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Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

Reading them will hurt your brain

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

Some facts, a lot of assumptions, and just the right amount of horror and weirdness!

These books will not let you sleep at night. They’ll fill your head with all sorts of crazy theories about our world and its past. No wonder, the genre is called ‘pseudohistory’.

For the most part, they are fictitious or made up. Their reasoning is based on fraudulent artifacts and busted myths.

There might be some entertainment value in them. Just don’t take their version as an accurate retelling of history, that is if you are a superhuman who can endure this hodgepodge.

Here you go.

1. Operation Trojan Horse by John A. Keel

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

From UFO to demons, a leap too big.

This book was published in 1970 and then republished in 1996 with minor changes.

There was a time when I was obsessed with UFO sightings. I would scour over the Wikipedia pages that enlisted them. Are they aliens or government experiments, I wondered?

John A. Keel, the writer, puts forth the most unique UFO theory of all time. One that I hadn’t heard before.

Are you ready for this?

He says that all the paranormal activity from demons and fairies to UFO sightings has one source. And that source doesn’t have our best interests at heart. Keel calls them “ultraterrestrials”.

“Thousands of UFO photos have been taken since 1882. Many of these are of indistinct blobs and streaks of light, but many are of apparently solid machines of some sort, with windows, fins, and other clearly discernible features.”

I mean, as unique as the theory is, it is simply not possible.

Ever heard of the human mind playing tricks?

The writer has done extensive research. He has gone through historic newspaper reports of strange and paranormal sightings. On occasion, he has referenced them with government reports as well.

While the research is there, you cannot just throw all the weirdness in a pot, and stir it to make a soup. That soup will not be a soup. It will be a sludge.

“Cunning techniques of deception and psychological warfare have been employed by the UFO source to keep us confused and skeptical.”

The author theorizes that UFOs and other sightings change shape and appearance according to the time they are in. He draws this conclusion based on the eyewitness reports. He calls this the ‘deception’ of ultraterrestrials.

This above, to me, says something else.

The reason why the paranormal keeps changing is because people see what they want to see. That is usually in line with the stories and beliefs of that particular time and culture.

I don’t recommend this book.

Better spend your time making soup. A real one.

2. Chariot of the Gods? by Erich Von Däniken

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

Alien astronauts? Sure.

This 1968 book was originally written in German by a Swiss writer Erich Von Däniken. It was later translated into English.

The author draws attention to the massive feats achieved by ancient humans like the pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge. He refuses to believe that human technology was advanced enough to have made them.

What does he believe?

Advancements in ancient times were either made by aliens or humans who learned the techniques from aliens.

“Could it be that God was an extra-terrestrial?”

He goes on to give the proof of his theory. Ancient sculptures and drawings, to him, depict the ancient astronauts from space.

Ever heard of fiction, man? People of the past had stories and characters too.

The writer also discusses the Piri Reis map and its accuracy. No one on earth could have made it, he says.

Däniken massively downplays human intelligence.

He finds it hard to believe that humans of the past were intelligent and did some pretty impressive things.

On being skeptical of the commonly held beliefs, he says:

“The positive thing about the skeptic is that he considers everything possible!”

I agree, Däniken, I agree. But while being skeptical, we must hold on to common sense and rationality.

An interesting thing about the author is that he was convicted of fraud and embezzlement. Could it be that he just did a legal scam by writing a book that has no basis in reality? If so, it is a good one.

The only basis the hypothesis has is the author’s own interpretation of ancient drawing and sculpture, and his disbelief in humans of the past.

This book will give you a headache.

Don’t spend your time reading a book that is quite possibly (I’ll say, surely) a fraud!

3. Vimana: Flying Machines of the Ancients by David Hatcher Childress

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

Move over Wright brothers, the ancient Indians are here.

Published in 2013, this is the most recent book in this list. Childress explores in detail the ancient Sanskrit texts.

According to these texts, there were airships in the distant past. People used them for travel and other purposes. These are called ‘vimanas’.


He discusses them over 8 chapters in his book.

The author starts with a discussion of the Rama Empire of India and the story called ‘Ramayana.’

This story is an important one in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

“…it includes vimanas — flying machines that must be controlled by an operator and include sophisticated weapons systems that can be used by the operator at any time.”

Childress goes on to discuss the mention of vimanas across many different Sanskrit texts. He explores their connection to other myths and stories as well.

He theorizes that King Solomon also had the same Vimana technology.

“Solomon was known as someone who was very wise and it seems that he had been to remote lands and possessed a vimana of some sort.”

Many photos and diagrams accompany the text of this book which makes it engaging. An example is as follows.

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

I mean sure! The Ancients flew in airships and I am the American president.

4. The Sirius Mystery by Robert K.G. Temple

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

I mean seriously?

Temple takes the ancient astronaut theory a bit further, or rather, a lot further.

He tells us that ancient Mali people from Africa had a connection with intelligent extraterrestrial beings. These aliens belonged to the Sirius star system.

The reasons he gives include the advanced astronomical knowledge of the Dogons (a civilization from Mali). He connects the similarities between Dogons, Egyptians, and other ancient civilizations.

Temple has a disdain for the scientific community. Many find his constant criticism of scientists a bit too harsh. The writer calls one of the scientists he criticizes ‘petty and pathetic’.

That’s not ‘scientific’ behavior. Or is it now?

The author is right only when he laments the lack of star knowledge in the current world. The book is from the 70s but the same stands for 2023.

“We tend to be unaware that stars rise and set at all.”

As we discussed in our book Deep Dive of ‘The Secret Pulse of Time’, humans are increasingly disjointed with their natural rhythm. Temple touches on the same.

“Our interior body clocks, known as circadian rhythms, continue to operate inside us, but find no contact with the outside world.”

Natural clock or not, I know Mali people were more scientific than the author gives them credit for.

5. Technology of the Gods by David Hatcher Childress

Avoid these ‘History’ Books at All Costs

Plausible theories or laughing stock?

From the electricity in Atlantis to the flying Vimanas of India, Childress covers all of the ancient technology which, according to him, existed in reality.

In his own words, he says:

“In this book we will explore the many bits of evidence that lead us to the astounding conclusion that ancient man was virtually as sophisticated as we are today — -at least someone, from somewhere, was here using high technology.”

The book covers different ancient tech for example Machinery, Electricity, and Atomic Warfare.

The questions are fair.

How did the Inca Empire move the 200-ton blocks into their current position?

I think of big blocks being rolled on laid-out tree trunks. Childress, not so much.

The writer has appeared frequently on the History Channel’s show Ancient Aliens to discuss his hypotheses. He discusses them in this book as well.

The author seems to assert that ancient humans were advanced. But they ended up causing disaster after disaster. As a result, we are repeating the cycle of reaching the technological peak once again. This time, we have to be careful to not make the same mistakes.

Childress quotes many different authors (a bit too much in fact). The quoted authors include Andrew Tomas and Christopher Dunn.

The book is full of typos and lacks editing. This makes it even harder to read.

I have to give Childress points for his hope for the future.

“Now that technology has again reached a point of no return, perhaps we are ready to jump to the next level… A technology that allows man to finally learn to live in harmony with nature and his fellow man.”

One review called this book ‘hilarious’ so maybe it should be in the Comedy genre.

My suggestion for you: Don’t get the book!

If you are interested in learning more, just watch David Childress on the History TV channel.


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