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The concluding volume of the Fingerprints of the Gods trilogy. 

Could shattering secrets about the deep past of humanity await discovery in North America? 

Until very recently there was almost universal agreement amongst scientists that human beings first entered the Americas from Siberia around 13,000 years ago by walking into Alaska across the Bering landbridge. 

Thanks to scientific advances, and to archaeological and geological discoveries made in the past five years, we now know that the Americas were populated by humans for tens of thousands of years before the previously accepted date. Deeply puzzling and hitherto unsuspected genetic connections have also emerged - for example linking Native Americans both with Australian Aborigines and with Western Europeans. 

In the final volume of The Fingerprints of the Gods trilogy he puts the final piece of the jigsaw in place, proving that the great, technically advanced civilisation that flourished in Britain and Europe and throughout the world before the last Ice Age was centred in Northern America.

©2019 Graham Hancock (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Makes you think

I was introduced to Graham Handcock and his studies from the Joe Rogan Podcast. I am intrigued by his studies and how recent discoveries make us change our thinking of the origins and history of life.

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Fascinating book

Information was presented in a clear and logical way. Author drew on scientific journals and field work. I really enjoyed his previous work Fingerprint of the Gods. This book did not disappoint. The last three chapters could have been condensed as he strays away from fact to opinion.

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informative and speculation bordering fact

interesting and inspiring truly a work of pure researched and well thought out data... highly recommend for those interested in the origin of mankind and its ancestors 👌

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History of the Americas is now extremely exciting!

I was in grade school in Canada in the eighties and although I always liked history I found the history of Americas to be quite boring and dull. Maybe it was intentionally taught that way to avoid drawing attention to the real story and the uncomfortable truths about the atrocities of European settlements.
After listening to America Before I now want to know everything I can about it and I really hope new technology will speed the discovery of the forgotten past.

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Captivating

I was able to follow with ease and found the content to be fascinating. Open your heart and mind without prejudice so that you can take it all in. Also, the narration makes it an easy listening experience. Graham definitely has a voice in every sense of the word.

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  • Pat
  • 2019-05-21

not for everyone, but interesting for sure

Many chapters go in very precise details about archeological findings and measurements, sometimes not always very easy to follow. I would have kept these specific notes inside a scientific study instead of a general knowledge book. All in all very interesting take and views about the history of man kind plus a good jab at the hard headed / lobby focused archeological community.

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Ground Breaking

Amazing book with so much information about our past that leads to more questions and mystery.

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Thought-provoking Conjecture

Graham Hancock lays out a nice case for an advanced prehistoric culture - nearly identical in many ways to ancient Egypt - manifested in the Americas thousands of years before the Clovis culture. The evidence is mostly circumstantial (I personally think it's largely nonsense) and he uses an "overwhelm with a barrage of weak data" approach in this book (rather than a few really strong evidence points) - a relatively weak technique. But Hancock piles on the food for thought generously - the thesis is admirably derived from multiple diverse sources: archeological, mythical/traditional, anthropological, ethnobiological, genetic.. even horticultural. When added to the affirmations laid out in 'Fingerprints Of The Gods' and 'Magicians Of The Gods', he certainly gets the reader contemplating (I have found myself thinking about the topics in these books at random times since reading them). The author's kitchen-sink approach betrays a somewhat elitist attitude, however (ie. "Trust me. Everyone else is wrong.") - and Hancock has an undoubtedly pedantic argument technique.. but the writing is clear, well-organized, and enjoyable - the author certainly knows how to describe his environment vividly and how to wield logic. Open-minded readers (able to set aside concepts like Convergent Evolution of Cultures) will be rewarded for partaking in this compelling treat.

Graham Hancock's didactic reading is again exemplary in this book - he reads like a trained professional - but his sibilance in this recording is striking (the Sound Engineers dropped the ball somewhat). "S"s and "F"s are far too strong and higher frequency sounds are painfully noticeable (avoid Headphones). The performance itself is excellent, however.. Hancock's timbre and cadence are spot-on. (I *did* have to adjust the reading speed to 1.10X for optimal pacing).

Taken in toto, this provocative book suffers a little from weak sound quality and scattergun logic. It could easily be worth 5 stars, but I rate it 4 stars out of 5. The other books in the "trilogy" are likewise excellent (and better quality products), but they are not glaringly superior.. and more importantly.. not required reading. You can comfortably read this book before/after/independent of the others. 'America Before' is well worth the Credit.

TO THE PRODUCERS: Please incorporate a PDF to accompany the Appendices.

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Absolutely amazing

Stunning novel with a stunning voice!!! Graham Hancock really makes you think and dig deep for deeper meaning behind our human history. Challenges skeptics and stays amazing.

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Very well written and communicated

Which is a feature of his books.

This one seems particularly focused and well researched. He has experienced the hostility in the science world and it seems a bit personal.
He progresses the ancient civilization theory significantly, all the while bringing the Americas into it, unexpectedly.
It may not be for everyone. Expect to have to go through technical jargon for a lot of it but the final chapters make it worth the while.
Don’t skip the appendices either. Very specific arguments that advance his theory significantly. Or correctly muddy those water enough to make it very much possible.
If we as a civilization can advance as much as we have even in the last 500 years, why is it not likely 150,000 years is not enough for ancients to advance to at least a similar if not far greater advancement. We don’t know because the heavens took a big erasure to the whole civilization, animals, structures, trees, lakes, books?, everything. Gone. Vaporized, burned, washed away. 10-12,000 years ago. We’ve recovered. But not our memories of those events.
Read his other stuff if you want the preamble.
I recommend the read, or the listen. Both should keep you interested.

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  • sebastian g.
  • 2019-08-21

sensational! groundbreaking!

excellent reading by the original author.
data is scientific, with the references for checking if wanted

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  • Hugh Newman
  • 2020-06-30

Graham has finally lost it, deluded beyond belief

Seriously flawed. Megalithic knowledge lacking. Grandiose overly descriptive babble more like fiction. Conference days over.

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  • sunwood
  • 2020-05-27

It's quite alright

I really loved Magicians but if I want to be honest, this one, elaborating on the same thesis and bringing additional evidence, kinda bored me at certain points. Although I listened to it in 2-3 days so it was a marathon, I still felt like, while convincing, it was a bit less thrilling than the previous book. But then again, it might be simply because I was already familiar with the basic idea, and that's why it kind of felt like reading an 'additional and slightly less interesting evidences' appendix to the previous books of the series. Mounds, after all, are much less interesting than Göbekli Tepe and the first time reading about the Younger Drias comet impact.

I'm sure I'll listen to it again though.

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  • Erianto Rachman
  • 2020-01-18

Intriguing, Good Story, Great Naration

I have been following Graham Hancock works; books, videos, and talks or interviews, since I read Fingerprints Of The Gods In 2006. Since then I have bought and read almost all of his books.

But this is the first time I listened to his audiobook. When this book first published, I decided to buy both Hardcopy and the Audiobook and immediately started to listen to it. It is amazing to hear his voice reading his own book with the intonation so perfect which I think how he wanted this book to be read (at least this is my opinion). It was also incredible the way the story was written, told and moreover read, making it a very enjoyable book to listen.

This book, as many other Graham Hancock’s books, is very well researched, organized and written with beautiful story lines, conversations, descriptions and depictions. Graham surely took my mind to many places as I could imagine to be and to see with my own eyes what he was describing.

The subject of this book is very intriguing and highly recommended (by me) if you are into pre-historical subject of humankind and have much interest and open to the ideas beyond the border of main-stream science.

Great book!

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  • hendrik de peuter
  • 2019-08-12

Eye opening & highly intriguing

By far the best audiobook I’ve listened to, developed new personal interests and fascinations. A must read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-17

Could have and should have been shorter

The concept and information was great. But I wasn't enjoyable to hear 17 hours of it.
If it were condensed to half the length, it would have been a great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-24

Pure truth

I was hoping that it would keep on going, allways great to hear graham ripping the truth of the world open in a raw but polite way. I know his previous work but I have to start all over again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-09

So interesting!

Sometimes Graham doesn't seem to know what science means and how it works. . .

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  • SBMusic
  • 2019-05-04

Graham does it again

very informative. fascinating and extremely interesting. great to hear it read by the author... which works well.

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  • James
  • 2019-09-19

Can I get my money back?

Let me preface this by saying I own two of the author's previous works from the "Gods" series, which I enjoyed and found myself to be in alignment with for the most part.

Having said that, I don't feel like I can give this a full and honest review without sounding like nothing more than a complete troll and a raging hater.

If you must investigate this book, borrow it before you spend the money to add it to your permanent library.

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  • Chaton
  • 2019-08-03

Impressive work as ever

Stuff just keeps on getting older.
GH presents a thorough and convincing case (again) that our prehistory is far more interesting than academia maintains. Exciting stuff.

Not sure why main stream fields (seems particularly bad with archeology) is so closed off to the evidence and ideas GH brings. It would surely revive and rejuvenate the discipline is the evidence were explored with an open scientific outlook.

Keep on pushing GH, it takes brave outsiders like yourself to advance the feild for the good of all.
Thank you