needs to become a reference in schools that still study this part of Nova Scotian history because the textbook writers have nothing compared to Randall Sullivan.I think any Oak Island history buff will enjoy this book No matter how much or little knowledge you think you may have on the subject I assure you that you will learn something new Keep in mind, though, that this is NOT light reading This book is long and it takes a bit of work to read It s not something for a relaxing weekend I recommend reading in sections, even though you re going to want to keep going You won t get an information overload and it does help to let it all marinate a while before diving back in.If you ever wanted to learn about one of the biggest mysteries in Nova Scotian history, this is the only book you need.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book to read and provide my honest opinion flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 05, 2018 Elaine rated it liked it Shelves netgalley, kindle, non fic, history is a mystery, tv show too 3.5 starsI was excited to receive a Kindle ARC of The Curse of Oak Island from NetGalley.I ve never seen The Curse of Oak Island show on the History Channel because I abhor reality shows and I d rather read than watch filler banter go on for 40 minutes and 1 minute of another unsuccessful attempt to recover the treasure.Mr Sullivan s book is an in depth, well researched historical account of Oak Island and the many, many various theories, conspiracies, personal and professional dramas surroun 3.5 starsI was excited to receive a Kindle ARC of The Curse of Oak Island from NetGalley.I ve never seen The Curse of Oak Island show on the History Channel because I abhor reality shows and I d rather read than watch filler banter go on for 40 minutes and 1 minute of another unsuccessful attempt to recover the treasure.Mr Sullivan s book is an in depth, well researched historical account of Oak Island and the many, many various theories, conspiracies, personal and professional dramas surrounding it.There is a handy and useful timeline at the back of the book that details the origins of the island, when the discovery of the Money Pit was first discovered by three young men and the subsequent exploratory and treasure hunts that followed, including what was discovered at each of those digs.The author s honest skepticism is well balanced with his research into all the theories surrounding what may be buried on the island, even the most ridiculous and offers both a compelling look at its evidence, if any, and his personal opinions on why he thinks one theory may prevail over another.As he digs into the numerous possibilities of what may be hidden on the island, he also offers historical background as insight as to why a specific theory arose and how it came to be, so there is a lot of information that include, in no particular order The Knights TemplarAcadian Pirate William KiddIncan Spanish bootySir Francis Bacon and the original manuscripts of Shakepseare s playsAlchemyAnd those are just the ones I remember.Then, there are the tragic deaths of some of the treasure hunters The personal relationships destroyed Wrecked families Tragedy and trauma.The unexplained equipment failures and missing equipment.And I can t forget the ghost stories The sinister feeling of foreboding and darkness that permeates the island the author clearly experienced for himself when he first set foot on the land.The strange sights and images the locals and treasure hunters saw with their own eyes Something is not right on Oak Island But I think the hardship of discovering what lies in the Money Pit was a good indication of that from the start.After I finished reading the book, I realized the island itself became just as mysterious as the Money Pit.As the author points out, it is difficult to discount most of the theories because they all sound plausible with just the right amount of historical and anecdotal evidence to back them up, another mystery to add to the mix.No one theory sounds solid all the way through but all of them could be true But, unlike the author, who believes the mystery of the island will be solved in the future, I am pessimistic.At the end of the book, the author recalls what one of the treasure hunters said, that the Money Pit has caused ceaseless suffering and aggravation for all those involved in its excavation and whoever created it must be a malicious and evil person I don t disagree.I am still intrigued by one lingering question that fascinates me than what the Pit may be concealing who created it The book doesn t offer any answers but possibilities, just like any good treasure hunt flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Diane Hernandez rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Six people have died and multiple fortunes squandered on the world s most famous treasure hunt The Curse of Oak Island is a comprehensive history of each attempt.In 1795, a young man finds a mysterious depression on Oak Island, a small island off Nova Scotia With two of his friends, they dig down hoping to find the lost treasure of notorious pirate, Captain Kidd Digging down 10 feet, they find a barrier of logs They find another barrier at 20 feet Realizing the danger of cave in, they stop Six people have died and multiple fortunes squandered on the world s most famous treasure hunt The Curse of Oak Island is a comprehensive history of each attempt.In 1795, a young man finds a mysterious depression on Oak Island, a small island off Nova Scotia With two of his friends, they dig down hoping to find the lost treasure of notorious pirate, Captain Kidd Digging down 10 feet, they find a barrier of logs They find another barrier at 20 feet Realizing the danger of cave in, they stop digging Around eight years later, they find investors to professionally excavate the site Every 10 feet, another layer of logs is found However, at 93 feet, the hole fills with water No amount of bailing reduces the water significantly From then until now, people have been fascinated by the incredible earthworks and potential treasure hidden on Oak Island.If you are a fan of the History Channel s show, this is a great companion volume The Curse of Oak Island is a history book filled with interesting details of the treasure hunt over the past 225 years It also contains some questionable theories about why the earthworks were built i.e doorway to Hell Personally, I found the writing style a bit dry and slightly boring but your experience may be different 3 stars.Thanks to Atlantic Monthly Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Serra rated it it was ok Shelves pseudoarchaeology Full disclosure, I was sent this book by the publisher to review From time to time I get sent books to review The last one I did was the Lost History of Ancient America, and wow So when the publishers of Randall Sullivan s new book, The Curse of Oak Island The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt, reached out to me I warned them Sure, I d love to review it, but I m a debunker, and I know a bit about the whacky ness that is Oak Island I might not be the best person to review a book on Full disclosure, I was sent this book by the publisher to review From time to time I get sent books to review The last one I did was the Lost History of Ancient America, and wow So when the publishers of Randall Sullivan s new book, The Curse of Oak Island The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt, reached out to me I warned them Sure, I d love to review it, but I m a debunker, and I know a bit about the whacky ness that is Oak Island I might not be the best person to review a book on the topic The publisher assured me that I would find the book non fringy, and asked if I would consider it So I said yes I did warn them after all Now I love getting books in the mail Really love it, like a kid at Christmas love it So when the shiny new hardcover arrived I was giddy I did have to wrap of a demanding semester in grad school, so I took a brief moment to look inside I wanted to give the book my full attention and wondered if it might be a good addition to my collection of pseudoarchaeology books by non archaeologists that looked at pseudoarchaeology topics critically I liked what I saw in the first few pages.Sullivan describes the original article he wrote for Rolling Stone on the Oak Island mystery He then described his unease at the article after publication It was the nagging thought that I d accepted the semiofficial legend of Oak Island without sufficient examination, though, that truly bothered me SULLIVAN 2018 That certainly caught my attention Sullivan then briefly describes an on air encounter he had with Joe Nickell from Skeptical Inquirer when we spoke briefly about this off camera, I was acutely aware that i wasn t confident enough in what I knew about the historical records to refute some of what he was saying That troubled me.It also troubled me that I might have given some preposterous theories about what had taken place on Oak Island than their fair due, SULLIVAN 2018 I was honestly put at ease with the book based on the self reflective nature of these statements We ve talked about on the blog and the show, that a key feature of a lot of pseudoarchaeology is that it repels self reflection and rejects criticism To see Sullivan doubting his own conclusions and admitting he was caught flat footed by Nickell was refreshing Then I had to put the book down to finish my paper When I picked it up again, I was ready to see how Sullivan had addressed his doubts and what he d found in the process A few things here before we dive into the book I am a skeptic of Oak Island I firmly believe that there is nothing on the island beyond the mundane, and even that has been swiss cheesed to the point of meaninglessness by the 200 ish years of people drilling random holes into it looking for treasure I think it s the most abhorrent abuse of what could have been a fantastic archaeological site and due to the lack of any kind of methods or standards used by anyone who ever dug there, anything that is found on that island is immediately suspect and probably contamination from the people that dug there before whoever is digging there now Oak Island is a shining example of why archaeology isn t done this way and should be a warning bell to archaeologists of what can happen if we don t communicate our methods and standards clearly to the general public Who knows what has been lost on that island due to the destruction of treasure hunters That out of the way, Sullivan s book is not a giant 410 page novel on why Oak Islands is clearly the home of Celtic, Pirate, Freemason gold and the lost works of Sir Francis Bacon Well, not entirely, it is a detailed history of the phenomena that is the Oak Island treasure hunt Sullivan backs up all the way up to when the three men credited to starting this whole crap ball rolling, and then write about how he went a step further to locate the three men in time It s impressive, and Sullivan shows his work, talking about census records, and land deeds, and even the elusive Daniel McGinnis Sullivan talks about his search of the historical evidence of the man, and then made a strong case as to who McGinnis was and why he s so hard to track His conclusions are perfectly acceptable and logical.Basically, what I m saying here is, unlike many books on pseudoarcheology topics, Sullivan is providing fresh material and doing actual labor to find new threads for the theories presented in the book That said, Sullivan does spend time looking at a good number of the various theories that plague Oak Island These I find interesting because Sullivan spends time talking about the possible origins of the theory and then talks about how the theory affected the show Sullivan s insights into the behind the scenes of the Curse of Oak Island show are also interesting Sullivan talks about his interactions with various guests, the producers, and the interactions with the show s various on air personalities It s honestly very humanizing and if you d never watched the show you would think these are very calm, level headed, reasonable men Sullivan is kind in his treatment of the show, and it s clear he s friendly with the cast There s nothing wrong with this per se, but it must be kept in mind that Sullivan is sorta paid by the show to do his research for the show I wouldn t expect him to go on a huge Down with the History Channel rant I did feel a few times that Sullivan was maybe turning a blind eye to things, or not looking as closely as he could at things The incident with the Spanish maravedi piece of 8 a coin dated to the 1600s but the shows on hand experts is a good example Sullivan describes one of the final moments of season 2 of the show There is a stunning moment where a Spanish maravedi coin is found, saving the show and allowing the Lagina brothers to be funded for another season of digging on the Island It s a little too convenient of a find So convenient that, according to Sullivan, even the Lagina brothers were suspicious of it Sullivan kind of glosses over the incident, hand waving a bit that the Lagina brothers both thought the coin had been planted They confronted the producers and asked Sullivan about it Everyone told them no, they hadn t planted it Still Someone could have, given the way it was discovered and the chaos around the discovery, the desperate need for it, and the timing of it I ve been doing this debunking thing too long to accept that this was all coincidence Another moment in the book that sticks out is the aforementioned on air interview with Joe Nickell Not the interview itself, which Sullivan doesn t go into much, or really at all But you can clearly tell from the writing style and words he uses that Sullivan isn t happy about how the interview went He basically attacks Nickell and in a very fringy all skeptics are mean and wrong kind of way It s a red flag for me As much as the book doesn t really focus too much on one theory over another as to the why or what of Oak Islands s supposed treasure, it is interesting to see which theories that Sullivan appears to like most One about how the island was a Pirate Island like Tortuga Haiti and so had fortifications and smuggling tunnels built into it was interesting, but Sullivan didn t build that out enough for it to really stick The other one he seemed to really like is extremely convoluted and hard to follow conspiracy that Shakespeare wasn t really the author of his plays, Sir Francis Bacon was, and that Bacon then hid all the evidence for this on Oak Island of all places Sullivan seems to waffle on his support of this but is clearly enad by it The rest of the theories he brings up he treats respectfully, giving them time and research when possible He talks about the people who possibly began a few of the lingering rumors about the supposed treasure on the island and always links back to an interview or moment on the show He connects the dots quite well and if nothing else, brings the why do people believe this into the light I found the book interesting It cleared up a few things and pointed some things out I didn t know about the island and the show Did Sullivan s book change my opinion on the destruction of Oak Island, or justify the frankly pot hunting behavior of the show No But in all honesty, I don t think it was meant to Sullivan s book is just what it claims to be, despite the sensational creepy cool cover and the huge title tie in to the show It is the story of the world s longest running treasure hunt, the history of it, the men who dug, the theories they use, and the myths and legends around this island It gives an interesting view into the other side of the camera for the TV show and gives us little glimpses into the thinking of the men currently grinding their way through the island.In conclusion The Curse of Oak Island The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt, was well written, informative, and yes, ever so biased I really would have liked to see an index and a bibliography, but the timeline was nice Sullivan doesn t really shove any particular theory down the reader s throat, but he clearly has his favorites Sullivan doesn t seem to be trying to change anyone s minds about the show or the topic beyond simply informing them He does at times state things as facts that I am than dubious about Findings that are questionable at best he just accpets and then presents But often just as quickly as he s presented an artifact as fact, he jumps to the next theory and doesn t really come back to it It s an unintentional way of showing just how messed up and unconnected all the random theories about Oak Island are Do I think the book is a little one sided Yes Do I think it only reinforced the need for professional archaeologists and standardized methodology Yes Do I think Oak Island is permanently damaged as a site Yes Am I even a little convinced about any of the theories presented by the book No, but I also don t accept Nickell s theory of Freemasons either so there s that I won t not recommend the book It had information in it, especially about the TV show Just read it with your thinking hat on, and if something seems fishy or glossed over, there s probably a reason for it I don t endorse the book though Sullivan did a good job on research and it s clear he cares about the topic But it s still a pro Oak Island book, it s still pseudoarchaeology, and it still endorses the damage being done to the island in the name of obsession and treasure I could rant for days about the problems with the whole concept of Oak Island, and Sullivan doesn t even touch on these issues other than to lament the lives, and fortunes lost to looking for something that is clearly not there Sullivan could have been somewhat critical of his topic and failed to be Yes, he was less convinced by some theories than others, but in the end, Sullivan is still hyping the romantic idea of treasure on Oak Island He s still adding fuel to a smoldering fire I suppose though when you re being paid by History Channel, funded, hyped, supported and marketed by them, are you even able to be critical Was it even an option for Sullivan Or was the course of this book set from the beginning, much like the finale of season 2 of the show flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 11, 2018 Carla Carlas Book Bits rated it it was ok Shelves nonfiction I was VERY excited to read this book because I d wanted to watch the TV series based on Oak Island for a little while now I think I ll just check out the TV series instead, because the writing in this book is really plodding and dry I only have a casual interest in the mystery surrounding Oak Island, but this book is really geared towards avid enthusiasts and researchers people who want something very comprehensive and detail heavy.This is well researched and carefully done and I won t k I was VERY excited to read this book because I d wanted to watch the TV series based on Oak Island for a little while now I think I ll just check out the TV series instead, because the writing in this book is really plodding and dry I only have a casual interest in the mystery surrounding Oak Island, but this book is really geared towards avid enthusiasts and researchers people who want something very comprehensive and detail heavy.This is well researched and carefully done and I won t knock it for that The rating is purely based on my enjoyment while reading this, although I really wish I had enjoyed it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Stacie C rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 The first time I ever heard of Oak Island was during an episode of Ancient Aliens This had been years ago But the idea of this island with a buried treasure no one had ever been able to reach stuck with me I googled it a time or two after first hearing about it but didnt search too much into it I didn t even know it now had a reality show so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out about this book discussing the history of the island and the latest developments It s a really interesti The first time I ever heard of Oak Island was during an episode of Ancient Aliens This had been years ago But the idea of this island with a buried treasure no one had ever been able to reach stuck with me I googled it a time or two after first hearing about it but didnt search too much into it I didn t even know it now had a reality show so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out about this book discussing the history of the island and the latest developments It s a really interesting story From the discovery of the what would be known as the money pit in 1795, to the search still taking place on the island now over 200 years later Sullivan details what happened since the day a teenager canoed to the island until the reality show that exist now There s no denying in my opinion, especially after reading this book, that the structure is manmade But I couldn t even begin to hypothesize about what could be at the bottom of it What I enjoyed about this book was that Sullivan made sure that the human element was present throughout this story It s easy to get caught up on the mystery of Oak Island but the reality is that people lost their lives, their savings and their sanity trying to get to the bottom of this pit As the details continued to be laid out it s easy to see how people can become entranced but it s also extremely dangerous Learning about the history of these excavations was very interesting Learning about the conspiracy theories around the treasure though, bored me Mostly because Sullivan was very detailed in regards to the different theories and the details were plentiful, almost overwhelmingly so It took away from the very real projects taking place on this island With that being said they were also a driving force for the search Overall I enjoyed this book It s a good mix of history and storytelling I thought it was really well researched and Sullivan did a great job keeping me engaged He does inject his opinion a lot which I had to get used to, especially since I was so interested in the history It became obvious why he was giving his opinion when I realized that he was at one point an active part of the show I did learn a lot about the island reading this book After reading this my curiosity is peaked and I can see myself coming back this topic or even watching the show to stay aware of what s going on I give this book 4 out of 5 stars Thank you Edelweiss for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Amanda Books, Life and Everything Nice rated it really liked it Shelves adult, author male, country canada u k australia, non fiction Thank you to NetGalley, Atlantic Monthly Press and Randall Sullivan for an ARC ebook copy to review Sorry for the bit of a late review I was out of power for 3 days due to a winter storm and am a little late on my book reviews As always, an honest review from me The intrigue is definitely there for a lot of people The book made me see why so many people get caught up in searching for a treasure they re not even sure exists The book goes into great detail about the history of the island and Thank you to NetGalley, Atlantic Monthly Press and Randall Sullivan for an ARC ebook copy to review Sorry for the bit of a late review I was out of power for 3 days due to a winter storm and am a little late on my book reviews As always, an honest review from me The intrigue is definitely there for a lot of people The book made me see why so many people get caught up in searching for a treasure they re not even sure exists The book goes into great detail about the history of the island and people throughout the ages You will definitely learn a lot It s very detail oriented I was interested in the brief overview of the exciting aspects, so it was a bit much for me I absolutely loved learning about the conspiracy theories and different cultures that could possibly tie into it A unique way to learn about atypical parts of history such as the Acadians, Templar Knights and U.S Presidential ties to the Money Pit Also the creepy factor was fun to read, but would freak me out in real life Also the book is a companion to the tv show There weren t too many downsides to the book It is jam packed with names, dates, and events so there s a lot to remember I read maybe 30 50 pages per day, because any was too much information at once So, not a quick read Overall, The Curse of Oak Island is filled with all sorts of information about the legend and history surrounding the Money Pit Informative, incredibly intriguing, and creepy I definitely recommend if you re looking for an all encompassing read about the topic flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Yibbie rated it it was ok Shelves random stuff This is the rather tragic story of a mysterious pit that has wrecked friendships, fortunes, and lives It tantalizes us with the offer of un imaginable wealth or knowledge, but so far has yielded little than scraps in exchange for lifetimes devoted to prying out its secrets So who dug a pit, then protected it with a series of flood channels, layers of metal, clay, and logs, and then just abandoned the sight Did they leave a treasure there Why can t we find it in the historical record This is the rather tragic story of a mysterious pit that has wrecked friendships, fortunes, and lives It tantalizes us with the offer of un imaginable wealth or knowledge, but so far has yielded little than scraps in exchange for lifetimes devoted to prying out its secrets So who dug a pit, then protected it with a series of flood channels, layers of metal, clay, and logs, and then just abandoned the sight Did they leave a treasure there Why can t we find it in the historical record What is down there Sullivan has painstakingly combed the historical record to compile this comprehensive history of Oak Island He details all the different excavations carried out over the last 200 plus years I did find that eventually, the detailed description of every shaft and drill hole got really boring That was relieved by the discussion of the history of the creation of the pit, or rather the speculation about the creation of the pit For me, those were the best parts of the book They were a fun mix of historical facts and speculation ranging from possibly viable to wildly impossible About three quarters of the way through the book, the pace picks up He introduces us to the latest treasure hunters and theorists who have taken up the puzzle, including the story behind the History Channel s series The end of the book delves deeper into the various theories that have been offered to explain its existence The merits of the Templar Masonic and the Francis Bacon Shakespeare theories are carefully weighed I have to say that neither one convinced me Actually, I found them both equally bizarre The author doesn t definitely state which theory he favors of the half dozen discussed, but I think I figured it out by the end of the book He does do an excellent job of fairly presenting the conflicting theories with their varying strengths and weaknesses, and leaves it up to us to decide which one we would rather believe Before I read this book I was only vaguely aware of The Money Pit s existence, and I was completely ignorant of the History Channel s series that explores it I can t say that it made me want to learn any, but I will probably check periodically to see if they have finally solved this centuries old puzzle There were a number of curse words I received this as a free ARC through NetGalley and Grove Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly Press No favorable review was required It was my pleasure to provide my honest opinions flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Paul rated it liked it It took me several weeks to read this one in many twenty thirty minute increments It s one that a history buff would definitely enjoy, but at times the writing seemed like a research paper than an amusing story of a treasure hunt Don t get me wrong, there s some great stuff in the book namely, the conflicts of the current hunt, the conspiracy theories, and the different angles groups have taken over the years to excavate the pit s secrets Dive into the pit for a deep look into the Oak I It took me several weeks to read this one in many twenty thirty minute increments It s one that a history buff would definitely enjoy, but at times the writing seemed like a research paper than an amusing story of a treasure hunt Don t get me wrong, there s some great stuff in the book namely, the conflicts of the current hunt, the conspiracy theories, and the different angles groups have taken over the years to excavate the pit s secrets Dive into the pit for a deep look into the Oak Island hunt.For my full review all my reviews flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Christine rated it really liked it Shelves advanced readers copy, 2018, arc done I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.My family and I have never missed an episode of the History Channel s series The Curse of Oak Island For 5 seasons, we have cheered along with and rooted for Rick, Marty, Craig, Dan, Dave, and the rest of the team of treasure hunters We have favorite characters and discuss the show well after the episode has ended We are looking forward to November 13, 2018, the season premiere date of season 6.Each epi I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.My family and I have never missed an episode of the History Channel s series The Curse of Oak Island For 5 seasons, we have cheered along with and rooted for Rick, Marty, Craig, Dan, Dave, and the rest of the team of treasure hunters We have favorite characters and discuss the show well after the episode has ended We are looking forward to November 13, 2018, the season premiere date of season 6.Each episode contains history, theories, and current attempts on the island The Curse of Oak Island The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt by Randall Sullivan drilled deeper than the show has Yes, pun intended The show frequently repeats information but I found the book to be direct and contains detailed information that spans the history of treasure hunting on Oak Island It is an in depth, well researched study that is able to answer questions and explain the details of what is mentioned in the show s narrative It also answers questions you did not know you had It is a wonderful companion for those who have watched the show or for those who want to start watching the upcoming season without watching the prior ones flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Oct 09, 2018 Joyce added it review of another edition 4 StarsThe introduction to this book is very good and informative.This book is an in depth study of the history of the treasure hunts on Oak Island, Nova Scotia It begins with the discovery of the site by a boy He enlisted his two friends and the three boys attempted to explore the shaft in 1795 It traces the various individuals and groups who further attempted to excavate the site All to no avail, however, as the excavation proved to be frustrating and seemingly hopeless Some people even 4 StarsThe introduction to this book is very good and informative.This book is an in depth study of the history of the treasure hunts on Oak Island, Nova Scotia It begins with the discovery of the site by a boy He enlisted his two friends and the three boys attempted to explore the shaft in 1795 It traces the various individuals and groups who further attempted to excavate the site All to no avail, however, as the excavation proved to be frustrating and seemingly hopeless Some people even lost their lives over the whole situation This is a very well researched and written story It goes into great deatail how the author went about his research and what conclusions he drew The book is easy to read and understand for both the aficionado of such mysteries, as well as the serious reader It explains in detail the steps Mr Sullivan took to seek his facts I want to thank NetGalley and Grove Atlantic Atlantic monthly Press for forwarding to me a copy of this informative and most interesting book for me to read, enjoy and review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 22, 2018 3 no 7 rated it really liked it The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan is the ultimate fan guide to the entire Oak Island phenomena It begins with the writer s individual journey Thirteen years ago, I began an article for Rolling Stone magazine with these lines Can what s buried beneath the ground on Oak Island possibly be worth what the search for it has already cost He, like us all, soon became hooked by what many consider the greatest unsolved mystery in the world This book covers everything Oak Island, the r The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan is the ultimate fan guide to the entire Oak Island phenomena It begins with the writer s individual journey Thirteen years ago, I began an article for Rolling Stone magazine with these lines Can what s buried beneath the ground on Oak Island possibly be worth what the search for it has already cost He, like us all, soon became hooked by what many consider the greatest unsolved mystery in the world This book covers everything Oak Island, the reasons, the hidden quest, the foes, the treasures, everything However, before you get too excited, the one thing it does NOT cover is the answer to the key question What did they find now For that, one must watch and wait This history details the explorations of Fred Nolan, Dan Blankenship, Rick and Marty Lagina, and the multitudes that went before them All share the same story of being captivated by Oak Island even held hostage by it The book spins comprehensive tales of the personal fortunes, wrecked equipment, piles of rubble, and countless hours that have been spent thus far on the quest Included are the details of quarrels, fights, lawsuits, counter suits, petty arguments, and endless playing of Quien is mas macho, all over the secrets of this little island As viewers of The Curse of Oak Island television show know, this island captures people, swallows them up, explorers and viewers alike I was given a copy of The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan, Atlantic Monthly Press New York, and NetGalley I had to read this book because the island has captured me as well If you have made it to this far in my review, you, too, are one of the treasure hunters, and you find The Curse of Oak Island a book you cannot put down flag Like see review Dec 11, 2018 Janet Slipak rated it it was amazing MY THOUGHTS I received this book in exchange for my honest review.My husband and I have been following the History Channel s The Curse of Oak Island story on television for a few years now and have enjoyed it immensely.This book takes the show a step further with a very detailed and well researched journey into the darkest depths of the unfortunate history behind the money pit and multitudes secrets surrounding Oak Island.I love all the intrigue and mysteries of who actually went to Oak Island MY THOUGHTS I received this book in exchange for my honest review.My husband and I have been following the History Channel s The Curse of Oak Island story on television for a few years now and have enjoyed it immensely.This book takes the show a step further with a very detailed and well researched journey into the darkest depths of the unfortunate history behind the money pit and multitudes secrets surrounding Oak Island.I love all the intrigue and mysteries of who actually went to Oak Island and why, how old some of the finds actually are and what these items imply I love who was caught up with the searching for treasure and truth, such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and what parts of the search he contributed to and his finds that added another rung in the ladder to solving the bigger mystery of Oak Island.Sullivan explores theories and debunks several with his own research He approaches the mystery of the island like a reporter investigating a supposed crime It s all fascinating and I loved, loved, loved it Highly recommend the book to all who are interested in mysteries and treasure hunting flag Like see review Dec 05, 2018 Dave rated it it was ok The real curse of Oak Island is that it seems to suck IQ points from everyone who goes looking for treasure there The idea that someone buried something incredibly valuable in a brilliantly booby trapped pit 200 feet underground on an island in Nova Scotia sometime between the 14th and 17th centuries seems very unlikely But to the Oak Island faithful, the absence of evidence is further proof that the truth is down there, diabolically hidden away by the Knights Templar or English pirates or Spa The real curse of Oak Island is that it seems to suck IQ points from everyone who goes looking for treasure there The idea that someone buried something incredibly valuable in a brilliantly booby trapped pit 200 feet underground on an island in Nova Scotia sometime between the 14th and 17th centuries seems very unlikely But to the Oak Island faithful, the absence of evidence is further proof that the truth is down there, diabolically hidden away by the Knights Templar or English pirates or Spanish galleon captains or French royalists or Sir Francis Bacon To his credit, Sullivan approaches the history of Oak Island and the treasure seekers various theories with rigor and skepticism But he s also blinded by his desire to believe He can t quite bring himself to accept the likelihood that Oak Island is a big boondoggle But then, if he had, this book wouldn t have been published by the History Channel, whose reality show of the same name has milked this pseudohistorical goose chase for several years flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Cecil Lawson rated it liked it As a regular viewer of the show on which this book is based, I was curious about many of the references to the previous history of Oak Island treasure hunters, and Sullivan collects them all in this single volume It is a history of obsession, and as he pointed out in his 2003 Rolling Stone article, on which this book builds, Sullivan notes that the real curse of Oak Island are all of the broken lives, families, friendships, and business partnerships associated with the world s longest treasu As a regular viewer of the show on which this book is based, I was curious about many of the references to the previous history of Oak Island treasure hunters, and Sullivan collects them all in this single volume It is a history of obsession, and as he pointed out in his 2003 Rolling Stone article, on which this book builds, Sullivan notes that the real curse of Oak Island are all of the broken lives, families, friendships, and business partnerships associated with the world s longest treasure hunt Sullivan weaves his own writing, visits to the island, and his speculations into the narrative he presents, and it turns into a solid, well paced tale that reads well My only complaint is that he gets off track as he wraps up the book in the last 50 or so pages by following a couple of loose tangents on theories about the island s treasure and the TV show up to 2018 flag Like see review Nov 04, 2018 Heather rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, adult, history, mystery detective, non fiction, edelweiss, arcs, feedback sent The Curse of Oak Island is a definitive read for fans of the History Channel television show Sullivan delves deeper into the history, personalities, and theories presented only briefly on the show His approach is mostly unbiased, though he does tell the reader his thoughts on some of the theories and the theorists that he thoroughly researches and debunks The book is incredibly well researched and the presentation, though occasionally dry, is very readable If you ve watched The Curse of Oak The Curse of Oak Island is a definitive read for fans of the History Channel television show Sullivan delves deeper into the history, personalities, and theories presented only briefly on the show His approach is mostly unbiased, though he does tell the reader his thoughts on some of the theories and the theorists that he thoroughly researches and debunks The book is incredibly well researched and the presentation, though occasionally dry, is very readable If you ve watched The Curse of Oak Island and were frustrated that snippets and possibilities were left tantalizingly unexplored, this is the book for you.I received an advance copy of this title in exchange for an unbiased review All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Kimberly rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, books n kisses com Review featured at books n kisses4.25 Hearts Have you watched the series What You haven t You are missing something So here is the deal The series on tv has been hard at work looking for treasure Have they found any I guess you need to watch or read to find out The book followed really well what has happened on the series and I will be honest and say that I have not read the last few chapters as I haven t seen the show and didn t want to ruin the show but I have caught up the re Review featured at books n kisses4.25 Hearts Have you watched the series What You haven t You are missing something So here is the deal The series on tv has been hard at work looking for treasure Have they found any I guess you need to watch or read to find out The book followed really well what has happened on the series and I will be honest and say that I have not read the last few chapters as I haven t seen the show and didn t want to ruin the show but I have caught up the read to the show so I will read in conjunction with the tv show which works out perfectly Disclaimer I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Dec 12, 2018 Kristine rated it it was ok Shelves reviewed The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.A hidden pirate s treasure luring in seekers from in and outside of Nova Scotia for hundreds of years Sullivan cross examines myth, lore, historic records, interviews, and biological archaeological findings from modern day excavation projects, but it s all mishmashed together somewhat frustratingly in a chronological way as the author finds it, to the point that, as a reader, I felt like I was fum The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.A hidden pirate s treasure luring in seekers from in and outside of Nova Scotia for hundreds of years Sullivan cross examines myth, lore, historic records, interviews, and biological archaeological findings from modern day excavation projects, but it s all mishmashed together somewhat frustratingly in a chronological way as the author finds it, to the point that, as a reader, I felt like I was fumbling around in the dark flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Steve rated it did not like it What a complete waste of time I remember reading The RS article and seeing many commercials for the show so I thought I might learn what Oak Island was all about Instead 96% of the book is about every missing treasure in history and maybe 15 pages worth of what went on on Oak Island which basically is nothing Just name after name that has absolutely nothing to do with the farce that is happening on Oak Island After several hundred years and almost total decimation of the little island nothin What a complete waste of time I remember reading The RS article and seeing many commercials for the show so I thought I might learn what Oak Island was all about Instead 96% of the book is about every missing treasure in history and maybe 15 pages worth of what went on on Oak Island which basically is nothing Just name after name that has absolutely nothing to do with the farce that is happening on Oak Island After several hundred years and almost total decimation of the little island nothing at all to show What a joke this all is flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Kira rated it liked it I received this book in exchange for a honest review from NetGalley This was hands down the longest book of my life It was simultaneously interesting and fun to read but also painfully slow The information was good and well researched but for the life of me I just could not get into it I have never seen the show but i am incredibly interested in mysteries and myth which this book contains in spades Overall i found the book fascinating and interesting but just not all that fun to read flag Like see review Jan 02, 2019 Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it Very interesting and informative book about Oak Island and the mystery surrounding it The book covers the various people and groups that have hunted for treasure on the island since 1795 up to and including the group now working on the island and being filmed for the tv show The book goes into the history of the various groups and the theories about the treasure The book was an easy read flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Bridgett Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways I won this book in a Giveaway I really love the show I have watched from the start I love the book because you get direct info about the island and the places they search I totally recommend this book to anyone who likes the show and for others who enjoy History Oak Island could have anything or nothing buried on it flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 David Drake rated it it was amazing review of another edition By far, the best work on the many mysteries of oak islandA long read, but captivating You will not put it down until finished Basically, it s a compehensive history of the search for treasure on oak island Well written flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Ryan Wulfsohn rated it it was ok The first two thirds or so of this book, covering the first 150 years or so of attempts to get to the bottom of the money pit, is very interesting and quite well written However once the tie in with the tv programme of the same starts it gets rather tedious flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Renita Arnett rated it it was amazing review of another edition Awe read could not put the book downThis was written very well and not like a history book that would put you to sleep, I especially like how he debunked previously none factual history flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Tim Joseph rated it really liked it Easily a 4.5Thia book is so full of conspiracy theories and crazy stories that I almost lose sight of the fact that this treasure hunt is ACTUALLY REAL Amazing insight into the immortal flame that is humanity s quest for the unobtainable Super good flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Mike Lanphear rated it it was amazing review of another edition Great readGreat read lays out a thorough timeline well worth the time still don t buy the Bacon theory seems like way too much work to hid just manuscripts flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Froof rated it really liked it Shelves non fiction A comprehensive outline of the search for whatever or not has occurred on Oak Island Highly recommended for anyone fascinated or frustrated by the enigmatic little island flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. As much a book of mythology and storytelling as one of history and mystery, The Curse of Oak Island is the perfect companion piece for those of us who watch the show and wonder at the details beneath the narrative There s a reason the show is one of the highest rated original programs on cable TV, but there s only so much they can cover in a season, and the recaps often of previous recaps add to the challenge.There s a reason Randall Sullivan subtitled his book The Story of the World s Longes As [...]


    2. Meticulously written, thoroughly researched, including first person accounts, of the search for treasure Possibly Supposedly buried under Oak Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.Since the late 1700 s, when three young men found a decaying block and tackle hanging from the branch of an oak tree, with underneath it a depression which might have indicated some kind of subsidence something buried there men, and a few women, have dug and tunneled and dug and tunneled some mo Meticulo [...]


    3. There is so much information in this book I don t even know where to start The story of Oak Island is something I have grown up with It was taught to us in our history classes, there were books on it in the school libraries and everyone knew what you were talking about if you mentioned that place with the booby trapped treasure I m from Nova Scotia so the Island is common knowledge and I still love learning about it Oak Island is the mystery that doesn t get old As soon as I started r There is [...]


    4. 3.5 starsI was excited to receive a Kindle ARC of The Curse of Oak Island from NetGalley.I ve never seen The Curse of Oak Island show on the History Channel because I abhor reality shows and I d rather read than watch filler banter go on for 40 minutes and 1 minute of another unsuccessful attempt to recover the treasure.Mr Sullivan s book is an in depth, well researched historical account of Oak Island and the many, many various theories, conspiracies, personal and professional dra [...]


    5. Six people have died and multiple fortunes squandered on the world s most famous treasure hunt The Curse of Oak Island is a comprehensive history of each attempt.In 1795, a young man finds a mysterious depression on Oak Island, a small island off Nova Scotia With two of his friends, they dig down hoping to find the lost treasure of notorious pirate, Captain Kidd Digging down 10 feet, they find a barrier of logs They find another barrier at 20 feet Realizing the danger of cave in, they stop Six p [...]


    6. Full disclosure, I was sent this book by the publisher to review From time to time I get sent books to review The last one I did was the Lost History of Ancient America, and wow So when the publishers of Randall Sullivan s new book, The Curse of Oak Island The Story of the World s Longest Treasure Hunt, reached out to me I warned them Sure, I d love to review it, but I m a debunker, and I know a bit about the whacky ness that is Oak Island I might not be the best person to review a book on Full [...]


    7. I was VERY excited to read this book because I d wanted to watch the TV series based on Oak Island for a little while now I think I ll just check out the TV series instead, because the writing in this book is really plodding and dry I only have a casual interest in the mystery surrounding Oak Island, but this book is really geared towards avid enthusiasts and researchers people who want something very comprehensive and detail heavy.This is well researched and carefully done and I won t k I was [...]


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