“Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Däniken

Non-fiction, 1968

Quasi-this, proto-that, in which a slightly insistent author pushes a theory about many ancient mysteries being solvable by attributing them to alien intervention. This, a perfectly reasonably position – that possibilities, no matter how unlikely, should never be ruled out – is tarnished by the author’s very insistence which comes across a little forcefully and hazily at the same time. There’s far more ‘why not’ and 60s sci-fi that decent speculation. Fine in itself, although the pushy tone somewhat alienates from a spirit of open enquiry.

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