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Apocalypse Not: Everything You Know About 2012, Nostradamus and the Rapture Is Wrong [Paperback]

John Michael Greer

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Book Description

Sept. 6 2011
For almost 3,000 years apocalypse prophecies have convinced people all over the world that the future is about to give them the world they want instead of the world they've got. All the end time prophecies splashed across the media in every age have had something else in common: every one of them has been wrong. Apocalypse Not is a lively and engaging survey of predictions about the end of the world, along with the failed dreams and nightmares that have clustered around them. Among the stories highlighted in Apocalypse Not are: the birth of the apocalypse meme out of archaic star myths in the ancient Middle East; the failed end time prophecies of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton, and other famous prophets; the long and murky road from the Great Pyramid to today's Rapture beliefs; and the real origins of the belief in apocalypse in 2012 (hint: it's not originally Mayan at all).

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viva Editions (Sept. 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936740001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936740000
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With a great deal of humor and a polished writing style, Greer recounts end-time prophecies from our past, many familiar, most obscure."
--"The Rationalist"
"John Michael Greer bookends "Apocalypse Not" with the supposed Mayan prophecy, how the date was calculated and what, according to an assortment of New Age prophets, it is supposed to mean. He is able to debunk it very easily and very thoroughly. In the complex Mayan calendar there is one reference to the date equivalent to December 21, 2012 and no clear prophecy on what's supposed to happen on that day. But the clincher is that there are many hundreds of Mayan inscriptions referring to other dates--and "a fair number of them...look forward to dates well after 2012.""
--Catholic Herald
"Greer has a gift for taking complex concepts and making them accessible, clearly explaining ten centuries of apocalyptic thinking in 178 pages that despite the serious subject matter are laugh-out-loud funny in spots."
--Third Floor with Water View
""Apocalypse Not" is a rich history of the "apocalypse meme," the idea that some great world-ending event is going to occur, destroying the wicked and saving the elect and the worthy. I've written extensively on this myself in various essays and books. It's an idea that goes back nearly 4000 years and has embedded itself deeply in Western civilization, showing up yet again most recently in the predictions surrounding December 21, 2012. To my mind it's a pernicious idea, doing more harm than good, but it's also a seductive notion. In this very readable but extensively researched book, John Michael traces the whole history of this meme and its effect upon the Western mind. As we move through this "apocalyptic" year, I wish this book could be read by everyone and anyone who believes doom will soon be upon us or has to deal with those who feel that way--or who would just like to understand some of the history of ideas that have shaped our culture."
--David

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4.0 out of 5 stars THE END IS NEAR--or maybe not Oct. 19 2011
By Rita Rippetoe - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to read, easy to understand guide to the idea of apocalypse and its effects through history. Greer concentrates on the types of end of the world scenerios that must be taken on faith rather than based on research or statistical studies. From Zarathustra's first assertion that the world would end in a battle between the forces of the good god and his evil opponent to the current preoccupations with Rapture or Mayan prophecies, the idea of an end time has provided a reason to neglect work on real world problems. Why conserve trees if God is going to create a new earth for His followers?

Bibliography and index, as well as clear and concise writing make this valuable for students of ideas.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read If.... Dec 5 2011
By Mae R van Gils - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read for anyone who has ever pondered about, worried about, or prepared for the end times. I suppose this material has been out there before, but I've never read anything like the way a meme is explained and described through out earth's history. After finishing the book, I took a deep breath, and determined to take full responsibility for my life and actions. I realized how the 'end time' meme had taken control of my life for over 40 years. A lot of information that had extreme meaning for me personally in such a small book. I bought copies for all of my family members. Thank you Mr. Greer!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little light reading for the end of the world Nov. 6 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The end of the world has been predicted many times, and all of those prophecies have been wrong (so far.)

In this book, John Michael Greer provides some solid scholarship detailing the prominent apocalyptic predictions of many religions and some secular movements. The book's not exhaustive -- it's too slender a volume for that -- but it does hit all of the major apocalyptic traditions and it's written with Greer's characteristic conversational style and dry wit. It's a fast read, but not a superficial one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocaplyse Not Dec 8 2011
By Hermes - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned of this book listening to Coast 2 Coast, which I often listen to for comedic relief and relaxation.

This book is an informative, well-written and entertaining read. I read "Apocalypse Not" in two days and enjoyed it immensely. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you have friends and/or family hung up on the latest apocalyptic meme that has many wringing their hands in sweet anticipation -- the 2012 doomsday scenario.

I consider "Apocalypse Not" an excellent addition to other works that I have dealing with humans' love for the apocalyptic meme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making One Re-Think The Hype Aug. 9 2012
By Stone Bryson - Published on Amazon.com
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I must admit, I went into this book with a dose of trepidation. I have been a casual researcher of apocalyptic prophecies for years now, research which I enjoyed greatly. I did not really want anyone throwing water on the happy little fire I was building, but since I respect Mr Greer as a writer I decided to give it a go.

You'll notice I used the past tense when I said 'enjoyed' directly above. Yeah... so much for my research.

This book will make you re-think every notion you have learned about a 'coming' apocalypse. It may not dampen all your ideas, but if you are an active-minded person it will certainly cause you to at least step back for a moment, to pause and reflect. Well written, well researched, and full of timely examples, this book should be required reading before watching any of the innumerable History Channel shows about doomsday. It firmly places the idea of 'end-times' into its proper place - fun for fiction, not for reality.

Even if apocalypse is not your cup of tea you can still find much value here. As a last resort you'll have the facts you need to reassure your more paranoid relatives that all is good - for 2012 and beyond.

Unless the Zombies arise, of course... but that's another story.

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