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Why can't Amazon figure out a way to add pictures to their ebooks? The covers are graphics.
Particularly frustrating was the section on language and the Mayan or Landa alphablet..seriously ## signs?
I am including a picture I took of the alphabet by searching on Google.
Now, I know that receiving these quickly and inexpensively through Kindle is amazing and all but, gee whiz, in a book such as this the graphics are vital.
Using this account as a base, Donnelly devotes the remainder of the book developing evidence supporting the validity of Plato's story. Now it should be noted that his book was published in the 1880's and represents the knowledge then available. Also Donnelly tends to extrapolate from what was then known of world history to conclusions not necessarily supported by existing evidence. He makes more than his share of leaps of logic and often does ignore contradictory evidence.
So what to make of this book? It represents what now is called "out of the box thinking" and a serious exercise in creative use of evidence to make the case that world civilization was inherited from a unique place and people collectively known as Atlantis.
It would be easy to dismiss this book and its author, but that would be a mistake. Donnelly was a crank, but so are most dreamers. Much of what is enjoyed today as modern technology originated with such folks. A few more cranks may be a good thing.
Final note the edition of this book that I read does not contain any of Donnelly's original illustrations.
Never mind. That's all to the good. He's wrong, but wonderfully wrong.
What is not wonderful in any way is how Amazon / Kindle fobs off editions of books shorn of all their bookishness: the maps, the illustrations, even the fonts! It isn't rocket-surgery, Amazon. You love profits, but do you love books? Can you translate what makes books beautiful? Of course you can. You just choose not to, which means you suck, rather.
I also would liked to read his theory on how Atlantis fits into the theory of continental drift. It may have emerged after continental drift by volcanic or seismic activity, but I would liked to hear Donnelly's theory.
Atlantis may very well have existed, but the "proofs" that are offered in this book are not convincing and his lengthy comparisons of evidence gets a little boring. He would have done better to focus more on the civilization and the possible ruins than on trying to prove something that is not provable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hard to read u til you get used to the language of the period. Interesting readPublished 8 months ago by Richerlyn
I found this to be a very interesting and well researched work by the author, Ignatius Donnelly, who was serving in the U.S Congress at the time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert G. Peterson
good reading, not done with it yet so not sure of its conclusionsPublished 18 months ago by Robert Murphy
The best book I ever read about Atlantis! This book provides all the evidence you can ask for about the existence of Atlantis!Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer