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Fingerprints of the Gods Paperback – April 2, 1996
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That said, I found Fingerprints of the Gods, probably his most popular work by a wide margin, to be something of a letdown. I didn't find it as abhorrent as your average academic, but it's still not nearly as good as your typical reader would have you think.
The Pros: If you're not already immerssed in the world of ancient history, Fingerprints of the Gods is a fine place to start. Entertaining and thought-provoking, its best trait is pinning down some of the questions that the "orthodox establishment" has been unable to answer, and introducing its readers to three incredible ancient cultures. If this book had simply been written as a food-for-thought myriad of information with no central argument, I would have found it exceptionally good.
The Cons: The argumentative side of this book pretty much constitutes all the letdowns. Having read his later works, I can tell you write now that Hancock himself had retracted many of his central arguments.
If one must name a central theme to the book, it would probably be attempting to prove the validity of Hapgood's Crustal Displacement Theory. In short, Hancock claims that a rapid sliding of our planet's crust over the lower layers may have brought utter ruin to civilization at least once in human history. Assuming this, he claims Antarctica was located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as Atlatis (though for credibility's sake, Hancock himself does not use that name) up until around 15000 BC.Read more ›
He begins the book with a chapter introducing us to an ancient map of Antartica, made in AD 1513. It is called the Piri Reis map drawn up in Constantinople. It is an enigma because the 'modern' world only "recently" discovered Antartica in AD 1818. Graham Hancock ends his book with more information and theories about the reason Antartica may have shifted about 2,000 miles south of its original location, believed to be a subtropical climate, similar to that of the Meditarranean. Antartica is believed to have been situated about 30 degrees north of its present position on the planet. The explanation for its movement is based on an idea endorsed by Albert Einstein who wrote of it in 1953 *before* the scientific community had yet formulated the continental drift theory or the earth-crust shift theory. Graham Hancock provides numerous references from science and archeology to support his theories and conclusions.
Graham Hancock knows how to weave scientific facts and theories, ancient myths and legends, his own personal diary and the photographs his wife took ... into a seamless tapestry which divulges plausible explanations for the origins of the magnificent structures built by ancient civilizations. He is a phenomenal writer who knows how to build suspense and intrigue.Read more ›
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One of the best books Ive ever read. Many nights I stayed up late b/c I couldnt put the book down.Published 2 days ago by Christopher Cameron
Excellent documentation of historical facts. I am sorry that I did not buy a more expensive copy. I will be keeping this book. Highly recommended!Published 4 days ago by pat Ross
Graham Hancock is not only one of the most original thinkers of our age, he is truly the model for what scientists need to be in our new era - open to new concepts and ideas, able... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Zurls
This book is an amazing and thought-provoking journey of what lay in our distant past as earth inhabitants. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Robb B.
I just finished Fingerprints and onto Magicians...this book was highly thought provoking and full of mysteries, some uncovered and many remaining unsolved. Read morePublished 20 days ago by kjr1010
I just finished "Fingerprints of the Gods, and I have mixed feelings about it. It's long and tedious to read, and took me way longer than a 505 page book should. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Daniel J. Henk