Digging for the Truth by Josh Bernstein is part memoir and part television show companion. The TV program, also called Digging for the Truth, takes Bernstein to exotic locations around the world to ask experts about historical mysteries. Among his questions are:
"How did the Ice Man found in the Alps die?"
"Who was the real Queen of Sheba?"
"Were there ever cities of gold in the Amazon?"
"Why did the Vikings abandon their American settlement? Was there more than one?"
Of course, none of the questions can definitely be answered and stirring up debate among the experts is half the fun. The other half of the fun is having Bernstein do something dangerous, like standing on a small iceberg or scaling a cliff to get to a monastery.
Embedded in the narrative are lessons on building snow houses, starting a fire with flint, treating ant bites, and catching fish with your hands.
Digging for the Truth is adventure entertainment with a bit of ancient history thrown in. It will appeal to adventure and travel readers. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook while gardening.
Bernstein, Josh. Digging for the Truth: One Man's Epic Adventure Exploring the World's Greatest Archaeological Mysteries. New York : Gotham Books, c2006. ISBN 1592402771
Audiobook: 6 compact discs. Tantor Audio, p2006. ISBN 1400103444