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Atlantis; The Antediluvian World

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About the Author

The author and politician Ignatius Donnelly was born in Philadelphia on 3 November 1831. He was educated in the public schools of his native city, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced. He went to Minnesota in 1857, was elected lieutenant governor in 1859, and again in 1861, and was then elected to Congress as a Republican, serving from 7 December 1863 until 3 March 1869. Besides doing journalistic work he has written an Essay on the Sonnets of Shakespeare, and his most enduring work, Atlantis, the Antediluvian World (New York, 1882), in which he attempts to demonstrate that there once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the straits of Gibraltar, a large island, known to the ancients as "Atlantis"; and Ragnarok (1883), in which he tries to prove that the deposits of clay, gravel, and decomposed rocks, characteristic of the drift age, were the result of contact between the earth and a comet.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461064554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461064558
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great information but...I ordered the digital kindle ebook. NO pictures, no maps! This book relies highly on references to the maps, and ok, I searched the web to see what the author was writing about, but why should I have to?
Why can't Amazon figure out a way to add pictures to their ebooks? The covers are graphics.

Particularly frustrating was the section on language and the Mayan or Landa alphablet..seriously ## signs?
I am including a picture I took of the alphabet by searching on Google.

Now, I know that receiving these quickly and inexpensively through Kindle is amazing and all but, gee whiz, in a book such as this the graphics are vital.
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The subject of lost civilizations in general, and Atlantis in particular, is a very interesting subject, and this book starts and ends well, but in between, the author spends too much time trying to prove his theories. He also makes pretty big leaps when declaring things to be proofs. For example, he mentions that the bible says that Cain was exiled to the East, and he thinks that means he must have started in the west. This is not true. You can head east from anywhere on Earth. You do not have to be in the West. There are plenty of other examples of this. Also, I didn't like how it replaces letters of the ancient alphabets that he compares with symbols. Plus, when I visited "Sacred Texts.com, I was disappointed to find that the entire alphabet that he based his language comparisons on has been discredited.

I also would liked to read his theory on how Atlantis fits into the theory of continental drift. It may have emerged after continental drift by volcanic or seismic activity, but I would liked to hear Donnelly's theory.

Atlantis may very well have existed, but the "proofs" that are offered in this book are not convincing and his lengthy comparisons of evidence gets a little boring. He would have done better to focus more on the civilization and the possible ruins than on trying to prove something that is not provable.
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This book, as Donnelly makes clear, is based on the premise that the fragmentary work by Plato concerning a lost civilization on a continental sized island in the Atlantic is authentic history. Donnelly argues that this account is not a metaphor or allegory, but refers to a place that actually existed. To ensure his readers are on the same sheet of music, Donnelly begins his book with Plato's full account of this island and its civilization.

Using this account as a base, Donnelly devotes the remainder of the book developing evidence supporting the validity of Plato's story. Now it should be noted that his book was published in the 1880's and represents the knowledge then available. Also Donnelly tends to extrapolate from what was then known of world history to conclusions not necessarily supported by existing evidence. He makes more than his share of leaps of logic and often does ignore contradictory evidence.

So what to make of this book? It represents what now is called "out of the box thinking" and a serious exercise in creative use of evidence to make the case that world civilization was inherited from a unique place and people collectively known as Atlantis.

It would be easy to dismiss this book and its author, but that would be a mistake. Donnelly was a crank, but so are most dreamers. Much of what is enjoyed today as modern technology originated with such folks. A few more cranks may be a good thing.

Final note the edition of this book that I read does not contain any of Donnelly's original illustrations.
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I read about this book because it was mentioned in some other reviews I was reading. That intrigued me, so I researched it. When I read a little of the preview, I was even more interested. I purchased the book and devoured it! Amazing theory! It makes so much plausible, reasonable sense to me. This book is one of my "old friends" and is a keeper.
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The book itself is very 19th century, when certain types of scholars were often "amateurs" in the old sense: they obsessed over things because they _loved_ them. And lots of interesting scholarship got done (and often later surpassed) because of weird loves similar to Donnelly's. His thinking is a sort of History Channel for his day: "experts believe... But THIS man thinks there might be another answer."

Never mind. That's all to the good. He's wrong, but wonderfully wrong.

What is not wonderful in any way is how Amazon / Kindle fobs off editions of books shorn of all their bookishness: the maps, the illustrations, even the fonts! It isn't rocket-surgery, Amazon. You love profits, but do you love books? Can you translate what makes books beautiful? Of course you can. You just choose not to, which means you suck, rather.
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If this thesis contained the illustrations, symbols and fully readable tables, it would be worth a extra star. Ignatius L. Donnelly examines the evidence for Atlantis and hypothesizes its location. This is the seminal work on Atlantis, and the hypothesis regarding location is now considered disproved. However, there is an amazing amount of information and research presented here, and his argument for a highly advanced and influential civilization in pre-history is convincing. It would be great to revisit this work in the light of more recent research into DNA, as well as archeology and linguistics.
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