John Major Jenkins has written a great book in The 2012 Story. It tells the story of how the 2012 code was cracked, and shows that, over and over again, since the first explorers discovered crumbling ruins of Maya cities, the great discoveries and leaps in knowledge and understanding have been made by amateur enthusiasts, rather than lettered academics. Of course, they are never really given the full credit, and the same thing is still happening today. Jenkins presents new evidence that comes from some of the first scholars to break ranks, that the Maya not only knew about precession, and encoded it in their codices and inscriptions, but they also encoded the galactic alignment event - and even recorded this in the Tortuguero Monument 6 inscription. This is the only Classic era inscription that mentions 2012. Some day after 2012, when all the hype has died down, JMJ's work will probably slowly become accepted by academia, though someone else will probably steal the limelight. This book records the recent developments, as the academic Mayanists hunker down and declare war on the 2012 topic, by denial, misinformation, misquoting, mockery, avoiding the issue, and similar tactics. Coming from some of the most respected figures in the field, this is quite shocking, but is backed up by actual audio recordings available online. This is fairly shocking.
The final part of the book is also controversial, as Jenkins offers his take on the meaning of the end of the 13-baktun cycle to the Maya. In summary, this is transformation and renewal. JMJ's new analysis of the Popul Vuh myth, comparing with recent political events is compelling and fascinating. I won't give the game away, but thoroughly recommend this book - I will be reading it again for sure!