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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance--the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth had been 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 Eyes of the Sphinx.
But here is where it all began--von Da Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance--the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth had been visited by aliens.
But here is where it all began--von Daniken'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 Daniken's theory that we ourselves are the descendants of these galactic pioneers--and the archeological discoveries that prove it Get A Copy.
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Is this translated ro English? Cody S. Green Yes, it is available in English as well as many other languages. See 2 questions about Chariots of The Gods…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Chariots of The Gods. Dec 10, Riku Sayuj rated it it was ok Shelves: r-r-rs , myth-religion , extra-creative. Surely Victorian England was visited and ruled by the Time Lords who then vanished. People who have read the book, please laugh along with me This is not to deny that there are mysteries in the past, but then so are there in any field of human study - that does not mean that we have to postulate such excesses based on so little evidence.
I can't resist going off on the same vein again - How can anyone imagine talking animals? Surely ancient India was home to intelligent and highly literate animals as well as the sporadic aliens, all conspiring to befuddle the poor humans into worshiping them and then mythologizing them.
The mistake is to rigidly try to classify the myths as facts or stories. View all 18 comments. Mar 20, Manybooks rated it did not like it Recommends it for: no one. Shelves: folklore-myth-religion , book-reviews , pseudo-science-pseudo-history , anti-enlightenment.
Now aside from the fact that the information presented by the author is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also and more importantly has a to me profoundly anti-humanistic and even perhaps borderline racist feel to it. But his speculations, the assertions as they are shown and presented in Chariots of the Gods and his other and similar books have always left a rather nastily bitter taste in my mouth, a feeling that the author in many ways actually tends to actively despise humanity, and that he especially despises and cannot accept the fact that individuals like the Mayans, the Egyptians, the Aztects were able to create, to think with cleverness and intelligence read their OWN cleverness and intelligence.
View all 68 comments. I soon lost my grin, became profoundly curious, and what followed was a wonderful experience, unusual in evert respect, an undertaking which was done exclusively in my spare time, since NASA, my employer, is not engaged in such matters. Hardly ever was a total defeat so rewarding, so fascinating, and so delighful! View all 5 comments. Jul 26, Tim The Enchanter rated it liked it Shelves: pseudoscience , stars , non-fiction , my-ebooks.
I gave it 3. To sum up the belief the author, in the past, aliens visited pre homo sapien man, bred with the women and came back later to check up on us and breed a bit more. The author attempts to prove his theory that aliens visited ancient man by stating repeatedly that ancient man, given the knowledge they apparently possessed, could not have accomplished, without help, many o 3.
The author attempts to prove his theory that aliens visited ancient man by stating repeatedly that ancient man, given the knowledge they apparently possessed, could not have accomplished, without help, many of the wondrous things they have been credited with or have obtained. Clearly the author believed that ancient man was a stupid religious being. I could rant on the stupid theories in the book but I will let you do it yourself. Although many of the theories are nothing but wild postulation, the subject matter is interesting.
I have always been intrigued about the possibility of alien life, so, crazy as this guy is, its a fun subject. I read the book like a wild piece of fiction and was not disappointed. View 2 comments. Dec 14, Nandakishore Varma rated it liked it. Maybe it was a side-effect of my mother's crazy theory, which she narrated to me again and again, that the Pushpaka Vimana in the epic Ramayana was a real aeroplane; and the sights described as Rama, Lakshmana and Sita flew back to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka was really written from first hand accounts.
Well, you must admit it was a really pretty fantasy. Now here was a guy who was apparently presenting "scientific" evidence for the same! I was overjoyed. I devoured the book Because there is very little science in the book, you see.
What we have is a book-long rant of a crackpot enthusiast who cannot even get his mythology correct. After some time, even the most gullible reader will feel that this is to borrow from Wodehouse "pure apple-sauce". Oh well I'll give him three stars for entertaining me. View all 7 comments.
When I was young I was convinced that aliens had visited us on many occasions. I have changed the way I think about the facts now, but this book was one of the first books I ever read that made me consider an alternate narrative to mainstream thought View all 3 comments. Aug 06, David Boyce added it. Coming at this from the background of astrophysics I can see enough misrepresentation of facts, falsities and misconceptions within his description of basic physics to lose trust in the author.
There were some terrible errors in this book. The thing that had me shaking my head in amusement was when the author tried to draw some deep meaning about how these certain temples are connected to the length of the year on Venus and then get that figure wrong.
The fact that he really demonstrated a lack of knowledge on the space part is one thing, but I got the distinct impression that he had misunderstood what the past was like. Throughout the book he underestimated the ingenuity of the people of the past and tries to create a image of them as being stupid and helpless.
One thing to think about is that they could survive without technology and we could not. Who really is the more advanced, them or us?
I feel that every grey area, every part of history obscured by the fog of time, is exploited and made to fit somewhere into his sprawling untidy theory. Half way through I lost track of what the theory was supposed to be. Throughout the book I noticed that he would insert his theory into conversations about real science and drop in discussion by real scientists and yet not draw the distinction between the established idea and his idea.
It was almost as if his idea was taking a credibility piggyback on established science. Ultimately this book is worth reading so that you can observe all the twists, turns and sidesteps the author goes through to try and convince you. You could look at it as training in how to build a good healthy scepticism. If you read his book and survive, you may well make a good scientist. Jun 06, Tony rated it did not like it Shelves: archaeology. Baseless, factless, and filled with ridiculous presumptions.
It's amazing that with arguments to poorly presented that this book seemed to have such an affect on American culture in the early 70's. It's simply a get-rich-quick scheme from a Swiss ex-con that paid out good. It fed upon people's need to feel that we come from something "out there.
Chariots of The Gods
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Immediately recognized as a work of monumental importance, Chariots of the Gods endures as proof that Earth has been visited repeatedly by advanced aliens from other worlds. 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. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together.
Chariots of the Gods?
If you were alive in the s and had any level of interest in the pervasive culture of UFOs , then you totally owned a dog-eared paperback copy of Erich von Daniken's ancient astronaut expose, Chariots of the Gods? First published in , the pioneering book ignited a worldwide craze for flying saucers, crop circles, extraterrestrial abductions, and ufology that slingshotted into the Swingin' '70s. No self-respecting stargazer or sci-fi conventioneer was without this bible of the bizarre, which postulated that our planet had been a stopover point thousands of years ago for interstellar visitors who shared futuristic technology with ancient civilizations. Von Daniken theorized that many of Earth's most amazing structures and landmarks like the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, the Moai of Easter Island, the Nazca lines in Peru, and cart-ruts in Malta and Australia had been influenced or utilized by these benevolent beings from beyond. He also hypothesized that artwork throughout the world could be interpreted as depicting helmeted astronauts, fantastic air and space vehicles, intricate spaceports, and complex machines far outside any known human technologies of the time.
Chariots of the Gods
Chariots of the Gods? It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods. The first draft of the publication had been rejected by a variety of publishers. The book was extensively rewritten by its editor, Wilhelm Roggersdorf a pen name of the German screenwriter Wilhelm "Utz" Utermann.