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Erich von Daniken again shows his flair for revealing the truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim and he has the proof! In "History Is Wrong," Erich von Daniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Erich von Daniken again shows his flair for revealing the truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim and he has the proof! In "History Is Wrong," Erich von Daniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decryption since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible Book of Enoch. History Is Wrong will challenge your intellect...and maybe a few long-held beliefs. This is Erich von Daniken's best book in years!


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Erich von Daniken again shows his flair for revealing the truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim and he has the proof! In "History Is Wrong," Erich von Daniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Erich von Daniken again shows his flair for revealing the truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim and he has the proof! In "History Is Wrong," Erich von Daniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decryption since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible Book of Enoch. History Is Wrong will challenge your intellect...and maybe a few long-held beliefs. This is Erich von Daniken's best book in years!

30 review for History is Wrong

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Davenport

    This book was a doozy. Seriously, I had to finish a liter of vodka just to choke this stuff down. Heck, that was after taking the pound and a half of cocaine. Erich von Daniken started his research asking a couple of cousins and waiters if they knew what the Voynich Manuscript was. As expected, their answers were all in the negative. Heck, I’m a professional archaeologist and I don’t even know what it is! But I digress… After Erich von Daniken asks about a 100 of these goobers he explains that This book was a doozy. Seriously, I had to finish a liter of vodka just to choke this stuff down. Heck, that was after taking the pound and a half of cocaine. Erich von Daniken started his research asking a couple of cousins and waiters if they knew what the Voynich Manuscript was. As expected, their answers were all in the negative. Heck, I’m a professional archaeologist and I don’t even know what it is! But I digress… After Erich von Daniken asks about a 100 of these goobers he explains that everyone’s lack of knowledge on the subject is indicative of the lack of knowledge of the subject in academic circles. This, and only this, is the only point in this entire book in which I will agree with Erich von Daniken. The purpose of archaeological studies (as I’ve stated repeatedly) is to enlighten and educate. The Voynich Manuscript is a 15th or 16th century, currently untranslated, document. Shy of a press release dating and marking its provenience, the public wouldn’t have heard anything about the manuscript until it has been interpreted. Instead of jumping on the sane train and saying what I just said, Erich von Daniken instead decides to state that the lack of public knowledge on the subject is instead part of some plot to hide what most academics are too close minded to admit: we can’t decipher it because it was written by aliens. What? Yes. Aliens. Fact: the Voynich manuscript is written in an, as of yet, undeciphered script. Fact: the Voynich manuscript has detailed star/sun charts. Scientific conclusion? An as of yet undetermined culture had the mathematical and observational skills to plot star/sun charts. The Erich Von Daniken conclusion? Our inability to interpret the foreign language implies no failing on our part but instead implies that beings much smarter than us wrote it. Also, the detailed star charts are obviously contrived from mathematics too complex for early man to decipher and are indicative of beings who have grander perspectives than early man. The Erich Von Daniken conclusion that I just gave you is basically all of “History is Wrong” pertaining to the Voynich manuscript. You’ll also find that when reading this book you come across, repeatedly, two signature pseudoscience tools: The first of these tools is the “piece it together yourself” questioning. Pseudoscience is opinion based over factual. For this reason, after a pseudoscientist makes a claim he/she will usually follow it up with a question instead of a factual explanation. This is a con man slide. It chooses to engage you in hopes that while contemplating related conclusions you’ll not question the lack of cited evidence. When asked to answer a question, you’re usually too busy answering to take the time to say “Woah…wait a second…that doesn’t make sense.” Politicians use it too…a lot. The second, and probably slightly more annoying, tool in the pseudoscientist toolbox is one I like to call “Look at my big friend…” This method is the presentation of proof that you know someone famous instead of proof to your claims. Its a means of von Daniken to say “I must be right because this famous person wrote me a letter.” The major example in this book is the letter from Neil Armstrong, also known as the first man to step on the moon. In short, von Daniken claims to have been part of an excavation that discovered a metal library within a cave system in Los Tayos, in South America. After the supposed discovery, he claims that the press had covered it up and wouldn’t believe him, he also takes this moment to point out that documentation that would prove his point (photographs, journal entries) are simply missing (at one point, even saying “(my archive is missing)”[page 130 opposite the letter from Armstrong]). He then claims to have just surrendered until he heard that another crew had visited the excavation and brought along Armstrong. Von Daniken mails Armstrong a letter asking for his take on the alien library in the caves and Armstrong states: “I understand that there have been magazine articles in Germany and Argentina which reported on the excavation and related it to your theories…I was asked in Ecuador whether I had observed any evidence of highly developed societies having been in the area, and I answered that I had not.” He continued the letter stating that he appreciated the offer to accompany von Daniken on an excavation but would have to refuse. So…Armstrong said no aliens. Pretty clear cut, right? Erich Von Daniken instead states that the letter is proof that he has been victimized by the media and that Armstrong had given him his full support. Very simply, a celebrity contacted von Daniken in response, and von Daniken is using it to drum up popularity. This of course follows Erich Von Daniken’s refuting of the comments in the media that he admitted to never actually being in the caves in Ecuador. I shall answer this one from personal experience. I, Matt the Spaz, have actually watched the interview in which Erich Von Daniken states that he had never been to the caves. Back in college, in Riddles of the Past 101 with Dr. Marqusee, we watched the whole video and not only does he say that he’s never been to the caves, but also that half of the Nazca lines that he claimed were landing pads for alien beings he had never actually visited. He ended the interview saying that, when he writes his books, he knows he’s writing for an audience and that he brings a large portion of poetic license into each book he writes. For those of you new to literary parlance, poetic license is “make-believe.” Finally, the book ends weak. Erich Von Daniken falls into a lull and must have noticed, because he quickly starts just repeating stuff from his other books, all of it can be found in his original, “Chariots of the Gods?“ His book ends on a quote, pleading with the audience one last time to view him as the victim. “Those who cannot attack the thought, instead attack the thinker.” (Paul Valery 1871-1945) In response: Erich Von Daniken I don’t see you as a victim of the media or of “mainstream archaeology.” I see you as a person who completely ignores the Scientific Method. I love your “thought.” I think its awesome. Aliens rock. The purposeful bending of scientific evidence to your theories is what I attack. Read the evidence as it is, don’t make it fit your beliefs. Pseudoscientists are either people who failed to correctly learn the scientific method, or snake-oil salesmen. I encourage everyone to ignore this book, go out and buy Chariots of the Gods? and laugh your butt off reading that one. In forty years, he has come up with nothing new to write.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ♔Insomnia here_for_the_catnip

    I have already read Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials by the same author, so most of the facts and opinions stated here were nothing new. The author loves to repeat himself almost as much as justify his own mistakes, and that's pretty much all that happens in the second half of the book. He was wronged/misinformed some years ago, regarding some ancient texts, that may have or have not existed and were or were not found in S.America half a century I have already read Twilight of the Gods: The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials by the same author, so most of the facts and opinions stated here were nothing new. The author loves to repeat himself almost as much as justify his own mistakes, and that's pretty much all that happens in the second half of the book. He was wronged/misinformed some years ago, regarding some ancient texts, that may have or have not existed and were or were not found in S.America half a century ago.. Pretty hazy, if you asked me, for a book, that claims that somehow our history is wrong.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    This is the longest "begging the question" fallacy I have ever read. Or, put another way: just because you can construct an internally consistent argument doesn't make it true. I took tedious notes for this book - nearly 50 spiral notebook pages - in order to keep up with the logic of Daniken's asinine, racist, alien-seeding propositions. Because a lot of "evidence" were really unfounded propositions presented as facts, background research in conspiracy theory esoterica was required - hence, the This is the longest "begging the question" fallacy I have ever read. Or, put another way: just because you can construct an internally consistent argument doesn't make it true. I took tedious notes for this book - nearly 50 spiral notebook pages - in order to keep up with the logic of Daniken's asinine, racist, alien-seeding propositions. Because a lot of "evidence" were really unfounded propositions presented as facts, background research in conspiracy theory esoterica was required - hence, the notes. By the way, this is a good place to plug this website in case you are curious about these sorts of archaeological oddities. Honestly, I learned much more from this website than anything in Daniken's book. I've heard his other books are entertaining. I've heard he's charming on television. All I can tell you is this book is bad in every way a book can be judged. The writing is bad. The logic is bad. It was a slog to get through. Reading this had all the tedious joy of shoveling an endless sidewalk. I'd rather fill a root canal than do this again. As for all these racist, white idiots who can't fathom that brown people could have completed amazing feats in history... consider the following: Daniken mentions the metal plates of "Father Crespi" whose metallic library may or may not exist. The logic from Daniken is that no one has been able to study these because Ecuadorians hid them from untrusted white people in favor of good-natured Father Crespi, who suddenly became the repository for all these bizarre metal artifacts. YOU KNOW WHO ELSE WOULD WANT TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF THESE ARTIFACTS, YOU RACIST NITWIT? HOW ABOUT THE ECUADORIANS YOU PAINT AS BARELY MORE INTERESTED IN HISTORY THAN MONKEYS? Daniken fails to consider that Ecuadorians, in a country with actual archaeologists in a modern society - the people who actually own these supposedly ancient plates - might themselves have been interested in them not just now, but hundreds of years ago. Like every other group of indigenous people in the Americas. But no. Daniken is here with his specialized knowledge in basically nothing, armed with a rigorous belief in a very literal interpretation of any Judeo-Christian text he can find - thank goodness he is here to teach indigenous people a lesson about their own people. Anyway, if you are also one of those indulgent people who refuses to believe the tireless work of hundreds of thousands of professionals in favor of exploring alternatives due to your own lack of knowledge - this is for you. Otherwise, just watch these racist idiots on the History Channel and save yourself the task I foisted upon myself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Author spends too much time defending previous writings. I have read this author since Chariots of the Gods and in fact still have my copy that I bought as a child. He has opened my eyes to the mysteries of our planet since the beginning. Once again he brings to light ancient books and writings and says look at these and learn to think for yourself and not just follow mainstream thinking. This is why I like the authors books. The only thing that deflects from the book (besides a few editorial Author spends too much time defending previous writings. I have read this author since Chariots of the Gods and in fact still have my copy that I bought as a child. He has opened my eyes to the mysteries of our planet since the beginning. Once again he brings to light ancient books and writings and says look at these and learn to think for yourself and not just follow mainstream thinking. This is why I like the authors books. The only thing that deflects from the book (besides a few editorial problems) is the fact that he feels he needs to defend himself against what other people say. Too many pages are dedicated to this. If the author feels he must do this then use a page a move on. I want to read about the mysteries not about closed minded, greedy people. when I re-read this book again someday I will just skip that part because I do feel this book adds value to the mysteries of our world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Neeleisch G

    Are we (Human Beings) alone on this planet ? the answer is in this book. The book is a successor of The Chariots of The Gods, and what a successor it is. A fantastic detailed research on the Voynich Manuscript, Nazca Lines and so on .... A must read for those who fed up of Romantica and all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ramona

    I was very hyped about finally reading a Daniken book since he is mentioned by other writers in his genre, if not quoted. Well I must say I was deeply disappointed, he maybe a great theorist, but this particular book was the worst one I could have started with. It was fairly interesting for the first 100 pages, the correlation with religious books like the Tora (Enoch), Mormons (Jared) & Bible (Noah) all retelling flood tails. The idea that "gods" could be early mans impression of I was very hyped about finally reading a Daniken book since he is mentioned by other writers in his genre, if not quoted. Well I must say I was deeply disappointed, he maybe a great theorist, but this particular book was the worst one I could have started with. It was fairly interesting for the first 100 pages, the correlation with religious books like the Tora (Enoch), Mormons (Jared) & Bible (Noah) all retelling flood tails. The idea that "gods" could be early mans impression of extraterrestrials, is completely fascinating and the theories are plausible, but the problem arises after page 105! I must say he complains, whines and out right rants about the wrongs he's had done to him by the press & others in the past... it drags out what could have been a nicely stitched up book of all his earlier theorems with present day archeological evidence, like the metal library in Ecuador. I lost interest and at this point almost forgot about the Voynich manuscript, in my need to rush through this book. I only finished it hoping at some point he'd stop justifying the complaining he was doing, which did him no justice. I think I'll stick to other authors who can keep their emotional rants out of their writing... he sounds like a bitter man, tho he refutes that!

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Bales

    My own fault for reading this after knowing quite a bit about von Daniken's questionable reputation. I was caught up in the "Chariots of the Gods" craze back yonder about 1974 when that book was translated into English and thought by now von Daniken would have tightened up his theories a little bit, but no, he's still as crazy as ever. He explores some real enigmas and mysteries without giving any credible explanations and as usual, asks a hell of a lot more questions than he answers. A lot of My own fault for reading this after knowing quite a bit about von Daniken's questionable reputation. I was caught up in the "Chariots of the Gods" craze back yonder about 1974 when that book was translated into English and thought by now von Daniken would have tightened up his theories a little bit, but no, he's still as crazy as ever. He explores some real enigmas and mysteries without giving any credible explanations and as usual, asks a hell of a lot more questions than he answers. A lot of nice pictures though, mostly misinterpreted. I had high hopes for the chapters on the "Voynich Manuscript" but that too disintegrates into babblespeak.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yaqoob Yawar

    Yet another wonderful book from the writer of chariots of gods. Dealing with Extra Terrestrial relations of these Gods with our earth. Detailed evidence from hidden Metal Library of Ecuador .

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lavoie

    I thought this book was fascinating. I've always enjoyed reading Erich von Daniken's books, and this was no exception. It is easy and quick to read as it is written in a very conversational style. Reading it makes me feel as if I am speaking directly to the man himself. Though some may not believe in what he says, I find his theories to be fascinating.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hana

    I could not make it through this book. At all. I wanted something interesting and more realistic, scientific to read as a break between my series marathoning and I grabbed this book because I knew how much my father loved it. And considering me and him have similar tastes about history and stuff like that, I thought I was going to enjoy it. Boy, was I wrong. I got 50 pages in before closing the book and setting it down because my brain was screaming at me to spare him from the torture. Daniken made I could not make it through this book. At all. I wanted something interesting and more realistic, scientific to read as a break between my series marathoning and I grabbed this book because I knew how much my father loved it. And considering me and him have similar tastes about history and stuff like that, I thought I was going to enjoy it. Boy, was I wrong. I got 50 pages in before closing the book and setting it down because my brain was screaming at me to spare him from the torture. Daniken made everything so complicated and tangled, I couldn't decipher where it began and where it ended. Not only that, his writing is incredibly boring without bringing anything concrete to the table. It's just random fact after fact that has nothing to do with the topic and it just leaves you overwhelmed with information that isn't even that important. Every few paragraphs we get his own opinions about it, where it's just him asking random questions in an attempt to make the reader think. Spoiler alert: it doesn't work. Incredibly boring writing on such an interesting and fun topic, which should have left me at the edge of my seat, hungrily flipping over the next page. It's a shame because I would love to know more about the topic but I just cannot make it through anymore, without my brain exploding. Maybe the rest of the book becomes more interesting and less tangled, I wouldn't know. I only made it 50 pages in, but I am not planning on continuing. Maybe in a far far far future, but I doubt it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    A point of view of realistic value. Ive always thought of iterating the bible using modern times. Ive always known back in the biblical days they didn’t have terms for what they have seen. So it was described in terms they knew, hence the spectacular. But once u think about in modern words it makes sense & this author just beat me to the print. I believe what Jacob, eziekel, enoch have seen is the truth, but in our modern times vocabulary they were EBEs & UFOs. I don’t care what anyone A point of view of realistic value. Ive always thought of iterating the bible using modern times. Ive always known back in the biblical days they didn’t have terms for what they have seen. So it was described in terms they knew, hence the spectacular. But once u think about in modern words it makes sense & this author just beat me to the print. I believe what Jacob, eziekel, enoch have seen is the truth, but in our modern times vocabulary they were EBEs & UFOs. I don’t care what anyone really thinks to the contrary of the phenomenon... it wont change the fact of the events that happened....is happening...and going to happen. For the gov to admit disclosure is admitting to a higher power than the US. And we know how vain these ppl are. For evry 1yr in the civilian world the military advances 60. Since 1947 to now the US military is 4200yrs ahead in technology. My nephew just enlisted in the air force & has top secret clearance, he said the tech they have is far beyond anything in the civilian sector. I already knew this and i can inly imagine what they have.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Strong Extraordinary Dreams

    Well, most of this is Erich complaining about the troubles he had with a bunch of Argentinians. The rest is about libraries of books inscribed on copper, brass and other metals. The problems are (1) he takes whatever is written is some (nutty, ancient, corrupted, incomplete, doctored) religious text as the detailed truth about X, Y and Z, and about whatever else. (2) A religious text line "was not of men's hands" becomes, in his reasoning, ` extraterrestrial hands ` (well, of course), which is - Well, most of this is Erich complaining about the troubles he had with a bunch of Argentinians. The rest is about libraries of books inscribed on copper, brass and other metals. The problems are (1) he takes whatever is written is some (nutty, ancient, corrupted, incomplete, doctored) religious text as the detailed truth about X, Y and Z, and about whatever else. (2) A religious text line "was not of men's hands" becomes, in his reasoning, ` extraterrestrial hands ` (well, of course), which is - well, of course - flying saucers. There does seem to be something here, but this is a poor, poor account.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    Interesting information in the book but it felt like a good portion of the time was the author trying to clear his name while saying he wasn't trying to clear his name. I get it and would likely have done the same but feel like that could have all been lumped into a section at the beginning or end and not dumped in the middle. It's placement was relevant to the topic at that point of the book but it took me out of the moment and left me wondering if I should continue.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danos P.

    Similar to Von Daniken's other books, the author makes the reader think and consider what we find and see around us. Archaelogy is changing - long overdue - in the light of the 21st century knowledge of space travel and of what is beyond earth. Von Daniken is prompting the reader to revise past knowledge and beliefs with the knowledge we have today. The future... well, it will most certainly bring more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Thompson

    Interesting This was an interesting and thought provoking read. The author does it offer specific conclusions to the two main themes of mysteries examined but rather offers methods and questions that can be used in the search for truth. He also takes time to explain at several points that these questions are not about disproving the existence of divinity which existence he seems to accept.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

    Warts and all, there is no-one quite like von Daniken, and his theories and stories, as wild as they are, always verge on the mystical for me. I never tire of hearing about the plains of Nazca, either!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Y

    1.5 stars. A lot of whining in this about how people have wronged him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    PuchoAlmighty666

    I read this book when I was younger and regret it. . .It's full of preposterous claims.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason Stokes

    An adept review of modern theories and long held dogma that doesn't seem to make sense.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Micah Fagre

    Not my type of hype. Reads like 50s science fiction.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Edwin Lowe

    In Defense of Erich Von Daniken Life Time of Research & Writings Regarding the Ancient Alien Theory During his 40 plus years career Erich Von Daniken wrote dozens of best selling books, which promoted and for many people,, proved the ancient alien theory. Since the publication of his first book, "Chariots of the Gods" in 1968, millions of people have read his books and found his work credible, his research beyond reproach, and his conclusions logical and convincing. In "History is Wrong" the In Defense of Erich Von Daniken Life Time of Research & Writings Regarding the Ancient Alien Theory During his 40 plus years career Erich Von Daniken wrote dozens of best selling books, which promoted and for many people,, proved the ancient alien theory. Since the publication of his first book, "Chariots of the Gods" in 1968, millions of people have read his books and found his work credible, his research beyond reproach, and his conclusions logical and convincing. In "History is Wrong" the author continues to provide evidence of extraterrestrial visitation and influence in earth's ancient past. The author also discuses in detail a serious attempt made by several individuals to discredit and perhaps even destroy his career following the publication of his second book "Gold of the Gods". All together it makes for an extremely well written and interesting read. I urge everyone to read this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    This book did have a good deal of interesting historical information, but I felt like it spent too much time discussing the author's personal experiences with the historical/archaeological communities. I would have preferred if it was strictly a historical information text, as opposed to being part autobiography. On one hand, it did go into full detail about a couple specific instances of potential extraterrestrials being misconstrued as gods; but, the whole text would have read better if would This book did have a good deal of interesting historical information, but I felt like it spent too much time discussing the author's personal experiences with the historical/archaeological communities. I would have preferred if it was strictly a historical information text, as opposed to being part autobiography. On one hand, it did go into full detail about a couple specific instances of potential extraterrestrials being misconstrued as gods; but, the whole text would have read better if would have covered a wider variety of these instances, even if they weren't explained in such great detail. If the case had always been to focus solely on the Book of Enoch, the title should have been a little more specific to that subject.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sydne

    Although I don't agree with D_niken's theory about some of the most mysterious buildings/phenomenon on this world (the Pyramids, the Nazca Lines, Stonehenge, etc etc), I still think his books are amazingly interesting reads that give you a great, exciting and informative insight into some of the most wonderful things this world has to offer. His 2009 work "History is Wrong" can discarded from this without a doubt though. For me, it all seemed like a long ramble that never came to the point. Although I don't agree with D_niken's theory about some of the most mysterious buildings/phenomenon on this world (the Pyramids, the Nazca Lines, Stonehenge, etc etc), I still think his books are amazingly interesting reads that give you a great, exciting and informative insight into some of the most wonderful things this world has to offer. His 2009 work "History is Wrong" can discarded from this without a doubt though. For me, it all seemed like a long ramble that never came to the point. Maybe he has just already visited all the exciting places and there is nothing left to write about. Or maybe he has, really sorry to say, just lost it. In any case I would suggest getting some of his older books. They are gripping and really really good. This one isn't.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    I found this book incredibly fun and entertaining. As usual, he made some interesting connections that puzzle the mind all the while being his normal witty and funny self. I was intrigued by the Voynich Manuscript and would like to learn more about it but I learned alot regarding The Book of Mormons which I did not previously know alot about aside from the very basics. Definitely recommend for anyone that is not only interested in the Ancient Astronaut Theory but also just a student of ancient I found this book incredibly fun and entertaining. As usual, he made some interesting connections that puzzle the mind all the while being his normal witty and funny self. I was intrigued by the Voynich Manuscript and would like to learn more about it but I learned alot regarding The Book of Mormons which I did not previously know alot about aside from the very basics. Definitely recommend for anyone that is not only interested in the Ancient Astronaut Theory but also just a student of ancient world history and religions with specific emphasis on the connections between them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Poole

    History is wrong By Eric Von Daniken. I’ll start by telling you I’m a believer; I read Chariots of the Gods in the early eighties and have been hooked since. History is wrong starts with a new premise, The Voynich maniscript, then looses this and moves into the old stories. The book tells nothing new, it re-hashes old, admittedly true, arguments and rants about them and how unprofessional journalists blackened the Daniken name. I’m a believer, as I’ve said, but this book was poor and a simple History is wrong By Eric Von Daniken. I’ll start by telling you I’m a believer; I read Chariots of the Gods in the early eighties and have been hooked since. History is wrong starts with a new premise, The Voynich maniscript, then looses this and moves into the old stories. The book tells nothing new, it re-hashes old, admittedly true, arguments and rants about them and how unprofessional journalists blackened the Daniken name. I’m a believer, as I’ve said, but this book was poor and a simple attempt to cream money of us followers. Not recommended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This book contains some interesting ideas and at least makes the reader question some of the commonly held beliefs about prehistory but overall the book is rambling and lacks a cohesive focus. It also seems that Dainken jumps to conclusions. The lack of an explanation for certain phenomena doesn't make his hypothesis automatically correct or even plausible. Perhaps Daniken has written better books but I am unlikely to try them as this one was too rambling and lacked even a decent ending or This book contains some interesting ideas and at least makes the reader question some of the commonly held beliefs about prehistory but overall the book is rambling and lacks a cohesive focus. It also seems that Dainken jumps to conclusions. The lack of an explanation for certain phenomena doesn't make his hypothesis automatically correct or even plausible. Perhaps Daniken has written better books but I am unlikely to try them as this one was too rambling and lacked even a decent ending or conclusion. It just stopped.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Half of it is really interesting, especially the part about Enoch's books and the book of Mormon, and his theory of they relate to one another. But the part where he tries to vindicate himself for the events that followed the publication of his book The Gold of the Gods, more than 30 years before, is tiresome and off topic. I understand his need to do it, and generally sympathise with it, but the book suffers from it as a whole unit.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    Although full of Erich von Daniken's always interesting theories, this book was a bit of a let down. Parts of it have a very bitter tone -- unusual for the author, although he does tone it down slightly as the book progresses. This book also had numerous typos that I found very distracting. I really enjoyed the ideas presented here, & I will continue to search out von Daniken's books, but this one is probably more for established fans rather than for those new to the subject.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ilija Ilić

    Erich von Daniken, still genious as ever. I think this is his best work i've read so far. I'm 20 years old but i love his books and theories, and i believe him. They are out there and they will come back.. Maybe a little less defending his previous work, and maybe some new examples, not just repeating some of old ones for book to be longer. But here, Book of Enoch definitely the best part!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    South American findings reassessed in relation to current intrepretations of ancient writings. New archeological findings, debunked old theories. Too much I told you so and everyone is picking on me, clouds the theories of Von Daniken. Basis of Mormanism alien visitors. Sift the extraneous to get to the meat. Suggests areas for further research.

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