America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization: A new investigation into the mysteries of the human past by the bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods Kindle Edition
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"A treasure." ―Joe Rogan on Graham Hancock
"A fascinating, alternative version of prehistory. America Before, detailed and wide-ranging, turns what was myth and legend into a new story of the past." ―Daily Mail
Praise for Graham Hancock's previous books:
“Hancock’s passionate, detailed prose transports us around the globe and across millennia in an accessible and direct manner.” ―New Dawn Magazine
“Ingenious.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“I’m deeply immersed still in Hancock’s “Magicians of the Gods.” I do so recommend this book. Hancock is an enchanting writer, and such a curious and thoughtful and intuitive investigator of the mysteries of lost civilizations and archaeological mysteries.” ―Anne Rice, NYT bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles
"Hancock does a magnificent job of proving beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization, which flourished during the Ice Age, was destroyed in global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago." ―Atlantis Rising on Magicians of the Gods
“A reading experience of pure gold...History buffs, Bible scholars, anyone who likes a great intellectual detective yarn will plunge into The Sign and the Seal and not come up for air until the end.” ―Seattle Times on The Sign and the Seal
“Intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Fingerprints of the Gods
"Readers will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling."-The Times of London
About the Author
- File Size : 8492 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 688 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Coronet (April 2, 2019)
- Publication Date : April 2, 2019
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07G76X5B5
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,112,748 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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check him out on the Joe Rogan Podcast if you haven't already.
Making a trip to Peru soon marking the beginning of many more adventures to come regarding my visiting of ancient structures.
In America Before, he focuses on the Americas, in particular on the moundbuilding cultures of both continents. No, he isn't promoting the strange theories others have, but shows us how much has been lost, and is unknown, through natural and human destruction. There are glimpses of "ghost populations" whose origins and abilities are lost, but through rediscovery and study of old sites and records, and modern DNA analysis, a faint picture is beginning to emerge. The work that needs to be done next is massive, particularly in South America, but Hancock does a great service in making people aware of these lost cultures. If you have read Charles Mann's books 1491 and 1493, Adavasio's The First Americans, or Dillehay's The Settlement of the Americas, you'll find some familiar material here on the changing paradigm in ancient America studies, but Hancock brings all that together with the latest research.
He does occasionally delve in to high speculation of the abilities of the ancients, suggesting "psi" capacities. This is a tiny part of the book, and if it turns you off, consider the governments of the world have spent much money on such research (see Annie Jacobsen's book, Phenomena). He also mentions, nearly in passing, a very poor stereotype of Christianity, when he writes things like, "a heavenly paradise...paired with a hellish place of punishment for disbelievers and evildoers...removes the need for serious thought" or the "all that's required to join the elect is to tick the right boxes." If Hancock truly believes such fallacies, perhaps he has been exposed to one too many fundamentalists and should spend some time with the scholars of Christianity and see it isn't based on "unproven assumptions" (perhaps Kenneth Samples' books like, God Among the Sages, 7 Truths That Changed the World, etc.). Hancock mentions how materialist scientists scoff at ideas like the soul, but science does support its existence, see Mario Beauregard's books Brain Wars and The Spiritual Brain.
Hancock's three major volumes have chronicled, and helped create, a shift in our understanding of the past. I hope he will continue to uncover the secrets of the Americas, and inspire others to pick up the charge as well.
Top reviews from other countries
I didn't realise that there were so many earthworks, mounds & megalithic structures, all around the world. So how did our ancestors build them, and why? What was so important that they were trying to record? Was it for our benefit? We don't know. Perhaps one day, we will find out. Thank you Graham for all your hard work; it is much appreciated.
Sadly there is some vulgar language, unnecessary in the written word, when the author speaks narratively of tragic personal events surrounding his investigations. From previous books and blogs, it is clear that the author has undergone some dark spiritual experiences and there is a negative energy running through this book. One must not lose track of the fact that this great lost civilisation the author admires so much ended due to corruption (as told in Plato's Atlantis and every subsequent religious text). Though the author seems to place doubt on such a cause, all the evidence that we have of human sacrifice and other degenerate behaviour as even witnessed in this book is quite damning.
At the end of the day one has to decide what spiritual forces have been in play for thousands of years, forces to which the author had clearly testified over the years. He frequently speaks of the narrow-minded views and positions of archeologists, but in this book he takes this position himself with regards to religion, not realising that his sometimes justified critiques are not ubiquitous throughout the religious world. I found it interesting that he stated there was 49 years between a key moment in his rebellious childhood and the beginning of a new affliction that now plagues him, for this is 7x7, a key sign in divine numerology. It is as though some great power is trying to get his attention. In a previous book he spoke of the tremendous fear he experienced when encountering certain evil spirits and I hope that the author can find a true spiritual path and learn from the mistakes of the civilisation that he is investigating. The reason, not the method of their destruction, is what we would should be focused on.
In the meantime, Graham does a great service to the archeological record and this is a book I'd recommend.
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