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Josh Bernstein, host of The History Channel’s hit series Digging for The Truth, takes readers beyond the cameras for an even closer look at his adventures through some of the most intriguing, remote, and physically challenging locations on the planet as he explores the world’s greatest ancient mysteries. No location is too dangerous, no terrain too rough, no culture too e Josh Bernstein, host of The History Channel’s hit series Digging for The Truth, takes readers beyond the cameras for an even closer look at his adventures through some of the most intriguing, remote, and physically challenging locations on the planet as he explores the world’s greatest ancient mysteries. No location is too dangerous, no terrain too rough, no culture too exotic for explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein. With his unique hands-on approach, he travels the globe, seeking answers to some of the most enigmatic mysteries of the ancient world. Digging for the Truth shares Josh’s personal stories, journals, and insights, revealing the risks and dangers of what went on behind the scenes in shooting the show, and the fascinating details about what he uncovers along each adventure. Readers are right in the action as he: • Discovers who built Egypt’s pyramids and learns what secrets may be buried below the Sphinx. • Follows the trail of the Lost Ark of the Covenant to the remote monasteries and churches of Ethiopia. • Explores the journey of a potential Lost Tribe of Israel and examines DNA evidence that could make or break their claim. • Visits the ancient site of Stonehenge, witnesses a Druid ceremony, and learns what purpose the stone circles may have served. • Sails a Viking ship on a quest to determine if the Vikings landed in the New World five hundred years before Columbus. • Lives with a remote and mostly naked tribe in the Amazon to search for hidden cities and learn the fate of one of the world’s great explorers. Readers will have access to all the inside details that viewers never see—everything from food poisoning and spider bites to the logistical challenges of shooting in some of the most remote places on earth. Complete with four-color photographs, Digging for the Truth will appeal to fans of the show as well as armchair travel and adventure readers.


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Josh Bernstein, host of The History Channel’s hit series Digging for The Truth, takes readers beyond the cameras for an even closer look at his adventures through some of the most intriguing, remote, and physically challenging locations on the planet as he explores the world’s greatest ancient mysteries. No location is too dangerous, no terrain too rough, no culture too e Josh Bernstein, host of The History Channel’s hit series Digging for The Truth, takes readers beyond the cameras for an even closer look at his adventures through some of the most intriguing, remote, and physically challenging locations on the planet as he explores the world’s greatest ancient mysteries. No location is too dangerous, no terrain too rough, no culture too exotic for explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein. With his unique hands-on approach, he travels the globe, seeking answers to some of the most enigmatic mysteries of the ancient world. Digging for the Truth shares Josh’s personal stories, journals, and insights, revealing the risks and dangers of what went on behind the scenes in shooting the show, and the fascinating details about what he uncovers along each adventure. Readers are right in the action as he: • Discovers who built Egypt’s pyramids and learns what secrets may be buried below the Sphinx. • Follows the trail of the Lost Ark of the Covenant to the remote monasteries and churches of Ethiopia. • Explores the journey of a potential Lost Tribe of Israel and examines DNA evidence that could make or break their claim. • Visits the ancient site of Stonehenge, witnesses a Druid ceremony, and learns what purpose the stone circles may have served. • Sails a Viking ship on a quest to determine if the Vikings landed in the New World five hundred years before Columbus. • Lives with a remote and mostly naked tribe in the Amazon to search for hidden cities and learn the fate of one of the world’s great explorers. Readers will have access to all the inside details that viewers never see—everything from food poisoning and spider bites to the logistical challenges of shooting in some of the most remote places on earth. Complete with four-color photographs, Digging for the Truth will appeal to fans of the show as well as armchair travel and adventure readers.

30 review for Digging for the Truth: One Man's Epic Adventure Exploring the World's Greatest Archaeological Mysteries

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    I listened to the first disc of the audiobook and it sounds like this is more about the TV show than actual archaeology. Kind of interesting, but not what I was looking for.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Todd Martin

    You know the old aphorism … ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’? Well, I was browsing the audiobook shelves of the local library recently and the photo on the cover of one featuring an Indiana Jones wannabe type and the title Digging for Truth caught my eye. Being in somewhat of a rush, and not paying much attention, I grabbed it thinking it was a popular science book about paleontology or archeology. Either seemed fine at the time. Turns out, I was wrong ... very, very wrong. Evidently Josh You know the old aphorism … ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’? Well, I was browsing the audiobook shelves of the local library recently and the photo on the cover of one featuring an Indiana Jones wannabe type and the title Digging for Truth caught my eye. Being in somewhat of a rush, and not paying much attention, I grabbed it thinking it was a popular science book about paleontology or archeology. Either seemed fine at the time. Turns out, I was wrong ... very, very wrong. Evidently Josh Bernstein (who I’d never heard of) is some cable tv personality (I don’t have cable) who did a show on the History Channel in 2007 by the same name. The book is about the making of the show. Bernstein begins the book by stating how uncomfortable he is talking about himself, then he proceeds to ... do I even have to say it? ... talk about himself in terms so shamelessly rapturous it would make Narcissus himself throw up in his mouth a little bit. It was not long thereafter when I reached my breaking point as Bernstein began to seriously entertain the ideas of Edgar Cayce, a self-professed clairvoyant, who believed that the Pyramids of Giza were built 12,000 years ago by the survivors of Atlantis after cataclysmic earthquakes caused their civilization to sink into the sea. While this drivel can obviously be dismissed out of hand, it did result in the novel experience of having my eyes roll so far back in my head I could see myself think. Although curious as to what Bernstein might have to say about the theory that the Sphynx was really a time machine built by Bigfoot to prevent the Illuminati from revealing that the moon landing was a hoax, I ultimately decided I had better things to do (perhaps aimlessly stare off into the middle distance for a while) and I quit the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karol

    I've never watched the show - now, I would like to! I enjoyed learning about some of the things Josh Bernstein learned in his travels, as well as the behind-the-scenes look at putting the show together. I've never watched the show - now, I would like to! I enjoyed learning about some of the things Josh Bernstein learned in his travels, as well as the behind-the-scenes look at putting the show together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

    Guy lands dream job; does nothing to move the ball forward in a host of professional fields; spends a large portion of the book plugging his show, schools or products; and then rubs in your face how cool his life is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bevin

    Nope, gave up just a few minutes in. Those few minutes were some of the most smug, conceited drivel I have ever come across in my life. What an unbearable narcissistic phoney! "Well, I've had the most amazing and challenging and brutal adventures of ANY human EVER, but I'm also SUPER shy and private. But I realized some of you peons who have to escape your boring lives-haha, not like mine!- by watching my tv show- haha, INCIDENTALLY, the BEST SELLING SHOW EVER on the History Channel- would find Nope, gave up just a few minutes in. Those few minutes were some of the most smug, conceited drivel I have ever come across in my life. What an unbearable narcissistic phoney! "Well, I've had the most amazing and challenging and brutal adventures of ANY human EVER, but I'm also SUPER shy and private. But I realized some of you peons who have to escape your boring lives-haha, not like mine!- by watching my tv show- haha, INCIDENTALLY, the BEST SELLING SHOW EVER on the History Channel- would find my life story life changingly-inspiring, so I'm going to go COMPLETELY AGAINST my shy, retiring nature and write it all down for that noble cause." (He actually uses the word "noble." Seriously, dude?) "Chapter 1. When I was in my mother's womb, I had a vascular condition. I'M DYING. MY INFANT SELF IS DYING. The surgeon tells my distraught young mother-" Aaaaaand that's where I chucked in the towel. Maybe it gets better later?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Warren Benton

    Bernstien was the host of a show on the History Channel called Digging for the Truth.  This book is a little background to the show.  Bernstien talks of the true adventure they were on filming the show.  From going to little-visited parts of the pyramids to Ethiopian temples.  One thing I remember about the TV show and is covered in this book is Bernstien's love of history. Bernstien is very candid in this book on his impressions of the people and places they visited in the first 2 season of Digg Bernstien was the host of a show on the History Channel called Digging for the Truth.  This book is a little background to the show.  Bernstien talks of the true adventure they were on filming the show.  From going to little-visited parts of the pyramids to Ethiopian temples.  One thing I remember about the TV show and is covered in this book is Bernstien's love of history. Bernstien is very candid in this book on his impressions of the people and places they visited in the first 2 season of Digging for the Truth.  I was impressed with Bernstien's knowledge and willingness to learn it was contagious.  

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I loved the show and was so sad when it was taken off, but you can still see episodes on YouTube! I read this book years ago & just wanted to read through it again. It’s a behind-the-scenes look of Josh’s travels. I loved the series because it was fascinating and featured some of the biggest of history’s mysteries. If you love travel and history, I highly recommend this book and the series Digging for the Truth (History Channel) & Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein (Discovery channel).

  8. 4 out of 5

    MK

    On this read, I chose to watch the episodes mentioned before reading their chapters. Love the additional insight into the making of the episodes. Also love learning about Josh. I've come to respect him so much and hope we cross paths someday. And now I'm off to watch the remaining episodes of season 2! On this read, I chose to watch the episodes mentioned before reading their chapters. Love the additional insight into the making of the episodes. Also love learning about Josh. I've come to respect him so much and hope we cross paths someday. And now I'm off to watch the remaining episodes of season 2!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frogfinder31

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In the book Digging for the Truth, by Josh Bernstien, he told the story of the production of the television series, Digging for the Truth. This book is very good and I highly advise it. This book provides a unique a view for viewers of the series. He writes in an informal style that makes following events easy. Though at times he doesn’t write in chronological order, and there are a few errors, but overall it is a phenomenal read. He also includes many behind the scenes stories and humorous even In the book Digging for the Truth, by Josh Bernstien, he told the story of the production of the television series, Digging for the Truth. This book is very good and I highly advise it. This book provides a unique a view for viewers of the series. He writes in an informal style that makes following events easy. Though at times he doesn’t write in chronological order, and there are a few errors, but overall it is a phenomenal read. He also includes many behind the scenes stories and humorous events that couldn’t make it into the final production. He begins with an interesting piece on his younger ages and how he got to be a TV host. You find out little known information like that Josh is a twin! In his next few chapters he details the most interesting stories from season one. He also talks about his very busy schedule that caused him to die. In the next chapters he does the same with the second season, and shares some interesting information on his life during the break between seasons. Finally, he wraps up by saying what he plans for the future, and advice he has for future adventurers. Overall, this book is a must for any fan of the series, or any who have interest in hiking or other outdoorsman activities.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Cushing

    An interesting behind the scenes look at the show Digging for the Truth. Host Josh Bernstein tells readers about his life pre-show, then about what filming the first two seasons was like. Though each episode comes together smoothly, there are a lot of difficulties that don't make it onto the screen. Josh has gotten sick from parasites and various diseases and bad food, he's had to face a grueling schedule and sometime wakes up not sure of what part of the world he's in. Weather conditions, local An interesting behind the scenes look at the show Digging for the Truth. Host Josh Bernstein tells readers about his life pre-show, then about what filming the first two seasons was like. Though each episode comes together smoothly, there are a lot of difficulties that don't make it onto the screen. Josh has gotten sick from parasites and various diseases and bad food, he's had to face a grueling schedule and sometime wakes up not sure of what part of the world he's in. Weather conditions, local officials, and things that just plain don't go right are often hampering filming. It's not just about the difficulties of course- there are some great stories and nifty things that didn't make it into the show, and you learn some about the locations visited by reading the book. I really enjoyed learning about what goes on behind the scenes of one of my favorite History channel shows. Recommended to anyone who likes the series or just wants to learn more about what the filming of a documentary show is like.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I saw this book listed in a flyer and thought it looked interesting. I had not seen an episode of the TV series, but I did watch an episode about Atlantis before I read the book. This book is about Josh Bernstein and how he became host of Digging for the Truth and his adventures while shooting. You don't realize how extensive and exhausting his travels are. The book goes through the first two seasons of the show. Each cahapter he dwells into the history of the subject investigated, (pyramids, Ark I saw this book listed in a flyer and thought it looked interesting. I had not seen an episode of the TV series, but I did watch an episode about Atlantis before I read the book. This book is about Josh Bernstein and how he became host of Digging for the Truth and his adventures while shooting. You don't realize how extensive and exhausting his travels are. The book goes through the first two seasons of the show. Each cahapter he dwells into the history of the subject investigated, (pyramids, Ark of the Covenant, the Iceman, El Dorado, the moai on Easter Island, Stonehenge, the Vikings in North America, Queen of Sheba, and lost cities of the Amazon), and then goes into his adventure shooting the episode. There are a lot of neat pictures and sideboxes with various bits of interesting information. After reading this book, I ended up getting the first three seasons on DVD and watching them all. I do understand why he quit the show after three seasons!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Librarian

    I want to be Josh Bernstein! Could there be any more interesting, exciting life than to travel the world for a television series investigating historical mysteries such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the identity of the real Queen of Sheba and lost cities of the Amazon? Bernstein does all that and more in this book. It's part memoir, part travelogue, part how-to about his real-life adventures working on the History Channel's Digging for the Truth. Even though I never saw the show, I completely enjoye I want to be Josh Bernstein! Could there be any more interesting, exciting life than to travel the world for a television series investigating historical mysteries such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the identity of the real Queen of Sheba and lost cities of the Amazon? Bernstein does all that and more in this book. It's part memoir, part travelogue, part how-to about his real-life adventures working on the History Channel's Digging for the Truth. Even though I never saw the show, I completely enjoyed these visits to Ethiopia, Yemen, Peru and more, digging for clues to unsolved riddles, but without having to suffer chiggers, intestinal parasites or any of the other exotic hazards that Bernstein braved. Fans of the show will probably enjoy the book even more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I would love to be Josh Bernstein. I so admire his education and the many opportunities he has taken to learn many aspects of learning. To go to many places all around the world is absolutely awesome to me. I was terrified however when he got bit by a brown recluse spider. I kind of freaked there. To study mummy's, Stone Henge, Easter Island, Iceland, and that is the tip of the iceberg. His TV show on the History Channel is called Digging for the Truth (DFT). It is getting absolutely terrific ra I would love to be Josh Bernstein. I so admire his education and the many opportunities he has taken to learn many aspects of learning. To go to many places all around the world is absolutely awesome to me. I was terrified however when he got bit by a brown recluse spider. I kind of freaked there. To study mummy's, Stone Henge, Easter Island, Iceland, and that is the tip of the iceberg. His TV show on the History Channel is called Digging for the Truth (DFT). It is getting absolutely terrific ratings. I would love to learn just a portion of what he has and to be able to use it in such a fascinating way. Go Josh!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading about the behind-the-scenes things that went on DFT, and the things Josh Bernstein had experienced. You don't realize before reading this book how crazy the shooting schedules are, and how much work is put into making the show. I have watched the show before and I liked it as well. I liked the organization in the book too. There were neat side boxes that explained subjects Bernstein was talking about, and the pages were filled with interesting visuals. I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading about the behind-the-scenes things that went on DFT, and the things Josh Bernstein had experienced. You don't realize before reading this book how crazy the shooting schedules are, and how much work is put into making the show. I have watched the show before and I liked it as well. I liked the organization in the book too. There were neat side boxes that explained subjects Bernstein was talking about, and the pages were filled with interesting visuals.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sondra Harris

    Josh Bernstein hates when you call his hat a fedora. He insists it is a cowboy hat. I say that no self-respecting cowboy would wear a hat ill-equipped to keep rain from running down one's face and neck, but Josh Bernstein is cute and smart and delivers a well-written, inside-but-not-TMI look at his world, our world, and the worlds of our past. Here's to making everyone check out of the Paris Hilton and into the Luxor. Josh Bernstein hates when you call his hat a fedora. He insists it is a cowboy hat. I say that no self-respecting cowboy would wear a hat ill-equipped to keep rain from running down one's face and neck, but Josh Bernstein is cute and smart and delivers a well-written, inside-but-not-TMI look at his world, our world, and the worlds of our past. Here's to making everyone check out of the Paris Hilton and into the Luxor.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angie slusser

    If you like the show then this will give you a little more incite into the travel and how archaeology is not like the indiana jones movies. josh makes fun of himself as he travels through territory that he is not used to and some places that are not keen to have outsiders. It is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Josh Bernstein's memoir about his experience making his show "Digging for the Truth." It really took the romance out of extensive travel and made me grateful that there are people like Josh who do these travels so that people like me can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ups and downs of their travel adventures. I've never seen the show, but would like to see it in re-run at some point. Josh Bernstein's memoir about his experience making his show "Digging for the Truth." It really took the romance out of extensive travel and made me grateful that there are people like Josh who do these travels so that people like me can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ups and downs of their travel adventures. I've never seen the show, but would like to see it in re-run at some point.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark Boszko

    I pretty much just got this book because I was mentioned in the foreword/thanks, and thought it would be a nice memento of the time I spent working on the show. Nice to have some of the stories I heard floating around the office codified into book form. Of course there are other stories that will never get printed…

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Entertaining but if I had watched the series I would probably not have liked it as much since he pretty much re-hashed the first few seasons. He did give behind the scenes stories but I expected more about the author. Not a page turner but easy to read. The personality of the author came through and I felt he would be a fun guy to hang out with.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Beck

    A slightly unsubstantial book about Josh Bernstein, the host of Digging for the Truth on the History Channel. A good portion of the books deals with the choosing and setting up of the archeological sights, with some of the programs thrown in. A nice casual read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    It's a book about the tv show. It had lots of interesting tidbits in it. I would have liked to have seen a bit more info on some of the stories, but overall I thought it was a fun read. It's a book about the tv show. It had lots of interesting tidbits in it. I would have liked to have seen a bit more info on some of the stories, but overall I thought it was a fun read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A solid tie-in to the TV show, and the behind-the-scenes info makes it much clearer just how much effort goes into creating the show and presenting its stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Fun book to read, much like the TV show. The style is pretty fast paced, at times though the author gets a bit more personal, which may or may not appeal to the readers.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Crrrazyhawk

    Interesting book the major archaeological finds and their inpact. Also a good story on how Mr. Bernstein unde up in his dream job.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Dear Josh, You are a complete goober. I'm going back to dig up the last week of my life that I lost reading your book. You goober! Mike Dear Josh, You are a complete goober. I'm going back to dig up the last week of my life that I lost reading your book. You goober! Mike

  26. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Josh talks about his life growing up in New York to his buisness as owner/CEO of BOSS and his time filming "Digging for the Truth" for A&E. I love this book alot! Josh talks about his life growing up in New York to his buisness as owner/CEO of BOSS and his time filming "Digging for the Truth" for A&E. I love this book alot!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lillian

    Interesting behind-the-scenes look at the ordeals that take place in documentary production, especially when traveling to dozens of exotic locations. Pretty funny.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Not much intelligence, with even less writing style. And even the voice of the audio book is somewhat vulgar. All match together to yield another piece of cheap show biz products.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Synona Culbertson

    This is a great, fun read! What amazing adventures this man has been on and luckily we can all watch on the History channel while he explores history's mysteries. This is a great, fun read! What amazing adventures this man has been on and luckily we can all watch on the History channel while he explores history's mysteries.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great behind the scenes info on Josh's incredible explorations as well as tips for surviving your own explorations. Great behind the scenes info on Josh's incredible explorations as well as tips for surviving your own explorations.

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