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Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization

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With over 5 million copies sold worldwide of Fingerprints of the Gods, its New York Times bestselling sequel Magicians of the Gods brings new evidence supporting Hancock's thesis that a global cataclysm wiped out a great global civilization.

On the heels of the very successful hardcover edition, Hancock returns with this paperback version including three new chapters brimmi
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 10th 2015)
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Babak Fakhamzadeh
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Hancock, in the opening address puts forward his central premise: The arrival of two comets, some 12800 and 11600 years ago, destroyed an advanced civilisation where the survivors told of a time when 'mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe'.
Hancock then continues, "Did they bring the comets on themselves?", which sounds ominous.
In the end, Hancock's claim is reasonable, if not proven directly, but his suggestion this advanced civilis
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Adrian
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graham Hancock's long awaited sequel is more an expansion of previously explored themes in Fingerprints of the Gods, rather than, as the title suggests, an exploration of lost knowledge.
For this reader, this was something of a disappointment, as I have long held the position that the ancients were far wiser than we currently understand, however, Hancock at least illustrates the astronomical and astrological knowledge contained in the lost civilizations, and how this could have been transferred t
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Jim
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New discoveries like Gobekli Tepi and Gunung Padong have added to Hancock's contention that there could have been a high civilization in the past. I like the fact that he is on more solid footing knowing that we have good evidence for a cometary impact that kicked off the Younger Dryas. While this subject will necessarily be speculative, Hancock has dug up a lot to bolster his argument. This was an interesting read.
Andrew
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Fingerprints of the Gods twenty years ago, when mainstream science thought that Graham Hancock was mad! His latest book is full of new details as the science community is starting to admit that his ideas might just be correct. Its a bit long at almost 500 pages, but well worth the read.
Helio
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stevie Kincade
Civilisation is much older than it appears, or as Hancock loves to point out "stuff just keeps on getting older". If you are familiar with the research of Hancock, John Anthony West and geologist Robert Schoch this will come as no surprise. If you are not, watch the documentary "The Mystery of the sphinx" on Youtube. Other than a highly unfortunate detour into "the face on Mars" it remains an excellent documentary, narrated by Charlton Heston. Also worth watching are the "Magical Egypt" series f ...more
Zee
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graham Hancock has toppled the existing timeline in our history books and raises a lot of questions. Old ways of thinking and academics clinging on to their precious theories need to rethink a lot and let go of their egos for the betterment of humanity as a whole. This book serves as a waking and a warning at the same time. I have been following Mr. Hancock's work for the last ten years and this is the pinnacle of it for me.

I applaud this groundbreaking book. Everyone remotely interested in the
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Jon Ureña
Something smelled for me regarding the history of humanity as it's been agreed upon by the establishment. Every piece of evidence against that status quo, and there are many that by themselves would destroy the entire picture, was discarded, if considered at all, as an exception. How could the Sphinx have been made by dynastic Egyptians, if the bedrock its blocks belonged to shows signs of water erosion that put the construction at at least 10,000 years old? How (and when) were the Giza pyramids ...more
Gregory
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding, thought-provoking look at new archaeological finds and their potential impact on how the rise of civilization is taught. Could also be called "A Tale of Two Comets."
Fox
Oh, Graham Hancock, how I enjoy you.

I received this book, happily, as an ARC from the GoodReads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

The focus of Magicians of the Gods is Hancock's belief that the end of the Younger Dryas period was caused by a celestial impact. This asteroid strike, or multiple strikes as he believes that it split in the atmosphere, was primarily focused upon the ice shelf at the Canadian/US border and created the scablands that we see there today. So, what do
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Michael
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Graham Hancock and just finished meeting him while on signing tour of this exact book. Therefore, this review will certainly be biasly written in the positive.

Mr. Hancock has a remarkable ability to connect dots of antiquity. The lines he connects illuminate a cataclysmic event that caused unfathomable and practically instantaneous changes to the earth which resulted in mass extinctions and nearly wiped out humanity as well. The mounting peer-reviewed scientific evi
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Terry
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book of Mr. Hancock's that I listened to last month. I enjoy listening to all of the history and mysteries that are explored, and I have no problem believing in the theories and ideas that are presented. The idea of a comet impact ending the Younger Dryas period, as well as devastating a possible ancient civilization are very compelling. I will certainly continue in the quest to learn more.
Bettie☯


Description: Near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier, broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap. The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,0
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Andres
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sonyreader
Hancock, as usual, has researched the topic thoroughly and professionally, and he succeeds in supporting his thesis that ours is not the first advanced civilization this planet has had, and more importantly, makes a great case for the prior civilization having fallen during a planetary cataclysm of proportions only seen in extreme Hollywood blockbusters. Furthermore, his book paints a convincing picture of what this cataclysm was, showing the proof still to be seen in the geological and archeolo ...more
Fi's Journey
"It upsets our carefully structured ideas of how civilizations should behave, how they should mature and develop, when we are confronted by a case like Göbekli Tepe that starts out perfect at the beginning and then slowly devolves until it is just a pale shadow of its former self."

"My thoughts about this immense book and the topics Mr Graham talks about?" It's fantastic!
He's done a lot of research, which you can tell, and writes in such a way that it makes you want to keep reading it. Why did
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Glen Krisch
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable and thought-provoking. A great combination.
Noémie Danneau
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This my friends, is an amazing journey through time and places all around the world and beyond ! I have learned so much and been captivated by the evolution of the author quest of sense through the reading of the most ancient myths, archeologic sites and clues about the very untold origins of human civilisation! This is what i would love to read in scholar books instead of the boring rational and fake story of humanity.
Even if I know why they won't ever change the established version... I want t
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Christian
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of alternate historical theories in general. I think it's important to continue asking questions, even after a "standard" has been set because there is always new evidence and research. My expectation for this book was that it would be a continuation of Fingerprints of the Gods, and to some extent I found that to be true. I never expected to find some great secret knowledge revealed in this book because I find those claims to give alternative history a bad name. What I appreciate about ...more
Kathleen
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have seen Hancock in interviews and he is a great raconteur - perhaps what led me to read this book. I had to struggle through the last 5 chapters just so I could say I finished it; it is that dull. It is not so much that Hancock refers to burial sites/excavations in far-flung regions of the world as if you have read all of his previous work where these were mentioned, but the book does not offer really anything so interesting in the way of theories. Ok, so there was a comet in the Younger Dry ...more
Shruti
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting conceit, however, some of the leaps of imagination required you to suspend a lot of belief.

For example, his point on 540 being a precessional number can be summed up as - "take the heartbeat of precession, 72, halve it and add it to itself to get 108. Halve 108 - you get 54; multiply it by 10 to get 540." That's the number of pillars in Angkor Wat! And in Edfu! Coincidence, I think so...

Yes, I get it - we might be underestimating the high civilisations of yore, both in terms of achie
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Beattie
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I can't stop talking about this book, seriously! If you are a history buff and one who has an open mind on things, then this is a book for you. I thoroughly enjoyed Graham Hancock's case on lost civilizations in ancient times, and found some of it pretty convincing. He doesn't force you to believe his findings, but rather presents his evidence and why counter arguments do not seem valid. After reading Magicians of the Gods, I have so many questions and quite an open outlook of our past. Pick up ...more
Karrie Stewart
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Graham does it again. This was an updated version of his other great book Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization. He gives great evidence to civilization being on this Earth way longer then what our history books tell us. I listened to this which was great because Graham read it.
Ard
Hancock is always an interesting read and this is definitely no exception. I'm intrigued by the idea of a lost civilisation and its survivors seeding our first great civilisations. There are some very interesting theories, sometimes well-argumented, but there's also a lot of speculation and quite a bit of it couldn't really convince me. Meanwhile, it's a worthy sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods and everyone who liked that book will probably like this one.
Tiffany Shacklett
Fantastic and fascinating read as always. I love Graham Hancock's work.
Martin Belcher
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I can remember reading Hancock's first book Fingerprints of the Gods quite a few years ago now and feeling like my mind had been opened to a new world history that is repeatedly denied us by successive governments and the 'powers that be'. Magicians of the Gods revisits some of Hancock's earlier research and revises it with up to date scientific thinking drawing to a startling conclusion.
First of all, it's important to point out this book is not one of those crackpot alien books that pretends to
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Benjamin Pearson
Hancock is an enthralling speaker and when I was introduced to him on the JRE podcast, I found him infectious and riveting. However, the same really can't be said about his books. I have had a love hate relationship with this book and given this, its unsurprising it ended around three quarters in.

I enjoy the idea and the ramifications that Hancock appears to be unearthing and I can even, plainly follow the reasoning with which he argues them. However, the book is simply too dense with aspects t
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Elentarri
Graham Hancock discusses new evidence for an ancient lost civilization and the disaster that led to its end. Better than I thought it would be. This new book does not re-hash information discussed in detail in previous books, but includes mostly new information with references to his old books if you need more detail. So even if you have read all his other book, read this one too. There is more information, especially of the reputed scientific variety, and almost no irrelevant personal travelogu ...more
Justin Hoffman
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
minor criticisms, gets a bit slow in parts with his retelling of whole conversations or multiple retellings of examples that were already given.
Frank
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again, a most compelling argument for the existence of a lost civilization of great antiquity and high technology.
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Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. His books include Lords of Poverty, The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis (released in the US as Message of the Sphinx), The Mars Mystery, Heaven's Mirror (with wife Santha Faiia), Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization, Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith (with co-author Robert Bauval), Supernatural: Mee ...more
“No, the problem at Göbekli Tepe is the pristine, sudden appearance, like Athena springing full-grown and fully armed from the brow of Zeus, of what appears to be an already seasoned civilization so accomplished that it “invents” both agriculture and monumental architecture at the apparent moment of its birth.” 4 likes
“If ever a society could be said to meet all the mythological criteria of the next lost civilization – a society that ticks all the boxes – is it not obvious that it is our own? Our pollution and neglect of the majestic garden of the earth, our rape of its resources, our abuse of the oceans and the rainforests, our fear, hatred and suspicion of one another multiplied by a hundred bitter regional and sectarian conflicts, our consistent track record of standing by and doing nothing while millions suffer, our ignorant, narrow-minded racism, our exclusivist religions, our forgetfulness that we are all brothers and sisters, our bellicose chauvinism, the dreadful cruelties that we indulge in, in the name of nation, or faith, or simple greed, our obsessive, competitive, ego-driven production and consumption of material goods and the growing conviction of many, fuelled by the triumphs of materialist science, that matter is all there is – that there is no such thing as spirit, that we are just accidents of chemistry and biology – all these things, and many more, in mythological terms at least, do not look good for us.” 3 likes
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