Reviews of The Hidden History of the Human Race

Reviewed by: W. W. Howells

To have modern human beings . . . appearing a great deal earlier, in fact at a time when even simple primates did not exist as possible ancestors, would be devastating not only to the accepted pattern. It would be devastating to the whole theory of evolution.
—W. W. Howells, Physical Anthropologist

Reviewed by: Jonathan Marks

A must for anyone interested in keeping up with goofy, popular anthropology; it is a veritable cornucopia of dreck.
—Jonathan Marks, American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Reviewed by: Richard Leakey

Your book is pure humbug and does not deserve to be taken seriously by anyone but a fool. Sadly, there are some, but that’s a part of selection and there is nothing that can be done.
—Richard Leakey, Anthropologist

Reviewed by: Marylene Patou-Mathis

M. Cremo and R. Thompson have willfully written a provocative work that raises the problem of the influence of the dominant ideas of a time period on scientific research. These ideas can compel the researchers to orient their analyses according to the conceptions that are permitted by the scientific community. . . . The documentary richness of this work . . . is not to be ignored.
—Marylene Patou-Mathis, in L’Anthropologie

Reviewed by: Kenneth L. Feder

While decidedly antievolutionary in perspective, this work is not the ordinary variety of antievolutionism in form, content, or style. In distinction to the usual brand of such writing, the authors use original sources and the book is well written. Further, the overall tone of the work is far superior to that exhibited in ordinary creationist literature. . . .
—Kenneth L. Feder, in Geoarchaeology

Reviewed by: Jo Wodak and David Oldroyd

It must be acknowledged that Forbidden Archeology brings to attention many interesting issues that have not received much consideration from historians; and the authors’ detailed examination of the early literature is certainly stimulating and raises questions of considerable interest, both historically and from the perspective of practitioners of sociology of scientific knowledge.
—Jo Wodak and David Oldroyd, in Social Studies of Science

Reviewed by: David Heppell

A very comprehensive and scholarly compilation and appraisal of the available information on this subject. Whether one accepts the evidence presented or not, it certainly looks as if there will no longer be any excuse for ignoring it.
—David Heppell, Department of Natural History
Royal Museum of Scotland

Reviewed by: Journal of Field Archaeology

Michael Cremo, a research associate in history and philosophy of science, and Richard Thompson, a mathematician, challenge the dominant views of human origins and antiquity. This volume combines a vast amount of both accepted and controversial evidence from the archaeological record with sociological, philosophical, and historical critiques of the scientific method to challenge existing views and expose the suppression of information concerning history and human origins.
—Journal of Field Archaeology

Reviewed by: Cyprian Broodbank

All the reasons and evidence why modern humans are not rather recent, but most ancient.
—Cyprian Broodbank, in Antiquity

Reviewed by: Gene C. Sager

I view this book as a challenging and encouraging piece of work. I believe the authors reveal the interdisciplinary nature of the inquiry into the history of the human race. To solve the issues it raises, we need the integrated efforts of archeologists, historians, sociologists, philosophers, scholars of religion, and others. Many of us, scholars who inquire into those issues, develop severe cases of hardening of the categories. Hidden History reminds us that we oversimplify or forget the conceptual complexity that lies behind terms like ‘fact’ or ‘datum.’
—Gene C. Sager, Professor of Philosophy, Palomar College, California

Reviewed by: Dr. Benetta Jules-Rosette

It is truly wonderful and provocative. Congratulations on such an excellent piece of work!
—Dr. Benetta Jules-Rosette, Professor of Sociology, University of California at San Diego

Reviewed by: Lori Erbs

Written for the nonspecialist and specialist alike, it is bound to become a landmark in the literature on human evolution. Scrupulously researched . . . it is expertly crafted in a flowing style that invites readers onward in their exploration of ‘the hidden history of the human race.’
—Lori Erbs, Biological Librarian, U.S. Forestry Service
Forestry Sciences Laboratory
Juneau, Alaska

Reviewed by: Dr. George Carter

You have done a marvelous job, and I congratulate you. Thanks for this magnificent source book.
—Dr. George Carter, Archeologist

Reviewed by: Thomas A. Dorman

I recently finished reading the book and would like to congratulate you and thank you for writing it. . . . I am particularly grateful to you for bringing out the misinformation which comes across from the establishment.
—Thomas A. Dorman, M.D., Member Royal College of Physicians (UK)

Reviewed by: Dr. Roger Wescott

I enjoyed your iconoclastic presentation . . . Best wishes for your bold reinterpretive enterprise.
—Dr. Roger Wescott, President
International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations

Reviewed by: Dr. Pierce Flynn

A work of thoroughgoing scholarship and intellectual adventure. It ascends and descends into the realms of the human construction of scientific ‘fact’ and theory: postmodern territories that historians, philosophers, and sociologists of scientific knowledge are investigating with increasing frequency . . . With exacting research into the history of paleoanthropological discovery, Cremo and Thompson zoom in on the epistemological crisis of the human fossil record, the process of disciplinary suppression, and the situated scientific handling of ‘anomalous evidence’ to build persuasive theory and local institutions of knowledge and power.
—Dr. Pierce Flynn, Sociologist, California State University, San Marcos

Reviewed by: Dr. Jean Burns

This is a careful piece of scholarship about a fascinating subject, and I am confident that it will become a classic, in print for many years.
—Dr. Jean Burns, Physicist

Reviewed by: Dr. K. N. Prasad

I find the entire gamut of human origins and prehistory has been brought out in one single comprehensive volume, a task few people can achieve. I congratulate you for writing this excellent reference book, which will act as a catalyst for further research on a subject of immense interest, not only to scholars and students but also laymen.
—Dr. K. N. Prasad, Former Director of the Geological Survey of India
And former President of the Archeological Society of India

Reviewed by: Ron C. Calais

I have recently completed reading a copy of Michael Cremo & Richard Thompson’s fascinating book, and found it to be comprehensive and above all, intellectually stimulating. Their in-depth research efforts are impressive. Having conducted nearly 30 years of intensive research work on this very subject myself, I can say without hesitation that this encyclopedic collection of ‘misfit’ anthropologic discoveries is about the most convincing I have ever digested.
—Ron C. Calais, Archivist of Evidence for Human Antiquity

Reviewed by: Walter J. Langbein

If we imagine the history of humanity as a giant museum, containing all knowledge on this topic, then we shall find that several of the rooms of this museum have been locked. Scientists have locked away the facts that contradict the generally accepted picture of history. Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson have, however, opened many of the locked doors and allowed laymen as well as scientists to see inside. Even scientists have been influenced, and rightly so. The Hidden History of the Human Race compels the world of science to enter new territories and calls into question many revered theories about humanity and human history.
—Walter J. Langbein, PARA magazine, Austria