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The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-Up

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A study of the substantial evidence for a former race of giants in North America and its 150-year suppression by the Smithsonian Institution

• Shows how thousands of giant skeletons have been found, particularly in the Mississippi Valley, as well as the ruins of the giants’ cities

• Explores 400 years of giant finds, including newspaper articles, first person accounts, sta
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Bear & Company (first published December 15th 2013)
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Emily S.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I feel like shelving this one under 'fairy tales', because there was no real science to back anything up. A whole lot of old newspaper articles do not equal peer-reviewed science. I can't even get over the ridiculousness of the author's claims. Straight conjecture and weird conjecture at that. If you're looking for some mediocre fantasy, pick this up. If you're hoping for a science-based study, avoid it like the plague.
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
OK. The good stuff: some of the articles--some--are interesting and there was a decent amount of information about Wisconsin mounds and copper mining, which I enjoyed since I'm from Wisconsin.

But the bad stuff--oh, man.
--Lots of proofreading needed to be done--in one really obvious example, a headline which says it was printed in 1880 goes on to reprint a story about a discovery made in 1912, which was exhibited in 1999-2000.
--Many of the articles reprinted here don't even mention giants, they m
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Melissa
DNF- First of all the title of this books is a bit misleading. Though the main subject is giants the author includes different theories and artifacts that has vanished as well. These were included to help support the idea that the Smithsonian has destroyed or hidden artifacts that could prove another version of history. I actually agree that museums have done that because even today we are still taught an approved version of history but more and more people are trying to change that.
My biggest
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Valiant Thor
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best and most comprehensive books on the ancient Mound Builders of North America. This is the book I recommend for interested people new to the subject. Broad, well written, solid sourcing, good photos, and cogent analysis, it was a pleasure to read and very informative.

A key topic I was pleased to find addressed in this book is the ancient copper mines of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which the evidence indicates was the copper source fueling the Bronze Age in Europe and the Midd
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Elentarri
This book is fascinating and irritating at the same time. The author has loads of reports about giant remains discovered in North America, but conveniently "forgets" that "America" also refers to South America. The book consists mainly of retyped newspaper reports about artifact discoveries, with very little analysis or joining of dots or synthesis or additional ideas or conjecture by the author. The book also only makes a passing mention of the whole "Great Smithsonian Cover-Up". Oh, and while ...more
John Stubler
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent research!!

The author of this book has gone to great lengths to research old newspapers and journals proving one thing - that a race of giants inhabited America prior to the modern day native Indians. These giants stood 6' to 10' tall, were Caucasian, some had red hair and some had blonde. But somewhere along the line, the Smithsonian has buried the evidence of their existence. This book goes state by state from the 1700's to the early 20th century presenting articles of the day from ne
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Els
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book as I very much enjoyed the author's erudite appearance on Earth Ancients podcast. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get further than the first chapter as the dismissal of human evolution using the hypothesis "dinosaurs turned into birds so humans must have had larger ancestors as well" was possibly even more laughable than the vast majority of creationist flim flam.
It's certainly an intriguing topic, and if the remains to which the author refers are genuine then f
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Scott Jones
I gave this two stars because it does contain much great historical information. It shows from contemporary newspaper reports and books that there were, indeed, giant skeletons of poeple from several thousand years ago. These range from 7-10 feet in length. That's the two stars.

Minus two stars for making no connection of the Smithosonian 'cover-up', other than accusations, and maybe slight allusions to this by stating several times that the findings from 'such and such' site were to go to the S
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Bufo Calvin
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
When most people are presented with a report of something having happened, they tend to evaluate it in one of three ways:

* The person is telling the truth and is reasonably accurately reporting the situation
* The person is telling the truth, but is mistaken about what happened
* The person is deliberately lying, and the situation did not happen

There are a number of factors that weigh into that evaluation.

One of them should not be the "extraordinariness" of the claim, in my opinion.

Marcello Truzzi
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Christine Jeffords
An intriguing book but could have been better organized; it's not always clear whether the "giant" remains were found alone or with "normal" ones. Still, thought-provoking, especially as "Caucasian" burials in a primitive style (mummification) were discovered on Catalina Island.
Jedidiah
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most fascinating books I have read, and imagine my surprise when my hometown gets mentioned in this book several times. For anyone who is even slightly curious about the mysteries of pre-recorded history in the Americas, I HIGHLY recommend this book!
Graham
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book.
Kiwim0n
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book gave me cancer. Was good for a laugh.
Lee
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got halfway through the first chapter and had to move onto another book. Obviously a race of Caucasian giants were here before the indians...why wouldn't they be? The weather is much better that Europe. The most shocking part is that the author is a Caucasian (collective gasp). His primary sources were rather weak, including newspaper articles of dubious origin. Unfortunately I didn't have the patience to get to the part where he reveals why the Smithsonian w0uld want to cover it up? However I h ...more
Jeff McCormack
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was a lot more in this book than I had assumed. For the most part, this whole book is story after story, news clip after news clip, historical document after document, giving testimony to just find after find of "giants" amount the "mound people." These mound people being inhabitants of the North American continent way before the American Indians.

The stories of these findings are so many, it is near impossible to try to ignore them or pass them all off as just a bunch of hoax stories. The
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Vicky
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a reference book, it's chock full of interesting pictures, news articles, and verbal history that confirms the evidence of giants in the United States. Abraham Lincoln also has a quote where he mentions the giants found in the mounds across the U.S. (not sure if this is in the book, it got boring after a while.)

The author seems to think that he is the first to mention in writing about the giants (of course he focuses on the US only) but he is not. If he had just picked up the Bible or the boo
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Mikel
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is an impressive amount of information compiled in this book. There are several articles relating to the work of established archeologists. The main content of the book doesn't touch much on the Smithsonian's cover up. Instead most of that information is found in the introduction which was fascinating. The almost staggering amount of articles and information on the mound builders from this Era is enough to convince me that this is not some elaborate hoax. The idea that only one set of inha ...more
Ami
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so frustrating! First, it was made up of mostly all reprinted stories from the newspaper. Second, the author made lots of wild accusations and did little to follow them up with any kind of evidence or proof of any kind, and then when he did offer proof it was incredibly weak, grasping at straws. The author could hardly connect any dots together and any kind of coherent fashion. It was especially aggravating when he would mention that the following article would have specific inform ...more
Kyle Philson
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
-Free review copy courtesy of Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
I have always been fascinated with the stories of the Giants that once walked the earth. The men of great renown, the Nephilim. Whether it was biblical accounts, Greek or Norse legends, the stories have always consumed me. Why was I not taught this material in school or by adults when I was young. Giants were real and the proof is everywhere. Richard does a fantastic job collecting and reporting on numerous accounts from local news
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Lisa
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter is doing a research paper on Giants and it has been quite fascinating! This book was good but got a little boring with finding after finding of bonebut still interesting information in there. The "giants" theory lines up with scripture and ancient writings from ALL cultures. Flavius Josephus mentions giants from the Bible are the same from Greek Mythology. The ancient book of Enoch talks in detail about the giants (Nephilim) whose fathers were the fallen angels who left heaven with L ...more
Heather
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was mainly old articles from the 1800's and early 1900's. Hundreds of report of giantism in skeletons that the author then connects to the mound builders. He gives very few pictures and no evidence of anything and no modern interpretations. He also fails to prove it was covered up by the smithsonian. It looks to me just like poor archaeology of that time period rather than a cover up.
Christopher D.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting argument with plenty of evidence

The author did well in gathering his sources. Presentation is a bit plodding though. Still, a thorough look at a near-forgotten race of giants.
Trey Kiernan
The title is a little misleading.... I thought it was going to cover more of the Smithsonian cover up than it actually did. It was mostly a catalogue of locations where remains of giants were found in the US. Still interesting, but not what I hoped for.
Dave Umrysh
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book to have as a reference when researching the mound builder civilization.
Dave
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing hypothesis by an outsider of the scientific community.
Indrid Cold
Well researched - and plenty of evidence of suppression ... as well as actual evidence of giants ...
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