Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock

Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost CivilizationFingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The year 2012 is nearing closer and we will see if the Mayan prophecy is the end of a certain age.  We will see if there will be a deluge of fire that will clear the current civilized age.  Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock shows the reader that these deluge and new beginnings have occurred before, and will most probably happen again.

I was often bored in my studies of primitive culture.   But this book has made me re-examine my own beliefs about the ancients, especially the way that the primitive was taught in school.
The way antiquities was taught in high school and college seemed so cleaned up, sterile that I lost interest in the history.  But maybe there was more to the story.   The book renewed interest in re-reading Herodotus and Marco Polo.
 The one thing that was a stumbling block was that there was so much information that it was at times really really difficult to put all the evidence together and describe their meaning to my wife. I think one reason for this hodge podge of data is that Mr. Hancock, is so eager to share that he encumbers the reader with a deluge of data.
Graham asks the reader, "If there is a cataclysmic deluge what does civilization do to preserve the historical record?" He examines the preservation through examining myths, oral story telling, architecture, universal languages, astronomy, and the location of lost civilizations.

All in all I liked this book a lot and give it a hearty cluck cluck.          

Note: 3.9 Stars so rounded to 4.

Full Points given to each value of the book.

Flow 4 5
Details add to Understanding 3 5
Useful 3 5
Introduction of topics 3 5
Book Design 4 5
Author Notes to Readers 4 5
Word Choice 4 5
Content and Process Collaberate
for overall effect." 4 5
Sparks interest in Topic 5 5
Desire to Share with Others 5 5
39 50
Total # 78
Total Stars 3.9 4 Stars

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