The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind

The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind

by Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval

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ISBN-13: 9780517888520
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 234,706
Product dimensions: 6.15(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Graham Hancock was formerly East Africa Correspondent for The Economist and covered the Ogaden war between Somalia and Ethiopia for the London Sunday Times.  His books include African Ark:  Peoples of the Horn, the widely acclaimed Lords of Poverty, which earned the 1990 H.L. Mencken Award (honorable mention) for an outstanding book of journalism,  The Sign and the Seal (Crown, 1992), the international bestseller that documented his real-life quest for the lost Ark of the Covenant, and the recent number-one bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods (Crown 1995).

Hancock has recently appeared on the NBC special "The Mysterious Origins of Man" and on the CBS special "Mysteries of the Millennium."  He has also appeared on television with Michael Palin in his "Pole to Pole" series, the BBC and CNN, as well as the National Geographic's "Explorer" series in stories related to The Sign and the Seal.

Robert Bauval is a construction engineer with a long-standing interest in the astronomy of the pyramids, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life.  He has appeared on national television several times including ABC-TV's "Prime Time Live" and NBC-TV's "The Mysterious Origins of Man."  His first book The Orion Mystery was a number-one bestseller in the United Kingdom.


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The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to do a paper on the sphinx and this was great!!!!!!!!
tcinpc More than 1 year ago
Great and easy to read. One of his best. Please put all his titles on nook.
jasmyn9 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is the second book on Egypt that I have read by Robert Bauval. I would recommend reading the first, The Orion Mystery, before starting this as it occassionally references back to topics written there, and I found it very helpful to have the background on the pyramids discussed in The Orion Mystry.The Message of the Sphinx moves away from the Great Pyramids a bit and centers on the meaning, purpose and age of the Great Sphinx. Newer theories (1996) suggest that the Sphinx is much older than originally thought and also suggest a new purpose for the anciet monument. These discoveries are based in science and lead to a very compelling argument for the writers' theories.If you are interested in Egyptology, this book should be on your must read book. Even if we choose not to believe the authors' theories, it shows a new picture of the ancients that helps piece together how and when they lived, specifically their religion and funeral rites. The writing gets a littel overly scientific for easy reading so I've been picking it up on and off all year.4/5
bastet on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Probably one of the most believable and brain-altering books you can read about Egypt. Hancock and Bauval will no longer let the old paradigm of Egypt take over this new generation of Egyptologists.Even if you don't agree with it, it's fascinating reading. Not a UFO in sight.
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This is a great book if you're interested in astronomy, antiquity, and ancient egypt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book but gave it 3 stars because the authors repeatedly kept refering back to information already in the book making it a little redundant after awhile. I enjoyed the book as it be the first one i have read in quite a while. It lost another star as well because the book kept me in suspense over a certain subject and when i finished the book i felt jiped, but its ok because without giving away the book how can you write about something that you don't really have anything to write about. Ok so i give it 4 stars now.