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Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race Hardcover – January 1, 1998

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I perceive in Forbidden Archeology a work of thoroughgoing scholarship and intellectual adventure. -Dr. Pierce Flynn

About the Author

Michael A Cremo is a research associate of the Bhaktivedanta Institute specializing in the history and philosophy of science. His persistent investigations during the eight years of writing Forbidden Archeology documented a major scientific cover-up. Richard L. Thompson, founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, received his Ph.D. in mathematics form Cornell University.

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  • Hardcover: 914 pages
  • Publisher: Bhaktivedanta Book Publishing; Revised edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892132949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892132942
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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423 of 446 people found the following review helpful By SmokeNMirrors on January 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
...which in itself should tell you everything you need to know about modern "education"...

After having spent best part of the last 6 months reading this juggernaut and cross-checking references, I can only say that the authors have done a tremendous job of proving that the evidence for the great antiquity of man is at least as strong as much of the evidence commonly accepted today as proof of human history. Those reviewers who claim the authors do not know their subject, or that they employ junk science or bad archaeology, quite simply have not read the book. Those claims are based more upon the (often very impressive) ignorance and preconceptions of the reviewers; do not be put off by them. Examine the evidence and judge for yourself.

Not only do they present a very strong case that we should either open our minds or discard most, if not all, of the commonly accepted evidence of human antiquity, but they demonstrate very clearly how the process of knowledge filtration works to preserve orthodox beliefs and bury contradictory evidence. This is a very important part of the discussion because it needs to be understood why a lot of evidence which was once widely accepted is now widely regarded as mythical or having never existed at all (look at some of the early reviews for this book, mostly from Mr. A Customer, which show how widespread that view is).

I started reading this book with no preconceptions at all except for a nagging suspicion that large parts of the history we are asked to uncritically swallow are wrong and known to be wrong by certain small groups of people. It strikes me from the evidence discussed that not only is the accepted version of human history inaccurate, it is almost completely wrong!
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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Soder on January 21, 2011
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I just finished reading this book cover to cover. Despite its 900+ page length, the book is written for the layman and is an easy, fascinating read that holds your attention and leaves you wanting to read more every day - took me a couple of weeks to get through it, reading for 1 - 5 hours every day or so. And I'm a pretty fast reader.

If you thought the theory of evolution was cut and dried, with all those cute pictures of hairy ancestors with hominid bodies and ape-like faces and that nifty "family tree" with all the branches, then you've been swallowing what popular media has been feeding you hook, line and sinker. I was amazed to find that, behind the scenes, there is an incredible amount of desention among respected paleoarcheologists about what all these fossils and artifacts mean, how to date them, and what they say about the history of the human race. It'st unfortunate that only one of the many theories - evolution - has been pushed to the public.

The authors don't just throw facts at you. They back everything up with an extensive bibliography that points to litterally thousands of reports from scientific journals that have been either ignored or forgotten over time. I can't imagine the amount of work and time that must have gone into finding, cross-referencing, and organizing all of these documents. But the authors did it and have pulled everything together in a easy to read and understand chronology of discovery.

Again, I found it an amazing, eye-opening book. Those who don't like it must either don't like to read or hold to very conservative views that don't permit an open-minded view of new ideas. And the ideas presented in this book aren't new. Interestingly enough, even the famous Louis, Mary and Richard Leaky, along with other pre-eminate paleoarcheologists, believe that the evolutionary tree so often taught to us is a lot of complete nonsense.

Read the book, cover to cover with an open mind, and decide for yourself.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Bentley on July 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're only interested in the politically correct version of human history, don't read this book. If, on the other hand, you are willing to explore evidence that contradicts the current history books, read on. The research done in this book is extremely comprehensive and hard to refute. The one-star reviews for this book don't get the big picture, and try to point out embellishments within the material that make it sound fishy, when it's really not. It's just their attempt to try and refute the real evidence which contradicts established canon. The current scientific viewpoint concerning the origins of human history has turned into a dogma, resembling that of the Inquisition, where any attempt to bring up an alternative viewpoint to history is met with a venomous assault. Scientists generally find what they are looking for, which only reinforces their current theories, and they tend to ignore evidence that doesn't fit into their belief systems. This is essentially what this book is all about.
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130 of 144 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I was at college in the 1970s, we undergraduate anthro majors would kick around the currently known "facts" we were being taught. Not having fully absorbed the approved dogma, we all came to the same conclusion -- the timeline of human development is too compressed. It does not allow enough time for the physical and social changes that had to occur for humans to develop from "proto-ape" to modern man. We felt that a 2 million mark was the absolute minimum required, and would have prefered 10 million, but even we weren't that daring. Today, I see news articles about discoveries that push the approved timeline further and further back. By reviewing evidence that has been labeled anomalous, Cremo and Thompson provide future researchers with the thought-provoking material that will lead to a better understanding of man's development. Human beings have been human --and little changed -- for a very long time.
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