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Fingerprints of the Gods Paperback – April 2, 1996
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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.
The one thing I don't get, though, if there were advanced civilizations prior 5000 BC that got blown away by a meteorite that hit the North American Ice Age ice sheet, around 12,800 years ago, then where are traces of those advanced societies? If we can find traces of dinosaurs, why can we not find traces of a prior advanced civilizations that are still above water? That conundrum has not been addressed yet.