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on 17 July 2002
John Michell documents startling revelations relating to alignments and dimensions of many ancient monuments, along with evidence of ley lines in the South of England. Written in an evocative and understandable style, Michell opens up these supposedly 'mystical' and 'unscientific' theories into a convincing and understandable format which can only serve to inspire and enthuse.
With exciting evidence suggestive of a former global civilisation, or at least global communication, this explodes the myth that somehow our predecessors were crude natives who just threw a few rocks together in their spare time. I would heartily recommend this book to anybody, it has the clarity of writing to engage a newcomer to the subject and the detail to satisfy an expert - in a few years time writers like John Michell will be a LOT better known than they are currently.
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on 17 January 2015
Alfred Watkins is generally credited with the discovery, or invention, of Ley Lines. But whilst it's true that his 1921 book, The Old Straight Track, was a minor sensation and had people striding out across the countryside in search of ancient monuments, but there was never anything mystic about Watkins's idea of how ancient Brits got about and it was pretty soon forgotten.

The View Over Atlantis is The Old Straight Track on acid. No longer are Ley Lines there simply to get Bronze Age man home for tea, now they are channels of energy that thread their way around the planet. And at the hub of the radiating orgone energy was Glastonbury.

Visiting Glastonbury last year I struggled to find a second hand copy in the local bookshops, but about half of what they did sell has its origins in this book and Michell can probably claim to rate up there with John Lennon and Jefferson Airplane as someone who helped define what it meant to be a hippy.

That what he actually put in the book is pretty much wrong is really neither here nor there. Michell himself said "like all discoveries at Glastonbury, it came through revelation, which is not a popular medium among the professors" - which may be understating it a little.

The result is "a poetic rather than a scientific truth", but it has been enough to touch off a mystical quest that opened the doors of perception for a lot of people.
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on 15 November 2009
This is a magnificent introduction to the thought and - more importantly - the vision of John Michell, the most influential thinker of what has become known as the New Age. A number of academic disciplines have changed in response to the ideas first outlined here - where are the archaeologists now who, for instance, poo-poohed astrological alignments so heartily in the 1970s? His vision is alternative in the true sense of the word - 'radical traditionalist' as he terms it - offering the perennial cosmology of Plato enlivened with that of Charles Fort.
Perhaps it is the democratic nature of his vision that is most moving and most useful for our times: just as everyman can go out and discover the ancient monoliths buried in Cornish hedges, as he did, so he believed that our great prehistoric structures were designed and sited in response to human feelings and for human purposes, and therefore the Blakean visions of landscape were as valid as Rationalist/materialist ones. As he put it himself: "...As descendents of their builders, separated from them only by the small matter of some 120 generations, it is not unreasonable to suppose that our own impressions of [these sites] might in some degree relate to those of the people who first selected it. And when it comes to feelings and impressions, the people to consult are those whose profession it is to express them - artists and poets." If you are thinking of exploring that inheritance read this first.
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on 12 December 2006
Speculation is necessarily rife within the subject of pre-history, but this is not a speculative book. The subject has been, perhaps, the too-exclusive territory of archeologists and historians. Enter the Mathematicians, Astronomers and Engineers, who have every academic right to challenge to the accepted 'ideas' of the 'greatest academics'.

It is very clear that John Michell loves mathematics. This 'new view' is presented in a clear, step-by-step rational, it is pure mathematical process and what awesome, revelatory discoveries this approach brings! For me, this book opened the door to a subject of inestimable importance. Read this and then immeadiately read The Measure of Albion, then try to stop talking about it and studying further!
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on 18 May 2016
This is a very interesting book, it is well worth reading, BUT it is not necessarily about ATLANTIS, John Michell analyses the Ley lines, and sacred geometry, numerology and proclaim that there was a planetary culture in out there in our past. And that is a pretty obvious thing for researchers, it is not necessarily Atlantis. The book is very well written, with very good points, The author do write with clarity and develop his points well enough as in all of his books, it does have a mystical feeling to it.
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on 24 July 2009
This is a cracking good read if aren't taking it too seriously. It is genuinely enjoyable as it paints a picture of the world which would be wonderful if it was true. Unfortunately most of the claims in this book have been ripped to shreds. Still, you can't knock a man for dreaming and John Michel was a true dreamer. There is room in this world for fringe ideas and every now and then they turn out to be true. Mostly they don't but they do make the world a more interesting place.
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on 28 May 2009
This is a great book and is a must for all those interested in earth mysteries. Easy to read and a page tuner. RIP John may you take the low road and be there before me.
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on 2 January 2013
An interesting book with some insight into ancient spiritual pathways across Britain. Recommended for those wishing to understand the conceptual journeys of our forefathers.
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on 30 October 2016
Bought to replace breaking-up original '60's version. Has some new material & pics. Sadly some of the loved woodcuts etc. are now missing: gives it a different vibe.
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on 18 September 2014
An excellent book for anyone interested in ley lines, ancient knowledge, earth mysteries. deeply researched and well written.
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