- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Century; New Ed edition (5 April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712679065
- ISBN-13: 978-0712679060
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Intriguing" (Sunday Times)
"Hancock challenges orthodox history with extraordinary theories of a vanished early civilisation destroyed by a cataclysm... However heretical his arguments, his sweep through the ancient world is arresting and audacious" (Daily Mail)
Investigative journalist and bestselling author of controversial history books, including bestseller The Sign and the Seal, uncovers the evidence of Earth's lost civilisation.See all Product Description
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But I do wish the book had been properly edited. It is full of repitition and is not presented in any sort of logical order. It could have been 30% shorter. Nevertherless well worth reading.
Although many of the theories are interesting, and even possible, they are probably not the answers to the mysteries highlighted and the questions asked. Just because there are flaws in accepted Egyptology, that does not mean that a race of super humans built the pyramids.
Hancock raises some very good points, and finds fascinating correlations in the themes of ancient myth. Unfortunately the conclusions he comes up with leave many more questions than you were faced with in the first place, and seem a bit too far fetched to be totally credible. His opinions may point to a different truth than that accepted by the close minded members of the archeological and scientific community, but in taking things too far into the extreme he will not be taken as a credible source by those he seeks to challenge.
The ideas put forward left me with the same feelings I have when reading conspiracy theory websites or books - it all seems possible, but when all weighed up after the event it just all seems too unlikely to wholly believe.
FOTG was definitely an interesting read, but rather than changing my life, as others have stated, it just changed the way I view ancient prehistory and the way it is perceived by modern scholars.
The theories and alternative explanations of past civilisations and climate change are so well argued that the book still gets five stars. If only Mr Hancock could control his own verbosity, it would merit a 6.
As the headline for this book I can mention author's words: "I'm just following the science where it leads me... If my findings are in conflicts with their theory about the rise of civilization then maybe it Ò time to re-evaluate that theory".
Indeed, some aspects of the book's topics (eternal questions of "who are we", "who were our ancestors", "what is the message of ancient civilizations", "what stands behind stupendous monuments of Incas, Mayas, Egyptians", "why ancient mythologies have so much in common", "are civilizations cyclic and are we heading for a disaster'' etc) made me wonder, some I didn't quite grasp (e.g. part on solar equinoxes and solstices, precessions of earth and ecliptic cycles), a few seemed to be a little farfetched, but overwhelming flow of new information made me eager to investigate further, to doubt the facts we usually read in textbooks and also to express support to the author by writing this.
It was a genuine pleasure for me to read a very comprehensible and persuasive account on travels, research and evidence Mr.Read more ›
Personally, I felt that the book should have sought to ask some of its questions without then feeling the need to speculate wildly to answer them. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating read and this new edition is worth the money even if you have the original.
The tragic flaw of the book is his insistence on reckoning these ancient cultures with the astronomical phenomenon of procession. While it is a fact that ancient cultures used their knowledge to trace the heavens, it is doubtful that they had an advanced knowledge of procession. Deviating further from possibility, Hancock insists that ancient cultures used the language of procession to make their mark in history. Finally, if you use Hancock's own 'scientific' calculations, you will discover that the current processional cycle does not match with the cultural evidence he gives in the book.
It is an interesting book and not without merit. One must be reminded that it was written before the dawning of the year 2000 and has a forboding sense of the 'coming doomsday.' If nothing else, the book will at least promote further thought about our beginnings and the technology we have somehow forgotten.
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"Members of the scholarly and scientific community have described the proposals put forward in the book as pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology". Read morePublished 22 days ago by Taka
A must read for everyone with interests in all things esoteric. Makes you think how much of our history is being withheld from us. Read morePublished 28 days ago by The Layman's Critic
Good for the people who want to start the journey to never ending questions.Published 2 months ago by Adrian Charec