In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English colony in the New World–and then vanished. In The Secret Token, journalist Andrew Lawler sets out on a quest to solve an enigma that has obsessed generations of historians, archaeologists, and amateur sleuths.
The Washington Post calls it “crazy fun” as well as “surprisingly fresh and powerful,” while the Wall Street Journal deems it “the most authoritative account of the Lost Colony to date.” The Economist says that “Mr Lawler is an intrepid guide to this treacherous territory,” adding that “his willingness to chase down every lead, no matter how outlandish, and his enthusiasm for the journey as much as the destination, make The Secret Token a lively and engaging read.”
Andrew Lawler is the author of the highly acclaimed Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?. He is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Slate. Please join him at Main Street Books for a discussion and signing of The Secret Token.