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Chariots of the Gods

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Erich von D&auml; niken's &quot;Chariots of the Gods&quot; is a work of monumental importance--the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth had been visited by aliens. This world-famous bestseller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, &quot;The Eyes of the Sphinx.&quot; But here is where it all began--von D&auml; niken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention in human history. Most incredible of all, however, is von D&auml; niken's theory that we ourselves are the descendants of these galactic pioneers--and the archeological discoveries that prove it... <br /> * An alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid <br /> * Thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts <br /> * Computer astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins <br /> * A map of the land beneath the ice cap of Antarctica <br /> * A giant spaceport discovered in the Andes <br /> Includes remarkable photos that document mankind's first contact with aliens at the dawn of civilization.

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Erich von Dä niken's "Chariots of the Gods" is a work of monumental importance--the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth had been visited by aliens. This world-famous bestseller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, "The Eyes of the Sphinx." But here is where it all began--von Dä niken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention in human history. Most incredible of all, however, is von Dä niken's theory that we ourselves are the descendants of these galactic pioneers--and the archeological discoveries that prove it...
* An alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid
* Thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts
* Computer astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins
* A map of the land beneath the ice cap of Antarctica
* A giant spaceport discovered in the Andes
Includes remarkable photos that document mankind's first contact with aliens at the dawn of civilization. THE SEVEN MILLION COPY BESTSELLER

The groundbreaking classic that introduced the theory that ancient Earth established contact with aliens.

Immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance, Chariots of the Gods endures as proof that Earth has been visited repeatedly by advanced aliens from other worlds. Here, Erich von Däniken examines ancient ruins, lost cities, spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention in human history. Most incredible of all, however, is von Däniken's theory that we are the descendants of these galactic pioneers—and he reveals the archeological discoveries that prove it...

The dramatic discoveries and irrefutable evidence:
• An alien astronaut preserved in a pyramid
• Thousand-year-old spaceflight navigation charts
• Computer astronomy from Incan and Egyptian ruins
• A map of the land beneath the ice cap of Antarctica
• A giant spaceport discovered in the Andes

Includes remarkable photos that document mankind's first contact with aliens at the dawn of civilization.

Specifications

Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
192
Author
Erich Von Daniken
ISBN-13
9780425074817
Publication Date
June, 1984
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
6.88 x 4.19 x 0.49 Inches
ISBN-10
0425074811

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I had heard about this...
I had heard about this book, but never read it until recently. There was a copy on a central table at a local bookstore, and I decided to give it a try. Turns out there was nothing new to me in the book. I have seen several speculative history/science TV documentaries that cover the same material. I have it tagged as both fiction and non-fiction. It seems obsessed with the idea of alien progenitors, which while I can't rule out 100%, seems unlikely. But I imagine many of the naysayers who revile von Daniken believe just as strongly in some god or religion, which is just as far-fetched. I think aliens and gods are the opposite sides of the same coin. What gets lost in the alien chatter is the many anomalies that are part of the historical/archaeological record for which we have no explanations. So were the ancients much more sophisticated than we believe ? Then you run into the Atlantis crowd, and their naysayers. It seems that there is no serious research attempting to examine the past, without jamming it into the predefined time line and standard script. It may turn out to be the correct depiction of the past, but I would feel better if we at least pretended to look everywhere before we wrote off the 'crackpots'. The book was a quick read, and only had a few awkward patches due to the translation.
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Unmitigated tosh from ...
Unmitigated tosh from cover-to-cover. Admittedly, I was taken in at age 11, but how any adult could accept this tissue of lies is beyond me. Interesting, maybe, for its sci-fi concepts, but as one of the initiators of modern pseudo-science, an awful, awful book. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant - Harlan Ellison
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
I had heard about this...
I had heard about this book, but never read it until recently. There was a copy on a central table at a local bookstore, and I decided to give it a try. Turns out there was nothing new to me in the book. I have seen several speculative history/science TV documentaries that cover the same material. I have it tagged as both fiction and non-fiction. It seems obsessed with the idea of alien progenitors, which while I can't rule out 100%, seems unlikely. But I imagine many of the naysayers who revile von Daniken believe just as strongly in some god or religion, which is just as far-fetched. I think aliens and gods are the opposite sides of the same coin. What gets lost in the alien chatter is the many anomalies that are part of the historical/archaeological record for which we have no explanations. So were the ancients much more sophisticated than we believe ? Then you run into the Atlantis crowd, and their naysayers. It seems that there is no serious research attempting to examine the past, without jamming it into the predefined time line and standard script. It may turn out to be the correct depiction of the past, but I would feel better if we at least pretended to look everywhere before we wrote off the 'crackpots'. The book was a quick read, and only had a few awkward patches due to the translation.
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3 customers found this helpful
Unmitigated tosh from ...
Unmitigated tosh from cover-to-cover. Admittedly, I was taken in at age 11, but how any adult could accept this tissue of lies is beyond me. Interesting, maybe, for its sci-fi concepts, but as one of the initiators of modern pseudo-science, an awful, awful book. You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant - Harlan Ellison
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I had heard about this...

I had heard about this book, but never read it until recently. There was a copy on a central table at a local bookstore, and I decided to give it a try. Turns out there was nothing new to me in the book. I have seen several speculative history/science TV documentaries that cover the same material. I have it tagged as both fiction and non-fiction. It seems obsessed with the idea of alien progenitors, which while I can't rule out 100%, seems unlikely. But I imagine many of the naysayers who revile von Daniken believe just as strongly in some god or religion, which is just as far-fetched. I think aliens and gods are the opposite sides of the same coin. What gets lost in the alien chatter is the many anomalies that are part of the historical/archaeological record for which we have no explanations. So were the ancients much more sophisticated than we believe ? Then you run into the Atlantis crowd, and their naysayers. It seems that there is no serious research attempting to examine the past, without jamming it into the predefined time line and standard script. It may turn out to be the correct depiction of the past, but I would feel better if we at least pretended to look everywhere before we wrote off the 'crackpots'. The book was a quick read, and only had a few awkward patches due to the translation.

I had heard about this...

I had heard about this book, but never read it until recently. There was a copy on a central table at a local bookstore, and I decided to give it a try. Turns out there was nothing new to me in the book. I have seen several speculative history/science TV documentaries that cover the same material. I have it tagged as both fiction and non-fiction. It seems obsessed with the idea of alien progenitors, which while I can't rule out 100%, seems unlikely. But I imagine many of the naysayers who revile von Daniken believe just as strongly in some god or religion, which is just as far-fetched. I think aliens and gods are the opposite sides of the same coin. What gets lost in the alien chatter is the many anomalies that are part of the historical/archaeological record for which we have no explanations. So were the ancients much more sophisticated than we believe ? Then you run into the Atlantis crowd, and their naysayers. It seems that there is no serious research attempting to examine the past, without jamming it into the predefined time line and standard script. It may turn out to be the correct depiction of the past, but I would feel better if we at least pretended to look everywhere before we wrote off the 'crackpots'. The book was a quick read, and only had a few awkward patches due to the translation.

A pseudo-science clas...

A pseudo-science "classic" in that it has remained an enormous best-seller since its publication in 1968. To that extent it is a book of historic interest. The late Erich von D was a fraud. He himself knew that much of the "evidence" he presented for extra-terrestrial visitation of Earth was specious. He consciously wrote for the gullible and credulous, carefully avoiding debate of rational objections to his ET fantasies. In his favour it can be said that he aroused enormous worldwide interest in ancient civilisations and their advanced technological capabilities. On the other hand, his presence in this arena has made many real scientists wary of setting foot in it.

I read this book back ...

I read this book back in the early 80's when quite young and remember being impressed with it. After thumbing through the book again recently I confirmed my suspicions that it is of course pseudo scientific drivel. A parade of carefully chosen "evidence" selected to match a kooky theory. Despite this book being supposedly non fiction in nature, I cannot help but wonder how much popular science fiction owes its existence to this book. The story behind the movie and series Stargate, for example, seems to be inspired by ideas in this book. I think many writers of speculative fiction today read this popular book back in the 70s and it continues to influence. Its worth reading for this reason alone.

Samenvatting: Geen and...

Samenvatting: Geen ander boek heeft de manier waarop we naar de geschiedenis kijken zo veranderd als Waren de goden kosmonauten? van Erich von Däniken. Hij kon dan ook niet vermoeden dat zijn boek een ware cultklassieker zou worden. Waren de goden kosmonauten? is al 50 jaar onafgebroken in druk en wereldwijd zijn er meer dan 60 miljoen exemplaren van verkocht. Deze 40e jubileumeditie is uitgebreid met een nieuw voorwoord en een nieuw nawoord (speciaal geschreven voor de Nederlandse lezers door Erich von Däniken!) en bevat meer dan 50 (nieuwe) foto's.

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