Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim---and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch.
Von Däniken also unearths the astounding story of a lost subterranean labyrinth in Ecuador said to be home to an extensive library of thousands of gold panels. He supplies evidence that the metal library has links not only to the Book of Enoch but also to the Mormons, who have spent decades searching for it, believing it to contain the history of their forefathers. And what about the mysterious lines in the desert of Nazca that resemble landing strips when viewed from the air? Archeologists claim they are ancient procession routes. "Think again!" cries von Däniken, as he reveals the data that the archeologists never even thought to check. History Is Wrong will challenge your intellect---and maybe a few long-held beliefs, too.
©2009 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor
Von Daniken has been one of my favorites for years now. He courageous, incessantly inquisitive, and a smooth talker. It was, therefore, with some excitement that I began listening to this book - ready to receive the mysterious knowledge like an after dinner treat.
When Erich began about the Voynich Manuscript, I heard myself exclaim"Yippee."
It all became more intriguing when he brought Crespi's treasures and the Book of Mormons into play and I thought to myself "well this is going to get really interesting!".
Alas, Erich never brought the loose ends together; repeatedly getting off-track with sanctimonious recriminations against those who have treated him with disdain in the past. Of course, I get his frustration with the scientific community and his disgust with the lies and the attempted attacks at his credibility. However, if he wanted to write a book about that, then he should have called it like "The Abuse of Scientists Against Erich van Daniken", or something similar. Of course the title conveniently allows him to address his grievances surreptitiously, but I didn't appreciate his slight of hand at all.
In spite of repeated promises throughout the book to address the Voynich Manuscript enigma, he never does so, and conveniently lets it go for the last 50% of the book. So, after reading Erich's abbreviated notes on Voynich, what one knows about the manuscript is less than what can be gleaned from Google during a quick 5 minutes browse.
His frenetic hither and thither weaving seems to be specifically designed to confuse the reader into not noticing the large gaps and holes in his arguments and attempts to "set the record straight." Perhaps van Daniken should stop penning books now, or get a decent editor to read his work, and point out the vacuities in his arguments and prose.
While the topic was intriguing the narration was hard to sit through, I kept hoping it would be less explosive as time went on but no such luck. Im not sure if he doing his imitation of the author or the newsreels of the 1930's.
I'm afraid I would not recommend to my friends.
As usual Von Daniken doesn't disappoint. He's thorough and knowledgable. I only wish he would lose the chip on his shoulder when discussing how other's have disrespected him in his past.
This book presents very good facts that I would have done research forever to find.The information here is absolutely mind bending and you can really see how the real facts can and have been distorted especially by religion to control and keep people in line. It saddens me to think that foreward thinking people of the past have been burned at the stake just for questioning their interpretation of the things that lay before them. It is an amazing thing to look at all the evidence and wonder what calamity befell the earth and how old we really are. Very good read and he did his homework, and it really is up to us how we sum the information up. I am sorry to see he has hooked up with some questionable conspiracy theorists that make his hard work seem out of line.
I thought he spent to much time on his rant about the 2 guys in Ecuador. This is the only reason why i do not give him a perfect score.
No I would under no circumstances read another book by Danikon. HIs poor writing style combined with his appallingly bad science make the thing an obvious cash grab at best and a tragic piece of self delusion at worst.
Something that is either self admitted science fiction or real history, thanks so very much.
The narrator is robotic and irritating, not helping him sell the poor subject material,
The entire book
Seriously go read something better.
The pounding on his philosophy.
Narrator was good. No detraction there
I wouldn't read it.
I must have gotten in over my head. He didn't make sense to me.
Conspiracy buffs, uncritical "swallow it whole" simple minded folk
Not written it. The book is a compilation of myths built squarely upon speculation heaped on untruths, falsehoods, more guess-work and some old fashioned nonsense.
"interesting ideas strung together randomly"
The narration is so quick you don't have any time to take in the proposed ideas. And much as I like Von Daniken books, he asks so much of the reader here while saying every other idea that asks something of the reader is just wrong. Sans explanation why his should be the only idea you think of. At the end of the day they're all theories, but he doesnt even attempt to justify why his is the correct one.
Erich Von Daniken
Very interesting thought idea.
His other books are better.
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