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Chariots of the Gods: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past Paperback – January 1, 1999
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
About the Author
Erich von Däniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and best-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. The worldwide best-seller and was followed by 32 more books, including The Eyes of the Sphinx, Twilight of the Gods, History Is Wrong, Evidence of the Gods, and Odyssey of the Gods. His works have been translated into 28 languages and have sold more than 63 million copies. Several have also been made into films. Von Däniken's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel's hit Ancient Aliens. He lives in Switzerland but is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit.
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"Chariot of the Gods" was written neatly 50 years ago and was the first book I read to discuss the possibility of visits to Earth by extraterrestrials. I picked up the book in an Airport Bookstore just prior to my flight to Vietnam in January of 1969. I finished the book before we arrived in country and was hooked! Von Daniekan's writing style, observations, and analysis of the evidence used by mainstream science anchor theology to explain the presence of artifacts, writings and other materials, coupled with his alternative explanations and proofs were not only plausible, but also down right convincing. His writing style is conversational and non threatening. He provides the facts and asks thw reader to draw their own conclusions. To say this book was controversial in the late 1960s and early 1970s is an understatement! The amazing thing is that many of his early conclusions have gained wide acceptance with millions of people. Ancient Astronaut Theory is, in my opinion, no longer fringe science and we have Erich to thank for it!! I will leave it to you the reader to uncover the details of his findings and, if you like read his other 30 or so books on this topic to reach your own conclusions. I recommend this book to readers with an open mind and for those of you, such as myself, who are based on the evidence, not sure that main stream science and theology has got it right. I think those of you who take the time to read Von Daniekan will enjoy his work!
Von Daniken gave the world something to think about. It would be truly vain of us to believe that we are the only intelligent beings in the universe.
the photos alone will stimulate conversation, and perhaps some more thought as to where our place is in our universe.
I would say that if you are as into the show as I am, and have watched everything you can get your hands on about ancient history, aliens, and the connections between the two, by all means, read this book. If you have interest in the subject, you could potentially pass this book over for more up to date titles, probably even by Erich von Daniken himself — I haven’t gotten to them yet. Some of the information in this book is extremely outdated — for example the statement that Werner von Braun said man would be on Mars by 1986… But the basics of the book are still very valid points.
I do wish that there were better photographs provided in the book, and in newer printings, I would hope that this would be considered.
I’m not certain that I learned anything new by reading this book, since I have already watched and read so much on the subject, but it was still nice to have read the book that started this idea, which is quite an interesting subject. I have to say, I will be waiting for more discoveries that will hopefully provide more answers to so many of the questions which plague mankind about their ancient past.