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5/5/2000: Ice- The Ultimate Disaster, Revised Edition Paperback – May 20, 1997

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The Antarctic ice mass should be three miles thick by May 5, 2000the date when all the planets will be arrayed in a straight line and some kind of cataclysmic shift of ice to the equator is possible, according to Noone. Postulating that a similar disastrous shift occurred thousands of years ago, the author seeks historical proof, mainly in the mysteries of the Great Pyramid, along with Freemasonry, ancient maps, astronomical temples, the Illuminati and the Knights Templar. Interspersed are several Q & A interviews, whose subjects include Egyptologist Edward Wente, Peter Tompkins (Secrets of the Great Pyramid, G. Patrick Flanagan (Pyramid Power and Tom Valentine (The Great Pyramid. Many of the 200 illustrations (maps, charts, photographs, religious art, Dore engravings) present an intriguing, enigmatic portrait of ancient civilizations. Even skeptical readers will find this an extraordinary compendium of forgotten lore and lost knowledge.
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"5/5/2000 is an extraordinary treasury of knowledge, hard facts, brilliant intuition and formidable research.  It has played a unique role in waking a generation up to the deep and abiding mystery of the human past -- and to the uncertainty of our future."
-- Graham Hancock, Author of Fingerprints of the Gods

"Noone's ground-breaking research is a startling wake-up call to everyone living on earth."
-- Dr. G. Patrick Flanagan, Author Pyramid Power

"Noone not only takes us along on his incredible journey, he does it with gentle humor, even when interviewing those who cannot hear or dare not entertain new ideas and evidence."
-- Elizabeth Hapgood, Author Tidal Wave in Our Time

"Richard Noone's painstaking investigation into the lost technology of the sophisticated builders of the Great Pyramid of Giza helps to unravel the mystery of this geodetic and astronomic wonder, answering questions as to who constructed it, when, how, and why.  Noone's research also highlights the continued struggle of scholars against the pitted obscurantism of the local authorities who continue to block research into what must be considered the patrimony not only of Egypt but of humanity."
-- Peter Tompkins, Author Secrets of the Great Pyramid

"Noone has woven a number of unusual and seemingly disparate threads into a single, provocative, scholarly tapestry."
-- John Anthony West, Author Serpent in the Sky

"5/5/2000 is a timeless classic that has nurtured the spirit and imaginations of a whole generation of readers.  It is a formidably informative and imaginative work that will leave you spellbound and awestruck with the realization that civilizations are indeed mortal and our foothold on this planet remains only at the pleasure of Mother Nature."
-- Christopher Dunn, Author The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt

"An extraordinary compendium of forgotten lore and lost knowledge."
-- Publishers Weekly

"It is my hope that every Mason will find time to read this brilliant new
-- George L. Evoy, 33rd Degree General Secretary         Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Atlanta, GA

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (May 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609800671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609800676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Travis K. on February 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Richard Noone's book makes a number of interesting observations. Unfortunately he presents no evidence that would convince a reader of his thesis: A pole shift on 5/5/2000. His evidence is spotty and he attempts to bolster his arguments by quoting experts in the field. These experts are backed by a laundry list of credentials that a junior research fellow would be embarrassed to name (Who's Who in America? Please!) I found his attempts to connect ancient civilizations with the Freemasons to be amusing at best. Naming Robert Anton Wilson, noted fiction writer, as a source is hardly reliable. The founding fathers were not all Master Masons. The Great Seal of the United States is not an ancient Masonic emblem. I did find that Noone presented a wide selection of ideas about the pyramid's construction. His bibliography was useful in finding the original authors. In all, there are some jewels hidden in the rubble of Noone's work. He does well in debunking the common theory of the pyramid as a tomb and also shoots holes in common construction theories. He does little in the way of convincing the reader that they should board a low orbit space craft on 5/5/2000. Your time may be better spent celebrating Cinco de Mayo while drinking margaritas at your local watering hole, pondering the purpose of the pyramids south of the border.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Caesar Ursic on July 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
What a disappointment this book is. I bought it in 1997, began reading it in mid 1999, and just finished it today (July 8,2000). Obviously Noone's predictions were in error. But perhaps there were other redeeming characteristics, such as the history and philosophy surrounding the origins and purpose of the Great Pyramid. Forget it. All one gets from the text is repetitive, pseudomystical mumbo-jumbo couched in dogma and supported by multiple "interviews" with scholars and obscure references to the mysteries of the Freemasons. Certain passages border on rampant racism, too, as contemporary Arab culture is described as beneath the moral and social standards of even barbaric medieval Europe. Read Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World instead. 5/5/2000 is a waste of time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Drew on June 10, 2000
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When I first bought this book I thought it would explain how and why the earth was supposed to have this cataclysmic event on 5/5/2000. This however is probably one of the least explained topics of the book. Most of the book deals with the pyramids and strange calculations of angles and such.
I think that the strategy of this book is too overload the reader with so much pieced together irrelevant information that they'll just accept his theory because they can't follow it. Mixed in with the pyramid talk are many mentions of Jesus and Freemasonary and how they relate somehow to the pyramid. One of my favorite parts is where he showed how the shroud of Turin image is on one of the walls in the pyramids. From a few splotches of dark and light on the walls, viewed from about 50 feet away with black and white picture which isn't focuesed on the image, one is supposed to see Jesus. Absolutely ridiculous. Also, many topics are delved into but never explained, such as how Masonic teaching are related to the pyramid. The overall question is "Could it be that..." with no underlying proof. Additionally, the writing style of mixed naration with interviews of questionable "experts" interjected inbetween is bad and difficult to follow.
The plot is something along the lines of: the earth will end on 5/5/2000 because of a polar shift; this fact is revealed through the great pyramid, in fact that is why the pyramid was built; the masons know this and control the world; the pyramid also is based around Jesus somehow; the pyramid could also have been a giant battery or something else; there are a bunch of people in Stelle, IL who will launch a spaceship to save themselves from the event on 5/5/2000.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2004
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I purchased this book for a buck when I was in graduate school. I am sad that I have lost it because it was the funniest book I have ever read! The figures seem to be haphazzardly placed with little connection to the text (the picture of George Washington in his Masonic get-up has no relevance that I could find). The book was bold in naming a date which, unfortunately for book sales at this point, has come and gone. This is appropriate light reading that always leaves you chuckling.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Erikson on October 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Despite presenting a great deal of interesting information on the
pyramids of Egypt, Noone's work fails completely in supporting its
main argument: that a destruction of civilization caused by the
melting and shifting of the polar icecaps will result from the
gravitational pull of all the other planets as they align on the
opposite side of the sun on 5/5/2000. Although this reader welcomes
challenges to the dominant academic paradigm, these challenges must
find support in scientific principle, not in wild speculation that
leads to easily discredited pseudo-science. Noone supports his
apocalyptic vision with spotty evidence that disregard's Isaac
Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation: objects attract each other with
a force that is varied by the density of their masses and that is
diminished by the square of their respective distances. DIMINISHED BY
THE SQUARE OF THEIR DISTANCE! Thus a large Jupiter on the other side
of the sun, and all the other planets to boot, cannot affect us nearly
as much as our own nearby little moon. Noone ignored both Newton and
Einstein's Relativity Theory is forming his "special" theory
which very recently was proven very wrong. The wrong date wasn't
Noone's problem, bad science was.
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