I just finished the 2019 book “The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World’s Longest Treasure Hunt” by author Randall Sullivan. Born in Los Angeles and grew up in North Bend Oregon. His family moved to Portland, where he attended high school and then went to the University of Oregon. He has written for Esquire, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Wired as well as several books, 3 nominated for Pulitzer Prizes.
This 410 page book starts at the beginning of the treasure hunt, with the discovery of, what is called, the money pit by Daniel McGinnis, and two others, in 1795. He goes through each treasure hunt participant in detail that wasn’t covered in the TV show.
He covers what ideas of treasure, and who might have done the original work to bury it, in extreme detail. There are many ideas, some kinda crazy, some that make a lot of sense.
Obviously, someone went to a lot of trouble to bury something here and even booby trapping the recovery with an ocean water flood system. He covers all the people that came to Oak Island with intentions of finding treasure and basically making it so much worse for those to come.
Sullivan did exhaustive research, reading the books and articles that he could find on the Oak Island mystery. He interviewed many people that have been searching the island, and came up with some great insights. I learned a good deal more, than on the TV show, about Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s interest in Oak Island. He also introduced us to more details on the battle between Dan Blankenship and Fred Nolan. He covers insight, of the TV show, from producer Kevin Burns which is very interesting. If you’re a viewer of the television show, this is a must read. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t solve the treasure mystery by the end of 400 pages! But I’ll still give this book 5 out of 5 stars.