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Chariots of the Gods?

Chariots of the Gods?

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by Erich von Daniken

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Chariots of the Gods was immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance when it first introduced the theory that ancient Earth had established contact with aliens.

Erich von Däniken's examines ancient ruins, lost cities, spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to



Chariots of the Gods was immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance when it first introduced the theory that ancient Earth had established contact with aliens.

Erich von Däniken's examines ancient ruins, lost cities, 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 are the descendants of these galactic pioneers—and he reveals the archeological discoveries that prove it...

The dramatic discoveries and irrefutable evidence:
• 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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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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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.




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G. P. Putnam’s Sons edition / February 1970
G. P. Putnam / Berkley Medallion edition / April 1977
Berkley mass market edition / September 1980
Berkley trade paperback edition / January 1999


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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.

Meet 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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Chariots of the Gods 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 357 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be able to present the reader with a new vision of the world is a gift that very few peole posess. Erich von Daniken in his Chariots of the Gods proves to be a master in theat art. His gift of writing is coupled by his endeavours to provide evidence for his theories. Thus, he tours the Earth; from the Medditerenian to China and South America, finding bits and pieces of the puzzle about the ancestor of man. It is a book that should not be missed.
Fierce1 More than 1 year ago
This book was great. It takes the feats performed by the great ancient civilizations and gives a convincing argument against the traditional beliefs commonly accepted as facts. Von Daniken points out the flaws in the ways things may have been done throughout ancient history and really makes you wonder... Have we been visited before by extra-terrestrials and did they indeed help shape our civilizations of the past to influence our civilizations of today?? This book really makes you second guess everything that you thought you already knew. GREAT BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first heard of this on History channel Ancient Aliens. You cannot ignore this data, and ask yourself do we really think we were first?
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
As addicted as I am to the TV show Ancient Aliens, I thought it was a no brainer that I should read Chariots of the Gods.  I mean, this is really the book that rather started the whole movement of belief in ancient aliens.   I would say that if you are as into the show as I am, and have watched everything you can get your hands on about ancient history, aliens, and the connections between the two, by all means, read this book.  If you have interest in the subject, you could potentially pass this book over for more up to date titles, probably even by Erich von Daniken himself — I haven’t gotten to them yet.  Some of the information in this book is extremely outdated — for example the statement that Werner von Braun said man would be on Mars by 1986…  But the basics of the book are still very valid points. I do wish that there were better photographs provided in the book, and in newer printings, I would hope that this would be considered.   I’m not certain that I learned anything new by reading this book, since I have already watched and read so much on the subject, but it was still nice to have read the book that started this idea, which is quite an interesting subject.  I have to say, I will be waiting for more discoveries that will hopefully provide more answers to so many of the questions which plague mankind about their ancient past.
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.
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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.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Four bolted black steel wheels, firmly placed in the decorative chariot. On the vehicle, leathar seats are cushioned for th driver and passenger, numorous levers are closely locate on the floor. The back of the chariot, two metal spears are fastened parallel, sticking out from the reer. Two black horses are held up front, their mane giving a slightly oily shine. Whips hold the horses together, a firm fasten can be adjusted to whoever is holding the steering. Will be difficult to lose grip.<p> Those are most of the details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wheels ~ Rubber melted onto imperial gold rims, not popable (no air!).<p> Chariot Design ~ All black painted Celestic Bronze (except rims). Shaped like this ~ < at the front with a rectangular space for standing.<p> Horses ~ Regular horses, with regular armor. They have ear plugs in, that read the thoughts of the driver, so they are controled that way.<p> Defences ~ Who needs 'em? Just our weapons and a long pole, one end of the pole with a suction cup. The other with a spear head.
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When I look at a "History" section, I expect to see books about real events that actually happened. This is like going to the science section and finding a book promoting "flat earth theory". Not only is this book full of debunked BS, it's been debunked for decades. It's not even controversial. By all means, sell the book. But it has no place in this category.
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So I have just finished this book and my only regret is that I bought it in ebook format. If I had a hard copy the maps would have been easier to look at. Now as far as some of the reviews which are negative I have to disagree and consider that you didn't look at this book with an open mind. The first argument is whether or not this book belongs in the science or science fiction book section. Actually I think it could go in either. Daikien presents a hypothesis to explain some of the mysteries present in out history. He offers an alternative explanation to mysteries such as how the pyramids were built considering the Egyptians didn't have the wheel and the nearest quarry was miles away. Daniken doesn't state that his alternate theory is the only possible solution, he presents an intriguing viewpoint and invites you het reader to make up your own mind. I found it interesting and thought provoking at the very least.