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The Disaster That Changed the World and Humanity 12,000 Years Ago
by Joseph Christy-Vitale

Paraview Pocket Books, 2004
ISBN: 0743491904
Science, 224 pages
Trade paperback, $14.00
 

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ABOUT THE BOOK
THE ECHOES OF OUR PAST
Twelve thousand years ago, the human race barely escaped annihilation when a piece of exploded star passed through our solar system, unleashing an apocalypse. Great fires raged, mountains rose and fell, a maelstrom of cosmic debris bombarded Earth, continents broke apart, and oceans swept across the land. Millions of people, animals, and plants perished almost overnight. Entire societies, cultures, and belief systems were lost forever. The resulting aftershock shaped humanity for thousands of years, and continues to haunt us to this day. This is not fiction. This is history.

THE TRUTHS OF THE PRESENT
Using authoritative source material and an understanding of mankind's aptitude for the transmission of factual knowledge through myth and legend, Joseph Christy-Vitale dramatically unveils a past unlike any proposed by either religion or science, viewing the global catastrophe as living history, since the traumatic effects of that terrible event affect us as a species even today.

THE PATHS OF THE FUTURE
Providing an insight into where our troubled view of the world originated, Watermark tells the true story of how humanity's brush with extinction still pervades our lives -- and offers the first step to recovering what we lost so long ago: a healthy, balanced view of the world.

WHAT PEOPLE RE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOK
"Add Watermark to the current stream of efforts to reassemble the long-shattered shards of human history. As Christy-Vitale makes clear: when disastrous experiences are not integrated into consciousness, they can press their wounding onto us like a collective case of post-traumatic stress. In this synthetic book, the author jogs our memories one more step toward healing." -- Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

"The end of the Pleistocene -- around 11,000 years ago -- was an immense, traumatic transition for humankind. We are children of one catastrophe sleepwalking our way toward yet another, this one human-induced. Joseph Christy-Vitale's Watermark uses mythology, geology, astronomy, and ancient texts to raise the reader's awareness of the scale and consequences of the disaster that our species barely survived." -- Richard Heinberg, author of Memories and Visions of Paradise and The Party's Over: Oil, War & the Fate of Industrial Societies

  Joseph Christy-Vitale

JOSEPH CHRISTY-VITALE
has traveled over much of the world, steeping himself in mythology, religion, and science. He currently facilitates professional development for a major travel agency in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at two colleges in the area.

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