Friday, January 6, 2017

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

Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hancock's background as a journalist shines through again (I also read his 'Sign and Seal' some twenty years ago) -- he gives a good account, in a straightforward style, marshaling facts as he sees them, and deviating into speculation as he feels justified to do. I was a bit apprehensive that this would be too tendentious for my taste these days, which craves rigor, but I was pleased that he did not go far off the rails, so to speak. He does not plod. He is passionate about his leads, and follows them to Peru, Indonesia, Turkey, et al., while maintaining a good awareness of what is plausible and what is not. There are some inconsistencies, e.g., calling one area of stratification impeccable while discounting another as too marred by human activity, when the stasis of either site could well have been disturbed, given the age. In any case, this does not detract overall from the fun of the intellectual adventure that he pursues and presents.

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