162 of 174 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
Running the site "Ghost Hunting Theories," I have spent a great deal of my focus on the unexplained in the realm of the ancient giants. I've read so many books and articles on the subject and written so many postings about it, that I felt like I knew a good deal; until I read this book. "The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-Up" by Richard J. Dewhurst is my most prized book in my entire library (and I like to collect reference books). It has photos, tons of articles and documents, information about every aspect of the ancient giants you can't find anywhere else. Some people tell you their heights, some tell you the tools they had, or that a certain amount of them were found in a certain city, but this book goes into great specificity. It also ponders the obvious cover-up of this precious anthropological information and the potential ancient history of this race of people. It was brilliantly laid out, a super incredible read. In fact, I literally stayed up the night and read it. I could not put it down! I think I highlighted nearly every page with a highlighter marker and dog-earred a lot of pages. I love this book and that says a lot from a woman who is very critical about the books she considers worthy of her precious time. I highly recommend this as THE book on your shelf in regards to ancient giants.
139 of 154 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2013
Quite an interesting book with all the evidence for North American giants in one place. (What about South America?) This along with: SCATTERED SKELETONS IN OUR CLOSET KAREN MUTTON 2011 lists evidence that challenges the mainstream archaeological paradigms (as do many serious books of archaeological heresy, some going back more than 50 years).
One hopeful sign that the old guard paradigms are coming down is the History 2 channel’s program “America Unearthed” with forensic geologist Dr. Scott Wolter. He has proven that many so called “hoaxes” (Kensington Rune Stone, Anubis Cave, Tucson Artifacts, Newport Tower, Las Lunas stones, etc.) are authentically ancient and show pre-columbian contact between the Americas, Africa/Eurasia, Pacific Ocean cultures, etc. dating back many millennia and down to historical times.
NOTE TO SMITHSONIAN SCIENTISTS & POLICYMAKERS:
Just because John Wesley Powell set the paradigm for “no old world contact before Columbus – except the Vikings” in the latter 19th century doesn’t mean you have to still adhere to it; it’s outdated, obsolete, scientifically unsound, and extremely elistist. The world and science have changed drastically since then, and too many people realize that you are lying about what you have in storage. So open up your hidden collections and let qualified scholars investigate and analyze the artifacts and remains, and publish their findings without threat of loss of reputation and funding.
98 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
I pre-ordered this book way back in September and could hardly wait until it was released at the end of December. I find this book incredibly well-researched and comprehensive. The book starts with Mr. Dewhurst's theories as to why the Smithsonian has been running a scam for over 100 years now with regard to the giant skeletons found in graves all over the US, and delves deeply into the articles that detailed the giants found all over the US in mounds, graves, bogs, etc.....I have thoroughly researched this topic but still learned quite a bit, though I'm nowhere near done reading the book. However, so far I'm impressed with the thorough hand and thought Mr. Dewhurst has put into this jewel. He has categorized his chapters into various relevant topics and not only talks about the giants, but talks about the copper mined here thousands of years ago (something I've only heard Scott Wolter speak about on America Unearthed), (relevant) hieroglyphs, tablets, and other topics relating to the giants (many giants were adorned with copper crowns and such). This would be the best and most comprehensive guide to the topic of pre-Columbian US history and giant skeletons, providing a plethora of news articles detailing these finds that have all but vanished from the annals of history. A debt of gratitude is due Mr. Dewhurst for tackling this topic with honesty and clarity. Thanks Mr. Dewhurst. I will recommend your book to all interested in this topic.
56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
Early settlers, as they moved out across America and began farming the land, produced hundreds of reports on giants. Skeptics claim they are all hoaxes or frauds or animal bones. Trouble with this reasoning are these points: 1. Who was was getting rich and famous off these reports? No one. 2. People knew the difference between human and animal bones. Some of the old reports talk about both. 3. Are we to believe that this giant-hoax-conspiracy went on for decades and decades? Yes, there were known hoaxes. Newspapers occasionally purposefully wrote fake articles. But here the author has gathered together one of the biggest collections of giant reports from these papers in one place. Do they seem like hysterical, tabloid articles? Or are most of them just reporting the news? The only thing Dewurst doesn't do is a lot of analysis or commentary on the reports or in-depth history background. Nor do we investigate the Smithsonian angle that deeply. Go elsewhere for that, but get this book for your references. For more on early America's past, see books like Who Discovered America?,Cahokia,1491,Mound Builders and The First Americans.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
I just finished Richard Dewhursts' book tonight . It's 350 plus pages and well worth buying ! Starts out with a normal intro to the whole subject of the Red Haired Giants reported widely in the US historic Newspapers. That goes into a long 100 page section featuring those accounts. The sheer weight of these news stories is compelling as are the details themselves, alas the devil is in the details and you must dig in and read hundreds of them to be sure you haven't missed that tiny detail you need !
His explanation of the Smithsonians' massive effort to quell the reports and their reasons for doing so runs to several pages and is helpful but he seems to have missed the documented accounts of them buying up skeletons like the San Diego Giant. There is a separate book lurking here !
He returns to this theme as he goes through the Spirit Cave and Lovelock finds and into the Florida Bog People as well. I learned a great deal more of the Bog People than I would have expected and several odd remarks about moon eyed pygmies may have me shuffling through more annoying websites than usual :)
The sections on inscribed stones, copper mining and weird religious practicers from the Old World are a bit odd but not time consuming. Most people interested in those subjects probably have better book on the specific subject.
He saves the best for last and the story of the Catalina Island finds is truely amazing in complexity and conspiracy .
His index and documentation are far above par for this sort of book. Definately belongs in any Fortean bookshelf !
All in all a good purchase ! But be warned it could lead to "America BC" and "In Plain Sight" or even "They All Discovered America !"
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
This is an excellent resource for those interested in this topic. There is a growing trend toward re-examining the history of North America. With so many unexplained findings, it's no wonder people are demanding answers. For example, Fort Hill has a three-mile wall around it, much of it at a high elevation along a cliff, and scientists want us to believe it was not actually a fort but merely a "ceremonial" site that served unknown purposes. A novel that explores this is The Rule of Equity. The more people show an interest in these sites and the historical accounts of what was found there, the more likely we'll be to get answers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2015
Dewhurst hit a home run with this book, one of the best I've read in a long time! Really good work! Dewhurst tells you how he became interested (he is very tall), and how he begins his quest to learn more, up until he subscribes to four or five newspaper archives and reads four or five centuries of articles about skeletons and cities of Giants found in North America. It becomes obvious that the first explorers of America encountered many tribes of Giants, and I'm talking 7 to 12 feet tall! The first American colonists encountered them and began finding their bones buried in mounds and cities all over the continent.
There was no dispute whatsoever that there were many cities of 10,000 and quite a few cities with 100,000 or more, and these were highly advanced. They were copper miners, and even had forges, annealing, embossing, smelting. They had textiles from Assyria and Babylon and the Phoenicians were sailing to America to buy copper and other goods from them as far back as 10,000 BC. These were Paleolithic geniuses whom the Neolithic "native" Americans either avoided, worshipped or warred with. There were massive cities of red and blond haired giants in unexpected places, and Dewhurst does a good job of showing how the landscape of America changed after the Clovis Event (a massive comet) hit America. Originally the Giants lived alongside Mastadons and Mammoths and they had Museums with Dinosaur bones!
Oh, you think this is all hodge podge? You won't after reading HUNDREDS of newspaper articles from early American history! So what happened to all of these bones you ask? Dewhurst shows how the Smithsonian Institute was founded under very sneaky suspicious circumstances. They were the original Men-In-Black who would show up, flash their credentials and then bully the locals into handing over everything, which then gets dumped into the "Memory Hole" or, more likely, incinerated or dumped into the Atlantic ocean. How can Americans feel they have a "Manifest Destiny" if this continent belonged to Giants up to 12 feet tall or even taller... some up to 15 or 25 feet tall? Luckily for the Smithsonian, NAGPRA now allows the "natives" (who clearly originate from many other places BUT NOT HERE) to bury any Giant skeletons found and cover it all up.
If I could, I would give Dewhurst 10 stars for this book. If you are interested in the subject, START HERE. You will never look at mythology the same ever again. After reading this, you will understand that the Olympians, Titans etalia were quite real. The next question becomes, where did they come from? But Dewhurst doesn't go there. He assiduously stays on target, only focusing on North America, and you will never see American history as being the same. Read this book and you become an ipso facto expert on the subject!
Edit #1: there is one thing that frustrated the hell out of me with this book: Dewhurst constantly got mixed up between the idea of BCE (Before Current Era) and BC (Before Christ) and he occasionally muffs up KYA (Thousand of Years Ago) too. The difference is only 2000 years is all and it makes a HUGE difference if you are trying to gather accurate information. I wasn't surprised to find out it was another Bear and Company book, so I'm not going to solely blame Dewhurst. This gaff is also on his (a) Beta Readers, (b) Literary Agent, and (c) Bear and Company which seems to be putting out a lot of books with similar egregious errors these days.
Edit #2: If you read the negative reviews immediately you will see several trends. (a) most of the reviewers expected a comprehensive tell-all book about the entire history of giants in every corner of the world. Apparently they didn't bother to read the title of the book "Giants who Ruled AMERICA". (b) many reviewers want Dewhurst to solve the entire mystery of giants for them and they vigorously complain that he doesn't do this. Which is baffling! He never pretends that the focus of his book is to present the entire gestalt all wrapped up in a big bow! (c) some reviewers want in depth forensic analysis of every detail. Dewhurst never pretends such examination is on the menu; he ONLY presents centuries of mostly small-town newspaper clippings (with some more archaic sightings of explorers like Columbus and Magellan) and lets the reader make up their own mind.
If this book actually supplied what the detractors want it would be 10,000 pages long and one can only assume that the level of angst being exhibited is due to the fact that Dewhurst hit the naysayers right where it hurts - in their atrophied brains suffering from the collective aphasia perpetrated by the Smithsonian crowd. Because if Giants existed then you lost some control over the world you thought you knew, right? Accepting the one thing opens Pandora's Box and you now have to consider several other related concepts and that scares you. I feel sorry for them. Don't listen for one second to the Luddites that one-star this book! SHAME ON THEM!!!!
102 of 135 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2014
If you like bunches of disorganized newspaper clippings, unsupported assertions, and complete avoidance of a coherent thought or argument, this is the book for you. If not, save your money and go elsewhere.
This writer reproduces the same hundreds of accounts of large skeletons seen in other collections, and (also like many of these other collections) doesn't put them in any order that makes any sense. He makes silly unsupported statements that should make anyone with even a bit of reasoning skills want to put the book down. For example, In reference to one article that reports on some skeletons found but does not say how large they were, he insinuates that the lack of information on the size of the skeletons IN AND OF ITSELF is reason to suppose something was being covered up, because [paraphrase] "all archaeologists always report the height of the skeletons they find." Another example is when he says that evolution shows us that species always go from large to small, not small to large. What a bunch of nonsensical baloney.
He shows an uncredited photo that is labeled as an excavation at the Serpent Mound in Ohio. It shows a truly giant skeleton apparently at very shallow depth from rocky/sandy soil in the sun . It sure doesn't look the Serpent Mound to me. Is this the Serpent Mound? Really? Come on. How dumb do you think your readers are? How about a reference or a photo credit?
I see no evidence that any critical thinking or even significant preparation went into this book. To be honest, I stopped reading and started skimming pretty early in the book. Bad.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
where are all those skeletons in the Smithsonian closet?
This book will ask you to explore the possibilities and back up the case for giants with detailed documentation.
Buy a copy before they are all gone. really.
33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
Half of the book is empty!
We are provided a litany of "finds," in which are discovered huge bones. However, we are advised of no attempts at conjecture, interpretation, or analyses of the finds. Under such circumstances, i find even the name of the book inappropriate! "The Giants Who Ruled America." On what basis are we expected to merely accept the supposition that "the giants" "ruled" any one or any place -- let alone America? The digs described are located in mesoamerica, that area that connects the North America to South Americas. Further, we are provided no insight as to whether -- not why -- but whether (!) -- there exists any coverup -- let alone one devised by the Smithsonian Institute. The title page will be the most titillating leaf that you will read.
I should think that an all-abiding curiosity alone would scream to scientists that they MUST find the source of the bones and what they represent! To produce a book that is nothing more than a litany of a history of, "Encounters with Big Bones," is a disservice to themselves as well as the reader.
"Who were the beings that clothed these bones?"
"When were they here?"
"Are these bones representative of a people that were indigenous to the earth and, if so, during what time period were they here?"
"What resource is used to "date" these bones? "
Not so much as a single query or conjecture is provided. Without an attempt at an answer, why ask the question?
Ultimately, the reader discovers that he/she is holding nothing more than a "Bag of Bones," and rightfully, they become bored and choose to move on to a resource that provides that which we have always sought: Insight. Answers.