- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bear & Company (27 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591430593
- ISBN-13: 978-1591430599
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Atlantis and the Kingdom of the Neanderthals: 100,000 Years of Lost History Paperback – 27 Jun 2006
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Wilson shows that not only did Atlantis exist but that the civilizing force behind it was the Neanderthals. Far from being the violent brutes traditionally depicted, he shows that the Neanderthals had sophisticated mathematical skills, astrological knowledge advanced telepathic abilities.
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I started reading Atlantis and the Kingdom of the Neanderthals with great interest and enthusiasm. The author discussed the concepts that in the past our continental plates have shifted and that the earth's tilt has also changed. These are scientific facts that most people learn in high school. I was eager to see an examination of this movement as relates to Antarctica, how the author would place Neanderthals on Antarctica, how he would connect the two.
Unfortunately, the book quickly evolved in an attempt to present as much information as possible about every ancient mystery know to man: the pyramids of the Piri Reis map, Egypt, Mu, the Biblical floods, the man in the iron mask, the death of Jesus, and the Priory of Sion. Information about these topics ranged from scientific reports and solid data collection methodology to popular ancient mystery books and PBS specials to hearsay and theories by author friends.
My best advice is that you don't pick up this book because you wish to find out the connection between Atlantis and Neanderthals. Instead, pick up this book because it is full of interesting theories, summaries of information collected about a number of ancient mysteries, and contains a really great bibliography of like minded material.
It starts off well enough, summarising Hapgood et all and the theories & evidence of ancient civilisations - all goood stuff but nothing new really.
Wilson then starts to meander off topic and heads into the Rennes-le-Chateau saga (to my mind this was put to bed when exposed as a hoax some years ago) and the divinity or otherwise of Jesus. admittedly there is a link at the end of this section - the hypothesis that ancient man recognised and utilised a "mystic landscape". This may or may not be so, but I felt the author wasted far too many pages on these subjects to support an idea that they actually have little (if anything) to do with.
The idea of "primal vision" is an interesting one, but unoriginal and unfortunately Wilson adds nothing new to the mix - although useful to those unfamiliar with the subject.
The biggest puzzle for me was that this book utterly failed to address it's title - no real explanation or exploration of Atlantis with the Neanderthals, bar a threadbare chapter towards the end that - again - offers little new information.
Overall this book is an interesting (if somewhat rambling) introduction to alternative prehistory, but those well read on the subject will find little of interest.
The books one redeeming feature though, is it's extensive bibliography via the author's notes.
The book is brilliant, if you have taken the time to study all the materials you need to understand this book, and that will probably be at least ten years of very hard work. But in the end, all that work is worth it.
This book is not for the casual reader, and one who has not exposed himself or herself to most of the literature he cites in the work, and understands that literature will not come within a trillion light years of understanding it. If you do not do all that work, you are going to dismiss this book with one star, or less, if you can get the page to take no stars.
Omaha, NE Obamaland
P.S. Even though my review only shows 4 stars, I really tried to give it 5 stars. Something is not working right on this page. It is a 5-star book!
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only half way through Atlantis and the kingdom of the Neaderthals at present. Initially thought the author had lost the plot but within just a few pages you know you're on to a... Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2011 by hfr
This book would not have been so disappointing if not for the fact that I had come to expect work of the highest standards from Colin Wilson. Read morePublished on 12 May 2010 by Laura Knight-Jadczyk