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  • A new investigation into the ancient apocalypse
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (857 ratings)

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Summary

The Sunday Times top 10 best seller

Was an advanced civilisation lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock, the internationally best-selling author, has made it his life's work to find out - and in America Before, he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion.

We've been taught that North and South America were empty of humans until around 13,000 years ago - amongst the last great landmasses on earth to have been settled by our ancestors. But new discoveries have radically reshaped this long-established picture and we know now that the Americas were first peopled more than 130,000 years ago - many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere.

Hancock's research takes us on a series of journeys and encounters with the scientists responsible for the recent extraordinary breakthroughs. In the process, from the Mississippi Valley to the Amazon Rainforest, he reveals that ancient 'New World' cultures share a legacy of advanced scientific knowledge and sophisticated spiritual beliefs with supposedly unconnected 'Old World' cultures. Have archaeologists focused for too long only on the 'Old World' in their search for the origins of civilisation while failing to consider the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the 'New World'?

America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilisation is the culmination of everything that millions of people have loved in Hancock's body of work over the past decades, namely a mind-dilating exploration of the mysteries of the past, amazing archaeological discoveries and profound implications for how we lead our lives today.

©2019 Graham Hancock (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
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"Hancock's books provide a fascinating, alternative version of prehistory. America Before, detailed and wide-ranging, turns what was myth and legend into a new story of the past." (Daily Mail

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More of the same

I was a little disappointed with Graham’s latest, I was expecting the final instalment to both bring new research and to conclude / wrap everything from the first two works together. What I got was more of the same, which if you’ve come this far is just a bit dull! Oh another mound in the USA that is impossible to imagine accurately, how thrilling!

The interesting part about the Younger Dryas Comet which in my view is the part that ties everything together, only forms about the last third or quarter of the book. And again, I think Graham mentioned this in Magicians of the Gods, so if you've done further research on this since, there’s no real new information provided here. Like the rest of the book it’s just packaged as a story of Graham’s globe trotting Adventures.

I also found by this final part Graham’s accent really started to grate. He has a posh English accent yet pronounced words like ‘data’ the American way, throw in really bizarre pronunciation of place names and by the end of the book I was glad it was over.

I’m trying to not be too harsh, but looking back I can’t really think of anything to latch on to that was ground breaking or new information. If anything, despite its length, there are things missing. Such as resent research showing human remains 130,000 years old in the Philippines, not sure how that would fit in to Graham’s theory.

The book just felt like it was lacking something, perhaps because I think he goes too far off course with unsubstantiated claims. For example, although I'm actually really an board with the use of Ayahuasca, talking about it in this installment was a bit much for me.

If you’re already familiar with Graham’s previous publications then you’ll want to listen just for the sense of completion, but don’t expect too much.

UPDATE 1st May 2019: Just listened to The Joe Rogan Experience, #1284 - Graham Hancock, released 23rd April 2019. The Podcast Episode is a discussion with Graham revolving around America Before. However... it is actually far more interesting, concise, and entertaining than the book itself. I recommend listening to the podcast first and if you're still thirsty for more, then dive in to the whole book.

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Incredible. This man needs more investment.

A must listen. I have learnt so much through this and other research I have done which completely throws open the past of mankind.

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Amazing

Thank you for another fantastic book Mr Hancock. Make sure to listen to the appendix. You will get a lot more out of this if you have read Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods.
Exciting stuff 👏

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Awesome.

Mind blowing stuff from start to finish. I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in the past.

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Enthralling

Read wonderfully by the author. The attention to detail in his analysis is fascinating.

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Another great from Hancock.

Yet another well researched and executed book by Grahame Hancock. America before shows us how much damage the so called "Clovis first" model of the America's has done. This book has set a mark for which the Archaeological community needs to catch up to.

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Convincing arguement

Presents a strong argument and compelling evidence of a pre-12400BCE civilisation common to us all.
Excellent narration. A good addition to Fingerprints & Magicians Of The Gods.

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Excellent book

This is so easy to listen to! Mr Hancock clearly knows his own book and that comes out in his reading. It's very interesting, if you want to know more about where we come from and where we might be going, and easy to understand. Definitely recommended!
One caveat: Mr Hancock's books always have a lot of photos of the artefacts, megaliths etc he talks about, taken by Santha Faiia, his wife, and I fully expected to find a PDF with the book full of photos, and that's not there. Such a shame! I now find myself getting second hand paper books so I can see what he is talking about! Please Audible, add the photos - they will make this book, and Mr Hancock's other books, very much more interesting than they already are!

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Informative, enlightening, simply excellent

Graham Hancock IMO never fails to please an excellent read which will leave you craving more & wanting to follow up on all the references material he includes.

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exceptional

once again, a very interesting and most certainly compelling book by Graham Hancock! I highly recommend this one especially as it completes the research Odyssey he has been on these last decades.

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