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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061379204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061379208
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sitchin's works are outstandingly different from all others that present this central theme. His linguistic skills in the languages of antiquity and his pursuit of the earliest available texts and artifacts make possible the wealth of photographs and line drawings appearing in his books from tablets, monuments, murals, pottery, and seals." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010), an eminent Orientalist and biblical scholar, was born in Russia and grew up in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. A graduate of the University of London with a degree in economic history, he worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years prior to undertaking his life's work--The Earth Chronicles. One of the few scholars able to read the clay tablets and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian, Sitchin based The Earth Chronicles series on the texts and pictorial evidence recorded by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. His books have been widely translated, reprinted in paperback editions, converted to Braille for the blind, and featured on radio and television programs. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Foxylock on 22 Sept. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The second book of the polemical Earth Chronicles begins with an examination of mans unquenchable thirst for immortality. We follow Alexander on his quest to find the spring of eternal life and his subsequent misfortune when his servant stumbles upon it. We learn in great detail of the journey taken by the Pharoah as he travels to the afterlife. And the epic story of Gilgamesh the ancient king who refused to die is recounted and disected. I found the first part of this book drags it's heels a little and the detail provided is sometimes a little overpowering. However it is definitely worth persevering with, as the second part of the book is truly fascinating.

We are all familiar with the Egyptian Pyramids and most of us would have a rudimentary grasp of their history and purpose. Sitchin takes that acquired knowledge and dismantles it piece by piece in a surprisingly cogent manner, His theories although esoteric are by no means incredible as he backs all claims up with masses of technical and highly researched evidence. I will admit an open mind is required in the reading of these books, but why should our minds be closed in the first place ? If there is even just a grain of truth in any of these claims the known history of the planet will have to be rewritten. If Sitchin is a fraud or deluded, then he has written a compelling if not epic tale.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2002
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In this second entry in the Earth Chronicles series, Sitchin focuses on man's eternal and perpetual search for immortality and ties his findings in with his theories of ancient Sumer and the Annunaki who originally colonized earth. In particular, he discusses Alexander the Great's desperate search for a way to escape an early death as well as Gilgamesh's epic search for everlasting life; more importantly, he provides a map of their quests, identifying their most important destinations with the ancient Sumerian sites he wrote about in The 12th Planet. Basically, the ultimate destinations of the men of legend corresponded to the areas from which the Annunaki journeyed back and forth between earth, their orbiting spacecraft, and their home planet. Having described an intricate grid system accounting for the specific locations of the ancient cities both before and after the Deluge, he makes some fascinating arguments. I was most struck by his conclusion that the new, post-Deluge space port was actually Jerusalem. As always, Sitchin incorporates Biblical texts into his story, revealing compelling connections between the books of the Bible and the ancient records of the earliest Middle Eastern cultures.
I found myself plodding to some degree through the first half of the book, even laying the book aside for a few days, but the latter sections here are quite interesting because they focus on ancient Egypt. Sitchin's discussions of the ancient Egyptian monuments, particularly the Great Pyramids at Giza are enlightening and fascinating. He forcibly argues that the pyramids were never meant to serve as burial places of ancient Egyptians and that the Great Pyramids and the majestic Sphinx were built long before Khufu, Chefren, and other pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty came to power.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
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Like ALL of his books, this one too is amazing, compelling, persuasive, enlightening, builds rationally and logically to each of its points BUT (there's alway a "but")is a bit difficult to read. Also, as with ALL his books, Zecharia draws his concise conclusions by bringing the knowledge of many sciences together. It is a must read for anyone with an open mind and thirst for knowledge.
As the chronicles tend to build on each other, the reader will find it more comfortable to read them in sequence: 12th Planet, Stairway to Heaven, Wars of Gods & Men, Lost Realms,When Time Began.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Screenwriter on 14 Jan. 2012
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The perfect sequel to the 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin. Number 2 book of the Earth chronicles. Sitchin is a genius in my book, however, a lot of people dismiss his books as pseudoscience and mythology. Scientist and scholars have all said his translations were correct, however, they classify the cuneiform Sumerian texts as mythology. It reminds me of Frank Calvert, an archaeologist who took Homer's Odyssey as truth and not mythology and the end result was finding the the fabled city of Troy. So time will tell if Sitchin's translations become a reality just like the city of Troy.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2000
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In this book Sitchin continues on the theme set in his first book, and poses many interesting questions that orthodox science cannot explain and so glosses over or ignores. The central theme in this book is Man's search for 'The Fountain of Eternal Youth'. This crops up time and time again in mythology, yet where did Man get the idea that he could cheat death? Sitchin offers theories that really try to explain this. As for the lack of proof, as he makes clear in all his books, it IS there to be seen, but only if you are prepared to look - people trust too much in orthodox science to always be 100 percent right in archaeology. For those with an open mind Sitchin wil show you that they are just as human and as fallible as those who believed that the Earth was flat.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read the whole series of "The Earth Chronicles", which I think is marvelously written. It is neither fictional nor scientific, however, I would classify it as pseudo-scientific non-fiction. It is not really important whether Sitchin's writings are scientificly true, but it makes marvelous reading, nothing like I have ever read before. He masterfully creates an illusion of a scientific research, and in it he creates a new genre -- the Disneyland for science-oriented minds. For all that, even if one reads it with a sceptical smirk on one's face, there is always a thought frollicking somewhere in the backyard swimming pool of your mind, "What if some of this stuff is in fact true?" And that makes the whole series very attractive.
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