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Fingerprints of the Gods: A Quest for the Beginning and the End [Hardcover]

Graham Hancock
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10 April 1995
By the author of "The Sign and the Seal". This book describes the quest for the whereabouts, nature and few surviving traces of a lost civilization that was destroyed long ago and obliterated from human memory, long before any of the cultures of historical antiquity rose to prominence. While Hancock does not believe that this civilization was Atlantis, he taps into the same current of human yearning that has made the Atlantis myth such a powerful one. He mixes physical exploration of dramatic and sometimes dangerous locations in his pursuit of the hints and scraps of evidence that point to a great and unsolved mystery.

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  • Hardcover: 578 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Edition edition (10 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043431336X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434313365
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Intriguing" (Sunday Times)

"Hancock challenges orthodox history with extraordinary theories of a vanished early civilisation destroyed by a cataclysm... However heretical his arguments, his sweep through the ancient world is arresting and audacious" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Investigative journalist and bestselling author of controversial history books, including bestseller The Sign and the Seal, uncovers the evidence of Earth's lost civilisation. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but Unstructered 28 Feb 2011
By Miker
Full of mind-blowing and fascinating facts and theories. It's difficult to dismiss the author's proposition that advanced civilisation dates back thousands of years earlier than is currently the "official" view and that these early civilisations may have been virtually wiped out by the catastrophic flooding and volcanic and earthquake activity accompying the ending of the last Ice Age.

But I do wish the book had been properly edited. It is full of repitition and is not presented in any sort of logical order. It could have been 30% shorter. Nevertherless well worth reading.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not totally convincing 23 July 2004
By Gryph
Fingerprints of the Gods seems to be the type of book that is either loved or loathed, either convincing people utterly, or leaving them mocking its credibility. I don't particularly stand in either camp.
Although many of the theories are interesting, and even possible, they are probably not the answers to the mysteries highlighted and the questions asked. Just because there are flaws in accepted Egyptology, that does not mean that a race of super humans built the pyramids.
Hancock raises some very good points, and finds fascinating correlations in the themes of ancient myth. Unfortunately the conclusions he comes up with leave many more questions than you were faced with in the first place, and seem a bit too far fetched to be totally credible. His opinions may point to a different truth than that accepted by the close minded members of the archeological and scientific community, but in taking things too far into the extreme he will not be taken as a credible source by those he seeks to challenge.
The ideas put forward left me with the same feelings I have when reading conspiracy theory websites or books - it all seems possible, but when all weighed up after the event it just all seems too unlikely to wholly believe.
FOTG was definitely an interesting read, but rather than changing my life, as others have stated, it just changed the way I view ancient prehistory and the way it is perceived by modern scholars.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment 29 July 2007
Whether you subscribe to Hancock's theories or not, there is no denying that this is an excellent read, thoroughly well-researched and written in an engaging and involving way.

Personally, I felt that the book should have sought to ask some of its questions without then feeling the need to speculate wildly to answer them. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read and this new edition is worth the money even if you have the original.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening... 27 Aug 2006
I read this book a few years ago and it inspired me to travel which I have since spent a year of my life doing, during which time I was fortunate enough to visit many of the ancient civilisations' statues and monuments etc. around South America and the Pacific mentioned in the book.

Most of the documented theories in the book cannot be proved, however interestingly enough can also not be disproved by any scientists! I beleive the author Graham Hancock invited his public mockers of the book to a live television debate to which none of them agreed...!

Even if everything discussed in the book is entire fiction it is a work of art and an extremely interesting read which precipitates a plethora of issues to debate.

I've just ordered the sequel... 5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading! 29 Nov 2011
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This book is so well researched and thought through, it should be compulsory reading. No wild speculation without foundation, but reasoned and realistic. No assumptions passed down and accepted from the ignorant. Open minded and incise.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind Y2K; it's 2012 we need to worry about 22 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This book is fantastic. Not for those with closed minds, to be sure, but for anyone with an interest in the pyramids, Atlantis, the Incas or the Aztecs or who finds the idea that Western science knows the answers depressing this is essential reading. I have read and re-read this book a dozen times and still have no idea how much of Hancock's theory I believe. But at the end of the day, it's intriguing and, dare I say it, entertaining.
The book opens with mediaeval maps which accurately depict the coastline of Antartica, despite the fact that it's been under miles of ice since the dawn of history. Rattling through flood myths which are pretty much identical all over the world, the mysteries of the lines on the Nazca plain, harbours built miles from the coast, pyramids that we could not build today, the precession of the equinoxes and much more Hancock reaches his conclusion in breathless style. (I would say that the conclusion is startling, but you do pretty much see where he's headed from the off.)
Some people will dismiss the whole book as bunkum, saying that you can twist the facts and suppositions to fit whatever theories you like. And they may well be right. But unlike other books which put the pyramids down to little green men from mars or magic, Hancock offers us a more convincing explanation. Even if you accept the 'conventional' ages of the pyramids, then I just cannot understand why the later ones are falling down while the oldest are still in pretty much perfect nick. The story of civilisations all over the world is that we get better at things as time goes on, not worse.
A fascinating and thought provoking read, with a sobering conclusion. Anyone for an end of the world party round at mine in 2012?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Going to Egypt? Buy It
This is another scholarly book written by the charmingly communicative Graham Hancock.

The implications of this book might blow you away, but its style is easy going -... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Daniel Rozman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Great historical information never got bored, always intrigued. Well written as well, very easy to digest. Well done and thank you! :)
Published 18 days ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
I bought this for my husband as he had been given an old copy oy Chariots of the Gods years ago, and it set his mind wondering. He has literally found it really hard to put down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by net
5.0 out of 5 stars Opens up a world of thought
great fun to read. opens up a world of infromation and platfrom for further research. To be taken with a pinch of salt but very, very interesting
Published 2 months ago by Desiree Falzon
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change everything
This book has both confirmed ideas that have been in my head for years and changed the way I think about our history on this planet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mr sam berry
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing !
Needless to say yet another amazing piece of work ,by talented writer, author Graham Hancock ,bought for a friend, as I already have this fab book ,and friend is happy too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
Alternative histories are what keep our imagination fertile and our minds open to new ideas. This one certainly does that, however far fetched some of Hancock's theories are.
Published 8 months ago by Desktop English
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me think
I found this was a great book to read accompanied by a mug of strong coffee and a seat by the window. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing our history way back
What could I possibly say about this book that hasn't already been said? I couldn't put this book down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Guildner
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing!
Truly outstanding read by a pioneer of the genre! Hancock's masterpiece! The book itself opens up the possibility that our world and it's history is much more than what we are told... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. R. Turner
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