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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  178 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Exodus Lost reopens cold cases from antiquity and applies cutting-edge science, classical scholarship, and tenacity to solve them. The adventure begins with Aztec and Mayan chronicles of an epic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. By mapping the details within these texts, the author tracks down their lost homeland and corroborates the local traditions of an ocean-crossing l ...more
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published by Exploration Press (first published November 24th 2010)
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Dan Schwent
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, nf
When the Spaniards arrived in the New World, the Aztecs treated them like returning gods, mistaking them for Quetzalcoatl and handing over their empire. In Exodus Lost, S C Compton asks why.

In my younger days, I loved bits of possible history like this book so it was a no brainer when it popped up on my FreeBooksy email a couple weeks ago.

In Exodus Lost, S.C. Compton builds a convincing case that people from the Middle East visited the Olmecs and their descendants in what are now Central and Sou
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brandy oliver
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First I have to start by saying that this book has so many gorgeous illustrations, pictures and maps, that you just may want to actually have a paperback copy if you plan on buying it!!
History has always been one of my favorite topics in school, and we even enjoy the History channel, as a family, so this was definitely a very interesting book!
I am just fascinated with this author and how he took so much time and effort to make this book happen! 14 years of researching and studying, and the final
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Peanut
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really, how often does a history book read like accomplished storytelling? As someone who eagerly devours history tomes and biographies with fervor, I can honestly say that doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd prefer. Often, the information received is the reward, not necessarily the journey of its deliverance. With "Exodus Lost", however, readers will find themselves engrossed in a highly-readable book that breaks the rules of the history book rut and launches readers on a path that takes them ...more
Victoria Caplinger
This book is an exploration of whether there might be a connection between the ancient Egyptian and Central American cultures, based not only on the fact that both constructed pyramids, but on a number of other parallels argued convincingly by the author. (My apologies in advance if in this review I miss some of the finer points of geography or historical timelines – these are not my strong points, and any errors fall to me, and not the author!)

It’s an exciting, impassioned, and inquisitive romp
...more
M
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't think that I can say anything in my review that hasn't already been said, and much more eloquently by other reviewers, but I feel like I must make an attempt. I have to preface this by saying, I have an undergraduate degree in History, so I always approach history books with some trepidation, hoping that they will be accurate.

I was absolutely thrilled with this book, and in no way shape or form disappointed. This work by Mr. Compton is in a word, Amazing. Not just the enormous amount of
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I must begin with an admission: This is not the type of book I usually read as I usually focus my attention on fiction rather than history.

Surprisingly I really enjoyed this, I found myself picking it up and putting it back down again and again to look things up to see if the author had been accurate with the facts he used, and I was shocked to find that everything was indeed factual, the sheer volume of research that went into this book is absolutely astounding.

Even more shocking for me was t
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Robyn R.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exodus Lost is a truly remarkable work that encompasses an impressive body of research into Mesoamerican history. S. C. Compton demonstrates the mastery of his subject with incredible attention to detail. What makes this book unprecedented is Compton’s ability to embed such rich history within the framework of an engaging narrative. Far from dry, it is an interdisciplinary magnum opus that transgresses genre boundaries and captivates the reader, luring them into a world of ancient civilizations ...more
Susan
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
An interesting book, but I definitely think he has a tendency to force the evidence to support his views at times, or to see a stronger connexion than is necessarily warranted from the available archaeological evidence. Mesoamerican archaeology isn't my forté, I admit, and I wouldn't be surprised at some contact with the Near East. However, some of his connexions seem reminiscent of attempts to show an absolute parallel between Catholicism and Egyptian religion. Some parts of the book are strong ...more
Stephen Early
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Looking for a book about Ancient Aliens? Or a last minute read about the 2012 "Mayan Apocalypse?" This is not that book. In Exodus Lost, S.C. Compton makes a carefully researched and, I believe, very plausible case that the ancient Olmec civilization of Mexico, the cultural ancestors of the Mayans and the Aztecs, was founded by seafarers or castaways from Ancient Egypt. Exodus Lost is serious scholarship only masquerading as popular non-fiction. But it is a fascinating and ground breaking read n ...more
Kechell Jackson
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well-written book with lots of interesting facts. You can tell that the author did plenty of research to complete the book. The story moves in a fast pace and has illustrations to go along with the book. The author uses archaeology, mythology, history, and science to make the connections in the story. I recommend this book to those that are interested in ancient cultures.
Jane John-nwankwo
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For those you love history, this book is a catch!Exploring the ancient history makes the book very interesting. And to think that the writer has the skills to keep the reader's interest up, till the end is a plus!
Alex
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I can tell just by reading this book that a lot of work went into creating it. I’m not a professional by any means, but I have studied history in my undergraduate degree. And though anthropology has interested me recently, I didn’t expect to be so captivated by a book like this. I consumed it in a little more than one day, despite its length and complexity.

The language is straightforward and to the point, something I admire. It may seem dry to some readers, but I happen to think it was inte
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Laurie
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Olmecs were an ancient people that just suddenly appeared in Mexico. There has been no archeological findings of them developing their technology. They arrived with this knowledge and subsequently influenced both the Mayan and Aztec cultures. But where did they come from?

Due to high acidity levels in the soil and the rain forest environment, archeologists don't have much to work with. Human remains and even most ceramics haven't survived these harsh conditions. Compton hypothesizes that thi
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Peg Morin
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of book you will want to read with a friend, or even better, a group of friends, because it is going to ‘start’ a lot of conversation. When you draw on your memory of all the things you learned about ancient history, ancient peoples, and all your bible belt, and other religious history, you will have at least a dozen or so ‘Aha’ moments, and historical reality checks, out of just the first dozen chapters. So what is the difference between this book and ancient history books of o ...more
Zeb Kantrowitz
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-read
For over 500 years since the Spanish Conquistadors destroyed the Aztec civilization, scientists have tried to establish the society’s antecedents. Prior to the Aztec there appears to have been two other empires in the same Central American area. One was the Mayans, and the other was the Olmecs. Unlike the Mayans who were located on the Yucatan Peninsula and whose Temples were found surrounded by jungle the Olmec’s cities were buried.

The main Olmec city, which is now called San Lorenzo, is locate
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Betty
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Exodus Lost by S.C. Compton puts forward the theory that Egyptian and Nubian cultures migrated to Central America and influenced the Olmec civilization, predecessor of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations.

The civilizations of Central America have been an enigma. Where did they come from? Where did they go? From land bridges to aliens, many theories have been promulgated through the years. S.C. Compton has invested a lot of time researching these "Where" questions. He gives mention to other theorie
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Tiffany
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was both interesting and exciting for me to read. It was both odd and pleasant to find out the possible origins of my mother's ancestry. I have traveled in Southeast Asia, and having seen similarities, I had simply accepted the land bridge theory...but that answer never fully satisfied me. I never would have known how to do all of the research this author has undertaken, and I am very thankful for his sharing his findings.

Even as a child, I would ask where my Mother's ancestors REALLY
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Peanut
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, how often does a history book read like accomplished storytelling? As someone who eagerly devours history tomes and biographies with fervor, I can honestly say that doesn't happen nearly as often as I'd prefer. Often, the information received is the reward, not necessarily the journey of its deliverance. With "Exodus Lost", however, readers will find themselves engrossed in a highly-readable book that breaks the rules of the history book rut and launches readers on a path that takes them ...more
Paul
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book looks at history and archaeology in a very different way. It also attempts to put dates to several Biblical events.

In the early 1500s, the Aztec leader Montezuma told hernan Cortes and his men that the Aztec civilization was not native to Mexico, but had arrived there from somewhere else across the ocean. According to the author of this book, that "somewhere else" was ancient Egypt.

In Mesoamerica (ancient Mexico), the Olmec civilization showed evidence of, for instance, aqueducts, bur
...more
Victoria Caplinger
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an exploration of whether there might be a connection between the ancient Egyptian and Central American cultures, based not only on the fact that both constructed pyramids, but on a number of other parallels argued convincingly by the author. (My apologies in advance if in this review I miss some of the finer points of geography or historical timelines – these are not my strong points, and any errors fall to me, and not the author!)

It’s an exciting, impassioned, and inquisitive romp
...more
Robyn R.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Exodus Lost is a truly remarkable work that encompasses an impressive body of research into Mesoamerican history. S. C. Compton demonstrates the mastery of his subject with incredible attention to detail. What makes this book unprecedented is Compton’s ability to embed such rich history within the framework of an engaging narrative. Far from dry, it is an interdisciplinary magnum opus that transgresses genre boundaries and captivates the reader, luring them into a world of ancient civilizations ...more
Sammy Smith
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I’ve read through the other reviews and thoroughly agree.

I came across Exodus Lost when I was looking for something to read that explored and explained the Mayan culture and roots and the link to the Egyptians. I’ve long believed there is a link with the pyramids, and so I wanted to find something that argued the case well and eloquently (and obviously with accuracy!). I’m glad I chose this book as Compton sweeps the reader along at a fantastic pace and mixes pleasure and learni
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John
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author makes a very strong argument for the Olmec culture the oldest in the New World to have been strongly influenced by "Egyptians" that visited North America more than 3000 years ago. Linguistics, religious practices, architecture, funeral customs, clothing, art, pottery are all shown to have substantial and not possibly random relationships. He also has very interesting chapters on the development of the alphabet and alternative views of Biblical occurrences and interpretation. The Olmec ...more
Griffin Smith
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Exodus Lost is a Masterpiece!!!!

I found this to be an absolutely spellbinding book.

Exodus Lost was based on S. C. Compton’s 2010 University of Chicago graduate thesis. (Not to mention another ten years of work)

S. C. Compton writes in a prose that is very clear, lively, accessible and immensely captivating. I found the book almost impossible to put down; the pages were just flying by. I was also very impressed by his amazing breadth and depth of knowledge; the great many details that he presents
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Jacob Lyons
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of history books I was immediately drawn to this intriguing work. Having purchased it I began to read and spent many hours completely engrossed. The effort the author has put in to joining the dots and working everything out is extremely commendable. The outcome is a fascinating picture painted by a man with true passion and dedication for this subject.

Each claim made in the book is meticulously covered, this is no guesswork. Many books like to make sensationalistic claims but often t
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Beth
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
I've always been interested in history so this was particularly intriguing for me to read. I was already reasonably familiar with the history of the groups involved (Aztecs, Mayan, Egyptian, etc.) so that did help a bit but the author explained everything so clearly, and provided lots of excellent charts, graphs, and pictures to fully illustrate his points, that you really don't need to have any previous knowledge to thoroughly enjoy this volume.

The author's research and conclusions may seem con
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Ron
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, history, maps
An engaging bit of pop history. Well documented (over 700 end notes) investigation into the possible link between pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures and contemporary Old World cultures, specifically the Hyksos and Egyptians. Compton exhaustively explores his many links connecting the dots for the reader.

It all sounds good until you notice that some of the critical paragraphs have no end notes; those are Compton’s speculation. He does this a lot in his discussion of the linguistic parallels. It
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Edna White
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review ***** For all you history Buffs here is a great one!!!
My review: This book answers some questions for me. I have been involved in theological debates with friends that often left me baffled with questions of history and science. I am not a history buff but this well written yet controversial book displays in had my attention. In each chapter there were new finds and it begins to link these two civilizations that were thousands of miles apart and really had not dealings with one ano
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Mellie B
The author sure did his homework writing this fascinating book about the ancient Olmec culture that gave rise to the Aztecs and Mayans. He supports his theory - that the Olmecs descended from migrants who came from Egypt before Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt! - with an in-depth, multidisciplinary review of existing evidence. From archaeology to climate proxy data, architecture to writing systems, art styles to conceptions of the afterlife, place names to places structures were built, he h ...more
Catherine Edwards
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Well-researched englightenment! Finally, it all makes sense!

Decades ago, when I was a youngster in school, the teachers would themselves scoff at me when I would suggest the old world as the source of the civilizations that abruptly erupted in the Americas. I am glad to see that I'm not the only one with that train of thought.....

I found 'Exodus Lost' by S. C. Compton to be well-researched, his theories and correlations concise and straight-forward. He deftly fills-in the blanks of what we were
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Stephen Compton is a writer on Mesoamerican history. He obtained his undergraduate education from Shimer College and, via Shimer's Oxford study abroad program, Oxford University. He subsequently obtained master's degrees from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. In his book Exodus Lost (2011), based on 14 years of research, Compton advanced a controversial but pathbreaking thes ...more
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