Contrary to schoolbooks, India--not Sumer--may have been civilizations birth place. Current geological, archaeological, and linguistic evidence shows the ancient Indians had a highly evolved culture that still holds important answers for us today.
The synthesis of this book is based on new findings in archaeology and history of science. Buy it!
Some reviewers have been tremendously disturbed by the book's claims, but have not been courageous enough to go beyond irrational cursing to explicitly point out which evidence was untenable. This lack of open-mindedness is due to the colonial hangover of the eurocentric historians and professors who are now struggling to explain the new evidence with their outdated "racial-superiority" theories. Excuse their students, who are often these agitated reviewers. And for a more balanced discussion, read Edwin Bryant's "Indo-Aryan Controversy".
New rational and scientific research, however, is bringing out the truth everyday. E.g. see Thomas McEvilley's "The Shape of Ancient Thought". Meanwhile, the suppression of the Indian (Hindu) contributions will continue in the Western academia, and with the help of some Indian scholars at that! To understand their imperialist motives of establishing the "Western superiority", read Ronald Inden's "Imagining India".
Here's an instance of how this works - the currently held belief about the Indian contribution to astronomy is hardly more than transmitting the Babylonian and Greek sources. Modern research has sufficient evidence to, in fact, suggest an opposite direction of transmission! Scholarly works like astronomer Richard Thompson's "Mysteries of the Sacred Universe" thwarts the attempt to show ancient Indian studies (Puranas) as mythological fluff, as supported by the words of Carl Sagan, the eminent astronomer from Cornell, "...Read more ›