Worlds Before Our Own Paperback – Mar 5 2007
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About the Author
BRAD AND SHERRY STEIGER have written 44 books together dealing with the inspirational, the miraculous, and the mysterious. These include "Christmas Miracles" (winner of the 2002 Storytelling Award from Storytelling World magazine) and "Dog" "Miracles". Fourteen of their titles explore the wonder of animals and the incredible bond that they share with humans. The Steigers have appeared on "Hard Copy", "Inside Edition", and "Entertainment Tonight;" in specials on HBO, Discovery, History, and A&E; and were featured in twenty-two episodes of the syndicated series, "Could It Be a Miracle?"
Top Customer Reviews
Nonetheless, "Worlds Before Our Own" by Brad Steiger, is an important volume, a lone voice from the early wilderness of alternative science.
While Steiger doesn't specifically state this, his thesis (suggesting that rock solid scientific evidence exists for pre-human intelligent hominids) not only calls into question the sacred dogmas of gradualist mainstream archeology and Darwinism but also calls into question the born-again nonsense of Creationism.
Not a bad start, but today the book's flaws are painfully evident: sweeping unsubstantiated generalizations, unfounded speculation, and atrocious attribution and referencing. A rigourous academic reader cannot help but wince.
However, don't expect the author to do any sort of mea culpa. Apparently he's well aware he has been blasted by many critics and, in a new 2007 introduction, Steiger defends his sub-academic writing style, saying it is a deliberate attempt to write a book which a broad public will enjoy.
Not everyone will agree with him on that, including me. What could have been a breathtaking work of scholarship is just another ho-hum New Age quickie with a badly dated bibliography. Unless, of course, we read it a bit more carefully.
Here we have yet another contemporary book which proves the old gold rush saying from The Yukon: "You gotta pan a lot of gravel to find the nuggets of gold."
As flawed as Steiger's book is, it still contains some very fine nuggets of gold for the open-minded reader.
Give the man credit.Read more ›
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"THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR BURNING"
This is the phrase that open the forward, and has been pertinent with the treatment of this book by contemporary academia. At the time of it's original publication, it was one of two books that gave this topic a "serious" platform, the other being "Chariots of the Gods". The difference between this book and the works by Erich von Danikan is that von Danikan provided sloppy research and laughable conclusions that could be easily refuted by any layman. Brad's research, however is rock solid, and backed up by serious scientists. In a world where academia fights for grants, scientific prestige, and an unwillingness to change the information contained within textbooks, when unable to refute the evidence put forth within this book, all that "academia" could revert to was smear techniques, or outright denial that this book ever existed. Down through the ages, when any work has become so revolutionary as to outright disprove all that "science" has held as solid reality, the result has always been a call to ban or burn such a text (and let's be thankful it's not the middle ages, where such an author would have been burned at the stake as a heretic as well).
Contained within you will find evidence that humanity and advanced societies have not been around for merely 40,000 years, but perhaps millions. Evidence has been put forth that humans may have shared the earth with dinosaurs, giants and monstrous beings written in lore and the bible have a basis in reality, there is more than a good possibility that ancient societies knew about flight and may have produced flying machines, produced batteries and artificial light sources beyond torches, and we have had metal working techniques predating Greek and Roman civilizations. All are presented with scientific backing, and no theories of help from "little green men".
If you've ever proposed that civilization is far older than what the mainstream scientists have decreed, this is a must read. All evidence within is presented in a manor very difficult to refute, much of it provided with mainstream scientific data, such as geological strata. This book will cause you to question everything you learned in school.
A great deal of information is provided in a compact format. The book is only a total of 224 pages long and is a reprint by Anomalist Books of the book, which was originally published over 30 years ago. It would be nice to have an update of the information provided - has any new information turned up or has anyone done first hand research of any of the sites mentioned? For example, early in the book the author mentions that concrete blocks, as well as a wall of these blocks, were found in a seam of coal in Oklahoma in 1928. Due to a tunnel collapse, this section of the mine was immediately closed thereafter. It would be interesting to follow-up on this report by first hand reporting of the site in question.
Overall, the book is worth the money and provides a very nice overview of this topic.
We are long overdue for a radical review of human origins and our perceptions of our place in the universe. The tipping point will come when the general public comes forward in greater numbers to question the current thesis. Anyone at all interested in human origins and the birth of civilizations would do well to get up to speed and educate themselves on the subject and what better place to start than with this excellent book.
1. Numerous obscure facts/findings are presented.
2. Steiger's writing style presents the data in a manner that is easy and enjoyable to read.
3. Steiger provides plausible alternative explanations for the numerous anomalous findings that clash with traditional theories on evolution and progression of mankind.
If I was to offer some criticism it would be as follows.
1. It would be nice if the references were cited within the text with a superscript and then listed in numerical order at the end of the book.
2. The commentary at the end of the book might be organized into its own subsection/chapter.
3. Additional photographs would be nice.
I highly recommend this book to others who have interest in controversial subjects ranging from giants to advanced civilizations that predate our own. This book has heightened my interest in these subjects to the point that on my next trip to China I hope to explore the "forbidden zone" and eventually other sites such as Nan Madol.
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