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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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No photos

Usually Graeme's books include lots of photos of artifacts. I was expecting a PDF of the images to be included with this audio book, but there are none included. It would greatly improve the experience to be able to see the images.

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Good Research, Scientic America stuff, but boring.

Firstly I have loved all Grahams previous works. I also thought the book interesting, but gave up on the
book about 8 hours in, that's my personal limit on listening to how old certain mounds of earth are in the USA.
To be honest I did not find the book, "entertaining" more a chore to read, hence 5 stars as its good material,
very well read also, but only 2 stars for story, its totally boring..

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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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Another Classic from Graham Hancock

I completely binged this audible. Graham is such an orator that it doesn't even seem like he's reading it. Almost as if he's memorised the whole book, adding genuine passion and emotion to his words.
He brings a new, ancient world to life that I'd never imagined, and gives the Native Americans the great respect and honour they deserve, highlighting the history that was robbed from them, and the world, following the European conquest.
The historical tracing in this book almost brushes us up against the lost civilisation humanity has obsessed over for thousands of years. So much evidence has been lost over time, but perhaps more awaits, and we'll find the truth if we keep on searching.

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Brilliant

Great book full of interesting prehistory. Another worth while read by Graham Hancock exploring the usual prehistory but this time referencing main land America as his point of interest. This highlights another area of prehistory’s advanced civilisations.

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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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amazing

amazing work, gripped me from start to finish! I would defo recommend this book! A*

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Hancock does it again

A remarkable journey. Loved it from start to finish. The only bad thing was it had to end.

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Excellent and thoughtful

Another excellent book beautifully read by Graham Hancock. Very compelling and somewhat technical in places this book brings into the light of day the latest scientific data from the Earth Sciences , genetics and anthropology with regard to America at the younger dryas event.

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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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  • sebastian g.
  • 21-08-19

sensational! groundbreaking!

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

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  • Hugh Newman
  • 30-06-20

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
  • 27-05-20

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
  • 18-01-20

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
  • 12-08-19

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
  • 17-07-19

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
  • 24-06-19

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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  • 09-06-19

So interesting!

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

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  • SBMusic
  • 04-05-19

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
  • 19-09-19

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.