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What disappointed you about 1434?
This book was blowing my mind... until I found out it isn't really true.
Or, rather, some of it's true, some of it isn't, which's arguably worse, because then you can't tell the difference. If it were all fiction, that'd be fine, it'd be literature. But sadly, when you look at actual historical scholarship, many of the things Menzies writes about (like the Chinese fleet getting to Venice, the crux of the book) are crank speculations lacking any evidence. It's too bad, because even without that, the parts of the book that are factual would've already been mind-blowing enough, there's no need to turn it into fiction just to make it a few percent sexier.
My advice: go read some credible historical texts about the Chinese treasure fleet. It's mind-blowing enough.
Would you ever listen to anything by Gavin Menzies again?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1434?
All of the inaccuracies
Any additional comments?
I wish I could get my money back.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I have an open mind, so I was initially impressed with what was in this book. Unfortunately, none of what he says is supported by any evidence, and his sources are ridiculous - really scraping the bottom of the barrel and beyond. Don't waste your time.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I was a little sceptical about the content but it made me really think.
I want to pursue this on the website.
Very well put together with clear narration.
A very interesting and entertaining book, well done.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful