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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Pr (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880959399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880959398
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V Spivey on April 23, 2011
I read a lot of Amazon reviews before I buy books. I didn't do that for this book, and I regret it.

Where to start? There are many factual errors in the book, but let me pick a few. He says that Moses is portrayed with horns because Jews are demonized. Just a few minutes on the web and he would have found the real reason (the Latin Vulgate has mistranslated a word in Exodus 34:29). He refers to Pontius Pilate as "Pilot" which I suppose could be considered an editorial issue, but seriously, he considers himself a biblical expert and doesn't know the proper spelling? He describes artwork in a Mayan city as "demonic" in an effort to prove that, before 70 AD, the world's civilizations were all under the rule of satanic "extraterrestrials." Little problem: Chichen Itza, the location of the ruins in question, postdates 70 AD by several hundred years.

Wait, there's more. He begins the book by asserting that the human race isn't indigenous to this planet. He claims that all the ancient literature supports this thesis, but unless I missed it, I didn't see any substantial quotations or citations. Just telling me that the Hopis believe it isn't enough. Besides, this thesis is secondary to the rest of the book: Jesus could have ended the rule of extraterrestrial gods in 70 AD without the human race being extraterrestrial themselves. One isn't logically connected to the other. As for the "extraterrestrial" gods ... why did he not consider any other hypothesis? Let's assume that he's right, and superhuman beings once ruled humanity. Why extraterrestrials? Why not a separate but superior species, as indigenous as humans? Why not a mutant subspecies of Homo Sapiens? Why not plain old supernatural entities (demons or even actual "gods")?
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheAwesomeTruth on March 22, 2012
This book is one of the biggest pieces of trash I have ever read. Not one aspect of it is factually correct. It's premise is bogus, and the mental health of the author needs to be called into question if he actually believes this. Please do not waste your money.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Frazer on July 13, 2007
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This is a confusing book. His writing is good and overall the book is easy to follow, but for me, having read many books on the same subject, and having arrived at certain other conclusions, Mr. Conway's theory lacks "something" to get me excited and wanting more. His book is full of facts and ideas I can agree with and interpretations which baffle me as he seems to be unaware of much other research. None of us can actually say what happened in various eras of history so we cannot grade his scholarship exactly, but for my money this man misses the mark. He raises one clear question I have not encountered before concerning the period around 70 A.D. and a few others but overall I am unable to go along with him. I would recommend the book to those who study this subject but as a secondary title. I do think this book has value for any bookshelf loaded with similar titles and research.
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sam Rhodes on May 30, 2003
This book WILL change your life. Weather you agree with it or not you will not be the same after reading it. This book will stimulate your brain and take you on a journey of why our religious and scientific idologies are in such a funk. This book took me a long time for me to come to grips with because it disproved all that I ever grew up believeing and was taught. when I finally came to grips with this I feel like I have been set free by the "awful truth," which is indeed a wonderful truth; and it not being written by a theologian or scientist but by a humble man who simply wanted the truth took 20 years of research and placed it into this wonderful book. Pat I am forever greatful for this work. He does not say YOU BETTER ACCEPT THIS, but mearly gives you the information of his discoveries and its up to YOU to decide what to do with it. As contriverseal as it is once you come to grips with it you will see the world in a whole new light, a wonderful knowledge of history, and an amazing look at the ancient civilizations that once treated mankind like fodder. The best book I have ever read! I give it 100 stars out of five
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JK on October 6, 2007
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After reading The Awful Truth, I pondered if I wanted to be judgmental and write a review. Patrick J. Conway has extensively researched, but not throughly, a controversial compelling theory. Intrigued by his theory, I read provoking peaks of thought and read into discouraging valleys of judgement that was a distraction. I sensed a strong patriarchal bias, a tendency to generalize and to make bold assumptions. As is with many theories, more data points need to be researched and connected. The Awful Truth is extremely impactful and I respect Conway's passion for his belief.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2004
I do not normally take time to write reviews, but for this work I will make an exception.
I met Mr. Conway in Physics-chat and I have seen him suffer virulent personal attacks from both atheistic and religious believers alike, which I think speaks to the validity of his discovery.
For the longest time I resisted reading this book, because (as an atheist) I was convinced that there was no God. I must admit that Mr. Conway's research on the collapse of the ancient world has brought to light many things ignored by academics, either deliberately or in ignorance. I cannot say that I agree with all of the conclusions in The Awful Truth, but this work has forced me to reconsider all that I have learned in my years as both a student and physics teacher. I think it does present a plausible solution to the mystery of human existence that demands additional research.
The Awful Truth is well written, carefully researched and presented in a cogent manner that will be enjoyed by both scholar and amateur alike - quite an achievement!
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