Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of Modern Civilization (Hardcover)

Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of Modern Civilization Review
Everybody knows the Dark Ages weren’t really dark, right? Not so fast, counters archaeological journalist David Keys, maybe it’s more than just a slightly judgmental metaphor. His book Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World, based on years of careful research spanning five continents, argues that sometime in A.D. 535, a worldwide disaster struck and uprooted nearly every culture then extant. Given contemporary reports of the sun (more…)

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  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    A fascinating historical detective story
    Recent years have seen the publication of several books offering radical new explanations of ancient events or presenting sweeping revisionist theories of history.

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rethinking the Dark Ages and the Origins of the Modern World
    “Catastrophe” rocketed to fame as a result of a PBS series which devoted two one hour episodes to its thesis: that an eruption of what was probably a monstrous earlier…

  3. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting, relevant, but sometimes a bit stretched.
    For the most part I found this book to be enjoyable, but it seems that Keys attempted in some areas to force his conclusion.

  4. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Mr. Key’s authoritative research created a unique and new approach to the writing of history. His synthesis of science, culture and history was informative and entertaining.

  5. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Looking for a catastrophe?
    How much of human history has been shaped by catastrophic events? This exhaustively researched document seems like a natural place to find the answer.

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    A truly fascinating history
    This is truly one of the most fascinating theories in ancient history. A volcano that shaped the modern world by forcing the migration of the huns, the crop failures in the…

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    My 100-word book review
    In Catastrophe, author David Keys builds a convincing case for sudden climate change having occurred in the early 6th century, an abrupt dip in worldwide temperatures that would…

  8. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    interesing premise
    This book has an intereting premise, that the world as we know it today developed in part from a volcanic eruption that shifted the balance of power.

  9. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    David keys examines the dark ages and sees the foundations of our modern world, which, he says, emerged from a tremendous volcanic eruption 1500 years ago.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Conquering the Darkness
    Catastrophe by David Keys is a logical next book for Zechariah Sitchin fans wondering about what happened to Nibiru after 3,113 B.C.

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