El Duodecimo Planeta (Cronicas de la Tierra, #1)
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El Duodecimo Planeta (Earth Chronicles #1)

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Tejiendo el relato de los orígenes de la humanidad a través de la arqueología, la mitología y los textos antiguos, este libro nos ofrece pruebas de la implicación extraterrestre en la historia de nuestro planeta. Concentrándose principalmente en la antigua Sumeria, nos propone, con absoluta precisión, una historia completa del sistema solar tal como la contarían los visita...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published April 2004 by Obelisco (first published 1976)
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Whitney
A friend recommended Sitchin to me, and at first I sort of laughed because of how the media portrays people who believe in aliens and because science-fiction makes them into gray creatures with big eyes that probe humans.
Also, the fact that I saw his name next to David Icke's a lot...

To fully enjoy this book, you have to shake off all stereotypes and just absorb the words on the page, and if you're able to do that, there is no reason you shouldn't enjoy what you're reading.
I thought this book w...more
Sheila
Jun 21, 2008 Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind
I thought this one was great! At first I thought maybe the author was a bit off, with his extra planet theroy. But I was amazed at what I learned from this one. Mostly about how the Bible stories are in fact true, but based on MUCH older stories from an ancient Sumerian civilization. It is astonishing just how much these ancients recorded and how much they knew. How advanced they were! Where did all the intelligence go that those who came before us had? Hummmm makes a person wonder!
Rinda Rinda
It's difficult for me to believe many of the theories laid out in this book as pure fact or non-fiction when the author doesn't site his sources on the ready as I'm reading. If the author claims something seemingly outrageous as fact, then I'd like to be able to see a footnote and double check that statement easily. Also, I'd like to be able to know where all the drawings of clay tablets included throughout the book are located, and how I can see for myself that it is real and true. I understand...more
Eli Shayotovich
I attended Christian Jr/Sr. high schools and studied the Bible extensively every day throughout those years. When I went to college I minored (more or less) in religious studies. I'm also a massive lover of history. In order to be able to learn you have to ALWAYS remain open minded. Granted, the theories and concepts brought forth by Sitchin, while at times seem outlandish on the surface, are no more so then believing in a one, true almighty being who made man from clay and woman from a rib, has...more
Omid Mankoo
Zachariah Sitchins books are detailed with actual translations of Ancient Cuniform (clay tablet) writings. They are Sumerian Writings , the language which brought about Aramaic, which in turn brought about Hebrew and Arabic. He is an Archeologist, and ancient script interpreter/translator. He delves into ancient texts, and clay tablet writtings, religious scriptures, artifacts, and drawings & visits museums, and sights of actual historical significance mentioned in various world scriptures,...more
David Broome
While many people look at Zecharia Sitchin as a kook who used questionable anthropology and archaeology as a way to sell "alien astronauts" as the basis of sentient life on earth, I find his works to be passionate and well informed studies of Sumerian lore. Even if you discount entirely the concept of the Annunaki as aliens, this series is still a masterful work of bringing some of the most ancient tales to modern man.
John
The opening book of the epic Earth Chronicles lays out some serious cosmogony of our solar system, based on Sumerian texts and interesting conjecture.

Look people, its not science. And its not "bullshit," there are books that lie in between that spectrum and this is one of them. You can categorically disagree with everything Sitchin comes up with, but he really is not a loon, or crazy, and he is especially not a bad scholar.

Read the books for fun, pause and reflect on how odd and meaningless a lo...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 20, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Shelves: parallel-worlds
This was terrible. It starts off well enough---think Eric von Daniken's Chariot of the Gods. Makes you think. And then Stitchin takes off on hugely conflicting tangents. On the one hand, he claims that the 12th planet took x thousands of years to orbit through the solar system compared to one year for Earth and that's why so much could be accomplished on Earth with, as the Bible claims, people living or ruling for thousands of years. Then he goes on to claim that the Earth itself was created whe...more
dragonhelmuk

I found this book quite boring, even compared to von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods. The introduction went on for a looong time, although I suppose that was a necessity. I knew hardly anything about the fertile crescent and its civilisations (sumer, arcadia, etc) before reading, and I consider myself quite well read in stuff like that. It’s quite indicative of the author that the introduction, despite its length was actually more fun than the literature-analysis proper. Basically I found most of...more
Matt
An interesting book. The author takes all the relics- all the antiquities of history- all the religious texts- all the mythologies from Rome, Greece, Israel, India and Sumer.... and weaves them into an incredible tale about how earthlings came to be on the planet.

Some points are interesting- some points are plausible- and some points leave you scratching you head saying... huh... you've got to be kidding me.

I was about to put it down several times but kept with it through the end. The author ha...more
Little Miss Esoteric
The world mythology aspects to this book were great, and in itself make this worth reading. I suppose the scenario is plausible, although I have misgivings about certain aspects, including the technology, and the possible cause of the Deluge. All in all this was a fun book to read, but if Sitchin was correct, it would only mean that the bible, and all the world mythologies and gods and goddesses, were not really divinely inspired after all, nor were these beings ever well intended in regards to...more
Marilyn Hudson
One of the problems of most historic disciplines has been tunnel vision. A microscopic focus on one particular area, region, problem and no grand horizon or synthesis of other disciplines or knowledge. It is akin to focusing on one small tree, without taking into consideration the forest in which it sits, the region in which the forest hides, or the circumstances that first caused the seeds from a distant forest to be replicated in that region...

In some instances, the search for knowledge has al...more
Steve Cran
Sumeria is the father off all our civilization. Mankinds alphabet, vocabulary, legends and science. The Sumerians also had vwery advanced knowledge of astronomy. They were a civilized high point amongst a time of very primitive people. Too advanced to be explained away by such a term as evolution or natural growth. Te author uses Sumerian legend and the bible to figure it all out, in those works lies the key. The twelve Gods are present in Sumerian,Mesopatamian, Greek and Roman Lore.

Who were the...more
Brandon Kessler
The 12th Planet is book 1 of the Earth Chronicles series, and is on part astronomic theory, one part anthropology, one part linguistics, and one part fiction. Sitchin does an excellent job of putting forth his theory of where man originated, using the Old Testament, Ancient Akkadian, Mesopotamian, and Summerian Texts as his initial building blocks.

The first half of the book will draw those interested in early civilizations and languages, as well as theologists, deeply into the book. Everyone e...more
Michael Soros
I don't have much of an interest in this topic really having found over the years that these theories tend to fizzle out and developments in other disciplines such as archaeology, linguistics, physics etc tend to render these ideas obsolete so anyone would be foolish to nail their colours to the mast on the basis of `evidence' presented in this book. There's no denying that there are significant gaps in the theories forwarded by evolutionists and geneticists in trying to account for man's rather...more
Kristine
Recommended by a friend after our Philosophy professor shared his interests about aliens in class.

Only read if you are into history or aliens. (By the way, I am not.)

It was interesting but I don't think a lot of people would understand the texts and theories presented. Actually, it was really overwhelming and some of the concepts contradicts each other. Moreover, it has a different take on the creation and man's origins so it would really make the reader question the history presented by the soc...more
Dhiraj Sharma
This book propagates the belief that life on earth originated from extraterrestrials who visited earth around 4000 BC in their fiery rockets (read spaceships).

The author explains in detail about ancient life in Sumer (considered to be the cradle of civilization) based on archeological finds and clay tablets.

The extraterrestrials called Nefilm are supposed to have descended to earth from the 12th Planet (orbiting the Sun) and taught laws, rules, and ways of life to earth’s inhabitants. These extr...more
John Herceg
The first book in Zecharia Sitchin's, the Earth Chronicles, remains as controversial today as in the year 1972 of its release. The author's fascinating claims of ancient astronaut visits to Earth, a twelfth planet in our solar system and the origin of the human species are incredible but supported by ancient texts discovered in Mesopotamia dating to circa 4000 BCE. Intertwining these ancient clay tablets, of which Sitchin could proudly claim the largest private collection thereof, with Biblical...more
Samantha
Sono sempre più, ormai, gli studiosi e gli scienziati che sostengono la teoria degli antichi astronauti convalidando, almeno in parte, le ipotesi di Sitchin.
Dalle tavole Sumere fino ai reperti archeologici, dagli antichi testi (Sacra Bibbia, compresa)... un viaggio verso il nostro passato che potrebbe essere stato "alternativo" a quello che ci hanno raccontato.
Non ho iniziato queste letture per smentirlo o credergli ciecamente, ma per ascoltare un nuovo e diverso punto di vista. E l'ho trovato...more
Annie
I enjoyed reading the book and I find it quite fascinating.
It would be a wonderful dream to go back to the past and really see the past. I have so many questions and wouldn't it be wonderful to travel to the past and go to the future to see if it really happen again?

It is definitely interesting...if adam and eve was created. How do the other ethnicity occur??
I truly believe the past is more advance in some area of the fields compare to this generation.

There are some parts in the books that f...more
Donna
Absolutely amazing book. I've had to go back and re-read and read again so many parts of just this first book.
The author has certainly done his homework and made an incredibly strong case for his ideas. The really remarkable theories supported by so many correlations between ancient texts, biblical writings and what we know to be scientific fact really create a place in a thinking person's mind to embrace a concept that otherwise would sound like purely science fiction.
I'd recommend this book to...more
David
Though now a bit dated, The 12th Planet was published in 1976, it is still an interesting read. Originally, I had read the book in the late '70s and it was fascinating. But reading it now, it all seems a bit dated and hokey -- the whole business about the Nephilim's space program reads a lot like the American Apollo Program of the '60s. Still, having said that, it was a fascinating entertainment. The whole Ancient Aliens meets Middle Eastern Religion/Myth trope is a fascinating one.

For myself,...more
Neida
For such a short book, this is a powerhouse about the history of ancient Sumeria. The hypothesis put forward by Sitchin is extremely plausible and makes a whole lot of sense to me. I'm hooked on the subject and I see myself going through a stage where my reading materials are going to be on this subject. This is a good introduction to the ancient astronaut theory and Sitchin's work is referenced quite a lot in the recent History Channel's excellent series "Ancient Aliens".
Cecil Williams
If you have never read this book, go for it. It is a very interesting read if you like history and ancient myths and legends. You will question what you have believed all your life and will search out the authors other books. I could not get enough. The more I read the more I had to know. Your mind will adsorb this like a sponge and you will contemplate everything you thought you knew about life on earth.
Sumeetha Manikandan
I had long wanted to read this book and the entire series of Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin. As a history and pseudoscience buff, I have always been fascinated by alternate science theories that have been put forth for the evolution of man. And needless to say, this was one of the most fascinating books that I have read in that subject.

The 12th planet is a non fiction book that attempts to theorize the early Sumerian cuneiform (clay tablets) and present its information to the public. Sumer...more
Erik Graff
Feb 25, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: John Rhodes
Shelves: religion
I read this on the recommendation of a friend, who, to his credit, later gave me a standard history of Sumerian civilization by means of which I was able to better evaluate some of Sitchin's outrageous claims.
Jim Fromm
The burden of proof.

I am inclined to believe there is more to our collective story than we realize. However, the will to ask meaningful questions and seek rational answers meets resistance at every turn. This book asks those questions and suggests potential answers. For those who have an open mind, it is an elucidating collection of circumstantial evidence, which supports the conclusion that we were initially visited and changed forever by alien interaction. This viewpoint has recently gained wi...more
Trey Nowell
This book by Zecharia Sitchin was a very lengthy and enjoyable read, especially towards the final 100 pages. This book is definitely for an open-minded type person that is knowledgeable in quite a few areas. The ideas and suggestions about aliens generally gets a lot of people worked up about how plausible or unbelievable they are, however Sitchin incorporates science, archaeology, the Bible, Sumerian creation stories, etc. into a beautifully woven understanding. When looking at stories of Noah,...more
Ty

This is a good book and could easily rewrite history. For some people, they always like to use this book as a tool to show how correct the bible is. I don't see it this way, it shows you had badly the King James version of the bible grossly mistranslates the old scrolls or tablets/cuneiform writings.


Actually, the bible is nearly a straight out plagiarism of Egyptology right out of the "Book of the Dead" that dates back thousand of years before Christ supposedly existed.

I have not read one revie...more
Hector Sosa
This book has opened my eyes on several fronts. I always suspected that there was a connection between a lot of ancient civilizations. The book goes into enormous detail about the Sumerians, their writing, and their gods. The book explains the significance of the number 12 in the pantheon of ancient gods, and how this spread from one civilization to another through the ages. So all families of gods in Rome, Greece, Akkadia, Egypt, Babylon, and many others are direct representations of the panthe...more
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Sitchin was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and was raised in Palestine. He acquired some knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Torah, and the history and archeology of the Near East.

Sitchin graduated from the London School of Economics, University of London, majoring in economic history.

A journalist and editor in Israel for many years, he now lives and writ...more
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