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The Lost Civilization Enigma: A New Inquiry into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History | [Philip Coppens]

The Lost Civilization Enigma: A New Inquiry into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History

Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught? Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet the latest archaeological findings at sites such as Jericho, and most recently, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, have been dated to 10,000 BC. Civilization goes back at least another 10,000 years, if we are willing to believe what our ancestors themselves claimed.
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Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught?

Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet the latest archaeological findings at sites such as Jericho, and most recently, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, have been dated to 10,000 BC.

Civilization goes back at least another 10,000 years, if we are willing to believe what our ancestors themselves claimed.

The Lost Civilization Enigma reveals the truth about:

  • Lost magnitudes to known cultures, such as the Bosnian Pyramids and the civilization of "Old Europe";
  • The fabled lost "golden" cities of South America and the Amazon, which are slowly being rediscovered;
  • Fascinating examples of lost technology, such as the Antikythera Device;
  • Atlantis and the fact that it was a real civilization.

Analyzing historical and archaeological records, best-selling author Philip Coppens demonstrates that there is substantial evidence that civilization is far older, far more advanced, and far more special than is currently accepted. Clearly, our history books have left out a great deal!

©2012 Philip Coppens (P)2012 Tantor

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    Joseph APO, AE, United States 11-18-12
    Joseph APO, AE, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2006

    I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

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    "Large parts of history are still unknown"

    Ok this is an odd book. Its one of the odd books about odd subjects that if you tried to just go out and tell others about they would give you a blank look and then slowly back away while checking your hat for tinfoil linings. That or they might think your incredibly dull and say 'that's nice dear' and ignore you.

    The author brings up good points and states odd mysteries about the world we don't have good answers for.The problem comes in when he gives tentative answers for those problems we have no good answers for. He has a very well worked out chain of logic for his views but it seems a bit mythical.

    I love the facts he digs up. He even is pretty good at telling you when he runs off on speculation and when he has a chain of proof but the entire book and a lot of the books the author writes are about the slightly strange areas of science.

    This book specifically is about civilizations that didn't leave any useful written language carved into stone blocks buried in the desert. So the only traces we have of them are some really big rock formations, stories about how or what they were like from the civilizations that came after them, and religious texts that maybe up for interpretation.

    This books tells how there are still things that are out there about our history that we don't know or may never know.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Saud United States 10-06-13
    Saud United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2007

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Makes you think"

    This is the kind of audiobook that makes you question how much you know, and how much you can really trust the experts not to put their own credibility over the truth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cie Cheyenne, WY USA 12-06-12
    Cie Cheyenne, WY USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2010

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    Any additional comments?

    Taken together with The Ancient Alien Question, these two books have information I haven't come across in any other searches or reference materials regarding this subject. As well, this book is well thought out and has references.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BookWorm620 Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-02-12
    BookWorm620 Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mostly complaining with no good details"

    I share the authors views that established archeology will go to great lengths to ignore anything that challenges established dates and theories. However with this book I was disappointed that rather than give voice and analysis to these ignored theories he spends almost the entire first 5 chapters constantly whining about all the archeologists who have ignored or debunked alternate theories. I have to admit I stopped listening after the 5th chapter. It makes no sense to me to give these "bad guys" more of your attention than the supposed theories they attacked. I was looking for solid analysis and facts and never found any that were thoroughly pursued. Any factual line always lead to more recriminations. For readers like me who are interested in facts I would suggest Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods. They only have the abridged version in audible but its nicely narrated and you will definitely get some solid information out of it.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Avonmore, ON, Canada 05-14-13
    John Avonmore, ON, Canada 05-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A frustrating mix of genuinely fascinating, tangible material - Bosnian pyramids, copper mining in N. America, a prehistoric road network in France - and credulous silliness (conversations with crystal skulls, Atlantis, etc).


    Would you recommend The Lost Civilization Enigma to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, on balance.


    Was The Lost Civilization Enigma worth the listening time?

    Barely.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Scottsville, VA United States 07-18-14
    Amazon Customer Scottsville, VA United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I could have done without Atlantis foolishness"
    If you could sum up The Lost Civilization Enigma in three words, what would they be?

    Leave out nonfacts.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philip Coppens before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books by this author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had no real favorite scene. I was enjoying the story, gave it creedence - until the Atlantis garbage was brought up along with aliens etc. I mean really. Please stick to the facts.
    I read a factual book recently giving hypothesis that had nothing to do with aliens nor Atlantis - because it dealt with the FACTS. Just because something is hard to explain does not mean it has anything to do with aliens or Atlantis.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Truth peppered with pure fiction


    Any additional comments?

    There was so many good solid facts that it simply ruined the book by peppering it with pure conjecture, opinion and controversial foolish notions of Atlantis - which the possible existance of ruined under the ocean makes zero difference in our existance since all of us are survivors of different cultures. Atlantis, if even real, is gone, period. There are so many buried civilizations that we can dig up, why obsess over one under water that is forever dead and gone - obviously their intelligence couldn't and didn't save them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    this is a worth while listen. though it sounds like its being read by some kind of voice emulator the content is interesting, opening what seems like closed books and offering a fresh perspective to muse over. the legends that span the world are examined and the fragments of fact are extracted to produce some convincing evidence for rethinking some of the history books.

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