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Fingerprints of the Gods Paperback – April 2, 1996
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"I always wanted to do a biblical flood movie, but I never felt I had the hook. I first read about the Earth's Crust Displacement Theory in Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods."
—Roland Emmerich, Director "2012" in an interview from Time Out London
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ing author of The Sign and the Seal reveals the true origins of civilization. Connecting puzzling clues scattered throughout the world, Hancock discovers compelling evidence of a technologically and culturally advanced civilization that was destroyed and obliterated from human memory. Four 8-page photo inserts.
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However, he seems bent on waxing poetic about the places he visits in a way that severely detracts from my desire to keep reading. Also, he constantly repeats motifs and concepts, to where my head started to scream.
Also, he loves to ask rhetorical questions, and sets up a new chapter or sections with annoying questions that were based on hypotheses he just presented, or as a hackneyed approach to introducing the next topic. "Could it be that... Is it not possible that... But is it not possible that...?" Ugh.
I still recommend it. There is a lot of fun stuff. It sets a fair argument for the possibility - nay, plausibility - of lost advanced ancient cultures and their wisdom.
I just recommend you read other material to help flesh out alternative arguments and possibilities.
I has been about a year since I last read it so my memory of its exact content is dim.
The only criticism I can think of for it is that there was a moment or two in the book where he presents data about different ancient cultures and proceeds to use the similarities within them to suggest a hypothesis.This is actually the majority of the book and they are always very well thought out and valid points. There were only I a couple of moments where I felt that an idea of his(Hancock) was a stretch. I have no academic background myself so I just went by a gut feeling.
Other than that I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book of any kind.
The scenes are engaging. Its thrilling to learn about ancient history and even more thrilling to see different ways it could be looked at.
As any person with an open mind who is well schooled in history can tell you, contrary to popular belief, we do NOT know everything about human history. There is great evidence of lost civilizations that we know nothing about. All we have are huge stone monoliths, that to this day are unexplained creations. Most like the pyramids and the sphinx in Egypt are attributed to the ancient Egyptians when geological evidence suggests that some of these structures are much older than historians are willing to admit.
This book will have you questioning the official version of our story and that's a good thing. Question everything and just keep an open mind while going through the facts, that's how you find the truth.