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Chariots of the Gods [Paperback]

Erich von Daniken
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Book Description

Jan. 11 2002
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.

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Erich von Daniken is the author of the worldwide bestseller Chariots of the Gods and its follow-up, The Eyes of the Sphinx, in addition to over two dozen other books.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered tweny-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, even if flawed Jan. 23 2012
Judging by all the reviews, this book has obviously polarized readers for decades. However, despite all the criticisms and detractions, few can deny the power of Daniken's provokative theories. As a critical thinker who is open-minded, but not gullible, I have to say that I really enjoyed the read, and am glad to have a copy of Chariots of the Gods on my bookshelf. Even if you discard half of what passes as evidence in this book, it is hard to deny that at least a portion of the information presented invites further questions, and merits further research. So, at the very least, I give it a positive rating because of the entertainment factor, and for the conversation-starter that it is ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alone? July 31 2000
By Phoenix
Format:School & Library Binding
This book by Von Daniken is certainly fascinating to read.
This book is mainly about the existence of other creatures besides human beings. I can say that the author was able to present certain ideas that will certainly make you think and say: "Oh yeah! Why didn't I think of that?" The pictures inlcuded in the book also helped prove his theories.
One part that really made me think was about the Great Pyramids of Egypt. He questioned how the people from way back were able to build those pyramids and stack them one by one in a perfectly shaped triangle when they have no tools or whatsoever that they can use to build those great structures.
On the last part of the "novel," Von Daniken began doubting the existence of God. This made me react a little because I believe that no person can or should doubt the existence of the Lord. This was the main reason why some people from about a decade ago began talking about the book. This is the reason why I only rated this book 3 stars. On the other hand, this book was really entertaining and will surely make your minds work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get too scared now May 25 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Daniken has taken heat from every angle out there, New agers hate him and so do scientists.Why you ask? because this guy saw somthing others didn't he had a theory, one that shook the world at the foundations.Aliens starting civilization may sound odd at first but we have myth.Myth is a strong link to our past,we can learn more about real history.Daniken states that we should revaluate our written history and what could it contain.I looked to discredit his book as new age garbage but as I read through it I saw no mention of mana or Karmatic laws just maybe this could mean....!Daniken turned me on to learning more about history and theology, subject I thought I had a grasp on.He tackles histories odd balls, like the pri reis map or the Assyrian lens.And to say that there is any validity to his idea is academic suicide and labels you an nut who has no grasp on history.I get that every so often but he gets it everyday labed a fraud heretic among other things. I loved the book it was easy to understand and he didn't come off as the know all-be all, just a guy with an idea,an idea that scares people shakes there beleifs to the core.The evidence against his book uses conventual thinking, often proven wrong by common sense, if you know where to look.Daniken is right and others in the scientific commuinty know it, they are just scared of what could happen to there Dogma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogma? May 16 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Aliens are mentioned people look around for the crazy guy who mentioned the "A" word. That subject gives people discomfort and a sense of skepticism. Daniken presents, in laymans terms his theory of Paleo-Seti. There is enough evidence to state that there is some validity in the book. From almost every culture have gods that decend from the sky and give Knowledge to the masses. There are buildings all over the world that couldn't have been built by such a primitive cultures Giza for one or almost every Maya Building ever created. Scientist hold on to there Dogma of how the world should be of course because we know everything about the past. We know that MAN is the greatest thing ever to exist. MAN is master of his domain nohing out anywhere is better than MAN. But to open minded people who can't find very much wrong with his book fall upon ridicule from the very people who should be interested in finding facts...Scientists. I know this book is hard to swallow what it says to me is we aren't alone, and we never where. Dogma is hard to overcome by any means No matter what you clucth when your faith is tested a cross or an beaker, There is more in heaven and Earth than we will ever know.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Three Thumbs Down Feb. 16 2000
By Paul
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recall NOVA, the award winning PBS-TV science series, did a close up of Erich Von Daniken and his Chariots book. NOVA did not shamelessly attack him and his "theory" but used simple, rational, and basic scientific steps in analysis of "evidence" to turn Mr. VD and his presentation into sawdust. NOVA showed multiple times of his out-right distortions, misrepresentations and perhaps fraudulent portrail of fact. As I remember the NOVA program only focused on Mr. VD because of the emmense popularity of his book and movie. In my opinion this book does more damage than entertain. It's a sad commentary on people to have and continue to put money in his pocket. His history of success with this tripe shows how much people are lacking in critical thinking. Keep in mind, "Believe nothing you hear and half of what you see." Just keep in your mind simple, basic skeptisim. Perhaps the book is a "neat" cosmic idea but reality and scientic discovery of the universe we live in passes him and his believers at the speed of light. Those left to wonder about the world thru his eyes are being terribly short-sighted. I feel this book should be filed in the drawer under "Beliefs" which has no responsiblity to be rational.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent eye opening book.
Published 1 month ago by Derek
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very good book
Published 1 month ago by Claude Couillard
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic boon
This book is very hard to find in hardcover and it is popular I was thrilled when I found a copy on Amazon. This was a Christmas gift and was shipped promptly
Published 11 months ago by Carol Janzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read full of wonder
This was not my first time reading Chariots of the Gods. It is a classic and I had to make it a part of my home library. It is a book I highly recommend to all readers. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Theory but still starts from facts right under our eyes. Loved it 15 years ago, still love it and very actual.
Published 13 months ago by Julie Comtois
5.0 out of 5 stars Chariots of the Gods, this was there any of his books...
I thought this book was very's too bad more people don't believe in our past and what is sitting in front of there noses. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Penny McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dated, but definitly delivers a powerfull message.
Loved the book, great for ANYONE who is entertained by the idea that mainstream religion and/or archeology and/or science is only ever half right at best at revealing the tale of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Adam Van Leeuwen
5.0 out of 5 stars CHARIOTS OF THE GODS
This is a classic. It changes the understanding of
human history, as it is taught in our society, totally.
This should be required reading for everybody.
Published on June 18 2011 by Wilhelm Steines
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Von Daniken has a LOT of good points in this book. Keep in mind he asks a lot of very good questions he isn't trying to say everything as fact which is nice. Read more
Published on March 6 2010 by P. Daniele
4.0 out of 5 stars Planet Earth's Forbidden History
I am an avid reader into the paranormal and I recently read Chariots of the Gods? by Erich Von Daniken. I am absolutely taken back by the theories that are presented by Mr. Read more
Published on May 29 2004
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