Chariots of the Gods? : Was God An Astronaut? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Feb 2008
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"A kind of archaeological Jimi Hendrix." -- 'Sunday Telegraph'
"Erich von Daniken has raised his astronaut theories to the status of a
cult." -- 'The Guardian'
"Right across the world are to be found traces of extra-terrestrial
beings." -- 'Daily Mail'
"von Daniken's... rewriting of human history have had a profound influence
on both alternative archaeology and popular culture." -- 'Fortean Times' --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Erich von Daniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and best-known) book, "Chariots of the Gods," in 1968. The worldwide best-seller and was followed by 32 more books, including "Twilight of the Gods," "History Is Wrong," "Evidence of the Gods," and "Odyssey of the Gods." His works have been translated into 28 languages and have sold more than 63 million copies. Several have also been made into films. Von Daniken's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel's hit "Ancient Aliens." He lives in Switzerland but is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit."
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Two principle things have changed since those days. Firstly, I grew up (pity that, really). Secondly, access to the writings and thoughts of others on the book and its contents became much simpler through aforementioned, t'Internet and the natural passage of time. Inevitably the adolescent wonder I felt at such possibilities as alien visitors, has somewhat faded in significance to me (personally, I blame my discovery of girls mostly for that!) but I read it again, for old times sake (it was wearing, a lot better than me, on a book shelf!)
I have read every one of the 163 reviews on this book. I have no problem with anyone who felt there might be something in this. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I will not write chapter and verse on the many published alternative (rather less sensational) analyses of the evidence presented (half the fun is discovering these things for yourself). My own view is that it is all nonsense. Fantasy, what-if, nonsense. No alien visitations to earth. (Whether aliens exist or not, out there, somewhere, in the inconceivable vastness of the universe, is another, more intriguing area, mind!)
However, don't take my word for any of this. Or his. All I would say is I would encourage any young, enquiring mind reading the book, to seek out the alternative explanations and rationalisations for much of the "evidence" presented. With all information available, then decide. As the saying goes; the truth (for each of us) is out there.
Only three stars not so much for the content but for the quality of this edition. The photographs are appalling, more like photocopies of photocopies than the crystal clear pics from earlier editions. Surely the publisher could have managed better than this.
The only gripe I have, he dismisses people who say his theories are far fetched, but in relation to the space-craft he says that crashed on earth, he says one theory is too far fetched, therefore dismisses it, tad hypocritical. (For all you interested, the theory that Daniken dismissed was that when a fireball hurtled across the sky of the Siberian Taiga, one man said that this could have been a direct result from the Krakatoa volcano eruption. This is due to the fact that this eruption sent out a large concentration of radio waves into space and the 'aliens' mistakenly took the radio waves for a signal from space, so directed a laser beam, which was far too strong, at the earth and when the beam his the earth's atmosphere high above Siberia, it had turned into matter, crashing into the surface of the earth).
Anyway, happy reading. If you're interested in learning a little bit on theories and seeing things in a different way, opening up new possibilities, get this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting stuff. Whatever you believe this book raises some undeniably big questions - and neither religion or science have given full answers. Well worth a read...Published 5 months ago by Gonzo
Good book, makes you think that there is a lot more out there in space that we have yet to discoverPublished 5 months ago by Terry
Pleased with purchase interesting book but had read it before years agoPublished 6 months ago by YVONNE PERRY