- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition first Printing edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684812975
- ISBN-13: 978-0684812977
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sailing to Paradise: The Discovery of the Americas by 7000 B. C. Hardcover – August 1, 1995
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The thesis is this: tin and copper, needed in to make bronze, only existed in sufficient quantities in America. (The source is otherwise a mystery.) Trade was carried out and the metals (and religions) transported to the Middle East by the sea people, Atlas people or Phoenicians, and distributed. (It gets very complex.) Even megalithic stones, like Stonehenge, were built for navigation to America. When iron surpassed bronze, trade ended and so did commerce, except in small numbers. It also presents evidence of significant interaction between America and India.
Presents many solid foundations for the approach to understanding history, but although sometimes convincing in its arguments, it often inserts any scrap to prove a point, firm or flimsy, and often requires leaps of faith on short evidence. Interprets almost all stories (myths, Bibles, hearsay) as relating to his thesis. At one turn saying that one thing can be taken literally, but that another must be substantially re-interpreted in order to fit it well into the picture of the Bronze-Age world he describes. Yet the only real incredible thing to accept is that every mystery is explained by this one idea.
Still it is thought-provoking and self critical enough to be taken for serious consideration.Read more ›
Unfortunately, like many first-time authors of a genre Bailey doesn't end there.
His theories about America being the root of the ancient Atlantis mythology appear again and again, held together with vestiges of inferences drawn from the most tenuous of associations. Later in the work these are cited as 'grounds' for making further assumptions, until the edifice of half-supported innuendo, conjecture, personal interpretation and single-source citations becomes a house of cards - ready to topple at even the slightest push. I found for example a number of linguistic and epigraphical premises (the author's) which were not only contrary to accepted canon, but entirely outside the author's own realm of professional expertise.
While the book is seriously flawed as an integral work of academic research, it remains interesting and useful. Unlike the speculative works of Erich von Däniken and other pseudo-science writers, Bailey takes pains to cite real authorities, correctly attributes photographs, maps, and other reference materials, and provides a unifying historical context which is (for the most part) cohesive and plausible.
Within these narrow confines 'Sailing to Paradise' makes an interesting read. With aggressive editing and serious academic oversight it might well have been a seminal work of great importance. As it is the reader is left with the unenviable task of mining the book's gems from a considerable amount of largely irrelevant dross. What one takes away from it is therefore largely dependent on how much sweat-equity is invested.
The book isn't completely worthless; the author is clearly trying not to fall into the same crowd as the "aliens built the pyramids" nut-jobs but he gets dangerously close. Interesting questions are raised but this book does not provide reliable answers.
I believe in it, many people do also.
Why won't the academics and the Spanish (well, we know why not them) accept the fact.
The most accepted are the Vikings but what about the Phoenicians WAY earlier in the copper regions of the upper great lakes or the Chinese and Polynesians on the west coast. Its like Bigfoot, until there is body is a no win deal.
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If you are interested in a collection of facts about world prehistory, combined with excellent theory and a bit of speculation, you'll love this book. Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by Reading as Much as I Can
This book was a disappointment to me. While raising some interesting issues, the author does not address them in a definitive, fact-oriented way but instead goes off on wild... Read morePublished on January 27, 2005 by Huey Freeman