- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (November 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601631987
- ISBN-13: 978-1601631985
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…an important and outstanding contribution."
--Erich von Daniken, best-selling author of Twilight of the Gods
"The Ancient Alien Question provides a captivating adventure around the world and sheds an interesting perspective on the Ancient Astronaut Theory. It raises questions that culminate in well-thought-out, and sometimes downright startling, conclusions. A must-read for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge horizon in this kick-ass field."
--Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, author, Gods or Ancient Aliens? producer, Ancient Aliens: The Series
"In The Ancient Alien Question Coppens breaks the intellectual sound barrier and offers his readers a well-researched and well-written book that challenges this last taboo of the human adventure. Definitely a not-to-be-missed book!"
--Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery
"Philip Coppens covers all the bases on this controversial topic. His research is thorough and he addresses each topic with a balanced overview that cuts through the jungle of confusion with a very sharp machete of reason."
--David Hatcher Childress, author of Technology of the Gods
About the Author
Philip Coppens is an internationally renowned investigative journalist, author, and regular contributor to magazines such as Atlantis Rising and NEXUS Magazine. He is labeled a skeptic by the believers, and a believer by the skeptics--a unique position which makes him a well-recognized voice of reason. He is the author of six books, including The New Pyramid Age, and is one of the leading contributors to The History Channel's popular series, Ancient Aliens. He lives in Edinburgh and Los Angeles, California.
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I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in this subject matter. I'm so very glad I read it!
This book is, as I've said, an excellent introduction to learning more with regards to one of the profoundest mysteries in human history: are we alone in life's classroom - or are there teachers to guide us? If the school-of-life principal is God...are the teachers he employs his angels or are they aliens or are the two descriptives synonymous? And are the teachers only temporarily out-of-the-classroom while we raise holy hell - or did they up and leave in disgust long ago after seeing that no matter how smart they tried to make us .. we chose to remain stupid?
Several of the subjects addressed in the book cry out for more detail, fuller treatment, a book or books of their own. And in some instances there are, indeed, fuller treatments to be found. But I had never heard of Coral Castle until encountering the enigmatic place within these pages. I had heard of the potential for atomic warfare having taken place in India with a B.C. date before - but not in such a comprehensively consise fashion. Likewise, the seemingly out-of-Hollywood story of the Dropa eluded me - and as related herein it has only aroused my ardent desire to know more, much more about it. The list goes on and on. Mr. Coppens weighs all of these mysteries in a refreshing and realistic way - and despite the popping of many cherished balloons, there remains many an eye-popping, mind-boggling tale to be told.
Having said all of the above, the book is not without its problems. On page 202, for example, Mr. Coppens quotes archaeologist Frank Taylor with regards to the ancient nuclear warfare mystery. On page 203, however, he pops the balloon by telling us that there is no evidence that Frank Taylor, archaeologist, even existed! There is, yes, a method to the madness. But this technique is used throughout the book and while we truly wish to know the real facts about whatever, this technique of saying one thing on one page and contradicting it on another merely serves more to cleverly confuse rather than clearly clarify. There is also too little offered in the way of source materials. For example, with regards to ancient nuclear warfare, we learn (also on page 202) that "scientists then apparently unearthed an ancient city where they found evidence of an atomic blast dating back thousands of years." This is an astounding statement! But what are the sources for it? No footnote accompanies it - as well as many, many other outstanding claims which lack footnotes. By checking back on certain pages, I think that Mr. Coppens' prime source for ancient nuclear warfare in India is Alexander Gorbovsky's RIDDLES OF ANCIENT HISTORY published in 1966. But if this is the main source for the above quotation, how reliable is it? The book was, afterall, written 45 years ago! And as Mr. Coppens effectively and convincingly dismantles the central and quite cherished argument in Robert Temple's 1976's THE SIRIUS MYSTERY, why shouldn't Gorbovsky's claims be approached with caution as one would approach a house of cards? Afterall, if Gorbovsky's sources were as misguided as Temple's, the statements made regarding ancient nuclear warfare in Coppens' book become all the more questionable and flimsy.
Also unaddressed in the book are several things that might and should have been considered. The Sphinx is notable for its absence although geologically speaking its much more ancient date of creation supposedly pushes it back to 10,000 B.C. if not even earlier. There are many anomalies regarding the moon that are not looked into - such as potential glass structures, lunar luminescent activities and even the incongruent weight of the moon itself with regards to its mass. While too easily accepted as being man-made ever since Abbott and Costello (or whatever the names of those two pub-crawling blokes were!) came forth and blew a world-wide whistle on their alleged nocturnal activities in the wheat fields of England, no discussion is made regarding crop circles - which may, afterall, be the "alien" teachers modern day attempts to educate us to greater realities. I was also hoping to read some level-headed thoughts on all of the apparent UFOs to be found in Renaissance paintings and elsewhere. But, alas, it seems one cannot have it all!
That is why the book is more of a primer, an overview than anything else. It is more a series of sketches than a series of finished paintings. Given what it is, it is still-and-all highly readable and educational and most dynamic of all - eye-and-mind opening. As did trail-blazer Von Daniken before him, Mr. Coppens ends posing more questions than offering answers. And that is a great and admirable thing. Answers are easy! It is asking the right and most important questions that is tough.
This is a wonderful book to give your friends who question what you believe because it has all the major theories in one book in an easy to understand read. Instead of trying to tell someone about the Roman stones in Baalbek or in Inca Cuzco....just have them read this book. It explains it much better than you probably can....
The Dropa disks, the Goldflyer, the Chief Fetish, Oannes and crystal skulls ....all in here...plus more~~
I read 'Chariots of the Gods' in 1974 and it opened my mind to the possibility that the world history is not what we think. Mr. Coppens, your new Book has opened up my mind even further and I know that we have had guidance in our civilization/development. Thank you for putting it all together in one book.
Keep asking those questions, and keep searching for your own answers - but as you search, this is a great guidebook to assist you in your exploration. And as an added bonus, it's beautiful to look at in terms of the interior page design, making it even more of a pleasure to read.