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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  15,474 ratings  ·  1,376 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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Erinnerungen an die Zukunft = Chariots of The Gods, Erich von Däniken

Chariots of the Gods, is a book authored in 1968 by Erich von Däniken.

It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods.

Myths are not considered the product of human imagination. Myths should be examined not from the point of view of art, but from the point of view of science, and from the point of view of space.

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Manybooks
I read Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods many many years ago (I borrowed it from my college roommate in the late 1980s) and even giving this book one star, is basically (at least in my opinion) just one star too many. Now aside from the fact that the information presented by the author is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also and more importantly has a to me profoundly anti-humanistic (and even perhaps borderline racist) feel to it. For to me, it ha ...more
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
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Jasmine
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tim The Enchanter
3.5 Stars

I think this sums up the book

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Don't misinterpret my rating. I gave it 3.5 stars based on entertainment value alone. To sum up 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, given the knowledge they apparently possessed, could not have accomplished, without help, many o
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Nandakishore Mridula
I am not ashamed to say that there was a time when I took Erich von Däniken seriously (now, stop the sniggering, it's not funny!). Maybe it was a side-effect of my mother's crazy theory, which she narrated to me again and again, that the Pushpaka Vimana in the epic Ramayana was a real aeroplane; and the sights described as Rama, Lakshmana and Sita flew back to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka was really written from first hand accounts. Well, you must admit it was a really pretty fantasy.


Now here was a gu
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Michael || TheNeverendingTBR
There are many things in ancient history that can't be properly explained by mainstream archaeology and this book shines a light on a few.

This interesting concept of aliens on earth is very thought-provoking.

I've read so many similar books so there wasn't much in here that I've not read about before but I still enjoyed reading it because it's very well put together and I find it interesting.

If you watch Ancient Aliens a lot of the information comes from this book.
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Jon Nakapalau
When I was young I was convinced that aliens had visited us on many occasions. I have changed the way I think about the facts now, but this book was one of the first books I ever read that made me consider an alternate narrative to mainstream thought...and for that it will always have a special place on my 'life bookshelf.' ...more
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
Tony
Jun 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: archaeology
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
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Nebuchadnezzar
Mar 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Matt
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mukesh Kumar
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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-
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Herlinda
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WHERE DO I BEGIN? THE FACT THAT THIS BOOK IS A 7-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER REALLY SAYS EVERYTHING. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN AND FASCINATED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS,TECHNOLOGIES,AND RELIGIONS. I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS REGARDING EXTRATERRESTRIAL EXISTENCE AND VISITATION TO OUR EARTH. I AM A BELIEVER AND AS A TOPIC THAT HAS NOT BEEN WIDELY DISCUSSED OR TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY THE EVERYDAY HUMAN BEING IT IS ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT I AM NOT ALONE IN MY WONDER,BELIEF,AND INTEREST. ERICH VON DANIKEN ...more
Maude
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Werner
Mar 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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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
Yigal Zur
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
when i was a teenager i dreamt to be like Daniken. growing up and traveling for the last 40 years extensively and still with looking for the interesting and bizarre i find him more amusing that a real research. but still the fun is there
Wastrel
Jun 25, 2020 marked it as owned-unread  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-ub5
There's really no point adding any further mockery of this book... except I accidentally opened it on a random page and felt the stupidity was too overwhelming not to comment on. On page 83, the author discusses with incredulity the fact that the Egyptians had a calendar that counted from the first rising of Sirius; for what possible conceivable reason could the Egyptians have cared about Sirius, he asks in perplexity, rather than, say, the moon? Sirius can clearly have no significance to anybod ...more
Timothy Boyd
I read this way back in the 70's when the UFO idea was big. Interesting ideas and theories in the book. Much of it is kinda outdated today. Recommended ...more
Belhor Crowley
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very fake and very creative.
Arun Divakar
Jul 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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Heidi The Reader
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, ufo
This was different. I think I must have watched a documentary on the History Channel about the ideas in this book at some point in the past because it all seemed very familiar or I guess it could be that this was one of the seminal works of its kind and so many other people have "borrowed" concepts from it.

I didn't like that he speeds through tons different places and mysterious incidents, but covered nothing in much detail. I would have enjoyed a more thorough discussion about most everything h
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Beck Wenger
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Laurie
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
⚧️ Nadienne Greysorrow ⚧️
I still find it endlessly fascinating that Mr. von Daniken does not even catch his own inconsistencies. He simultaneously poo-poos all ancient religions as fanciful hocus pocus whilst clinging to the seemingly literal truth of the Bible. He again and again mentions Noah's flood as a real, actual event which must have occurred. He also simultaneously states that ancient people would have never been as absurd to do anything illogical or irrational in the name of religion, and then talks about how ...more
Kathryn in FL
Read this about 10 years after it was released. I also saw the movie. I think there is some legitimacy but it wasn't well supported, the best I recall.
I am not sure that relying on my memory at this point is your best resource for info.
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Angela
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is no wonder that people have strong feelings about this book. Those who can simply read a book, no matter the topic, and just listen to what the writer has to say, will obtain from this particular book just another good read and perhaps pass it along to someone else.

Daniken takes everything we have been taught about human nature, creationism, evolution, and the development of man and turns it on its head by simply suggesting an alternative explanation for how we came to be what we are and w
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Nadine
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Chariots of the Gods is a book better left unread. Better yet, watch the television show Ancient Aliens for a better-structured and more believable argument for the ancient aliens theory.

One of the biggest issues I had with Chariots of the Gods was Däniken use of examples, facts, and myths that are difficult to verify. When I first started reading, I was taking notes so that I could learn more about the things Däniken was referencing. However, ater hours research I realized a lot of the myths an
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Greek: Έριχ φον Νταίνικεν
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 la
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