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  • Paperback: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (November 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160506078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605060781
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,093,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ignatius Donnelly, an Irish writer, lawyer, and politician is remembered primarily for his extensive work on Atlantis. Donnelly's theories are the basis for much of the Atlantis belief today, including the placement and timing of the Atlantis disaster.

Although he was a native of Philadelphia, and practiced law there for a few years, Donnelly decided to explore new territory in the hopes of creating the ultimate utopia. In 1856 he and his wife, Katherine, left Pennsylvania for Minnesota, and with the help of a handful of partners created a mini-utopia in Nininger City, seventeen miles south of St. Paul. This cooperative farm failed after the real estate crash of 1857, but its failure ushered in Donnelly's political career." (Quote from kenyon.edu)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on January 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ignatius Donnelly was born in 1831 Philadelphia and became a lawyer in 1852. Married in 1855, they moved to Minnesota. When Minnesota became a state in 1857 Donnelly was elected lieutenant governor. In 1862 he was elected to Congress for three terms. He campaigned for Greenback policies and served in the state senate. Donnelly wrote "Atlantis" and "Ragnarok" which became sensational best sellers and made him wealthy. "The Great Cryptogram" analyzed Shakespeare's plays to prove they were written by Francis Bacon. Two novels dealt with a fascist takeover of America "Caesar's Column", and racial intolerance "Dr. Huguet". In 1887 he became a founder of the Populist Party, and was nominated for Vice-President in 1898. He died in Minneapolis on 1/1/1901. His politics, oratory, and literature marked his originality and talents; his writings are now out of fashion.
Donnelly studied the legends and mythologies of Hindus, Persians, Britons, Chinese, Greeks, Scandinavians, the North, Central, and South American Indians, Arabians, Babylonians, and Egyptians that told of disaster by fire, hail, frost, darkness, changes in climates, and tales of dragons and other monsters. Donnelly claimed these reflected a visit from a giant comet, and the proof lay in The Drift of unstratified deposits which came from a cometic collision rather than glacial movement. Donnelly suggested a comet could have caused Old Testament events such as the destruction of the wicked cities, the sun standing still, and stones falling from the heavens. Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods (or Rain of Rocks), commanded the interest of general readers, and the admiration (if not credence) of the scientific world. Donnelly, a good lawyer, argued his case well with all the evidence available to him at the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nazani VINE VOICE on March 15, 2010
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This is a facsimile edition of Donnelly's 1883 Ragnarok, a book that pioneered the notion that a comet struck Earth in ancient times. It followed his sensational 1882 book on Atlantis. Unlike much 19th century scientific writing, this is entertaining reading, blending the geology of the day with legends of many peoples. In doing so he created a pattern followed by many later speculative writers and pseudo-scientists. A must-read for anyone interested in how theories with very little real supporting evidence capture the public imagination. The 12-page introduction to this 1970 edition (first by University Books, Inc.) discusses Donnelly within the literary and scientific context of his era. 452 pages, indexed, with a number of charts and etchings of artifacts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a horror chic on July 29, 2011
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if you're any kind of perfectionist. i have no idea how this can happen, but this seems to be one of those print-on-demand books. i guess they took the text file of the paperback edition and did not bother to set margins that would match the paperback, so you get footnotes that are in the middle of pages instead of at the bottom of the page, where they should be and where they are in the paperback. then we have...and this escapes me as to how exactly it was done...sentences that end

and then begin again

..........with the double space gap and sometimes an indent.

absolutely amazing.

then, where there should apparently be illustrations...there aren't!!! that is particularly annoying. now i'll have to buy a different edition and, hopefully, i'll be able to get the pics.

ok, i'm done with my rant about that. being someone who spent a large part of my life word processing, this kind of thing just irks me no end. how can someone NOT see what's going on?

i enjoyed the book, though. having just finished "worlds in collision", this was a great follow-up, although i probably should've read it first. both books have great theories as to what's been going on on Earth and, if you're not one of those people who are all hung up on what "science" says is truth, you will be reading this book 'til well into the night. i love speculation and alternate theories, and who really are we to say what is "truth"?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fred Lord on June 24, 2009
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This is a highly recommended sequel to "Atlantis" by the same author. Both have stood the test of time.
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