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The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever, 4th Edition [Paperback]

Richard C. Hoagland , Richard Grossinger
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October 1, 1996 1883319307 978-1883319304 4th revised
In 1976, NASA sent four Viking spacecraft to Mars to photograph the planet and test for the presence of life. One of the orbiters photographed a mile-long mesa that uncannily resembled a human face. Hoagland takes readers step by step through the NASA images and evidence that a former civilization may have lived on Mars. Photos, maps, and charts.

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"I'm fairly convinced that we have discovered life on Mars. There are some incredible photographs [from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory], which to me are pretty convincing proof of the existence of large forms of life on Mars! Have a look at them. I don't see any other interpretation."
—Sir Arthur C. Clarke

"I've seen the studies and I've seen the photographs—and there do appear to be formations of a 'face' and 'pyramids' [on Mars] that do not appear to be of natural or normal existence. It looks like they had to be fashioned by some intelligent beings. For this reason, I have asked NASA to provide assurances that the Mars Observer mission include this [set of targets] as one of its imaging objectives."
—Robert A. Roe, former Chairman, Congressional House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

"Richard Hoagland has really been very successful [in The Monuments of Mars] because, as you know, not only do we have the Mars Observer coming up, but he has managed to convince the President [George Walker Bush] to state that a return to Mars is one of our major goals."
—Dr. John Klineberg, former Director, NASA-Lewis Research Center

"I'm sure you're aware of the extremely grave potential for cultural shock and social disorientation contained in this present situation, if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public without adequate preparation and conditioning."
—Heywood Floyd, Head, The National Council of Astronautics, 2001 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard C. Hoagland has been a NASA consultant, and Science Advisor to Walter Cronkite and CBS News. In 1993 he wont the Angstrom Medal for Excellence in Science. For the last eighteen years, Hoagland has led a multi-disciplinary team - the Enterprise Mission - in an intensely controversial scientific investigation of potential artificial structures on the Moon and Mars.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books; 4th revised edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319304
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,400,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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93 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very gutsy, exhaustingly researched, a stunner... May 13, 2004
I read some of the negative reviews here at Amazon and they all struck me as inane drivel of the highest degree. If you're going to agree or disagree with any thesis you have to show why. If all you're going to come up with is name-calling and arguments about "math in cereal" (!!!, man, give us a break) or other , even worse, "arguments" like "NASA says it aint no face and that's what i believe" you're in my mind absolutely and positively hopeless. If, in the end, NASA and any institution of that order is for you a credible source, why bother thinking? Turn your brain OFFICIALLY off and let whomever, may that be NASA or anybody else, programm it for you. Why read what Hoagland or a number of other researchers out there profess?
"The Monuments Of Mars" is a book for people who are keen of doing something rare: think for themselves. In order to do that, you need to entertain whatever available notion out there even if it totally comes in conflict with the definition of the world in your mind. Especially if such a notion is well argumentated and has been hardly refuted with adequacy.
For those not familiar with what's presented in this book, here's a very ( and i mean, very) short summary: Hoagland along with a team of scientists ranging anywhere from geologists to physicists to computer programmers who resoluted photos, to historians and other specialties, analysed a vast series of photographs taken by NASA of the Cydonia region in Mars, photos in which the infamous "Face" appears, along with other clearly geometrical features such as pyramids or the clear designs of a former city. All these features, and their undisputed geometry, one would have to be either blind not to see, or terminally brainwashed.
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63 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The complete history of the NASA coverup of The Face August 4, 2000
In "The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever," author Richard Hoagland gives a heavily referenced history of The Face on Mars and other suspiciously "non-natural" structures and features of the Martian surface. He describes how The Face was first discovered shortly after the Viking Mission started sending back images from Mars. NASA immediate pooh-poohed the possibility of its artificial origin. The images of The Face were too startling to be ignored, though, and research by Vince DePietro, Greg Molenaar, Hoagland and others resulted in the discovery of other unnatural, pyramid-like structures located in the vicinity of The Face. Hoagland provides solid arguments for the claims he makes. Often, this slows the pace of reading this thick book. But, by taking his time in explaining his claims, he tackles many of the arguments that might arise in the reader's own mind. Hoagland's book describes how NASA has pointedly ignored evidence from noted scientists and organizations verifying the suspiciously non-natural nature of the Cydonia region on Mars that is home to these anamolous features. Finally, Hoagland documents how NASA has refused to PUBLICALLY rephotograph Cydonia and suggests that NASA may have already done so in secret. He offers that there may be dark reasons for this suspected duplicity. "The Monuments of Mars" describes an engaging (and ongoing) real-world mystery. But, it is also frustrating in that the evidence that could solve this mystery is being withheld by the very government agency that is supposed to be honestly and publicly disseminating it...
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70 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really makes you think! February 9, 2002
This book is absolutely compelling reading from page one. I've been following this since I read the first (?) edition of this book published in 1987. That book (348 pages, much smaller than this updated version) caused me to begin questioning the human belief system. That is to say I began to wonder about whether what we all have been taught to accept as 'fact' was in fact real. I began talking to everyone I knew about this, and discovered that even people I had previously thought to be open-minded were actually pretty closed minded on this subject. Since then, I've been on kind of a personal quest to find out why people have such a problem accepting anything Hoagland says. I personally still have not been convinced of anything on this 'Face on Mars' one way or the other, but Hoagland's theories are fascinating and well thought out enough that I don't think they can be dismissed out of hand. I've read reviews from others who just laugh and say that these formations are just coincidental and formed by nature. This could be true, but how can these people be so sure? Would these same people dismiss the Egyptian pyramids as natural formations too? (Obviously not, since they are close by and easy to study. Apparently, just because Mars is so far away, this automatically disqualifies it from further study). Why are they so intent on dismissing Hoagland's theories so quickly, without really knowing? I think it has something to do with a fear that their own belief systems are threatened by any seemingly implausible evidence or theories.
To me, this book is much more than a book about strange Martian constructions. It is more a criticism of the closed-mindedness that is stopping mankind from making progress and discoveries that could change the world as we know it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something worth thinking about...
I got a first glimpse of this book about 10 years ago & being the "Curious George" that I am, I bought it. It was a book that held my attention from start to finish. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B.K.H.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Monuments of Mars
I ordered a hard cover and got a soft.
I sent a book back on my own expenses.
I would not recommend the book store.
Published 11 months ago by Bea Puhala
5.0 out of 5 stars The Remarkable Bood
Mr. Hoagland's book is revealing in all honesty what Brooking Institute is performing government research. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ali A Moinian
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you. Ilike it!!!
Profound book. Establishes proof of ancient Mars civilization. Author is a former NASA scientist. He brings astounding photos to us that have been suppressed for years by NASA.
Published 15 months ago by Robert H. Grice
2.0 out of 5 stars Impenetrable
Hoagland's writing is very hard to digest. Although I agree with some of his ideas, I wish somebody else had written about them. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Filler Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book
Richard Hoagland analyzes data made public by the government in a strict scientific manner. The results of that examination proves the past existance of an advanced civilization... Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by HillyF
1.0 out of 5 stars Fake Editorial Reviews.
Just wanted to point out the fairly obvious; Here's the "Editorial Review" in question:

"I'm sure you're aware of the extremely grave potential for cultural shock and... Read more
Published on May 5, 2010 by K. Dietterich
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Explanations Seem Due
The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever (5th Ed., 2001, Frog, Ltd., Berkeley, CA) is an audacious book -- a true space oddity. Read more
Published on December 16, 2009 by W. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it.
This is a difficult text to read. Not well organized. Theories are scattered with very little support. Conjecture abounds. Richard C. Read more
Published on October 12, 2009 by Lit Master
1.0 out of 5 stars Fraudulent from the cover forward...
If Mr. Hoagland wants to be taken seriously, he should reconsider placing a blurb from a fictional character on his book. Heywood Floyd is a fictional character from Arthur C. Read more
Published on May 26, 2009 by Dave Farmer
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