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Chariots of the Gods [Paperback]

Erich von Daniken
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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 true human origins. Also recommend for further reading Zecharia Sitchins "Earth Chronicles, Book 1, The 12th Planet"
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1.0 out of 5 stars Response to a viewer from LA Feb. 23 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A viewer from Los Angeles suggests that the public needs the kind of film represented by "Chariots of the Gods." What kind of benefit does the public receive from misinformation passed off as documentary and science but unsupported by any acceptable, scientific evidence? No wonder the United States ranks last in the educational systems of industrial countries. We choose to believe von Daniken's lies over documented theories. The public at large would do better to watch NOVA, especially the program debunking "Chariots of the Gods" than "Chariots of the Gods" the movie. Maybe then, more people would know who to spell BELIEVE.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Where Science Ends Feb. 16 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
As a student of archaeology, it saddens me to see something as false and incorrect as von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods, given such attention. His evidence has been disproven by the scientific community, something that has not been passed on to the average viewer. Chariots of the Gods is in no way helpful. It's theories, many of them based on evidence that was artifically created, draw the public's attention away from scholarily research to off the wall theories created by a man without any sort of formal education. He has no degree or higher training in archaeology, yet his theory is more widely read than most Harvard professors. If the public wants to watch this pseudo-documentary, they are more than welcome, but science does not give Chariots of the Gods any more credit than Rocky Horror Picture Show. I agree with Blockbuster's take on this film, shelving it beside Independence Day and Jaws.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is still in print? Sept. 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Von Daniken masterwerk which has been debunked in so many ways that I find it incredible that publishers still have the nerve to print it. I was into UFO's and the like when I was a kid and even then I didn't believe this. One thing that even my child's brain could see was that he criticises archeologists at every turn, yet quotes them as gospel if they happen to support the point he's currently making.
There's a desert photo of what looks like an airplane parking lot in one of his books. He tries to show that alien space-craft used this. In reality this pattern is only a few yards long and may have been of use to toy spacecraft. When challenged by a TV documentary team about this, and other issues, Von Daniken vowed to correct future editions. He didn't do it.
I'll bet that photo is still there - along with the other misrepresentations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic boon Oct. 11 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read full of wonder Sept. 26 2013
By Nicole
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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. I first read it at 12 years old then again at 26. An easy read that will make a person think.
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very good book
Published 1 day ago by Claude Couillard
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 12 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 17 months ago by Penny McLean
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
1.0 out of 5 stars An insult to humanity.
Although a fun read, the basic logic of this book is that our ancestors were primatives who were incapable of achieving the kinds of accomplishments that exist, and therefore, the... Read more
Published on April 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Interesting
Although they seem a little far fetched, especially in this consumerist world where one will only believe that which is placed in front of him as "proof", I highly enjoy... Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by "leapersbetween"
1.0 out of 5 stars How is this guy still selling books?
This is pure pseudo-science, one that in spite of being thoroughly debunked over 20 years still manages to attract overtrusting and gullible readers. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Anthony Close
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