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Chariots of the Gods

Chariots of the Gods

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by Erich von Daniken, William Dufris (Narrated by)

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Erich von Daniken's world-famous bestseller Chariots of the Gods introduces the shocking theory---and the archaeological evidence to prove it---that ancient Earth was visited by aliens.


Erich von Daniken's world-famous bestseller Chariots of the Gods introduces the shocking theory---and the archaeological evidence to prove it---that ancient Earth was visited by aliens.

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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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ISBN: 9781101076125



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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.

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Chariots of the Gods 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 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.
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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There is a great video on YouTube called "Ancient Aliens Debunked" that addresses the claims in this book. I read "Chariots of the Gods?" when it was first published in 1968. At the time, I was in my teens.I was so impressed with all of this UFO stuff, psychic phenomena, conspiracy theories, ... you name it.So, I read lots and lots of books and magazine articles on these subjects. I ordered many books from the library using inter-library loans to find all these cool rare books on strange and wonderfully mysterious subjects. A favorite was "Morning Of The Magicians", which catalogued centuries of strange unexplained phenomena.It took several years of studying into all of this fun pseudoscience, but I finally had to admit that the majority of these stories were based on hearsay, hoaxes, or lies that were then repeatedly inflated by people looking to acquire money or fame. I was sad as one by one, all of my favorite theories were shown to be overblown half-truths and inconsistencies. Yes, there are plenty of things that we have no good explanation for, but it doesn't help to explain a complex event with an even more complex cause. 
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CommanderShephard More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to finally read this book after hearing about it for so long. The way the author "Erich Von Daniken" puts the book together is absolutely brilliant. The author puts alot of the text in a form of questions that one person can ask themselves to draw up their own conclusions from at the end of the book. Everything in my opinion that the author brings up in a form of question, is highly likely and not so impossible as one might think. Imagine being back in the ancient day and seeing something flying in the sky, coming from the heavens. It would seem quite different and all of these which seem odd to us drawings and depictions were tryng to tell us one simple thing in the best way that ancient people could describe it. "The ones whom from the heavens came." Why should we be soooooo narrow minded to stick to one single belief or idea, is it cause it makes people uncomfortable with what is being taught in history books, or being told in the news. Without asking questions or seeking the truth our society and civilization wouldn't be where it is today. We owe a lot to asking very simple questions and maybe in turn we will get the answers which we are seeking. Just as the author "Erich Von Daniken" put it we owe it to the future generations to ask these questions and come out of the normal way of thinking. We are meant for great things, so lets achieve them! This book is great and extremely easy to read. Anyone interested in out of the box thinking should read this book.
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Johnny3 More than 1 year ago
I read the book after being captivated by the History Channel's series "Ancient Aliens." I thought it was pretty interesting. If you like the paranormal, this is a MUST READ!!!
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Jenmboyd More than 1 year ago
While I don't necessarily believe all of the theories proposed in the book, the author does bring up some interesting ideas regarding humankind's past. I found the book very engaging, and the images were helpful but it's hard on a nook device to see them really well. I think the print version might be better for that. Other than that the book was excellent.
Allred88 More than 1 year ago
Must have open mind. Very interesting and easy read. Looking forward to more from this author.
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Zartan More than 1 year ago
The book that started it all for me and many. Chariots of the Gods is a classic and a must in everyone collection. This book made me a believer into the ancient astronaut theory. Very entertaining and filled with eveidence of ETs visiting our ancient past. A must in all collections...
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