The Lost Continent of Mu, by James Churchward, 1931, New York, Paperback Library Edition, 1959, 286 pp.
The Lost Continent of Mu is an exercise in poor logic, weak citations, and the art of jumping to conclusions. Basically, James Churchward figured out the method of presentation now used by those advocates of the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” almost a century earlier. Oh, and he’s openly racist.
The beyond belief story presented as true based on evidence twisted … no, rung out of sources—some of which don’t even seem to exist—is that civilization originated on a massive continent in the middle of the Pacific ocean that like the story of Atlantis was destroyed in a catastrophe. The people (of course) were white. Or at least those in charge on the continent of Mu were white.
An example of Churchward’s logic is that since a Mayan record refers to a land to the West and an Asian record refers to a land to the East, they must each be referring to the same place and thus there was a place (a whole continent!) in the Pacific.
The whole story Churchward says he translated from tablets in India with the help of “a high priest.” His story is not always straight. Sometimes it is plural “high priests” who helped him out. He translated everything in “2 years” which really is blindingly fast given that the text of the tablets is presumably from a language tens of thousands of years old.
Churchward probably isn’t serious in this book. That is, it is hard to believe that he believed his own theories. Maybe the book is just for entertainment value. But on that account it fails as well. It just isn’t very entertaining. The book is frustrating slow as he presents some character or drawing from (nonexistent) tablets and then jumps to some translation of it without any convincing reason.
Apparently some people were entertained (or dumb enough to believe the book) because it sold enough copies to be made into a Paperback Library Edition and even spurred additional writings about Mu. That way, just in case you haven’t had enough of Churchward’s nonsense in this volume, you can continue with more.