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Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of Africa and Arabia (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 1987

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Join Childress as he discovers forbidden cities in the Empty Quarter of Arabia, 'Atlantean' ruins in Egypt and the Kalahari desert; a mysterious, ancient empire in the Sahara; and more. This is an extraordinary life on the road: across war torn countries Childress searches for King Solomon's Mines, living dinosaurs, the Ark of the Covenant and the solutions to the fantastic mysteries of the past.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Misleadingly Titled and Somewhat Disappointing 2 octobre 2014
Par InterestedObserver2 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Frankly, I would have preferred a little less of the personal poetry and recounting of the author's sexual escapades and close calls, and a lot more information on the subject that the title of the book indicated would be covered. While there was some information on lost cities and ancient mysteries, for a guy who bills himself as an archaeologist, it was frankly pretty unscientific and colloquial. He provides no evaluation of possible data, simply repeating every conceivable theory as if it were equally likely. The cities and locations he describes actually exist -- he's standing in them -- but then he finds it necessary to discuss their "Muvian" or "Atlantean" origins or whatever, as if that were an agreed upon thesis. Speaking as someone who at one time trained to be a Geophysicist, I think I can pretty conclusively say that while some speculation on sinking land masses may be valid, entire continents in the middle of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans simply aren't borne out by the geology or by any of the undersea mapping that has occurred in the locations these supposed continents existed. I can believe that it is at least possible that the Laccadive and Maldive Islands are the remnants of a mountain range in a relatively large area that may have subsided or been flooded by the same processes that eliminated the Aleutian land bridge and separated the British Isles from the rest of Europe, but a giant continent where the mid-Atlantic ridge now is doesn't really pass the giggle test.

Believe me, this stuff on lost cities, temples and possible earlier dates for rising civilizations can stand as "mysterious" on it's own account without unnecessary embellishment by quoting Madame Blavatsky or other obviously irrelevant sources. There are a couple of points in the book where he almost describes certain fictional sources (i.e., H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, etc) as if they were scientific theories as well.

Overall, lacks perspective, and lacks much in the way of hard data. Lots of speculation, though. And lots of stories about riding Indian trains and Pakistani buses. And poetry; can't forget the poetry. Frankly, I only give it as many as three stars because on those occasions when he does talk about the actual topic, he provides some interesting information that will lead me to do more research on my own. Still, the whole book could have easily been reduced by a hundred pages or more and retained the parts of interest. Definitely not what I was hoping for or expecting based on the title.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good Overview to Africa & Arabia Antiquities 27 septembre 2009
Par OtherWorlds&Wisdom - Publié sur
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Childress once again gives us a survey of lost cities, this time in Africa and Arabia. He really doesn't do a lot of original research or exploration, merely interjects the findings of others. But its better than having to read all of those other books. Almost 20 years old now, maybe Childress will someday update this series. The section on Solomon is the same as I've read in at least 2 other of his books. This series is probably a guilty pleasure to scholars who aren't allowed - or would be shunned - if they explored some of these topics. Of course, maybe more scholars would pay attention to some of these interesting sites if Childress would lay off the "levitation" and "E.T." musings. I don't know what to make of his travel stories. All true? Embellished? I'd like to think that there are still people out there adventuring and maybe these books will inspire others. He did found a World Explorers Club to these ends. But for all of his travels, he sure doesn't have a lot of firsthand photos in his books.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I purchase this book base on the title didn't it ... 10 avril 2016
Par Muhammad Rashid Aliyu - Publié sur
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I purchase this book base on the title didn't it was in novel form so to speak if he indeed travel to this places why didn't he revealed that the orginal inhabitants of Arabia/Northeast Africa were Cushites Arabs pure Jet black with kinky hair not those imposters Mulatto-Arabs in Lebanon,Syria,Arabia (today),Jordan and Egypt Turkish Armenian European puesdo-Arabs!I will keep the book to prove European have no intentions to reveals the only real Arabs pure and Assad (Black)!Muhammadu Rashīdu Aliyu
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A few things you should know about 'Lost Cities of Africa and Arabia' 17 mai 2010
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Broché
David Hatcher Childress makes no secret of the fact that he supports the diffusionist, as opposed to the isolationist view of prehistory (i.e. he believes there was more contact between various ancient civilisations than is generally supposed by academics). Whether one swallows DHC's views on Atlantis or the 'Osirian Empire' is really beside the point, as this book's value lies primarily in its entertaining and evocative travelogue, not in any pretensions to accuracy. Even if DHC's theories are completely bogus, his books still make entertaining reading.

The reviewers who dismiss DHC's books as worthless because he isn't a scientist and engages in speculation (sample sentence: "1932 was a good year for mysterious ancient roads in Kenya") are themselves remarkably clown-like in their earnest simplicity. The book provides an argument against them in the form of a great quote from Robert Louis Stevenson: "for God's sake give me a young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!"

Previous African travelogues I read include Shiva Naipaul's 'North of South' and Paul Theroux's 'Dark Star Safari', both of them sardonic, near-misanthropic works. While DHC doesn't have a literary style to match those accomplished authors, his wide-eyed optimism and childlike sense of adventure at least make an interesting contrast to the jaded cynicism of Naipaul and Theroux.

As one would expect from someone who has hitchhiked through the Middle East and Africa, DHC is full of entertaining travel tales and encounters with amusing characters, like the Palestinian truck driver he gets a lift with in Jordan who makes an unexpected stop at a tent in the desert, which turns out to be a brothel, then emerges minutes later zipping his pants up, saying "no good, no good..."

In Israel he is taken to hospital with gangrene, and just as he is about to be treated, finds the place is suddenly deserted. The doctors have all gone home for the sabbath, and he has to wait another two days for treatment...

One part of the book that intrigued me dealt with the mysterious Tuaregs of the Ahaggar mountains in southern Algeria. Their chief town is called Tamanrasset (i.e. Taman-Ra-Set)...a survival of ancient Egyptian paganism in a remote pocket of the Islamic world? The Arabs are said to be afraid of these mountains, and many eerie and surrealistic tales are told of them.

DHC's book will appeal to those who like hitchhiking travel stories, or those who like esoteric speculation (or both). I doubt it will appeal to puritanical empiricists, but there are plenty of other books they can read instead.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sublimely Goofy Entertainment 4 mai 2000
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Let's face it: this isn't a very good book. Then again, "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" wasn't a very "good" (if we must assign labels) movie. Childress, a "maverick archaeologist" who seems to spend most of his time floundering around grimly impoverished Third World locales and getting nowhere with evasive women at bars, provides an insanely amusing travelogue of his journeys through the jungles and exotic landscapes of Africa and Arabia, commenting along the way on the unknown Atlantean, Lemurian, and other civilizations that flourished once upon a time and were responsible for the Pyramids, THE MAHABHARATA, and presumably Jimmy Hoffa's and D.B. Cooper's whereabouts. The most insane thing about this book is that a lot of it might be true. So far as I know, we still know very little about the Neolithic era, and the concept of "lost" civilizations would imaginably appeal to many readers depressed at the state of the world (including myself). However, I must agree with the other negative reviewer that Childress offers no convincing evidence to support his theories (and not very much UNconvincing evidence, either). The only sources he uses are hopelessly mossbound Victorian "explorers" (who knows how many African bearers' lives they may have used up to supply this book with fodder for speculation?) who had their own "issues" to deal with. Don't even get me started on the possible cultural-studies implications of this book. That being said, it WAS a lot of fun, and he does occasionally come up with some exciting memories and fantastical theories that NEARLY make up for my having read this book.
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