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Reconsidering Atlantis: A New Look at a Prehistoric Civilization [Paperback]

J. Allan Danelek
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Galde Press (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193194203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931942034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity in an irrational arena December 14, 2003
Jeff Danelek has opened a nice window - breathing fresh air and sanity into an otherwise insane topic. The book is well put together, with complete translations of Plato in the appendix. Danelek is a rational man considering the evidence of the human race; asking the questions, "why does civilization begin 6,000 years ago when people have been sentient long before that?" and "what would be left of a civilization after several thousand years?" And he does it without anything extraterrestrial or magical.
He also informs his readers about the conditions people faced during the last ice age. With interesting maps, Danelek discusses how this changed the surface of the Earth with so much water trapped in the enormous ice caps. Placing Atlantis on the old coasts, now underwater, has merit - since his book came out a city has been found out to sea where a river once flowed 9,000 years ago in what now is India. Several excavations are being launched off the coasts of Egypt and Greece, and they are coming up with wonderful finds. It doesn't sound so absurd to look even farther out.
Danelek has several interesting ideas. I can recommend his book - he is a good writer and he relates his concerns for our own civilization and what we might learn from our past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright New Look February 4, 2004
The parallels that Danelek draws between this ancient society and our modern day lifestyle are shocking. Deviating from Plato's original concept of Atlantis, the author paints a picture of a technological age vastly similar to life in the 21st century. This book asks questions about why the Atlanteans fell to such a devastating end. Instead of predicting the same doom/Armageddon for our contemporary society, Danelek wants society to learn from our predecessors.
This book reads easily in its conversational tone and direct writing style. Danelek's witty sense of humor caught me off guard several times leaving me chuckling out loud. I was surprised by how many times I considered the author's ideas after being exposed to them.
Will we leave any trace of our existence to the cultures that may follow?
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are the Modern Atlantis September 22, 2005
J. A. Danelek's new book "Reconsidering Atlantis" was a fascinating read. Like most people I'd always considered Atlantis, if it ever existed at all, to be a specific place on the map; an island, a kingdom, perhaps even a whole continent. Danelek proposes a startling new theory that makes a great deal of sense -- frighteningly so, in fact.

In light of the evidence that mankind has been around for so very long, what has he been doing in the millenia prior to the current known "age of civilization?" Apparently he's been far more clever than modern scientists and anthropologists give him credit for. It now becomes evident that mankind has had the ability to destroy itself and its world far longer than we've ever imagined. Mother Nature was probably not the culprit in Atlantis' demise - it is far more likely that the technological genius of the Atlantean society became its own undoing. The mysterious continent has now been missing for approximately 12,000 years.

Since reading this milestone book on the subject, I cannot help but look around at my world and wonder what will be left (if anything) to convince future societies that we ever existed. Everything we use, everything we've built will have long since corroded back into dust 12,000 years from now. It is therefore entirely possible that a great and modern society existed before ours, before Christ, before the builders of the pyramids, before cavemen, and something quickly extinguished them. How do we keep from repeating the Atlantean fate?
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