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Chariots of the Gods

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  6,635 ratings  ·  646 reviews
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 ...more
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Published January 1st 1999 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 1968)
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Riku Sayuj
Däniken must have won some mighty awards for this one, right? Right?

I have to admit that it was seriously entertaining though, mostly in imagining who it was who played the practical joke on Däniken each time he sticks his neck out on an imagined 'fact'.

Just to sum up the book: how can anyone imagine a concept like Time Travel without having experienced/seen it? Surely Victorian England was visited and ruled by the Time Lords who then vanished. leaving us to roil in our longing stories. People
I read this book years ago (I borrowed it from my college roommate) and even giving Chariots of the Gods one star, is basically (in my opinion) one star too many. Aside from the fact that the information presented is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also has a to me profoundly anti-humanistic (and even borderline racist) feel to it. To me, it has always seemed as though Erich von Däniken simply cannot accept the fact that the great civilisations of the pas ...more
brilliant psychedelic wonderous book.
even if you dont believe a word of it.
if you enjoy it there is a book called 'the spaceships of ezekiel', by j.f. blumrich (a NASA engineer), in response to daniken. "for me, an engineer who began his career in aircraft desgin in 1934, and who was working on large rockets and spacecraft, such books provide wonderful entertainment, and no more; they discribe exciting events that occured at times and in places that cannot be checked. so, when the "daniken" arri
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." Be that out there from a god or from aliens... it's really all the same. von Daeniken just gives another "Intelligent Design" myth.

I give it one star f
Mukesh Kumar
Nov 17, 2012 Mukesh Kumar rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conspiracy theory researchers, rumour mongers
This is pseudo-science and story telling at its very best. This best selling book was probably the water shed moment in the proliferation of conspiracy theories and other pseudo-scientific stuff in the popular literature. And one can see why.
To be fair, the author does know how to spin a yarn. It is an enjoyable read, fast paced, if you consider it more as a fiction novel and don't take it seriously.

But the disturbing fact is the sheer confidence of the author in his most ridiculous and logic-
David Boyce
I think the quick answer to this is “Probably not”. 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 ...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
3.5 Stars

I think this sums up the book

Ancient Aliens Meme Hair Guy 013

Don't misinterpret my rating. I gave it 3.5 stars based on entertainment value alone. To sum of 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 could not have accomplished many of the wondrous things they have been credited with or have obtaine
Dec 22, 2010 Werner rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: other-nonfiction
In one Goodreads group which some of my friends belong to, they're having a discussion of the ethics of giving a book a one-star rating with no explanatory review; one person likened the practice to a drive-by shooting. I could see her point; but in my case, on the rare occasions I've done it, it's been with nonfiction books read in the past that I didn't have leisure to review, but didn't want people who might browse my shelves to think I agreed with or endorsed, just because I'd read them. Thi ...more
Natalie Wright
I'm a fan of the first season of Ancient Aliens and I wanted to read this book because it seems to be the one that started it all.
Perhaps when it first came out, it was ground-breaking and intriguing, so people ignored how poorly it was written.
But now that the ancient alien theory has been explored more fully - and made into an entire television series - this book falls flat.
I found the writing difficult to read. Not because of large words or the difficulty of the issues. Rather, the prose is s
I think Chariots of the Gods was a wonderful and very informative book. Honestly, I have a lot more respect for Erich von Daniken than I do bloats like the so-called "genius" Stephen Hawking. At least Erich traveled to all of these destinations, done hands-on thorough research, and has proof of all of his claims.
What I like most about Erich and his books is that instead of trying to disprove ancient "mythology" (quotations are necessary because technically it is not mythology, but very old reli
I remember reading this in high school and thinking it was soooo cool. I still think it's pretty cool, but maybe I don't think about aliens as much as I did then. I have to say he raised some interesting points, but my main interest was that it is often too difficult for people to believe that ancient cultures were very sophisticated and able to create things from their imaginations in much the same way we do. Hence, the idea that they were incapable of doing the things they obviously did, it mu ...more
I have to clarify my rating here: One star for "scholarship" and five stars for entertainment value. Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods is, of course, one of, if not the, classic works of pseudoarchaeology and UFOlogy. Von Daniken blithely ignores close to a century of archaeological and anthropological theory so that he can tilt at the windmills of some imagined scientific "establishment." Most of his "arguments" consist of something along the lines of "We're not really sure how pre-histo ...more
اريك فون دانيكن محقق و نويسنده اي است كه هزينه هاي زيادي را متحمل مي شود تا به رازهايي در مورد گذشته بشر دست يابد.
كليسا و دانشمنداني اورا به سخره گرفتند وعقايدش را نوعي تخيل بچه گانه دانستند ولي اين محقق بزرگ دست از تلاش نكشيد و توانست با چاپ چندين كتاب نظريه اش را به جهان نشان دهد و علاقمندان و طرفداران زيادي پيدا كند.
وي با هزينه خود به نقاط دور دنيا سفر مي كند تا از نزديك شواهد را بررسي كند و بخاطر مستند بودن كتاب هايش، برنامه تلويزيوني هم از آثارش ساخته شده است.
مدارك و مستندات كتاب واقعا جالب
I am sure most people will pan this book - unsubstantiated, inaccurate, baseless, ridiculous, blah, blah, blah. The fact of the matter is that the author does not prove that aliens visited Earth at any time in our past, nor does he claim to have proof of it - ever. Not once in this book does he claim to have such proof, and he repeats that over and over. Anyone who argues otherwise formed their judgments before reading this book. As far as inacuracies, the book was written in the late 1960's. It ...more
The author wrote this book to try to prove that pre-historical Earth received visitors from out of space who helped with the civilizational process.
The thesis itself is very interesting and he shows amazing data to support his theory, but my feeling is that he attributes too much to ETs, as if our human kind could not have come to some conclusions and discoveries by itself. In the end, all boils down to one thing.
In all, it's an interesting book, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it has conv
Arun Divakar
A great deal has been said about this book in the 84 years of its publishing history. Time has undone the author and the claims he made in this book which once set the cash registers ringing in bookshops across the World.

An amalgamation of lies, half truths and hearsay all stuck together with the glue of one man's passion. A passion that sees the hand of extra terrestrial intellect behind everything on our planet is pretty much how I would sum up the entire book.

One thing must be said of von Dä
Patrick Gibson
Come on. Admit you read it however long ago when it was on every bookshelf in the Western Hemisphere. Then you paw-pawed it. Yet you secretly hoped some of it was true. Now with the series on the History Channel I thought I would find a used copy and read it again. It’s all bullshit. But it is fun bullshit. And the TV series is actually interesting.
It is a shame that Erich Von Daniken had to repeatedly ruin some good information with the single phrase "There can be no other explanation." He repe
No Remorse
Nov 08, 2009 No Remorse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to No Remorse by: History Channel - Ancient Aliens
Is it possible that we can find life on other planets in our solar system? (Life on Mars?)

Is it possible we are not the only intelligences in the universes?

Is it possible that older, technically more advanced intelligences live or have lived in our galaxy?

Is there a possibility that older intelligences could have paid a visit to earth?

Questions, questions, questions.... This book is FULL of them and thats what i love about it. This books makes you THINK.

Is it possible? When you bring up the hist
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Let me start of by saying that I do not accept this as the truth, however the some of ideas are not as far-fetched as they might seem at first. One reason I love the ancient astronaut theory is because it brings light to all the thing archaeology conveniently "overlooks". When I was in my archaeology/anthropology classes and learned about the great wonders of out past surprisingly none of the "unexplainable" stuff was ever mentioned. Which is part of the reason I know look at my once favorite fi ...more
Beck Wenger
This book is a good introduction for those who know little to nothing about Ancient Alien Studies.

Von Daniken, in Chariots of the Gods, has looked across broad geographic regions, evidences, and time periods to assemble a host of information that contradicts the mainstream interpretation that ancient civilizations were less advanced than our own. He also attacks the notion that ancient mythologies and artwork were imaginative. Instead, Von Daniken holds firmly to the belief that the "mythologies
Oh dear, dear, dear what in the bloody fuck have we gotten ourselves into this time? I'd have to say it's an exceptionally large load of horseshit which reeks chronically of hackness; picking a place to start isn't exactly easy. For one thing, there are so many crappy presumptions made in Chariots of the Gods it is actually profound. The evidence and logic behind this 'book' (I don't if IT deserves to be called same thing as The Great Gatsby or 1984.) is flimsy at the absolute best, and Erich v ...more
Michael Mangos
This book was the first book to peak my interest in UFOs, aliens, and the influences on culture. It is a classic to me, even though I found out later that most of his evidence is on shaky ground at best. It stirred me to write a few reports in grade school and eventually lead to a whole series of "spacey" kind of gifts from friends and family. I loved it as a child! Even though I marked it as read in 1987, I've read it at least three times with different purposes in mind.
Patrick Neylan
I was prepared for some hokum when I picked up this book (it's been lying around the house for about 40 years), but I wasn't prepared for the crazy, cock-eyed zeal of a writer so self-important as Von Däniken. As he asserts his theory that ancient cultures were guided by aliens from space, he rails against the "establishment" in the style of a teenage conspiracy theorist writing a blog; the main weapons in his arsenal being the sneer and the exclamation mark. Everyone is against him and every pi ...more
[Name Redacted]
Having now re-read this, I feel that my 11 year-old self was too hard on von Daniken; I am forced to add another star and increase my rating from 1 to 2. The author is plainly barmy, does insufficient research, and comes across as extremely insulting and condescending towards anyone who does not share his views. Yet much of this can be attributed to his unflagging enthusiasm for human scientific and cultural advancement, and some of the situations he proposes are -- while not realistic -- certai ...more
Unmitigated tosh from cover-to-cover. Admittedly, I was taken in at age 11, but how any adult could accept this tissue of lies is beyond me. Interesting, maybe, for its sci-fi concepts, but as one of the initiators of modern pseudo-science, an awful, awful book.

You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant - Harlan Ellison
'Flabbergasted' is, I believe, a suitable description of the state this book left me in. It really should be compulsory reading for every scholar.

Not for the claims it makes, but for the prototypical flaws of logic it contains. Some examples:

1. Make supposition A, build supposition B on top of it, then C. Next, you present the outcome as proven fact.
E.g. 'deducing' the number of advanced civilizations out of the number of observed stars.
2. Draw a random conclusion from inexplicable phenomena.
Erik Graff
Apr 30, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of social psychopathology
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
It is embarrassing to admit having read this monumental bestseller, but I did after having heard about it all over the place. Among the very many books which attempt to substantiate the hypothesis that our distant ancestors had substantial contact with aliens from outer space, this is one of the worst. Charitably, von Daniken simply didn't do much homework. Less charitably, and as further suggested by his later work, he is a pathological liar.
Sonia Gomes
Dec 21, 2009 Sonia Gomes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Do you like the mysteries in our world? Then read this one
Way back then, I was mesmerised by the thought of all those'Gods' descending to our very own earth and teaching us very advanced technology.
I do not say its not possible (the thought still excites me but...)
However, I did learn all about the Nazca plain and so many more cultures through von Daniken's books. He opened my mind to the very many aspects of different cultures on our Blue Planet
اذا كنت قرأت كتاب الذين هبطوا من السماء فانت قد قرأت النسخة المصرية المخففة و ذات النكهة الاظرف من هذا الكتاب....

الكتاب نشر لاول مرة ف فترة السبعينات و قد اخذت فكرة عنه من كتاب اخر علمى جاد ل فرانسيس كريك ابو الشريط الوراثى ال دنا ... كتاب طبيعة الحياة

و فيه كان العالم يناقش نظريتان هل الحياة نشئت على الارض نفسها نمت من مركبات لاحماض امينية ثم صور وحيدةا لخلية من الحياة ثم اشكال اعقد و انتهاءا ب الانسان
ان الحياة اتت فى بذور كونية من خارج الكوكب لتنشا و تنمو عليه
و كان يعتقد ب صحة النظرية الاخي
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Born on April 14th, 1935, in Zofingen, Switzerland, Erich von Däniken was educated at the College St-Michel in Fribourg, where already as a student he occupied his time with the study of the ancient holy writings. While managing director of a Swiss hotel, he wrote his first book, Chariots of the Gods, which was an immediate bestseller in the United States, Germany, and later in 38 other countries. ...more
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