Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx. But here is where it all began---von Däniken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention in human history. Most incredible of all, however, is von Däniken's theory that we ourselves are the descendents of these galactic pioneers---and the archaeological discoveries that prove it:
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Erich has an extremely unique capability to elaborate complex data and truth into simple every-day language.
Both bold and brave in his thought patterns and absolutely ahead of his time without reservations to public perception.
Truly inspiring; I couldn't help but think of Elon Musk in the process. I think it's safe to say Musk adopted some Von Daniken principles as he developed Space X's long term vision.
To think we are the only ones in this universe is just plain stupid. The ideas the book generates are welcome and well thought out. Makes you wonder why we are not putting more effort in exploring. Instead lets just blow up the world we live in now that's crazy
I thought this book was very enlightening. There are many well thought out hypotheses. I believe many of the scientists need to open their minds to allow them to research the past and ultimately find some truths.
I wanted to read this book for a long time. The subject is very interesting to me. Once srarted, I was guided through history one can see if you have on open mind. I enjoyed this book very much.
Could have been a bit more uplifting with a different pace narrator. Get Neil de gras Tyson....
Keep in mind. This was written in 1968. I think the book was great. I think Erich von Daniken had a lot of nerve writing this first book about such a controversial issue. Even today, there is a lot of people that still struggle or are afraid to except change of old knoledge and beliefs. So then that makes them not willing to admit the facts that can be clearly shown by several reliable , witnesses, scientist and many more people besidees Erich von Daniken. Also keep in mind that there's 50 more years of scientific evidence witnesses and facts that were in the book . I thought the narrator was good too.
I wanted to read this book a long time ago, but never got time for it. Now after listening, I understand why it was a bomb when it came out. For a people who feel that there is much more out there that official sources are telling us, this material is an eye opener. I believe this book has inspired a lot of scholars to re-think conventional history of our world and made some scientists to question there knowledge (although I don't think many would admit it). There many great articles and other books that, I believe, this book had given birth to. There are more then 45 years passed since it came out first, but questions this book rises are still unanswered. For further seek, I suggest to read Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin, where author elaborates our history from translated clay tablets of ancient Sumeria.
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