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Apocalypse 2012: An Investigation into Civilization's End

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  633 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
Don’t look up

It won’t help. You can’t get out of the way, you can’t dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

So why read this book?
Because you can’t look away when not just the religious fanatics are saying we’re all going to be destroyed but the scientists are in on the act too. Here’s what they’re saying:

We’re a million y
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Three Rivers Press (first published September 4th 2006)
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Wirotomo Nofamilyname
saya beli buku ini saat diskon di bazaar buku Gramedia di Plaza Semanggi di bulan November. hanya Rp 15.000,-

belakangan saya baru sadar, mengapa Gramedia harus secepatnya melakukan mega-diskon atas buku ini. Ini buku tentang kemungkinan2 kiamat pada akhir tahun 2012. Jika kiamatnya ternyata tidak terjadi, siapa pula yang mau membeli buku ini lagi? Tetapi jika ternyata kiamatnya bener terjadi tanggal segitu, siapa pula manusia yang masih tersisa yg masih berpikiran untuk membeli buku ini (pasti s
Kevin Andre Elliott
All of these new age books about the end of the world as we know it come 2012 are hogwash, but I can't resist a book that claims "scientific authority." I, personally, don't buy any of it, but it's still a fun read if you're into science fiction.

One thing that I'm baffled by: I work at a stoopid corporate bookstore. Most of the books regarding 2012 are shelved in our "Metaphysical Studies" section (read: this shit is stoopid), but for some reason the powers that be decided that this book should
Jan 23, 2009 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, 2009
This book was hard to give stars to there were points of the book (the first chapter and the last 2 Chapters) I would have given it a 1. As it was I didn't finish the last chapter. I got sick of it. The in between. The scientific areas of the book. Those areas were wonderful and would have given it a 4 or 5 starts depending on the section. so I went middle of the road with 3 stars. The back and forth of personal and scientific of the book is annoying. When I read a book like this I want facts, n ...more
Patrick Gibson
Lets talk synergy. I accidently happen to be reading this book in conjunction with “Decipher” which also mixes up Mayan myth and 2012. Oh, but there’s more. It is Armageddon Week on the History Chanel! What more could a closet survivalist ask for? Maybe “The Day After” on Blu-ray?

I’m reading this book because the author lives in Albuquerque, which is technically my back yard. Who knows—I might run in to him sobering, two in the morning at The Frontier (used to be Tony Hillermans favorite hang ou
Spoiler alert: Saturday, December 22 will find people worldwide shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts or leaving for holiday vacations. This fact makes Joseph Lawrence's job of building a case that December 21, 2012 will be the end of days as not actually prophesied by the Mayans difficult. But try he does. Lawrence begins with the Mayans-a people who never did adopt the wheel and who apparently couldn't even foresee the end of their own civilization-and the fact that their calendar runs out ...more
May 22, 2009 Eliza rated it it was ok
Shelves: theme-1
I personally don't believe in a 2012 disaster that is going to ruin mankind, but the work presented in this book makes me think.

It makes sense to me that similarly to how the Earth orbits the sun, our solar system, including the Earth & all the planets, etc. also travels along a regular orbit. It also makes sense that not all locations along the orbit are going to be uniform, so there may be places along that orbit that might be more turbulent and dangerous than others. What this book is sa
Nov 18, 2009 LKM rated it it was ok
The book in an on itself was ok, if you're into that kind of stuff. I'm a bit of a sucker for prophecies and end of the world, so I was eager to read a book about it.
It was dubbed as "An investigation into civilization's end" ("a study" in my translated copy to Spanish), and it made me feel a bit mislead when I started reading and I found that more than a study or investigation, it was a journal of trips with scientific bits and musings thrown in about 2012.


This book was too personal about th
Jan 28, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is not a NEW AGE book it's a SCIENCE book!
well, it's written by a scientist, but it will make you pee yourself in fear anyway.
sun spots, our heliosphere curving in on itself, our solar system entering into a hostile part of the galaxy - these are just some of the things we have to look forward to in the next couple of years.
i guess reading this made me not worry about money so much, because if any of these cataclysms happen i don't need to save anything anyhow. job worries? why worry when t
Nov 20, 2008 Iroquois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl who like Apocalyptic info/stories
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
I'd just read The Road and I decided to check out this book last year. Written by a dude who is actually a legit, big-time scientist, the book suggests some crazy but "really scary if u think about it" type notions on what will happen in 2012. Most of his research stems from the Mayan codecies, which in themselves alone have ALWAYS fascinated me. I wish the Spanish hadn't burned so many. Anyway, if you want to get a better idea of what all the stories, myths, folk-wisdom, etc say about the end o ...more
May 26, 2012 Cody rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
The one thing I can't stand in books is when the author is full of himself. In Apocalypse 2012 L. Joseph is just that. The books is loosely put together by trips he took "researching" 2012 and for every trip he has to tell us all the fun he had and then momentarily remind us 2012 is coming. Seeing as its 2013 going on 14 in 3 weeks you can tell he was wrong, 2012 was not quite as spectacular as he thought it was going to be.
Jan 18, 2009 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and enlightening book regarding the potential of mankind’s end due to numerous factors that are imminently threatening. While I’m not sold on the idea of the specific date of the Mayan calendar being prophetic, the numerous issues he brings up bare considerable thought and helped further my firm belief that as a species we don’t know nearly as much as we think we do.
Daniellgibson Gibson
Really not very good. The first half or so is fairly good science, the rest is questionable at best. It should be read for entertainment, not for any real education.
Lindsay Chaffee
Oct 07, 2009 Lindsay Chaffee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be more interesting. Nope. Boring.
Todd  Kager
Ask me again on December 22nd 2012... TK
Mar 28, 2008 Wm rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, thought
Weak and disorganized. I was not sure what the point of this book was after reading it.
Chris Blocker
Apr 28, 2008 Chris Blocker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for a good place to start with 2012 prediction

I love a good conspiracy. I don't believe them all, so I probably couldn't be labeled a conspiracy nut, but if there is strong evidence favoring one, I'll let my logical mind pick it apart and try to find some truth. Enter the prophecies concerning December 21, 2012: a multi-faceted prediction in Mayan culture and repeated in several other cultures throughout the earth dating back many centuries that the earth would experience some great change on this date. With only four years remaining, I dec

Tee Jay
Apr 04, 2011 Tee Jay rated it really liked it
I read this book in under a week, so I must have been sufficiently interested in the subject matter. In fact I am; for some unfathomable reason, I am incomprehensibly drawn to all things end-of-the-world. I guess I am a sucker for stuff like this. It fascinates me. However, I also take the end-of-times subject with a grain of salt. I am sceptical. Thankfully Joseph decries a lot of the stranger scenarios, and even puts a pin in the balloons of a lot of wacko thinking in Apocalypse 2012. The mess ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving this book 3 stars for now. If the catastrophes start piling up, I may upgrade it to 4 (lol). This rambling pop-science overview starts with a summary of the Mayan end-of-time prophecies and goes on to explore their possible connections with scientific observations of unusual geological and astronomical phenomena. Although easily readable because of its conversational tone, the book is just a catalog of "what-ifs," rather than an attempt to assess which catastrophes are most likely. Appare ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's one of those subjects people are embarrassed to give any credit to, or, as the author himself states, "something weird men wearing sandwich boards walk around in." Honestly, though, it's very interesting. While he does give a chunk of print to the "why 2012, specifically?" question, I'd say 90% of the book is about the types of scenarios that could play out at any time, 2012 or any other, both small-scale and global, from a localized weather incident like a tornado or wildfire, or something ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to be scared by real stuff
A few words from me cannot do this book justice. in just 280 pages it was explained to me very clearly just how precariously balanced our existence is on this blue and white jewel we call Earth. It seems the Earth is poised to explode from within (super-volcanoes); about to be irradiated by the Sun (solar flares, and sunspot minimums that have got more activity than most sunspot maximums); a rough bit of space (that's going to upset the sun) that the Solar System is beginning to pass through; lu ...more
I'm still not ready to buy into the idea that the world is going to end/be reborn on 12/21/12 but the book is certainly interesting and it does provide food for thought.

A few of the disasters he talks about don't have any particular tie to 2012. Yellowstone might erupt at any time, there's no reason to think it's especially likely in 2012 unless you believe that sunspots will cause it. (Also, the docudrama he mentions about Yellowstone erupting is very well done). Interestingly, that docudrama
A. Moses Levitt
Sep 03, 2012 A. Moses Levitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sophie, big-history

Cover buku ini bagi saya biasa saja, terlihat seperti seorang remaja mencari gambar di Google Image dan mengkopi pastenya kemudian diprint. Buku ini juga sedang diOBRAL. Harganya tentu saja murah, oleh karena itu saya membelinya. Tapi kalau orang menyebut buku ini MURAHAN karena menulis tentang KIAMAT 2012 yang hanya didasarkan pada kalender suku Maya, saya akan bilang bahwa kalender suku Maya itu bukan jenis PERDUKUNAN, NUJUM, RAMAL seperti yang kita lihat ditelevisi (ketik Reg Spasi Ini Ono)
"enquête scientifique"

Laissez-moi rire.

Certes, en achetant ce livre dans un vide grenier en 2014, je ne m'attendais pas à y trouver des analyses poussées et perspicaces, mais ce livre est - sans surprise - du pur sensationalisme.

L'auteur accumule les anecdotes personnelles dont je n'avais absolument rien à faire, et qui flirtent parfois avec le racisme - sa femme de ménage salvadorienne "s'enfuit en courant" de peur après qu'il lui annonce qu'il va rencontrer des chamanes.

Il déclare des fausseté
Leonardo Duenas-Osorio
This book provides some description of current trends in geophysical, solar, and spatial phenomena which seem to be approaching the peaks of their occurrence cycles. Also, evidence of correlation across these seemingly disparate phenomena is accumulating, and it is interesting to question if these correlations are triggered by causal-effect processes. Although anomalous trends in these phenomena are observed, events are not necessarily linked with the 2012 year as may come across from the book c ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
in realtà non l'ho proprio finito, le ultime 20 pagine le ho saltate, motivo, il libro prende una piega che non mi piace
mi spiego meglio, ho comprato questo libro per avere una visione scientifica del mito del 2012, e la prima larte di questo libro ci riesce più che egregiamente
in questo libro l'autore non ci dice che il mondo finirà il 21 12 2012. come da calendario maya, ma ci pone sotto gli occhi eventi non molto "pubblicizzati" che stanno avvenendo nel mondo (ed anche nello spazio) e come qu
Maria Carmo
Oct 14, 2011 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
I read this book around 2008.
I liked it because it is not merely a "prophecy" type of book, but rather an inquiry into the science behind each of the phenomena that may imperil our lives.
And, right now, after last years Iceland Volcano having upset travels in the Northern hemisphere, right now, with possible eruptions in El Hierro in the Canary Islands or the possibility of a yet stronger Volcano in Iceland erupting, one has to consider these hypothesis...

Today, the 14th October 2011, there was
Aug 09, 2008 Ben rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the science sections of the book. He lost me a bit on the rest, the overly Mayan sections and the religious sections. There have been hundreds of books written about the various conflicts in the Middle East so it seems somewhat naive to think you can fit it all into one chapter. Joseph did have a great tone when writing this book, keeping it light even though it's about the possible end of the world. The worst thing about the book is that is says if it's gonna all be over in 201 ...more
Marguarite Markley
Wow! I started reading this book primarily because I was curious about the 2012 Mayan prophecies...and with the new movie coming out, I thought I better read some researched-based information about Doomsday 2012. This is quite possibly the most informative book I have ever read. I'll admit, it kind of freaked me out, but at the same time I couldn't put it down. Basically, it makes feel a little better about the prophecies. I am slightly more relieved to believe that whatever new beginning will e ...more
Oh, false advertising, library listing!! The MCLS lists the title as, "Apocalypse 2012 : a scientific investigation into civilization's end." SCIENTIFIC. That word does not actually appear on the cover of the book -at least not the edition I borrowed. And no wonder. Unless "science" has suddenly come to mean "taking a lot of trips to historical places and just taking as fact all the myths and legends people have about doomsday and then finishing up with a whole lot of religious Almighty God yamm ...more
Jul 20, 2014 intrepideddie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Awful. The author of this book points to various "scientific" bits of evidence on how the world may end sooner rather than later. Earth's magnetic field failing, mega-volcanoes, asteroids, etc. The science he quotes is dubious at best, and the "experts" interviewed for the book are laughable.

I could have looked past all that and still somewhat enjoyed the book as pseudo-fiction. However, my enjoyment was beaten to a bloody pulp by the author's constant posturing and self-glorification. Not to me
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