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Giza: The Truth: The People, Politics, and History Behind the World's Most Famous Archaeological Site Paperback – September 1, 2001

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931229139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931229135
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I urge everyone to read and digest Giza: The Truth before they even think about picking up another book on alternative Egypt.” —Andrew Collins, author, Gateway to Atlantis and Gods of Eden

About the Author

Ian Lawton is a writer and researcher studying ancient civilizations. Chris Ogilvie-Herald is the former editor of Quest for Knowledge magazine and the organizer of the Giza Debate, a conference aimed at bringing together conflicting views on Giza.

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Ian was born in 1959. Formerly an accountant, sales exec, business and IT consultant and avid bike and car racer, in his mid-thirties he changed tack completely to become a writer-researcher specializing in ancient history and, more recently, spiritual philosophy. His first two books, "Giza: The Truth" and "Genesis Unveiled", sold over 30,000 copies worldwide.

In his non-fiction "Books of the Soul" series he has developed the ideas of Rational Spirituality and of the holographic soul, while most recently he has introduced the radical concept of the supersoul. Short film clips discussing all these can be found at www.ianlawton.com and on YouTube.

In his spare time he creates artwork using driftwood collected from local beaches, and rebuilds classic motorcycles.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. on February 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is divided into three parts:
Part 1 discusses the various theories concerning the pyramids at Giza, including when, why, and how they were built. Part 2 discusses the more recent theories, such as the "Orion Correllation" theory, the alignment of the shafts, and the redating of the Sphinx. Part 3 delves into the politics concerning the overseers of the Giza monuments and the many "New Age" authors whom have published many best-selling books about the subject over the past decade or so.
Without giving away too much detail, I will first say that this book is most definitely worth reading. In Parts 1&2, the authors attack theories put forward by BOTH the alternative AND orthodox camps with a respectable dose of logic that left me feeling that they were, more or less, fair-minded individuals with little bias one way or the other. They discuss how ramp theories may not be as far-fetched as some have suggested, yet also conceed that stones of immense wieght used in construction throughout the ancient world might also suggest that a lost technology such as sonic levitation may be a possibility.
The point here is that to the authors, nothing is counted as fact nor dismissed outright. The material is reviewed, then the likelihoods discussed. No subject is taboo--it's all fair game and open to criticism. This is refreshing to anybody who is open-minded, yet also tired of fringe conspiracy theories. Is this to say that the authors are capable of impeccable logic? Of course not. Unlike most others, though, at least they make the attempt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sailorman on January 12, 2007
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Wow, I sure wouldn't want to get Lawton and Ogilvie-Herald upset with me!

This book is a meaty little rascal, over 570 pages, and in it Lawton and Ogilvie-Herald take on anybody who doesn't share their orthodox view of the origin of the sphinx, pyramids, and the other architectural artifacts of Egypt and the Nile Valley, from Edgar Cayce, to Zecharia Sitchin, to Robert Schoc, Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, and John Anthony West, referring to them with terms like "mavericks", "copycats", and "false profits". Dr. Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Director of Antiquities and the Giza Plateau is their hero as well as anyone else sharing their views.

Beginning with the accounts of first recorded explorers of the Giza Plateau and continuing through Rudolf Gantenbrink's exploration of the southern shaft of the Queen's chamber with the robot Upuaut, Lawton and Ogilvie-Herald build a well documented and convincing case for the orthodox view for the time and means of construction of all of the architectural artifacts of Egypt. Sometime in a not too complimentary style they, one by one dispute, or attempt to dispute, the claims and theories of the "alternative camp", or those researchers and authors like Robert Schock, Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, and John Anthony West whose views and theories on the age and origin of the sphinx, and the pyramids, differ from the orthodox view of most Egyptologists. Their basic position is that the sphinx and possibly the pyramids, are ancient; far more ancient than is commonly accepted by the scientific community, and that the sphinx and the pyramids are the product of an ancient and lost civilization far more advanced than the Egyptians.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manojendu Choudhury on March 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is perhaps as comprehensive, well researched and unbiased as much as any book can be. Firstly, it gives the chronologically ordered unravelling of the pyramids and their offical standpoint in a most meticulous manner possible. Secondly, it provides the most comprehensive and unbiased coverage of all the conventional as well as unconventional theories that try to explain the phenomena of pyramids. At times the authors might appear a bit ambiguous, and that is the best aspect of the book, instead of taking any particular stance they keep an open attitude towards issues which are not completely resolvable under the current circumstances. Lastly, it gives a thorough account of the politics and the players in the field in, again, as unbiased manner as much humanly possible.
This is indeed the first book one should read before venturing towards any other (orthodox or unorthodox) material.
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