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Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization Paperback – 28 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (28 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430612
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes tells a fascinating, remarkable, and scientifically convincing story that will change how we look at our world. The important conclusion that catastrophes like this could happen again at any time should inspire a united global effort to confront this serious danger to Earth."

" Reads like a mystery novel while presenting compelling hard evidence for a cosmic catastrophe 13,000 years ago that rendered mammoths and many other large North American animals extinct. For the last twenty-five years, I have urged greater awareness of such cataclysms, and this book will aid in understanding such events. I' m happy to see serious research presented in such an easy-to-read style."

"The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes tells a fascinating, remarkable, and scientifically convincing story that will change how we look at our world. The important conclusion that catastrophes like this could happen again at any time should inspire a united global effort to confront this serious danger to Earth."

"Reads like a mystery novel while presenting compelling hard evidence for a cosmic catastrophe 13,000 years ago that rendered mammoths and many other large North American animals extinct. For the last twenty-five years, I have urged greater awareness of such cataclysms, and this book will aid in understanding such events. I'm happy to see serious research presented in such an easy-to-read style."

" This is a memorable reading experience with much information to consider. This book is a page-turner."

" This well-written book reads like a captivating detective story and, in my view, is the best available popular account of the great ice-age calamity that significantly shaped humanity's cultural evolution."

" . . . possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented."

?The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes tells a fascinating, remarkable, and scientifically convincing story that will change how we look at our world. The important conclusion that catastrophes like this could happen again at any time should inspire a united global effort to confront this serious danger to Earth.?

" The Cycle of Cosmic Catastophes is not a book for the faint of heart; it is true to its title. In an easy to read manner, three vetted scientists bring ancient myths and geological facts into, possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented."

& quot; . . . possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented.& quot;

& quot; This is a memorable reading experience with much information to consider. This book is a page-turner.& quot;

& quot; This well-written book reads like a captivating detective story and, in my view, is the best available popular account of the great ice-age calamity that significantly shaped humanity ' s cultural evolution.& quot; & nbsp;

& quot; The Cycle of Cosmic Catastophes is not a book for the faint of heart; it is true to its title. In an easy to read manner, three vetted scientists bring ancient myths and geological facts into, possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented.& quot;

? The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes tells a fascinating, remarkable, and scientifically convincing story that will change how we look at our world. The important conclusion that catastrophes like this could happen again at any time should inspire a united global effort to confront this serious danger to Earth.?

"The Cycle of Cosmic Catastophes is not a book for the faint of heart; it is true to its title. In an easy to read manner, three vetted scientists bring ancient myths and geological facts into, possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented."

?Reads like a mystery novel while presenting compelling hard evidence for a cosmic catastrophe 13,000 years ago that rendered mammoths and many other large North American animals extinct. For the last twenty-five years, I have urged greater awareness of such cataclysms, and this book will aid in understanding such events. I?m happy to see serious research presented in such an easy-to-read style.?

"The authors, through their own research around the world provide a new explanation about the puzzling mysteries of cosmic catastrophes, especially one 13,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age that is chronicled in rich oral traditions."

"This is a book to get excited about. It's riveting, suspenseful, factual, and thoroughly science based. The authors are certainly not shallow armchair couch potatoes spinning tall tales as they have solid credentials and backgrounds in science and have traveled extensively to numerous archeological sites all over the North American continent to literally unearth and to piece together numerous scattered and startling clues."

""The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes" tells a fascinating, remarkable, and scientifically convincing story that will change how we look at our world. The important conclusion that catastrophes like this could happen again at any time should inspire a united global effort to confront this serious danger to Earth."

"Reads like a mystery novel while presenting hard evidence for a cosmic catastrophe 13,000 years ago that rendered mammoths and many other large North American animals extinct. This is serious research presented in an easy-to-read style."

." . . possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented."

""The Cycle of Cosmic Catastophes" is not a book for the faint of heart; it is true to its title. In an easy to read manner, three vetted scientists bring ancient myths and geological facts into, possibly, the most concise picture of our planet's history ever presented."

"This is a memorable reading experience with much information to consider. This book is a page-turner."

"This well-written book reads like a captivating detective story and, in my view, is the best available popular account of the great ice-age calamity that significantly shaped humanity's cultural evolution."

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NEW SCIENCE / EARTH CHANGES "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes tells a fascinating, remarkable, and scientifically convincing story that will change how we look at our world. The important conclusion that catastrophes like this could happen again at any time should inspire a united global effort to confront this serious danger to Earth." --Professor Anders Nilsson, Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, Stanford University, and the Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Sweden "Reads like a mystery novel while presenting hard evidence for a cosmic catastrophe 13,000 years ago that rendered mammoths and many other large North American animals extinct. This is serious research presented in an easy-to-read style." --Bob Kobres, Carolina Bay Archivist, University of Georgia Libraries There are a number of puzzling mysteries in the history of the earth that have yet to be satisfactorily explained by mainstream science: the extinction of the mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, the vanishing of ancient Indian tribes, the formation of the mysterious Carolina Bays, the wild temperature swings at the end of the Ice Age, and the cause of huge underwater landslides that sent massive tsunamis racing across the oceans millennia ago. Eyewitness accounts of these events are chronicled in rich oral traditions handed down through generations of native peoples. The authors' recent scientific discoveries link all these events to a single cause. In The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith present new scientific evidence about a series of prehistoric cosmic events at the end of the Ice Age. Their findings validate the ubiquitous legends and myths of floods, fires, and weather extremes passed down by our ancestors and show how these legendary events relate to each other. Their findings also support the idea that we are entering a thousand-year cycle of increasing danger and possibly a new cycle of extinctions. RICHARD FIRESTONE holds a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry and has been part of the Isotopes Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1979. ALLEN WEST, Ph.D., was the owner and CEO of an international scientific consulting company. SIMON WARWICK-SMITH was a field exploration geologist and mining geologist in Australia and now heads Warwick Associates, a book consulting and publicity firm. Richard Firestone and Simon Warwick-Smith live in California and Allen West lives in Arizona.

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For a 400-page book, this book is most certainly worth it and I could not put it down. "The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes" is one of the most serious works that I have ever read, and it was written by scientists who proposed that we are going through "cycles" of cosmic events as it seemed to be related to the one event that happened over 12,000 years ago in North America lands. This is no speculation book, even though I brought it from "New Age/Speculation" section at my bookstore. I found this book to be quite scholarly and objective read with seriously hard evidences.

The one thing from this book that really interests me is the Carolina Bays. I lived around those areas for a long time, but never once have I noticed those bays until I read about it in this book. These shallow craters, as the authors pointed out, were impacts during the extinction event, which they gave evidences of them being craters, such as extraterrestrial materials. Very interesting!

This book is full of evidences and certainly opened my eyes to the fact that Earth is not, never was, safe from cosmic objects. This book is clear written and easy to read. I would highly recommend it.
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Thinking that this book was going to be a heavy read I was in for a big surprise. It was like a scientific detective story that was so engaging that I read it in record time. Despite the easy reading for the layman the subject is thoroughly well researched by the 3 authors and presents a very compelling case for the proposition that the Northern Hemisphere was bombarded around 13000 years ago with catastrophic consequences. On top of meticulously detailing the many scientific finds by numerous researchers from various fields regarding the subject, the authors have interspersed stories from many native tribes and earlier civilizations that in this new light very likely are stories told by survivors of the cataclysm and passed down through oral traditions. It is hard at times not to feel a touch of the terror that our ancestors must have felt, when this happened, which historically speaking is not that long ago.

This book will without doubt cause a lot of stir in many places, and hopefully encourage more people to take an extra look and do more research. The book has definitely caused me to look at my home country with new eyes and with a keen interest to look out for signs in the countryside that confirms this theory. Like the book by Iman Wilkens "Where Troy once stood", this book has also been a great inspiration and catalyst to look at our history in a different way. And like the authors point out, the earth is currently in a very dangerous area of the galaxy where comets and other extraterrestrial objects are a lot more numerous than they have been for a long time.

This is a must read book that you will not regret having bought!
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Sometimes you want to poke publishers in the eye. What we have here is a well-presented, exciting core thesis - that a cometary impact towards the end of the Ice Age devastated North America, wiped out the megafauna and destroyed the Clovis culture - plus several interesting but nevertheless speculative linked ideas. But the title and the cover latch on to some of the least convincing speculation and ignore the main subject. You could weep.

Why "The Cycle of..."? The whole point about the 13,000 BP event was that it was the stand-out event of the last 60,000 years. The authors mention some other people's suggestions that such events occur cyclically, but really only in passing. Indeed their own secondary thesis is that the Clovis event was itself triggered by a star in our corner of the galaxy going supernova about 30,000 years ago. What's cyclical about that?

And then the cover appears to be showing the destruction of a civilisation, presumably Atlantis - again a topic only mentioned in passing by the authors. Because, of course, the Atlantis story is about just that - the destruction of a civilisation. If it has any link to true events, then they can't predate the Neolithic.

The scientific detective story uncovering the Event itself is excellent and is why the book is "mostly" very good. There are one or two inconsistencies in their analysis of where exactly the impact or impacts took place, but I'll leave those for readers to spot. However, the links to the possible supernova are tenuous, the importance of the Toba eruption is glossed over, and the endless quoting of folk tales about fire and flood is irritating and maybe even irrelevant, for two reasons.
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This book is a hugely thought provoking volume, which should be a must-read for undergraduates and post-graduates in the geo-sciences and cosmic sciences alike. It contains 35 chapters of mostly good stuff with 16 stunningly beautiful colour photos illustrations of cosmic phenomena relevant to the thesis of the book - that the beginnings of our modern age occurred about 13,000 years ago with a catastrophic loss of life in America that killed all the mammoths and other giant animals of the Late Pleistocene plains and tundra of N America.

Its title, however, is hugely misleading!. Anyone like me, expecting a modern disposition on the story of the Five Ages of Man will be hugely disappointed. However, despite the totally inappropriate title, it is a book of considerable merit, because it breaks a lot of new ground.

The book is in 3 parts, beginning with Part I, which is a well written and gripping detective tale about the search for evidence of a catastrophic event in North America at the end of the Clovis period, when the makers of the beautiful Clovis spear points of flint appear to have disappeared at the same time as the mammoths and other giant animals died en-masse. As the authors explore the Clovis sites, they discover that the terminal event is marked by traces of magnetic particles, glass particles, carbon and other rare elements such as Titanium, Cobalt, Chromium, Zinc, Uranium and Thorium -all of which point to an earth-impact event.

Part II is a hugely irritating and premature outline of what happened. It would be better in revised form at the end of the book as a summary.
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