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"Picknett and Prince are first-class storytellers and their magical mystery tour is totally enthralling." —Daily Mail [London]

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Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince are writers, researchers and lecturers on the paranormal, the occult, and historical and religious mysteries.
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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425176584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425176580
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book and found it quite interesting, if at times a bit hard to keep straight due to the diversity of the materials provided. But I did find it useful as a portrayal of a group, or groups, of rather spooky "New Agers", in some type of common effort with maverick archeologists, Christian fundamentalists, intelligence-connected types, etc., whose agendas appear quite murky. The authors admit they do not quite know what these connections mean, but the connections do indeed seem to be there, and I found the account fascinating, if in the end still quite puzzling.

Other readers, as judged from the other reviews here, clearly have widely varying views on the value of the book, and so it evidently will not appear to everyone.

One shortcoming cited scornfully by a couple of earlier reviewers dealt with the lack of an index. I bought the original, hardcover British version of the book when in first appeared, and it had a 20-page index, which made the book much easier to use. The publishers of the US reprint evidently have a rather low opinion of American readers, and thus elected to delete the index, presumably in order to save a few cents per volume. This strikes me as despicable, and readers (or potential readers) should be aware that the actual authors of the book indeed included a very extensive index.
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This book will offend many mainstream believers. Whilst it is indeed difficult to follow if you are not a big reader, the content is rich and attempting to expose some very relevent facts that would seemingly be ignored, particularly by the traditional school of Egyptologists. It also conveys information about the rather shocking methods employed by modern governments to control the general populous. There are also references to big names, such as Gene Roddenbury and Uri Geller. Books like this should not be taken too lightly, it is a serious attempt to show an untold side of an interesting story, it does not pass judgement or make wild claims it makes concluscions based on the facts and largely leaves it up to the reader to decide.

The title could be more appropriate and the content could be trimmed and formulated into a more versatile argument, much of the heavy fact detracts from the main point and on many occasions you will find yourself wondering what relevence a certain part has.

Overall.. A slow book, that may require two reads to gleen all the facts, but if you enjoy conspiracy and the search for the truth, this is well worth a look.
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The book is a bit tough and I found myself re-reading parts of it on multiple occasions, but it's full of some really fascinating information and I deeply enjoyed the read. I especially liked the authors' methodology and very logical approach in the formulation of many of their arguments. It was so enthralling that it felt like a journey thru ancient Egypt into modern times. It also calls out a few popular blowhards who have made a nice living selling the idea that they have the answers to some of life's longest standing mysteries. It's true that you will not find a grand finale in this book, but it's not a fictional story... and the fact is that no one seems to truely know what the heck is going on. The authors stay true to their goal of relaying what they've found to the reader and it encourages you to think for yourself and come to your own conclusions, as we all should. I would recommend this book to a select few due to the nature of the subject matter... most scoff at anything that isn't widely accepted as fact by the supposed masses, and just can't accept that in all mans glory we still do not know why we are here, how we got here or even what exactly we are. I really wish I hadn't let my uncle borrow my copy... 2 years ago!
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... 'The Stargate Conspiracy' is immaculately researched, and meticulously referenced. Not a single point is made within these pages that is not supported by a clearly specified and accessible reference. A well researched book does not need to make arguments and presumptions, Picknett and Prince merely draw the attention of the reader to a fascinating series of facts which allows any conclusions to be made independently and without emotive propaganda. Their approach as authors is down to earth and matter of fact, shedding scorn NOT on the great mysteries of life and the universe, but on the way in which they have been actively recruited, abusing the faith of well meaning people. A fascinating read, highly reccomended.
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This is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. "The Stargate Conspiracy" is a kind of anti-conspiracy conspiracy book. When I read it the first time a few years ago, I considered it almost literally barking mad. However, after reading John Ronson's book "The men who stare at goats", it dawned on me that certain circles within the U.S. military and the CIA were up to some *really* strange things during the Cold War. Suddenly, "The Stargate Conspiracy" didn't feel so strange anymore...

Well, relatively speaking!

Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince claim that large chunks of the "alternative" milieu, including Robert Temple, Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, are (perhaps unwittingly) being used as puppets by a vast and sinister conspiracy involving the U.S. intelligence services, bizarre quasi-religious cults and (in a worst case scenario) actual space aliens or disembodied spirit-beings. I have more mundane explanations, but I wouldn't be surprised if a double-check of Picknett's and Prince's sources would confirm many of the criss-crossing connections in their book. After all, it seems to be more or less proven that the U.S. military carried out secret parapsychological experiments during the 1970's, and that many of those involved really did believe in supernatural powers.

Picknett and Prince make several interesting observations. First, they point out that many of the alternative speculations about ancient Egypt aren't based on solid research, but on the channelled messages of Edgar Cayce. The ARE, a group of true believers in Cayce's readings, have financed their own digs at the Giza plateau.
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