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Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization [Paperback]

Richard Firestone , Allen West , Simon Warwick-Smith
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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (28 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430612
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are a number of puzzling mysteries in the history of Earth that have yet to be satisfactorily explained by mainstream science: the extinction of dinosaurs, the vanishing of ancient Indian tribes, the formation of the mysterious Carolina Bays, the disappearance of mammoths, the sudden ending of the last Ice Age, and the cause of huge underwater landslides that sent massive tsunamis racing across the oceans millennia ago. Eyewitness accounts of these events are chronicled in rich oral traditions handed down through generations of native peoples. The authors' recent scientific discoveries link all these events to a single cause. In "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes", Richard Firestone, Allen West and Simon Warwick-Smith present new scientific evidence about a series of prehistoric cosmic events that explain why the last Ice Age ended so abruptly. Their findings validate the ubiquitous legends and myths of floods, fires, and weather extremes passed down by our ancestors and show how these legendary events relate to each other. Their findings also support the idea that we are entering a thousand-year cycle of increasing danger and possibly a new cycle of extinctions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Top Read! 17 Aug 2007
By Aeneas
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Thinking that this book was going to be a heavy read I was in for a big surprise. It was like a scientific detective story that was so engaging that I read it in record time. Despite the easy reading for the layman the subject is thoroughly well researched by the 3 authors and presents a very compelling case for the proposition that the Northern Hemisphere was bombarded around 13000 years ago with catastrophic consequences. On top of meticulously detailing the many scientific finds by numerous researchers from various fields regarding the subject, the authors have interspersed stories from many native tribes and earlier civilizations that in this new light very likely are stories told by survivors of the cataclysm and passed down through oral traditions. It is hard at times not to feel a touch of the terror that our ancestors must have felt, when this happened, which historically speaking is not that long ago.

This book will without doubt cause a lot of stir in many places, and hopefully encourage more people to take an extra look and do more research. The book has definitely caused me to look at my home country with new eyes and with a keen interest to look out for signs in the countryside that confirms this theory. Like the book by Iman Wilkens "Where Troy once stood", this book has also been a great inspiration and catalyst to look at our history in a different way. And like the authors point out, the earth is currently in a very dangerous area of the galaxy where comets and other extraterrestrial objects are a lot more numerous than they have been for a long time.

This is a must read book that you will not regret having bought!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 13 Mar 2008
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For a 400-page book, this book is most certainly worth it and I could not put it down. "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes" is one of the most serious works that I have ever read, and it was written by scientists who proposed that we are going through "cycles" of cosmic events as it seemed to be related to the one event that happened over 12,000 years ago in North America lands. This is no speculation book, even though I brought it from "New Age/Speculation" section at my bookstore. I found this book to be quite scholarly and objective read with seriously hard evidences.

The one thing from this book that really interests me is the Carolina Bays. I lived around those areas for a long time, but never once have I noticed those bays until I read about it in this book. These shallow craters, as the authors pointed out, were impacts during the extinction event, which they gave evidences of them being craters, such as extraterrestrial materials. Very interesting!

This book is full of evidences and certainly opened my eyes to the fact that Earth is not, never was, safe from cosmic objects. This book is clear written and easy to read. I would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By DB
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Sometimes you want to poke publishers in the eye. What we have here is a well-presented, exciting core thesis - that a cometary impact towards the end of the Ice Age devastated North America, wiped out the megafauna and destroyed the Clovis culture - plus several interesting but nevertheless speculative linked ideas. But the title and the cover latch on to some of the least convincing speculation and ignore the main subject. You could weep.

Why "The Cycle of..."? The whole point about the 13,000 BP event was that it was the stand-out event of the last 60,000 years. The authors mention some other people's suggestions that such events occur cyclically, but really only in passing. Indeed their own secondary thesis is that the Clovis event was itself triggered by a star in our corner of the galaxy going supernova about 30,000 years ago. What's cyclical about that?

And then the cover appears to be showing the destruction of a civilisation, presumably Atlantis - again a topic only mentioned in passing by the authors. Because, of course, the Atlantis story is about just that - the destruction of a civilisation. If it has any link to true events, then they can't predate the Neolithic.

The scientific detective story uncovering the Event itself is excellent and is why the book is "mostly" very good. There are one or two inconsistencies in their analysis of where exactly the impact or impacts took place, but I'll leave those for readers to spot. However, the links to the possible supernova are tenuous, the importance of the Toba eruption is glossed over, and the endless quoting of folk tales about fire and flood is irritating and maybe even irrelevant, for two reasons.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Velikovsky Redux 28 Feb 2009
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A very well researched and outstandingly important book in its field. However, its sensational title and lurid cover design severely undersells its contents (few schools would consider it for their library) and misrepresents it. Recommend to the authors / publishers that they redesign and reissue the book when next they update the later chapters.
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