Chariots of the Gods

Chariots of the Gods

Paperback | December 10, 1998

byErich Von Daniken

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Chariots of the Gods was immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance when it first introduced the theory that ancient Earth had established contact with aliens.

Erich von Däniken's 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.


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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 feat...

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THE SEVEN MILLION COPY BESTSELLER Chariots of the Gods was immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance when it first introduced the theory that ancient Earth had established contact with aliens. Erich von Däniken's examines ancient ruins, lost cities, spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to ext...

Erich von Däniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and best-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. The worldwide best-seller and was followed by 32 more books, including Twilight of the Gods, History Is Wrong, Evidence of the Gods, and Odyssey of the G...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.6 inPublished:December 10, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425166805

ISBN - 13:9780425166802

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chariots of the gods Very informative puts to doubt what history has taught us may be wrong. An excellent read you will be shocked
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Full of wonder! When u open ur eyes and mind to new ideas, only then will u b able to see the universe and all it has to offer.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full of wonder! When u open ur eyes and mind to new ideas, only then will u b able to see the universe and all it has to offer.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of wonder! looking forward to this book enjoy this authors writing
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Space Junk? I've always been meaning to read this book over the years and now I finally have the chance. Although this book is listed as fiction, some of the ideas about alien contact is intriguing. If I read this book when it first came out I think I would have been a true believer. But I have read several current books on the subject which have created great doubts about alien contact. The proof in these books(Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen and UFO Crash at Roswell by Benson Saler, Charles Ziegler & Charles Moore) is too overwhelming to ignore. A good read none the less. You decide. The truth is out there!
Date published: 2013-04-25
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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Table of ContentsTitle PageCopyright PageForewordIntroduction Chapter 1 - Are There Intelligent Beings in the Cosmos?Chapter 2 - When Our Spaceship Landed on Earth ...Chapter 3 - The Improbable World of the UnexplainedChapter 4 - Was God an Astronaut?Chapter 5 - Fiery Chariots from the HeavensChapter 6 - Ancient Imagination and Legends, or Ancient Facts?Chapter 7 - Ancient Marvels or Space Travel Centers?Chapter 8 - Easter Island—Land of the Bird MenChapter 9 - The Mysteries of South America and Other OdditiesChapter 10 - The Earth’s Experience of SpaceChapter 11 - The Search for Direct CommunicationChapter 12 - Tomorrow BibliographyIndexBerkley Books by Erich von DänikenCHARIOTS OF THE GODS SIGNS OF THE GODS PATHWAYS TO THE GODS        Most Berkley Books are available at special quantity discounts for bulk purchases for sales promotions, premiums, fund-raising, or educational use. Special books, or book excerpts, can also be created to fit specific needs. For details, write: Special Markets, The Berkley Publishing Group, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. CHARIOTS OF THE GODS A Berkley Book / published by arrangement with the author PRINTING HISTORY G. P. Putnam’s Sons edition / February 1970 G. P. Putnam / Berkley Medallion edition / April 1977 Berkley mass market edition / September 1980 Berkley trade paperback edition / January 1999 All rights reserved.Copyright © 1999 by Erich von Däniken.Copyright © 1968 by Econ-Verlag GMBH.English translation © 1969 by Michael Heron and Souvenir Press. This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part, by mimeograph or any other means, without permission. For information address: The Berkley Publishing Group, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014. The Penguin Putnam Inc. World Wide Web site address is http://www.penguinputnam.com ISBN: 9781101076125 BERKLEY®Berkley Books are published by The Berkley Publishing Group, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.BERKLEY and the “B” design are trademarks belonging to Berkley Publishing Corporation.  19 20ForewordIt was more than a quarter of a century ago—in February 1968—that my first book, Memories of the Future, was published by Econ, a German publisher. I had written the book two years earlier, but rejection letters from publishers fluttered on my desk with great regularity: “Sorry, not usable for our program ... ,” “We are very sorry ... ,” “We don’t want to go this way ... ,” “We recommend a more esoteric publisher....”In later years I was often asked how this publishing miracle happened, to finally place this controversial work with a renowned textbook house. Today I can finally confess: with outside help and a little discretion.I met Dr. Thomas von Randow, then the science editor of the weekly Die Zeit, in the summer of 1967. He leafed through the neatly typed manuscript, examined some of the peculiar pictures, and decided, “This is not for us. You have to publish it as a book.”“And how does one find a publisher?”Dr. von Randow puffed on his pipe, looked me straight in the eyes: “I do know a publisher. I could just give him a noncommittal call, if you wish.”He picked up the telephone and asked to be connected with Dr. Erwin Barth von Wehrenalp, the chief of Econ Publishing. The blood rushed to my head. After all, I knew what Dr. von Randow could not know: My manuscript had already been turned down by Econ. Naturally, the ensuing conversation stuck in my gray brain cells.

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.

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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 METCALFECHAPTERS #760, VAUGHAN, ONTARIO