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Worlds Before Our Own Paperback – March 5, 2007
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"... a very thought-provoking book written by one of the best qualified investigative writers to tackle ... historical controversies..." -- Brent Raynes, Alternate Perceptions
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This book generated so much hostile criticism when it was first published that one reviewer even said it ought to be burnt. These are the words of extremists who don't like their cherished worldviews shaken.
Whether or not one agrees with every claim Brad Steiger makes in this book, an open minded person will acknowledge that at the very least much of what is presented warrants further investigation.
One of the early things discussed in the book are "erratics"-artifacts found in geological strata thought to be date to long before anything even remotely homonid, let alone human, was supposed to exist. Some of these are now quite famous such as the trilobite crushed under a sandal print in Utah. Others may not be so well known.
The book also discusses the remains of beings who seem to represent other species of ancient humans still not accepted by the orthodox scientific communities. Hear of the remains of giants (some up to as much as 11 metres tall), people with short tails, people with horns, and little people (the little people Steiger discusses are around 48 cm tall at the most, with most being somewhat shorter. For some reason he does not mention the 35 cm Pedro the Midget Mummy).
Steiger speaks a bit about ancient high technology, but unfortunately doesn't discuss it in nearly as much detail as such other authors as Andrew Tomas, David Hatcher Childress and Christopher Dunn.
Atlantis is briefly discussed in the book, though I was a bit disappointed that he relied a lot on unverifiable sources from self-proclaimed psychics, rather than more credible sources. Even Plato, perhaps the most significant Atlantis source of all time hardly gets a mention.
Steiger also discusses the current lack of knowledge on the prehistory of North America.
Like a number other researchers of "alternative history", Steiger views history as cyclic, with at least several past ages of civilisation being wiped out by natural disasters and by ancient massive scale wars. He also wonders if such a fate might befall our modern day civilisation at some point in the future.
Overall this was an interesting book on ancient mysteries. While I would have liked it if it was somewhat more detailed, I nonetheless found it an intriguing and informative read.
1. Numerous obscure facts/findings are presented.
2. Steiger's writing style presents the data in a manner that is easy and enjoyable to read.
3. Steiger provides plausible alternative explanations for the numerous anomalous findings that clash with traditional theories on evolution and progression of mankind.
If I was to offer some criticism it would be as follows.
1. It would be nice if the references were cited within the text with a superscript and then listed in numerical order at the end of the book.
2. The commentary at the end of the book might be organized into its own subsection/chapter.
3. Additional photographs would be nice.
I highly recommend this book to others who have interest in controversial subjects ranging from giants to advanced civilizations that predate our own. This book has heightened my interest in these subjects to the point that on my next trip to China I hope to explore the "forbidden zone" and eventually other sites such as Nan Madol.
What is so threatening in this book? Steiger, with supporting data, points out there are multitudes of ancient artifacts that archeologists have failed to investigate or discuss; rather they ‘dissed, buried, covered up and obscured evidence. Offering hackneyed explanations, they avoided explanations or discussion of facts.
This book could have been written today; archaeologists are still using the same dodge and cover up tactics.
A good book, a quick read.