The story of the lost colony of Roanoke, the vanished first English settlement in the New World, has baffled historians for hundreds of years. Journalist Andrew Lawler’s research into the topic took him to archives, excavations and historical records, and he shares his conclusions in his new book, The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Doubleday.) He does not solve the mystery, but he does address the resonance that Roanoke, and particularly Virginia Dare, still holds for Americans. Andrew Lawler, also the author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? is a contributing writer for Science, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and has written for The New York Times, and other publications.