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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425166805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425166802
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
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About the Author

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 Gods. His works have been translated into 28 languages and have sold more than 63 million copies. Several have also been made into films. Von Däniken's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel's hit Ancient Aliens. He lives in Switzerland but is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page




Chapter 1 - Are There Intelligent Beings in the Cosmos?

Chapter 2 - When Our Spaceship Landed on Earth ...

Chapter 3 - The Improbable World of the Unexplained

Chapter 4 - Was God an Astronaut?

Chapter 5 - Fiery Chariots from the Heavens

Chapter 6 - Ancient Imagination and Legends, or Ancient Facts?

Chapter 7 - Ancient Marvels or Space Travel Centers?

Chapter 8 - Easter Island—Land of the Bird Men

Chapter 9 - The Mysteries of South America and Other Oddities

Chapter 10 - The Earth’s Experience of Space

Chapter 11 - The Search for Direct Communication

Chapter 12 - Tomorrow




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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.


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It 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.

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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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Like Sitchin, Von Daniken does a great service to the academic and archeolgical fields by simply assembling wonderful collections of "ancient mysteries," which are quite worthy of investigation. But both also leap to the conclusion that the only possible explanation "must be" extra-terrstrial visitors. However, there is now a great body of work about the "Sons of God" and the Nephilim of Genesis 6 which affirm the biblical statements that angels (not ET's) co-habitated with "Earth girls" to produce superhuman hybrids - who were "the heroes of old, men of reknown" (Gen 6:4). Chariots of the Gods cannot be ignored by thinking people as the collection of information is astounding, but the extra-terrestrial hypothesis is actually much harder to show evidence for than the angelic interpretation (which is affirmed and retold by almost every major religion and ancient culture). Read COTG to get a grip on where people wind up when they eliminate a Biblical worldview from history, but compare Von Daniken's conclusions with what is said in books like The Book of Enoch, Nephilim (Marzulli), Alien Encounters (Missler), The Facade (Heiser) and Earth's Earliest Ages (Pember).
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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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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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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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