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From the Ashes of Angels [Hardcover]

Andrew Collins , Graham Hancock
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29 Aug 1996
This is the story of an ancient tribe of super-intelligent beings that lived on the Iraq-Iranian border and who, through their wisdom, created the basis for Western civilization. Unable to know what to call them, mankind gave them the name of angels. But they were not angels - they were a race unto themselves. The author, Andrew Collins, has investigated archaeological data as well as cultural and literary sources to produce an account of this lost culture. Their knowledge was such that mankind lived in fear of them as well as in awe. Mankind ascribes Pagan myths, supernatural magic, and the power of the divine to this race, and as organized religion became more powerful, it sought to eliminate all traces of this forbidden and secretive group of people.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; First Edition edition (29 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718141326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718141325
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Have just finished reading From the Ashes of Angels by Andrew Collins. I am the founder of a study group on ancient man and our roots and read a lot of books on the subject. Collins has broken into new territory, and discovered a civilization prior to the Mesopotamian civilizations of Sumer that Sitchen covered so well. The further one goes back, the more difficult the research must be, so Collins must be considered to be one of the premiere researchers today. This book is a must read for anyone searching for mankind's roots and to learn the truth of our history, and where man might have learned the skills and tools allowing civilization. It seems the Mesopotamians did not just pop into existence as a full fledged civilization as some historians would have us believe, but there were precusors, prior civilizations the Mesopotamians learned from. Collins calls this race the Watchers, because that what they are referred to in the Book of Enoch, and he has done an excellent job of discovering evidence that these Watchers were a highly advanced civilization long before circa 3,800 when the Mesopotamians began to rise as a civilization, and that the Watchers seemed to have been present in many areas of the globe. An absolute must read. I look forward to more work from this talented author.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Legacy of a Fallen Race 30 Sep 2004
By D. J. Franklin VINE VOICE
Angels...what does that mean to people today. Guardians sent by god to watch over us, spirits that inhabit a parallel dimension or is there a more substantial explaination to their appearance in our history. Andrew Collins seems to think there is. Unlike most of the books that are published on Angels, this is not a New Age search for something to enrich our shallow lives, this is a pure historical detective work, a search for a historical reason for the existance of Angels.
A basic recap of the Biblical angle on these characters is in order. The Angels, known more often as Watchers, were the messangers of God, some of whom fell from grace by "knowing" mortal women. The offspring of this union was known as the Nephilim, giants who walk among men. Nowhere does the Bible state that the Watchers had any special powers, not un-natural ones at least. Nor does it state that they where immortal, in fact it almost implys they had a limited life span. Noahs birth is of interest, he is described as being a Nephilim, with caucasian features rather than the dark appearance of his kin.
The problem with any work of this nature is trying to remove the later gloss of Christian dogma to try and find the original story. Angels have been made into some chubby little Cherubim by medieval artists and the realities of what they represent has been lost. Once you manage to separate embelished religious nonesense from the fragments of the original mythology a different picture begins to emerge. Appart from the bible itself Collins has found some useful sources. The book of Enoch, for example is a book that although was once part of the original teachings of the christian way, fell out of popularity and was eventually lost.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where does history start and mythology end? 23 Sep 2003
By A Customer
This is a very thought provoking book.It draws many different strands of mythology and biblical sources together to make a series of cogent arguments suggesting that mankind's earliest remembered beginnings were guided and nutured by an advanced species of watchers. The only disappointment for me was that the origin of the watchers themselves was not further developed.
The book is primarily the developement of ideas, tangible evidence to support the interpretation is extremely thin. Nevertheless the conclusions are as plausible as any that exist at this period of human evolution and I hope the authors further develope their ideas in the future.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading, thought provocative 13 Aug 2001
By A Customer
I have read similar books on the subject and I must admit that this is one of the better ones. The problem I have, however, with all the books that deal with the distant past is that the authors use myths and legends any way the see fit in order to make the point. The most often quoted book is the bible. The bible tells tales for some people and the truth for others depending of course on the point one is trying to get across.
This book is well researched, well written, easy to understand and my favorite parts are the closing chapters. I would recommend this book to those who are interested for another point on view on the roots of humanity.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely enlightening and thought provoking 2 Dec 2004
I'm not going to add much on the good reviews on the history aspect.
I have never ever been one for history...used to make me fall asleep in school but my mind has been opened on reading this to the point I am now reading a number of the titles highlighted within the book
From the Ashes of Angels kept me intrigued from cover to cover
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 2 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Well written and researched work. This book is like a breeze of fresh air in a subject plagued by either elusive aliens or moralizing speeches of would be modern witch hunters. It does has its mistakes (I for one would like to see more photos of the places or information in which the writer bases his theory) but the author manages to keep an unbiased and unattached point of view to the information about a very conflictive subject.
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Published on 2 Feb 2011 by Faerygirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor leaps of logic, out of context quotes.
I had high hopes of this book after reading the reviews here, as the Nephilim are a subject that interests me greatly. Read more
Published on 25 April 2010 by Hip of a Zep
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
This is the most nonsensical piece of rubbish I have ever read. Collins places himself in a position where he pretends to hold a deep knowledge in Hebrew studies. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2007 by Petros Koutoupis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Work
I was impressed by the authors explicit connections between recurring themes / language. Ok, there is speculation here but he tells us about it rather than hiding it. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2004 by David J. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars No suprises for the "Ancient Mysteries" reader
As any reader of romantic fiction knows, there is a certain satisfaction in knowing how the story goes. Read more
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