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New books 2004 – May

“The Treasure of Alaric”

by Daniel Costa


UK Edition


“Alaric, King of the Visigoths, died in 410 A.D., a few months after he conquered and plundered Rome. The Visigoths, who believed that gold was important to have in the next world, buried him with fabulous riches in a secret location near Cosenza, Southern Italy. Modern scholars suppose that, while in Rome, Alaric seized the sacred treasure of the Jews, which had been captured by the Romans of Titus in 70 A.D. It has been speculated that the massive, golden Menorah of the Jerusalem Temple, shown on the spine and on the front cover, might be buried with Alaric. King Alaric’s campaigns played a significant role in the gradual dismemberment of the Western Roman Empire, which in turn led to the foundation of the Western European nations and the spread of the Judeo-Christian civilization all over the globe. The disastrous decisions of Emperor Honorius, an intolerant Christian suspected of psychiatric disorder, contributed to the fury of Alaric and gave the Papacy the first opportunity to intervene in secular politics

Many treasure hunters, including Reichs Führer-SS Heinrich Himmler, have tried in vain to find Alaric’s grave, which has an inestimable archaeological, historical and symbolic value for the entire Judeo-Christian world. Three amateur archaeologists from Cosenza discovered a site, which, in their opinion, is the final resting place of the King. Could this be it?”

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“Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt:
Unearthing the Masterpieces of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

by Zahi Hawass & Kenneth Garrett (Photographer)


UK Edition


A treasure trove of rarely seen Egyptian antiquities – and the thrilling stories behind their discoveries – is the subject of a new book from National Geographic to be published this spring. Lavishly illustrated with images by photographer Kenneth Garrett, much of the book highlights a selection of artifacts that are part of the “Hidden Treasures of the Egyptian Museum” exhibit that marked the museum’s centenary in 2002. The objects in the exhibit had either lain neglected in the museum’s basement; been on display in the museum but overlooked by most tourists; or been stored – and often forgotten – in warehouses around Egypt, where they had been seen by no one but their excavators.

“The stories surrounding the artifacts trace the history of Egyptian archaeology over the past 150 years, from the founding of the Antiquities Service, and its first attempts to stem the flood of ancient treasures out of the country, to the present. “This is a fascinating tale, set against a backdrop of the slow decline of colonialism and the struggle of modern Egyptians to reclaim pride in and control of their own ancient heritage,” writes Hawass.”

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New DVDs 2004 – May 25

“The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King”

(Widescreen Edition) (2003)



  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Encoding: Region 1
    (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • DVD Features:

    Three in-depth documentaries:

  • “The Quest Fulfilled: A Director’s Vision” (23:05)

  • “A Filmmaker’s Journey: Making The Return of The King” (28:30)

  • “National Geographic Special: Beyond the Movie” (45:57)
  • Six featurettes

  • –Aragorn’s Destiny (3:25)

  • –Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor (3:10)

  • –The Battle of Pelennor Fields (2:14)

  • –Samwise the Brave (4:32)

  • –Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan (3:45)

  • –Digital Horse Doubles (4:35)

  • The Battle For Middle Eath Continues–Video Games from EA (3:00)

  • “The Lord of The Rings” Trilogy Supertrailer (6:45)

  • 3D Animated Menus

  • DVD-ROM: Weblinks to exclusive content

  • Widescreen anamorphic format

  • Number of discs: 2

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“The Lord Of The Rings – The Motion Picture Trilogy”

(Widescreen Edition)



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This DVD Trilogy Set is not due to be released until May 25th 2004
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New books 2004 – May

“Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith

by Graham Hancock & Robert Bauval


UK Edition


Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval have set up a new website in advance of the launch of their forthcoming book, “Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith”. The book is not due out until May 27th, 2004, but you can pre-order it from by clicking on the button below. A brief synopsis of the book below is from the new website, and more information is available at the website itself

“Talisman is a roller-coaster intellectual journey through the back streets and rat runs of history to uncover the traces in architecture and monuments of a secret religion that has shaped the world. The story takes us from Heliopolis to Luxor, Alexandria, Toulouse, Florence, Rome, Paris, London, Washington DC, New York, and finally to the global pandemonium following 9/11/2001. It is a tale filled with romance and intrigue, heroism and faith, peopled by ancient Egyptian astronomer priests, Christian Gnostics, Hermetic sages, learned Jews, Arab savants, Occitan Counts, Cathar “perfecti”, Knights Templar, Renaissance magi, Rosicrucian “invisibles”, Bavarian Illuminati and Freemasons.”

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New books 2004 – March

“Global Change and the Earth System:

A Planet Under Pressure”

by Dr Will Steffen (Editor)

An article on the BBC website on January 20th, referred to an artricle in the International Herald Tribune about the current state of the planet, and how humankind might be contributing to irreversible changes that could become catastrophic:

“The Earth has entered a new era, one in which human beings may be the dominant force, say four environmental leaders. In the International Herald Tribune, they say the uncertainty, magnitude and speed of change in many of the Earth’s systems is without precedent.

The four, who include Margot Wallstrom, the European environment commissioner, say uncertainty cannot excuse inaction.

They believe humanity may cross some critical thresholds unawares, setting off changes which cannot be reversed. The other authors are Professor Bert Bolin, founding chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change; Professor Paul Crutzen, winner of the 1995 Nobel prize for chemistry; and Dr Will Steffen, director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).

Their article, ‘The Earth’s Threatened Life-Support System: A Global Wake-Up Call’, marks the publication of an IGBP book, “Global Change And The Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure”.”


New books 2004 – January

“Gorgon: Paleontology, Obsession, and the
Greatest Catastrophe in Earth’s History

by Peter Douglas Ward


UK Edition


In Gorgon, geologist Peter Ward turns his attention reluctantly away from the asteroid collision that killed all the dinosaurs and instead focuses on a much older extinction event. As it turns out, the Permian extinction of 250 million years ago dwarfs the dino’s 65-million-year-old Cretaceous-Tertiary armageddon. Ward’s book is not a dry accounting of the fossil discoveries leading to this conclusion, but rather an intimate, first-person account of some of his triumphs and disappointments as a scientist.

He draws a nice parallel between the Permian extinction and his own rather abrupt in research focus, revealing the agonizing steps he had to take to educate himself about a set of prehistoric creatures about which he knew almost nothing. These were the Gorgons, carnivorous reptiles whose ecological dominance preceded that of the more pop-culture-ready dinosaurs.:

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