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Should Have Known Better,
This review is from: Atlantis and the Kingdom of the Neanderthals: 100,000 Years of Lost History (Paperback)
I had bought Colin's 'From Atlantis To The Sphinx' years ago and gave it away due to its lack of depth.
The same will happen with 'Atlantis And The Kingdom Of The Neanderthals'.
Colin does not write his own theories solely but keeps reffering to other peoples books and even Plugging his previous 'works' so any gullible seeker of truth will buy them and be led on a wild goose chase.
I found it hilarious that he regurgitated C. Hapgood's idea that the 16th century 'Piri Reis' map is derived from the sea faring knowledge of a 'lost civilization'...
...Anyone who has read Gavin Menzies '1421: The Year China Discovered The World' will now know the origin of these ramshackle Veneto-Genoese maps are Chinese in origin.
I am surprised Colin did not reffer to Gavin's work, but then it does not tie in with 'Atlantis' 'Out Of Body Experiances' etc but is grounded it hard reality.
The idea that the so-called 'Neanderthals' were capable if speach, making clothes and other items and living in a structered society is more than plausible, however Colin does not develop the theory into anything other than brief quotes in chapter 12 (The Old Ones) almost at the end of the book, for God's Sake!!!
Again if anyone is seeking anything tangible as to 'Atlantis' they are left with nothing to hold onto and will sink into the Depths of Delusion.
And quite what Roslyn, the Templars, Jesus and the Essenes have to do with the Neanderthals and Atlantis is anyones idea, but the real idea is to Ride on the Wave of Da Vinci Hysteria...
And also fill up an otherwise empty book.
The book is Scatter Brained, with no real direction.
And if Colin mentions Gurdjieff he should at least let the 'uninitiated' know who he was, what he did, and his own works, far superior to anything Colin is ever likely to produce.
With all due respects Mr Wilson, you may have written over 172 'books' but they pale in depth compared to the works of Gavin Menzies and G. I. Gurdjieff.
Note: I had to give it a "1 Star" otherwise the review would not be accepted with "0 Star"
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2009 02:23:44 GMT
Thomas F. Simpson Jr. says:
Your attitude is unfortunate. You have to study many things for many years before you will even have a clue about this book.
Perhaps a way of dealing with a book like this is to: (1) suspend judgment, (2) not shoot the author, (3) make sure you have all babies out of the bathwater before you throw it out, and (4) when you are ready, draw your own conclusions.
If you understand, and you have to work hard to understand, you would not have dismissed this book the way you did.
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