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Book Review – The Anunnaki Chronicles: A Zecharia Sitchin Reader

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The Anunnaki Chronicles: A Zecharia Sitchin Reader – Janet Sitchin (ed.)

The Anunaki ChroniclesAn insider’s look into the decades of research behind Zecharia Sitchin’s books as well as an in-depth overview of his theories and discoveries

• Includes carefully selected chapters from the Earth Chronicles series as well as never-before-published letters, articles, and lectures

• Each piece includes an introduction, offering context and insight into Sitchin’s passionate work and revealing the man behind the theories

• Explains the genesis of The 12th Planet, the Anunnaki influences on the Sumerian civilization, the orbit of Nibiru, the prehistory of the Americas, the extraterrestrial origins of modern man, and much more

What if the tales from the Old Testament and other ancient writings, such as those from Sumer, Babylon, Egypt, and Greece, were not myths or allegory but accounts of actual historical events? Known for his ability to read and interpret ancient Sumerian and Akkadian clay tablets, Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010) took the words of our most ancient ancestors as fact and, through decades of meticulous research, showed that they revealed a coherent narrative about the true origins of humanity and civilization. Drawing both widespread interest and criticism, his Earth Chronicles series of books, beginning with The 12th Planet, detailed how humanity arose after the arrival of the Anunnaki (“those who from Heaven to Earth came”), alien “gods” who created modern man in their own image and imparted gifts of civilizing knowledge.

Providing an insider’s look into the decades of research behind Zecharia Sitchin’s complete works as well as an in-depth overview of his theories, this collection includes carefully selected chapters from the Earth Chronicles series as well as never-before-published letters, articles, and lectures. We learn about the genesis of The 12th Planet in “The Book as a Story,” the Sumerians and their Anunnaki influences in “The Sudden Civilization,” the orbit of Nibiru in “UFOs, Pyramids, and the 12th Planet,” the prehistory of the Americas in “Cities Lost and Found,” the extraterrestrial origins of modern man in “The Cosmic Connection–DNA,” and much more. We get to read never-before-published lectures, culled from Sitchin’s decades of presentations, as well as the article that spurred the writing of There Were Giants Upon the Earth.

Each piece includes an introduction by Sitchin’s niece, offering context and insight into Sitchin’s passionate work. These introductions reveal the man behind the theories, a world traveler known for his scholarship, dry humor, and precisely chosen words. If his theories are true, as Sitchin wholeheartedly believed, then this collection presents some of the most important knowledge we have of our origins and future.

I can’t even remember what lead me to read my first Sitchin book, Genesis Revisited. But I can remember how amazing it seemed at the time. I can’t say I believed every word of it. Or any word. But I’ll certainly admit to entertaining everything presented with youthful enthusiasm.

Genesis Revisited at the longer more meticulous Earth Chronicles chart a path through the emergence of civilization via one man’s interpretation of our earliest languages, oldest inscribed artifacts, and broadly corroborated accounts. Sitchin’s interpretation then proceeds to fold in apparently reasonable modern equivalencies. So millennia old impressions depict Inanna wearing a spacesuit, radiation therapy, and genetic engineering.

At some point, every person reading this will have heard the suggestion that Earth was visited by aliens in our ancient past. That we were created or taught or enslaved by technologically advanced beings responsible for our great wonders, alluded to in myths and stories, and entirely absent for thousands of years. Sitchin’s work is ground zero for a lot of that; selling millions of copies in more than two dozen languages.

It is, itself, one of the major myths of the twentieth century. An origin story folks can get behind. Sitchin’s probably as much a part of popular consciousness as Joseph Campbell and something like the celebrity. As such, anyone interested in the idea should probably check this book out just to see for herself how the ideas and narrative evolved and how through he was in selecting his examples.

This isn’t an endorsement, though. Sitchin’s critics have been just as thorough. And as time passes his position as a rare expert becomes more and more precarious. Searchable Sumerian lexicons even exist on the web nowadays, and there are plenty of credentialed individuals who agree in their disagreement.

However, there’s probably no other book that’ll teach the controversy as it were in a better or more readable fashion. Nor will any other book pull so many ideas together or explore so many subjects on such a scale. Most readers will learn something about the folks that handed down agriculture and animal husbandry and masonry that surprises them.

Ultimately, this book should delight longtime fans with it’s private, rare, and unreleased material. It should infuriate critics and provide further evidence of irresponsible chicanery. And it should provide an adequate and detailed summary of Sitchin’s life’s work to the uninitiated. One really couldn’t ask for more.

Recommended for fans of Stargate: SG-1, The Theia Impact, and The History Channel.

 

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