Chariots of the gods: unsolved mysteries of the past

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Berkley Books, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 200 pages
Erich von Däniken'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 Däniken'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 Däniken'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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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

I remember this book opening my mind to possibilities.This book,no matter what your position,on possible alien life or ancient cultures will make you think. Read full review

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FOUR Stars!.. Deduct one; a, "Little" - "Stale".. But, "Fun"! As A, sort of, "Compendium" for "Isaac Asimov" - "Stuff"!.. Put it, properly on your "Second-Tier". Especially, "Factual".. Decent, Yes!.. OK!.. "Groovy"!.. Read full review



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Erich von Daniken is arguably the most widely read and most-copied nonfiction author in the world. He published his first (and most well-known) book, Chariots of the Gods, in 1968. It was a worldwide best-seller and has been followed by 31 more books including the recent hit History Is Wrong (New Page Books). His works have been translated into 28 different languages and have sold a total of 63 million copies. Several of his books have also been turned into films, and Erich's ideas have been the inspiration for a wide range of TV series, including the History Channel's smash hit special, "Ancient Aliens." He is an ever-present figure on the international lecture circuit. He lives in Switzerland.