- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Disinformation Books (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193470864X
- ISBN-13: 978-1934708644
- Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Graham Hancock is a bestselling author of non-fiction in the alternative history genre, perhaps best known for Fingerprints of the Gods. He is the undisputed leader in the field and his books have proved to be consistent and substantial long-sellers. His two major British TV series (Quest for the Lost Civilisation, 1998, and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, 2002) put his ideas in front of audiences of millions, and his web site (www.grahamhancock.com) is recognized as a primary research source with over one million page views every month.
Graham Hancock's books have been translated into 27 languages and have sold more than five million copies worldwide. His most recent book is Supernatural: Meetings With The Ancient Teachers Of Mankind.
Rogue Egyptologist Robert Bauval was born in Egypt in 1948. A construction engineer, his interest in Egyptology is long standing, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life.
In the 1980s he developed a line of study linking the pyramids and the so-called Pyramid Texts with astronomy and famously published the bestselling The Orion Mystery. His most recent book is The Egypt Code.
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They are not afraid to be controversial. Some of the material regarding 9/11 in particular is likely to rile establishment parrots and truthers alike. It's a massive book - 636 pages with 81 photos - and it's hard to get through some of it. The payoff comes eventually, though, for those who stay the course - and their controversial conclusions will not seem nearly as far fetched once you've sucked in the couple of millennia's worth of global history leading up to them.
Definitely recommended for those who missed "Talisman," and even for those familiar with that work there is enough new material here to make it a worthwhile purchase, IMHO.
My problem with the book was when it stepped into the 20th century and onwards. The writing was mostly laughable in direction. Brushing off researchers into 9/11 as wacky and crazy conspiracy theorists, while the authors themselves offer up a "theory" of their own is irony at it's finest. The ending was an absolute train wreck and lacked any thoroughly convincing arguments. I respect the work of Graham Hancock immensely, however I will have to agree to disagree with his & Robert Bauvall's "theories", speculations and writing tone when covering the Middle East conflict, America's role in it, along with Zionism's. It's absolute bollocks.
For authors coming up with their own "theories" about historical events, they sure stuck to the official story when covering the last 30-40 years. Bitterly disappointing...
The authors explore in breadth and depth the common features of the Zarathustran, Vedic, Jewish, Christian, Sabaen and Muslim religions (demonstrably collateral descendents of a common ancestor, i.e., the earlier Egyptian solar religion of Amun-Ra) and they cite a variety of ways this ancient belief has kept itself alive and embedded itself into our senses and our consciousness.
I have read that this volume is little but an abridgement of an earlier work ("Talisman" by the same authors) but as I have not read the latter, I am unfamiliar with it and cannot comment.
On its own, this is an enjoyable, thoroughly readable book that does a creditable service in making this little known aspect of the history of civilization more familiar to the general reader in a most absorbing fashion..
The one glaring example is their acceptance of the "official conspiracy theory" concerning 9/11 -- at least, they seem to accept it, for all other theories are branded as "harebrained."
And there is no mention, in such a voluminous book, of the corruption of the Masonic Order over the past few hundred years, and the strong probability that its core today is managed by sinister Bushes and Skull and Bones types, call them Illuminati or what you will. David Wilcock goes into much detail here in his latest online book, Financial Tyranny. I wish these eminent scholars had backed up his work.
Yet I admire them for bucking the establishment as much as they do, for their tireless labors, attention to detail (maybe that's it, too many trees, not enough forest), for their unflinching gaze into the horror pits of history. This book can definitely lead the reader into many deep contemplations.
If it is a "mystery school" that is desired for more information I would recommend the Lemurian School in San Diego, and the book which came from an offshoot of that school, The Ultimate Frontier. I don't believe everything in the school or the book, but they do provide an overview. For more reporting in the "secret rulers" area I recommend Jim Marrs' books and David Wilcock's work.