Atlantis Rising : The True Story of a Submerged Land-Yesterday and Today

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Plato started it.

Plato was the one who first reported the existence of a vast island with immense mountains, verdant valleys and fruit "fair and wondrous and in infinite abundance." This magnificent Aegean Eden surrounded a capital of fabulous stone buildings, a busy, bustling heaven on earth.

And then, the Cataclysm. Panic spread across the island as Atlantis's volcano shook off its long dormancy. The mountain erupted, and the island was overwhelmed, engulfed. The sea smoothed over, and the continent and its occupants were gone forever.

Or were they?

Enter Robert Sullivan, who first rose to international prominence with his breakthrough research on Santa Claus. In Atlantis Rising, Sullivan reveals evidence even more startling than that contained in his myth-shattering Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission. Set upon his Atlantean quest by Amos S. Eno, executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and lured further and further on by the mysterious oceanographer who calls himself "Atwater," Sullivan is able to separate historical truth from mere legend, fact from fiction, science from silliness. Delving into the historical record, then into secret files that have long been under lock and key at the famous Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, he discovers rare transcripts, documents, maps and, incredibly, photographs. They are all here in Atlantis Rising, along with dozens of paintings by the renowned natural-history artist Glenn Wolff. It adds up to an astonishing tale and a powerful moral.

Atlantis lives.

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About the Author :

Robert Sullivan, an assistant managing editor at Life, has written about the oceans for Sports Illustrated and other magazines. He is also an acclaimed Santalogist, and author of Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus and His Christmas Mission. Frank McCourt has said that reading Sullivan is "like sitting by the fire with a lively and scholarly shanachie." Sullivan lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and daughter.

From Publishers Weekly :

Profusely illustrated and oddly charming, this hybrid of tall tale, oceanography and ancient history is written with a sophisticated sense of whimsy. In the opening chapter, the mysterious Atwater, a (fictional) oceanographer, alerts the author to the existence of Atlantis. Sullivan (Flight of the Reindeer: The True Story of Santa Claus) then pursues the Atlanteans through (actual) library research and dozens of (actual) interviews. The real Atlantis, mentioned in Plato's dialogues, was a Greek island destroyed by a volcano. Condemned to live in the ocean, its human inhabitants, according to Sullivan, "coveted (and eventually developed) sonar capabilities equal to the porpoise's and electronic sensing instincts like those of the hammerhead shark." Today's Atlanteans are peaceful, intelligent and very funny: they "miraculously saved" Titanic survivors, but sabotaged the floating set of the movie Waterworld. On a more serious note, the fictive Atlanteans' health is endangered by very real marine pollution. Sullivan describes (actual) Victorian archeologists' digs at Troy and Crete and explains how volcanic eruptions work. Biologist Bill Gilbert (How Animals Communicate) explains how whales' mammalian ancestors returned from land to sea. And literary critic Christopher Benfey outlines what Plato's fable of Atlantis may have meant. Wolff's many attractive drawings ably counterfeit ancient maps and naturalists' sketches. Once they disentangle the facts from the fish tales, readers will finish Sullivan's book amused, enlightened and perhaps even moved to save the creatures who really do live in the world's great oceans. Agent, Sloan Harris. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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