In this follow-up to Erich von Däniken's worldwide best seller Chariots of the Gods, the author reveals startling new evidence that could prove his theory that ancient Earth had contact with aliens. Von Däniken claims that an alien race helped to create the pyramids of Egypt, a claim he based upon the ruins themselves. And it is these ruins that now provide researchers with a never-ending source of clues, compelling discoveries, revelations, and evidence that Earth was indeed colonized by an alien race:
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First of all let me admit 2 things. First I am not a believer in VonDaniken's theories but I do like to listen to them in the same way I like listening to SciFi. Second I couldn't finish this book; I only made it half way before I could take no more.
Before I get to a summary let me tell you why this book was terrible.
1.The discussion of aliens is sparse and almost nonexistent. The book spends most of its time detailing archeological mysteries that the author finds interesting but apparently no conventional archeologist has any interest.
2.VonDaniken likes to scoff at others beliefs and laugh at what he thinks is faulty science.
3.The book has no real thesis that it is trying to prove or defend – especially one that ties in with the title in any way. He drifts around from idea to idea and it was painfully hard to try to figure out what all these ideas had in common.
It was perhaps the 2nd item that made me stop reading this book. I mean really - If you are writing a book that is based on the premise that aliens visited the earth and did all these crazy things and then left you should be a little more tolerant of other people’s ideas. Maybe I stopped reading before he could conclude everything but I had seen enough.
In the first part of the book VonDaniken tries to reason why there were so many animals mummified and why were they considered sacred. He also wanted to reason why there are so many animal hybrids depicted in Egyptian art and literature. Here is his theory summarized in my words.
Aliens were riding around the universe and ran out of gas. They stopped at earth to replenish all their supplies and fuel. They were here for a long time and got bored so they created genetic labs on earth to study replicating and creating hybrid animals for fun. Earthlings killed the first of these and really made the aliens mad so they started marking their animals with things like horns on their head or a special birthmarks. As a result humans could tell the animals “of the gods” and so treated them with respect even after the aliens left.
Seriously!? This is your theory and you scoff at people that believe in life after death….I bought this book deeply discounted on sale and it still wasn’t worth it to me. Maybe he just rubbed me the wrong way here. I did like is first book much more. Maybe the second half gets much more exciting and reveals secret truths about the world. Its a mystery I can live with.
This is a favourite of mine amongst Von Daniken's writings, but I was disappointed by the quality of the editing/production - in particular, persistent mispronunciations by the narrator.
Great book. I'm a history major, and I can attest to the accuracy of his facts. Granted, as the author to his credit attests, his theories are of his own creation. However, if you read the texts from clay tablets literally, you can only agree with his assumptions.
I think it was a good book and was narrated well. The only problem I had with it was trying to concentrate to get the story and message out of each chapter because there were so many different names of gods and kings. Erich von Daniken always seems to just want to get to the real truth of everything, but he is blocked and discredited way too much. It is sad that the human race does not show more interest in our true creator and true history.
If you are very interested in ancient Egyptian history and archaeology, and already have a solid base of knowledge in these areas, then this book may interest you. If you are like me, mildly interested in these topics only in the context of ancient aliens, you will find this book boring. When I saw in the description that it was a followup to Chariots of the Gods I was ready to be entertained. I thought that some of the initial (boring) information was laying the groundwork for an argument that aliens were here on Earth back in the time of the building of the pyramids. No such point was ever made.
You can learn something about Egypt, the Sphinx, and the pyramids, and about how politics plays a role in what information scientists allow the public to have access to, but don't expect to meet Enlil or Enki in the pages of this book.
I like von Daniken and watch all the shows on Ancient Aliens. He does get a little technical, but perhaps not technical enough for some. I liked the narrator and enjoyed the book.
A Erich von Daniken Book as so many...you have to be really interested in this kind of books, that all comes down to lost civilizations and aliens etc.....
But for one thing Erich von Daniken is right the world has lost a tremendous amount of ancient knowledge and there are too many open questions in our past.
This why and I appreciate a writer as Erich von Daniken that can tell a story without loosing track of reality.(an interesting book but you maybe should read first other Erich von Daniken books before you read this one)
Yes, because Erich Von Daniken has done superb research into the earth's past and more people should know about the previous visitors to our planet.
I have read most of Von Daniken's books and he is a fine scholar and a persistent researcher into the ancient past. This is gripping with its revelations and his discoveries.
Since I am legally blind, I can no longer read printed books. So, the reader brings me into the book and holds my attention from start to finish.
The Lost History of Mankind
Von Daniken mentions my late friend Zechariah Sitchin frequently and I have read all of Z's books. I hold Von Daniken right up there with Sitchin.
I enjoyed a change. I do not believe everything is this ancient alien. But wanted to have a book of something different. I enjoy books on our past and discoveries made.
"Truth.....detailed and amazing journey!"
Anyone with an interest in one of the most important civilization's and its histories, Should listen to this graphic but lightly controversial information. It speaks volumes to the sub-concious questions we have all asked ourselves when faced with arceaological facts and evidence of the dynasties we had no proof of.
Given its complexity, it gives totally digestable answers to the mysteries of ancient perfection and obsession that has eluded many......
A very interesting read. been listning all thw time in thw bath and the car.
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