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Edward Wright

“Chariots of the Gods” was actually plagiarized from “The Morning of the Magicians”, an obscure book by a French author, Robert Charroux.

Charroux, in turn, derived his ideas on H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction but took it seriously.

The book manuscript that Von Daniken submitted was unpublishable, so the publisher hired a ghost-writer to fix it up: an ex-Nazi, who added his own racist ideas to the book.

A train wreck from beginning to end.


An astonishing amount of stuff was plagiarized from Pauwels and Bergier's Morning of the Magicians. It's the font for the whole "Da Vinci Code" Priory of Sion nonsense, it's got secret Nazi occult stuff, it's got mutants with superpowers living among us -- did Stan Lee skim a copy at one point? Certainly Wilson and Shea's Illuminatus! trilogy is heavily drawn from Morning of the Magicians. It may be the most influential occult book of the 20th century.

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