Chariots of the Gods

Chariots of the Gods

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by Erich von Daniken, William Dufris
     
 

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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 was 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 Eye of the Sphinx. But…  See more details below

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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 was 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 Eye 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 descendents of these galactic pioneers—and the archaeological 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 preserved in the Andes

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452631530
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Edition description:
Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Foreword

Introduction

 

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

 

Bibliography

Index

Berkley Books by Erich von Däniken

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS
SIGNS OF THE GODS
PATHWAYS TO THE GODS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS

 

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PRINTING HISTORY
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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Foreword

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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Meet the Author

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

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Chariots of the Gods 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 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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