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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Legends Library; 1ST edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937735516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937735517
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BizTraveler on June 24, 2013
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"Often times what we know about history is just propaganda," noted Princeton Professor Robert P. George. This quote, along with others examining the nature of what we call "history," appropriately appears at the outset of this startling volume which reveals one of the most colossal cover-ups in American history: the incredible and intentional suppression of evidence left by the ancient North American Mound Builders.

The strange thing is that such suppression could have happened at all in the wake of the fervent excitement of the American colonists, including George Washington himself, to learn about their long-vanished predecessors who had left the massive earthwork structures. The excitement grew with the extensive excavation and analysis of many mounds in the Ohio Valley. What happened from there is the surprising tale told by this book, itself a remarkable excavation of a forgotten history involving such prominent personalities as Lewis Henry Morgan, John Wesley Powell, Charles Darwin, and Karl Marx.

A richly documented and incredibly ambitious work of massive scope, this volume is sure to stimulate, illuminate, and--for some--infuriate. For anyone interested in North America's lost civilizations and the possible motives behind the suppression of their artifacts, along with the impact of all this on orthodox American history and the secularization of our educational system and society at large, this volume makes connections and raises issues that demand attention.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ro Howard on December 15, 2013
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I blame myself, really. I should have done a little bit more research about the author, and worked a little harder to track down the documentary before I bought this book. It was recommended to me by Amazon based on things I've purchased in the past, and I had been wanting to see the documentary but haven't been able to yet. The description of the book was so interesting, and the reviews so glowing, that I purchased the book and eagerly awaited its arrival.

The book, however, was not what I expected. Any actual information on the ancient cultures of America is sparse and already available from more intensive sources. (Squier and Davis, for one, and Frank Joseph) The author never seems to really make a cohesive point about his thesis. The book is made up of multiple tiny chapters, many of them almost entirely made up of stacked quotes from other books joined together, much of the information repetitive. Many of the quotes appear multiple times in subsequent chapters, and even the author's own minimal original work contains statements repeated more than once. The whole thing reads more like a high school research paper than any kind of serious study of ancient mound builder culture and the suppression of information about same. It seems very much like the excessive quotes and repetition of facts (especially tedious biographical information about Morgan and Powell) is intended to bulk up a book whose main points could honestly have been covered in about a hundred pages.

It is a frustrating book to read. The author never actually comes out and makes any clear statement about why people like Powell and Morgan, under direction of the Smithsonian and the US government, tried so hard to suppress study of the mounds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josiah Douglas on July 6, 2013
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It is very disturbing that the thousands of Indian mounds were destroyed in the name of progress. The Indian people of today don't know their history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David L on July 1, 2013
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it is amazing how much history we don't know and that has been kept from us and how a few individuals can change the course of history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on January 1, 2014
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An eye opening history of America that we've never heard. A scary cover-up conspiracy by the famous John Wesly Powell, the US Geological Survey, and the Smithsonian Institution. It changes my view of Powell. Is it really possible that so much history can be buried in the name of social engineering? Was it that important to label the American Indians as savages? It's amazing how often truths can be distorted when science an research is warped by politics and power.
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