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By William Meacham
Mar 9, 2006
"New book on the Shroud" This book tells the story of how this relic of the Crucifixion, once the subject of worldwide curiosity and awe, with the haunting and still unexplained image of Christ, came to be wrongly dismissed as a medieval fake by the general public. And how the Shroud recently suffered major damage in an ill-advised and secretly executed "restoration" conducted for cosmetic purposes. It is the only book in English that critically examines this milestone in the Shroud's recent history. The book concludes with a discussion of the future prospects for research. The author first takes you through a broad review of the study of the Shroud, summarizing its history, scientific and medical research, and various interpretations. Then the carbon-dating fiasco and restoration disaster are traced step-by-step, describing the personalities involved, the conflicts, how events unfolded, and the scientific issues related to the carbon-dating and... More > "restoration." An educated reader with no knowledge of these fields would have no difficulty reading this book. One is left with the strong impression that the Turin Shroud still holds very important secrets to be discovered, and that it could well be the burial cloth of Christ after all, with a body imprint exhibiting the wounds suffered during the Crucifixion. To read the Preface, Table of Contents, back cover and author bio, click on "Preview this book" above. COMMENTS ON THE BOOK In their review of the book posted on shroud.com, veteran Shroud researchers Joe Marino and Sue Benford of Ohio wrote: "Meacham obviously speaks his mind, has a fascinating story to tell and does it with passion. ... This book is a 'must-read' for any Shroud researcher and highly recommended for any reader that has even a slight interest in the subject." Daniel Scavone, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Southern Indiana, wrote: "One of the most learned and earnest students of the Turin Shroud, William Meacham, has written a powerful exposè about the mistakes in 1988 that led to the highly questionable, if not clearly erroneous, radiocarbon dating of the Shroud ... He also boldly questions the preventive "surgery" performed on the Shroud in 2002, which, many Shroud scholars agree, resulted in the irredeemable loss of much historical and scientific information contained in the cloth itself." Owner of the largest American collection of Shroud books, articles and memorabilia, Richard Orareo of Boston, Mass. wrote: "A fascinating well-written book. Meacham is the only one who could have written such an inside account. He had the perfect perspective to make sense of what happened." The late Rev. Kim Dreisbach, a long-time Shroud researcher and enthusiast, wrote: "The book ... is excellent ... a splendid contribution to sindonology." Joanna Emory wrote in Newsletter of the British Society for the Turin Shroud: "If there ever was a 'shock 'n awe' publication regarding the Shroud this book ranks up there. ... Meacham does create a convincing case for what he calls the 'serious errors that have plagued the Shroud's study and conservation'." Jim Cox, Editor of Midwest Book Review, wrote: "The book made a quite favorable impression on me." Bob Withers, religion writer for The Herald Dispatch (Huntington, W.Va) wrote: "I have finished the book, and it was marvelous." ORDERING INFO To purchase, click "Add to Cart" then proceed to checkout. Shipping options will appear at the end of the checkout process, after creating an account and entering the requested data for shipping and billing. The cheapest shipping for the USA is $2.48 for "US Postal Regular Media." Payment can be made by credit/debit card or Paypal.< Less