America Before

The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
Narrated by: Graham Hancock
Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock, the internationally best-selling author, has made it his life's work to find out - and in America Before, he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion. 

We’ve been taught that North and South America were empty of humans until around 13,000 years ago - among the last great landmasses on earth to have been settled by our ancestors. But new discoveries have radically reshaped this long-established picture, and we know now that the Americas were first peopled more than 130,000 years ago - many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere. 

Hancock's research takes us on a series of journeys and encounters with the scientists responsible for the recent extraordinary breakthroughs. In the process, from the Mississippi Valley to the Amazon rain forest, he reveals that ancient "New World" cultures share a legacy of advanced scientific knowledge and sophisticated spiritual beliefs with supposedly unconnected "Old World" cultures. Have archaeologists focused for too long only on the "Old World" in their search for the origins of civilization while failing to consider the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the "New World"? 

America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization is the culmination of everything that millions of people have loved in Hancock's body of work over the past decades, namely a mind-dilating exploration of the mysteries of the past, amazing archaeological discoveries, and profound implications for how we lead our lives today.  

©2019 Graham Hancock (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

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Fun to Think About

I first heard of Graham Hancock on the Joe Rogan podcast. I decided to give this book a try, but find it hard to set aside reading time. I've been listening to this audio book to and from work everyday, and find it fascinating. The wording is beautiful, and the author himself reads the book. His voice has good inflection, but not overly dramatic. He has a good balance of facts mixed with unproven, yet logical, ideas. Some of the proposed ideas seem a bit out there, but 100 years ago, most of what we currently know would seem unbelievable. The facts are clearly separated from the opinions. Weather or not you agree with everything he says, the ideas are still fun to think about since they're on the edge of being proven. The author has taken a subject that can be incredibly boring, and found a way to retain my interest for hours. This book has sparked an interest in Archaeology I never had before. There is so much in this field, and the history of the Americas, that is unknown.

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I want to love this book

I'm sort of a, "Joe Rogan Experience Bro" who never would've heard of Graham Hancock without the J.R.E.. I loved listening to Graham talk about this book on Joe's podcast, so I figured I'd love the audiobook. I left out the last star because, at least for me, the way it's written is hard to follow. I felt like a D student who's parents paid for his Harvard acceptance, and now I'm sitting in class getting lectured like, "oh no, please slow down." But if you're a history buff and not a dummy like me, this book is absolutely fascinating.

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Great book

I'm a big fan of Graham Hancock's work, but if you're not familiar with his work then I definitely recommend reading Fingerprints and/or Magicians of the God's before America Before.

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After listening to him on JRE and going back and listening to magicians & fingerprints of the gods , I am a huge fan of grahams work. He has a beautiful writing style that matches exactly the way he speaks . He opened my eyes to the devastation that took place in my home state of Washington and Informed my opinion on the landscape around me . Driving through , and camping in eastern Washington has taken on new meaning for my family and I . I am so glad I can help support his work in any way by purchasing this audio book .

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ancient cultures in North America! A must read!

Graham Hancock is a amazing explorer, reporter, scientist, philosopher, evidence finder, entrepreneur, facts connector, and story teller.

Graham uses science based facts, research, know mathematical, astronomical and Discovery evidence to lay out all the evidence which connect all of our ancient cultures and are even or own today to a most ancient culture that potentially died out in the last ice age era, around 12800 years in the past.

He is a master at connecting all of the facts based off of research and discovery throughout known knowledge from all excavation notes throughout history and personal exploration at the sites himself including hundreds of dives all around the world. He is able to connect all of the facts and inner twine all of the legends around the world and everything else in between.

Very compelling and wonderful writter. A must read if you love history, ancient cultures or anything history.

must read Fingerprints of the Gods, Magicians of the Gods, and all of the other books that came before this to get a good feel about it. but if you don't you can still understand what is going on and he kind of recap so it is totally okay if you don't. but all his other books are highly recommended especially the two before this one.

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Brace yourself

This book shakes the current understanding of who we are to the core. It's absolutely perspective changing.

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Perfectly executed.

This book was brilliantly written and surprisingly easy to comprehend. The fact that Hancock read it himself was also quite appealing to me. His view on the world is unique and much more open-minded compared many in his field and has opened my eyes to many different topics that I would not have considered if I had not listened.
I will definitely be reading more of his books after this. (I 110% recomend this read/listen.)

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Excellent

The field of archeology needs this book. There continues to be such animosity, lack of imagination and general sheep mindedness among archeologists, anthropologists, historians etc. today, it is simply counter to original ideas and discoveries. Mr. Hancock reminds us that original ideas and an appreciation for the vast swaths of knowledge, which one may be ignorant towards, are the most important mind states to cultivate.

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Graham Hancock is Precious Gift to Humanity!

The time and work Graham has dedicated to this Ancient "RE" discovery is utterly mind blowing. So detailed and so careful to check and triple check his findings, knowing that the mainstream will be there ready to shoot down his every finding,.. and as the evidence piles up higher on their front step I just hope I get to see it all come crashing down around them.. We are not looking for someone to point a finger at, but at this Point you had better get the hell out of our way.. The Modern day paradigm is changing and shifting, we know now that we have literally been SPOON FED BULLSHIT, by the mainstream for one reason or another.. Powerful people protecting their interests etc. who gives a fuck... Their time has run out... Humamnity will remember this time in history as the GREAT AWAKENING!

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great work!

Graham Hancock did not disappoint! His spot on JRE and tour compliments this book nicely!

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