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Chariots of the Gods

by Erich Von Daniken

Berkley Trade | December 10, 1998 | Trade Paperback

Chariots of the Gods is rated 2.875 out of 5 by 8.
Erich von Daniken''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 Daniken''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 Daniken''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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.98 × 5.08 × 0.63 in

Published: December 10, 1998

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425166805

ISBN - 13: 9780425166802

Found in: History, New Age
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book I have recently read this book, and I have found that it is very informational and offers a different outlook on how we look at our past. The Author, Erich Von Daniken convinces the readers that humans have been visited by "space travellers", a.k.a Aliens, in the not so distant past. He gives many examples on where they visited, but asks the ever so popular questions in the book, why and how they came here. I have suggested this book to my brother and friend, and they are both currently reading it. Thank you Erich Von Daniken for giving me such an interesting book to read.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extraterrestrial visitors? This book talks about a theory about space travellers visiting earth thousands of years ago and interpreted as gods by the ancient civilisations. Questioned are mysteries concerning ancient maps, pyramid building, strange tools, cave drawings, possible landing strips, sculptures, roads, ruins, symbols, etc. For example, how did very primitive people move and cut 100 ton stones, which would be difficult to do even today with our modern technology?
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Von Daniken doesn't 'claim' anything Ignore previous comments made by others stating that Von Daniken 'claims' anything. He does not. He poses many questions for the reader to consider. Did I buy into his suggestions? No, not really, but, that's the great thing about this book. He doesn't ask you to.
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent Interesting read
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dated but entertaining If you ever follow one book with a near religious fanticism, try not to make it this one. Though very thought provoking and intriguing, this book has sadly aged terribly, as not only have many of the arguements been disproven over the years, but some of Dunniken's glib remarks, such as "moon colonies of the future," and "the sons of our generation will travel the stars" (writen in the sixties). Another problem is Erich's self contradiction. His entire arguement is based on the fact that everything else is only right because the majority says so, and that questioning of theories is progression, but just so long as it is not his theories. A good example of archaeology gone bad.
Date published: 2004-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not even good fiction This book hardly deserves the time needed to write a review. One can only hope that it will raise your skepticism if you shoose to read it anyway. The nonsense presented in this book has been refuted many times, yet the reprints continue with little correction to the misinformation presented. The most optimistic conclusion would be to hope that the author misguided. None of the theories in this book withstand rational scrutiny. Some may find them plausible or exciting - because we love the fantastic, but that does not make them true. The book belongs in the fantasy section. Do your own research - read decent well-researched books on ancient history and archaeology on the topics discussed; you will realise that von Daniken's theories are built on leaps of logic that even ancient astronauts or big-eyed beans from Venus would not be capable of. He is the founder (well maybe Velikovsky was) of a long line of pseudo-archaeologists writing sensational books that ignore contrary data, massage existing data, and draw unsupportable conclusions. That is a disservice to the public and an impediment ot real knowledge. Pseudo-archaeology is more concerned with promoting its own worldview than pursuing truth.
Date published: 2001-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chariots of the Gods This is a new trade edition of the bestseller which has sold seven million copies worldwide since 1968, its author claiming that Earth has been colonized by visitors from space who became the gods of mankind. The book still offers some challenging alternatives to the tenets of scientific orthodoxy regarding the early history of mankind. However, many of its conclusions need to be revised in the light of discoveries made in different fields over the last thirty years.
Date published: 1999-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Chariots of the Gods This is a new trade edition of the bestseller which has sold seven million copies worldwide since 1968, its author claiming that Earth has been colonized by visitors from space who became the gods of mankind. The book still offers some challenging alternatives to the tenets of scientific orthodoxy regarding the early history of mankind. However, many of its conclusions need to be revised in the light of discoveries made in different fields over the last thirty years.
Date published: 1999-06-23

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Chariots of the Gods

by Erich Von Daniken

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.98 × 5.08 × 0.63 in

Published: December 10, 1998

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425166805

ISBN - 13: 9780425166802

From the Publisher

Erich von Daniken''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 Daniken''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 Daniken''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.

From Our Editors

There's a pyramid that contains an alien astronaut as well as spaceflight navigation charts that are 1,000 years old. Maps of the chilling land beneath the ice caps of Antarctica. These are but a few of the shocking theories that Erich von Daniken proffers in the highly-provocative Chariots of the Gods. This groundbreaking classic features theories of mankind's earliest meetings with alien creatures and alien worlds. This fully updated version of the perennially best-selling classic features a new introduction by van Daniken and striking photos that show man's initial contact with aliens.

Employee Review

This author is nuts! In his book, he claims that astronauts visited the Earth thousands of years ago, which gave rise to ancient civilizations. He has so many crazy theories, but they are interesting and fun to read. If you like UFOs, Atlantis and other unexplained mysteries -- and whether you are a skeptic or not -- you might like this book. LESLEY METCALFE CHAPTERS #760, VAUGHAN, ONTARIO

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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