The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver-Third Edition -Swift's silver mine discovered

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9780979880216: The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver-Third Edition -Swift's silver mine discovered

A real Long John Silver? Could this most famous of fictional pirates be actually based on the life of a real man? And could that man be one Jonathan Swift of Alexandria, Virginia, an enigmatic merchant whose legendary silver mines have enticed and eluded treasure hunters for over two centuries? From ancient maps, documents and charts, to personal diaries and secret Masonic archives, author Robert Prather boldly delves into both the mystery and legend of Swift, as well as the probable connections with Robert Louis Stevenson s classic adventure, Treasure Island. Filled with intrigue, deception, murder, cryptic codes and buried treasure, this provocative look into a fascinating segment of literary and American history will ready even the casual reader to set sail for plunder and riches.

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Robert and his wife Karen reside near Garrett, Kentucky where they have owned and operated a small business since 1982. As a project Field Editor, Robert Prather has worked with Acclaim Press developing county history books. He is a member of local historical and archaeological organizations. The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver has received two honors. In 2012, Reader s Favorite awarded it a Silver Medal for the Historical/Cultural category. The book has also received the prestigious Silver ADDY for its cover and overall design. In February of 2012, the book's primary subject matter was presented on History Channel 2 on its popular series America s Book of Secrets, the Fort Knox episode.

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A fascinating, thought-provoking look at the legendary lost Swift mine and its possible parallel to Robert Louis Stevenson s classic, Treasure Island. Put aside everything you ve come to believe and allow Prather (the author) to expand your thinking. A thoroughly enticing read for inquisitive treasure hunters everywhere! --Carla Short, Managing Editor Lost Treasure Magazine

The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver is an intriguing narrative, fully researched and illustrated, setting in motion a provocative tale of lost treasure and encoded clues contained in Robert Louis Stevenson s epic tale. Robert Prather has shed new light on Treasure Island and will be the topic of much debate. --Keith Decker, Chairman The Robert Louis Stevenson Club

"This intimately researched work results in a fascinating and spellbinding trip beginning before the birth of America and drops the reader in the present day thirsting for the future. I was convinced and find myself looking to buy a metal detector to roam the hills of Kentucky in search of Long John Silver s trove." --William DeVries, MD

The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver is an intriguing narrative, fully researched and illustrated, setting in motion a provocative tale of lost treasure and encoded clues contained in Robert Louis Stevenson s epic tale. Robert Prather has shed new light on Treasure Island and will be the topic of much debate. --Keith Decker, Chairman The Robert Louis Stevenson Club

"This intimately researched work results in a fascinating and spellbinding trip beginning before the birth of America and drops the reader in the present day thirsting for the future. I was convinced and find myself looking to buy a metal detector to roam the hills of Kentucky in search of Long John Silver s trove." --William DeVries, MD

Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver by Robert Prather is a fascinating look at an old Kentucky legend. Most readers will be familiar with the name Jonathan Swift. However, this is not the Jonathan Swift that wrote Gulliver s Travels but the Jonathan Swift who is thought to have discovered a silver mine in Eastern Kentucky around 1760. Long John Silver was a fictional character in the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, or was he? Could Long John Silver and Jonathan Swift be one and the same? Prather takes the reader on a journey filled with legend, speculation, documents and research. Swift owned thousands of acres in Kentucky. Legend says that he found a silver mine in an effort to escape a bear. He buried the treasure close to the Hardin and Breckinridge county line, where four towns come together: Eastview, Westview, Centerview and Grandview. The cover of this book screams to be picked up and read. The background looks like an old faded treasure map. The author has provided photos, maps, copies of news articles and a lot more. The narratives were my favorite part of this text. Many had a humorous tone and all added much to the history of the legends. Prather's thesis questions whether Jonathan Swift was a pirate who used his trips to Kentucky to hide his ill-gained loot. He also questions whether Stevenson modeled his character Long John Silver after Swift. Could Stevenson have left encoded clues in his book Treasure Island? I live on the Hancock Breckenridge County Line, so naturally this book was of interest to me. I applaud Prather for the enormous amount of research. His book is well-organized and presented. History buffs will love this book. Would the treasure hunters want to buy a copy? Perhaps they will be the lucky ones to find where the treasure is hidden. --Anne B. for Readers Favorite

"This intimately researched work results in a fascinating and spellbinding trip beginning before the birth of America and drops the reader in the present day thirsting for the future. I was convinced and find myself looking to buy a metal detector to roam the hills of Kentucky in search of Long John Silver s trove." --William DeVries, MD

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