Although he sort of skirts around the alien concept, check out Graham Hancock’s “Fingerprints of the Gods”. Really strong evidence there that there was at least one major–possibly global–advanced civilization before Egypt. Very interesting.
And for shits and giggles get Erich Von Daniken’s “Chariots of the Gods” and Zachariah Sitchin’s (sp?) books, I think one is called “The 12th Planet”. Intriguing ideas there, but a little to much on the wingnut side for me.
Perhaps the most famous is von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods series. Regarding von Däniken, James Randi comments:
Many skeptics have gone on record to debunk most of von Daniken’s claims and I doubt that virtually any serious scientist gives credibility to any of his ideas. Unfortunately, von Daniken’s work still turns up under the nonfiction section of many retail outlets.
Check out Randi’s Flim-Flam! for a chapter (6) on von Däniken.
Awesome. I’d found books proving that the Pyramids could actually be built with the ancient technologies (not hard to find), and recent 'zine articles talking about how they would have oriented them northwards, but so few of the ones that sparked the need for proof… if ya know what I mean?
For an extremely thorough de-bunking of “Chariots”, try Crash go the chariots!: an alternative to “Chariots of the Gods” by Clifford A. Wilson. It’s been awhile since I read it, but it’s an entire book devoted to reviewing and rebutting all of von Daniken’s book.
Oh, really? I’ve read Fingerprint of the Gods and saw NO ‘evidence’. Hancock keeps talking about how overwhelming the ‘evidence’ is, but never actually mentions it. Perhaps you can give me a breakdown of the ‘evidence’. And remember, “The plural of anecdote is not data”.
Forgive me. I wish there was Graham Hancock anti-fan club, I’d run for president.
Alright, I’ve narrowed my field of interest specifically to the pyramids. I’ll (of course) be sure to check out the books you’ve all mentioned, but are there any books specifically claiming that the Egyptians were alien-ly aided to align/construct them?