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Atlantis; The Antediluvian World Paperback – November 15, 2013

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ISBN-13: 978-1461064558 ISBN-10: 1461064554

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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: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose on March 20, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By upnorth on December 20, 2012
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The research that went into this book is mind boogling. So many refrences and supporting sources that the writer includes makes this truly a must for any seeker of the Atlantis mystery. An excellent read without all the conjecture and fluff that is contained in many Atlantis stories.
Highly recommend this book.
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By Retired Reader on June 19, 2013
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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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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By V-ROD on May 14, 2011
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This is a quite a unique book that combines history, religion, mythology, fact and speculation. Judging from the writing, I believe the author is not a Christian. Yet he uses many references from the Bible to develop his thesis that Atlantis did indeed exist. I find it interesting that the Bible is referred to today as a book of fairy tales, and yet authors will quote from it to substantiate their writing.
The book is interesting, but so little is known about this period and no one knows for certain what really took place. As I said the author combines many resources which can leave the reader bewildered. For me there wasn't anything that really "grabbed my attention" as far as learning something new.
Atlantis is a difficult subject to research, but I do know that Jesus said that as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man. And what does the Bible say about those days? Fallen angels engaging in relations with women and giants being in the land. Remember the movie City of Angels? I specifically remember the scene of angels observing the interaction between Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. Those angels weren't dressed in white; they were wearing black! My own thought is look for more frequent "u.f.o. sightings", knowledge increasing, and signs in the heavens and the earth indicating the time is at hand.
History repeats itself. Atlantis will soon be returning...if it hasn't already!
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