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Chariots of the Gods
     

Chariots of the Gods

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by Erich von Daniken
 

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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

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Chariots of the Gods 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
TexasSailorPilot More than 1 year ago
A good read.
jimpict More than 1 year ago
I don't know why this ebook is in the "Science and Nature" section, but it is not science. This work has been on the receiving end of numerous rebuttals and debunkings, including two entire books, Clifford Wilson's _Crash Go the Chariots_ and Ronald Story's _The Space God's Revealed_. Also, as Jason Colavito pointed out in a 2004 issue of _Skeptic_, much of von Danikan's work in this book can be traced directly back to the mythos created by H.P. Lovecraft in many of his books.
OnceWasLost More than 1 year ago
A classic of invented history, Erich von Daniken's "Chariots of the Gods" has about as much to do with science and reality as does the Lord of the Rings. It can be quite the entertaining read if only for the absurdity of its content. Von Daniken is apparently not familiar with proper research techniques or reasoning, pulling conclusions out of the air and making connections that could be described as frivolous at best. The level of non sequitur in this book would make an editor of the New Yorker blush. Overall it can be an enjoyable read, in the same way one might enjoy a 1950s sci-fi B-movie. But to treat it as science is laughable and intellectually indefensible. The book should be re-classified as Sci-Fi/Fantasy, where it deservedly belongs.
TrojanSkyCop More than 1 year ago
The granddaddy of all the ancient astronaut studies. This is my first time reading this book in 30 years (I was a mere 10 y/o back then). The book doesn't quite enthrall and enrapture me like it did then, as this time I take Von Daniken's premises with a grain of salt, especially with the itty-bitty gaffes the author commits here and there (which I will note in detail shortly). Nonetheless, it's very compelling and thought-provoking; if you're willing to read "Chariots" with an open mind, it'll really encourage you to think outside the box about ancient civilizations, technology, religion (monotheistic and polytheistic alike) and the universe. Random notes and observations (both praises and nitpicks): p. 115: "The fact that the machine gives the year of its construction as 82 B.C. is not so important." Um, yes it is; there was no B.C. calendar per se. p. 117: "I think that there is something cowardly about stopping one's eyes and ears to facts--or even hypotheses--simply because new conclusions might win men away from a pattern of thought that has become familiar." Bravo! Like I said about outside-the-box thinking..... p. 127: incorrectly uses the rank of "Flight Lieutenant" in reference to a U.S. Air Force officer. p. 149: "The senior officials of NASA are unanimous in saying that the first astronauts will land on Mars by September 23, 1986, at the latest." D'OH!!! Oh well, that ain't the author's fault.....
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