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Graham Hancock

Author of Fingerprints of the Gods

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Author and journalist Graham Hancock was an East African correspondent for the Economist and covered the Ogaden war between Somalia and Ethiopia for the London Sunday Times. Hancock has written a number of books, among them African Ark: Peoples of the Horn, Lords of Poverty, (which earned an show more honorable mention for the H.L. Mencken Award for outstanding book of journalism in 1990), Journey Through Pakistan, and the international bestseller The Sign and the Seal, which documents Hancock's real-life quest for the lost Ark of the Covenant. Also the author of the top bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock has appeared on television with Michael Palin in his Pole to Pole series. He has also made appearances on the BBC, CNN, and the National Geographic's Explorer series to discuss stories related to his book The Sign and the Seal. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Graham Hancock

Fingerprints of the Gods (1995) 1,877 copies
Magicians of the Gods (2015) 408 copies
Entangled (2010) 97 copies
Under Ethiopian skies (1983) 15 copies
AIDS: The Deadly Epidemic (1986) 9 copies
Temples and Stars (1998) 8 copies
The Beauty of Pakistan (1988) 7 copies
Discovering Ethiopia (1987) 6 copies
Beauty of Addis Ababa (1995) 3 copies
Simbolo y señal (1993) 1 copy

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What a pleasant surprise. Graham Hancock proves he has come a long way since “Fingerprints of the gods”. His writing style has matured and as evinced in “magicians of the gods” he is now much more objective, appears even scientific. Gone are his days of rather pseudo-scientific assumptions and frankly outrageous but fortunately long past hypotheses. Of course that his (Last)Ice age ancient civilization theory has recently gotten some important evidentiary support from digs in turkey and Indonesia certainly helps.
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nitrolpost | 5 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
Seems very scholar. Hard to read for me.
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kakadoo202 | 35 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
Entertaining but only a quarter of the book is actually about the title topic, the rest recaps his earlier books and the state of the current science, serving to put his suggested progenitor civilization somewhere in America. There's a minimum of Hancock's more outlandish claims in here, such as these ancestors having psychic powers, shaping stone with sound and other nonsense. Stripped of that, what's left is a semi plausible story of cosmic impacts that destroy a continent of an early civilization that then spreads out over the world and leaves a similar cultural heritage and myths.… (more)
 
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A.Godhelm | 3 other reviews | Oct 20, 2023 |
Hancock's first stab at his now infinitely more popular theories is insightful in just how much of the more hyperbolic and less popular alternative ideas he's ditched through the years (here the crust displacement hypothesis plays a very prominent role in trying to make it all add up despite evidence to the contrary). Clearly written with an eye toward the success of Däniken's Chariots of the Gods, Hancock can act confident as he stabs the 'need for an alien hypothesis' in the side, replacing it with a far less extravagant prior (atlantean) civilization, of which we ultimately learn next to nothing.
Still it's hard not to get sucked in to the enthusiasm and travelogue sections. There's always that kernel of something interesting in the center and the connective tissues in familiar civilizational developments across the world just seems all too coincidental. Which is probably why he's been more successful the less he speaks about sound vibrations used for drilling or levitating blocks of rock with psychic powers.
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