It started on a summer afternoon in 1795 when a young man named Daniel McGinnis found what appeared to be an old site on an island off the Acadian coast, a coastline fabled for the skullduggery of pirates. The notorious Captain Kidd was rumored to have left part of his treasure somewhere along here, and as McGinnis and two friends started to dig, they found what turned out to be an elaborately engineered shaft constructed of oak logs, nonindigenous coconut mats, and landfill that came to be known as the Money Pit. Ever since that summer day in 1795, the possibility of what might be hidden in the depths of a small island off the south coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, has made it the site of the world's longest, most expensive, and most perplexing treasure hunt. Author D'Arcy O'Connor recounts the fascinating stories and amazing discoveries of past and current treasure seekers who have sought Oak Island's fabled treasure for over two hundred years. It has baffled scientists and madmen, scholars and idiots, millionaires and get-rich-quick schemers, psychics, engineers, charlatans, and even a former president of the United States. The island has consumed the fortunes-and in some cases, the lives-of those who have obsessively set out to unlock its secret. Despite all their efforts, the mystery remains unsolved, and not a single dime of treasure has ever been recovered. The present-day search is an archaeological dig exceeding anything ever done anywhere for similar purposes, and it may well result in the discovery of one of the world's richest and most historically significant treasures. But this is also the story of individuals who have dedicated years of their lives to discover what was buried long ago beneath this strange island. They are driven by a lust for gold, by archaeological curiosity, and by their determination to outwit the engineer who was responsible for the Oak Island enigma.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I learned of the Oak Island story about 6 years ago and have a bookshelf filled with books about it. This one is my favorite. D'arcy has done a lot of research and conducted a lot of first person interviews which shows in this well rounded book. It's a great 1st book about Oak Island, as it summarizes all the searches from beginning through the Triton Alliance (not yet updated to cover the Michigan gang, the Laginas, the subjects of the 2014/2015 TV show on Oak Island), and is well written. I liked it so much I bought one as a gift for someone who knows nothing about Oak Island.
This book has a lot of information on Oak Island treasure hunters. It starts with the three young searchers from 1795 and goes to 2004 prior to the "Big Dig" that was scheduled. The author provides a lot of information in chronological order such as the methods, the participants, and the important discoveries they found.
There is some speculation on what the treasure may be. The book is dated, but it's actually very informational and a fast read.
If you are interested in the history of Oak Island,this is the book for you. The author digs into the minute details of the various treasure hunters of the island from the beginning. The book allow you to understand better why there were so many people interested, who they were, what they did, why they stopped exploring and what they discovered. It is well written and very interesting.
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