Today I had the opportunity of attending a fantastic presentation by Graham Hancock at the New Living Expo 2019 in San Mateo, California.
San Mateo happens to be my hometown, the place where I was born and grew up and went to high school.
Graham is currently on an extended tour of the United States and Canada, discussing his latest book, America Before: the Key to Earth's Lost Civilization, which just went on sale this week, and which is available from Barnes & Noble in a "Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition" with special added content here. You can see the schedule of upcoming talks here.
Graham Hancock is rightly world-famous for his ability to explore and analyze the complex matrix of evidence about humanity's ancient past -- traveling around the world to visit the sites themselves and to converse with other researchers and experts in various fields and disciplines -- and (most importantly) to see a coherent narrative and the significance of that data, and convey his vision to the world in a way that is simply unmatched.
America Before marks an important new chapter in Graham's synthesis of the evidence pointing to the existence of a "lost civilization" in human history, predating (perhaps by many thousands of years) even the most ancient civilizations known to conventional academia. To get an idea of the significance of this subject -- and what it means for us at this important juncture in human history -- give a listen to these two outstanding interviews with Graham from earlier this week, the first one on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast (from April 22, 2019) and the most recent from my friends at the Grimerica Show (from April 26, 2019):
Graham's work has obviously been very important to my own research, and it was actually the book Heaven's Mirror (1998) by Graham and his wife Santha which got me started down the path of research which I am following today (and which, along with his breakthrough book Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995, which I read immediately after reading Heaven's Mirror, pointed me to the book Hamlet's Mill, by Hertha von Dechend and Giorgio de Santillana, another book which fueled my snowballing fascination with the connection between the ancient myths and the stars and heavenly cycles).
Graham has graciously hosted me as an "Author of the Month" twice over the years as well as publishing on his website essays and articles I have written, and generally encouraging me (and other authors) to pursue the vast body of evidence worldwide which points towards the existence of a predecessor culture (or cultures) of tremendous antiquity, predating the most ancient known cultures and civilizations by thousands of years.
I also had the opportunity of attending the Summer Solstice Celebration at the Great Serpent Mound in Ohio in 2017, where Graham begins the narrative of America Before(Graham and Santha were there at Serpent Mound that summer solstice, and it was truly an unforgettable event). At that solstice celebration, Graham and Ross Hamilton gave extended presentations on the significance of the earthworks of the Ohio Valley; some previous blog posts which discuss Ross Hamilton's amazing research and insights regarding these earthworks can be found here, here and here.
The subjects which Graham Hancock explores in this new book are truly fascinating -- and of vital importance to our situation today. If we don't even recognize the fact that there was an advanced culture in our distant past, which was destroyed so thoroughly that its very existence is denied by conventional historians, and yet so culturally and spiritually advanced that echoes of its accomplishments, and of its profound esoteric system of mythology, survives around the world, then we cannot begin to learn any lessons which that culture -- and its cataclysmic disappearance -- may have for our own situation, our own civilization.
I would encourage everyone to read Graham's latest book (which I have just started reading) and to listen to his presentations on this crucial subject -- in person, if at all possible!