- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; 1st Edition edition (June 7, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0609802232
- ISBN-13: 978-0609802236
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mars Mystery: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet Paperback – June 7, 1999
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"Hancock revels in presenting his readers with a vast wealth of information. He builds his case fact by fact,
find by find, until one is overwhelmed by the evidence that draws to an inevitable conclusion."
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transformed Mars from a lush planet with rivers and oceans into a bleak and icy hell. Is Earth condemned to the same fate, or can we protect ourselves and our planet from extinction?
In his most riveting and revealing book yet, Graham Hancock examines the evidence that the barren Red Planet was once home to a lush environment of flowing rivers, lakes, and oceans. Could Mars have sustained life and civilization?
Megaliths found on the parched shores of Cydonia, a former Martian ocean, mirror the geometrical conventions of the pyramids at Egypt's Giza necropolis. Especially startling is a Sphinx-like structure depicting a face with distinguishable diadem, teeth, mouth and an Egyptian-style headdress. Might there be a connection between the structures of Egypt and those of Mars? Why does NASA continue to dismiss these remarkable anomalies as "a trick of light"? Hancock points to the intriguing possibility that ancient Martian civilization is communicating with us throu
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Having previously read "Fingerprints of the Gods" some years ago (admittedly one of his best efforts to date, as well as a high benchmark); I was a little surprised that I had not gotten around to reading "The Mars Mystery". Though this book is no "Fingerprints"; it is worthy of a careful reading especially if you are amenable to Hancock's line of thinking. It did help that I was familiar with the work of those cited, such as R.C. Hoagland's tome; "The Monuments of Mars" and his lesser known; "Dark Mission - The Secret History of NASA". Yes it helps to have those as a background or backdrop, however it is not absolutely necessary, because Hancock fills in the gaps and makes sure you see exactly how he has connected the dots and has come to his conclusions (along with the consensus and collaboration of several contributing co-writers).
One notable point was the time he devoted to help 'flesh-out' for the readers understanding - of what [we think] we know about comets and asteroids, particularly concerning the often subtle differences between them. Unless the reader is an astronomer or astrophysicist, this is a worthwhile tutorial of large hurtling space-borne objects in general. And although this was published in 1998, it still carries as much relevance today, as it did at the end of the 20th century - now seemingly so long ago. Is there speculation, conjecture and some incredible posits? Of course and then some! But isn't that why we like to read the works of author/researchers such as this in the first place?
I'm still trying to figure out how the Aztec's knew to name Mars, "Xipe Xolotl", the twin brother of their high god Quetzalcoatl; the name meaning in effect, "the Flayed Red God of the East." All ancient civilizations acknowledged Mars as the Red planet, but how could the Aztec's have known that Mars literally had half of its surface "peeled-off like an orange...", technically a "flayed planet"? Or how about the interesting Arabic meaning of the place name 'Cairo' as "Mars"! What a strange and enigmatic coincidence; that is unless one understands the "Why" of a connection such as that. Not mentioned in this book, but there exists renderings of 17th-18th century maps of Egypt, where Cairo is depicted as "Old Babylon" (from the Akkadian,"Babili" which translates to "Gateway of the Gods"). Make of that what you wish, my point is that the rabbit hole is very deep when it comes to this region.
Due to the nature of the message that Hancock wishes to convey, and acknowledging that we are some 17 years further in time than first published, I would say this book might be even more timely now than it was then? Because of a recent movie ("The Martian") and due to media-hype in concert with NASA, Mars has been put back on the radar of the masses for perhaps another nanosecond or two. Given that one of the greatest mysteries or discoveries ever made by humankind might be waiting on the surface of Mars; staring at us in the form a giant enigmatic face surrounded by a huge network of mathematically impossible "arcologies", whose ultimate message could be a warning to others, but especially us, of what happens when a planet has a 'bad day'. Now some forty plus years after our numerous Moon missions, isn't it well past time to go to Mars and put "boots on the ground" to see close up what's what? Graham Hancock thought so way back in 1998, many others are now apparently catching up to him.