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30 review for Voices from the Dust: New Insights into Ancient America a Comparative Evaluation of Early Spanish and Portuguese Chronicles, Archaeology and Art History, the Book of Mormon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Pretty good book. The writing was organized by topics and then for each topic a run down of the corresponding Book of Mormon passages juxtaposed against early Spanish chronicle writers and some archaeological evidence. The main drawback of this organization is that some of the evidences get repeated. The two main cultures focused on are the Mexican and Yucatan natives and the Chavin civilization of ancient Peru. One thing that wasn't very clear was how the author felt about which of the two geog Pretty good book. The writing was organized by topics and then for each topic a run down of the corresponding Book of Mormon passages juxtaposed against early Spanish chronicle writers and some archaeological evidence. The main drawback of this organization is that some of the evidences get repeated. The two main cultures focused on are the Mexican and Yucatan natives and the Chavin civilization of ancient Peru. One thing that wasn't very clear was how the author felt about which of the two geographically distinct Mesoamerican and Chavin civilizations best correlated to the Book of Mormon peoples. Being much more familiar with the Mesoamerican people, I was surprised and enlightened by the degree of similarity in the Southern Hemisphere. Another thing that would be nice would be a summary of the Early Spanish and Portugese chroniclers, perhaps a summary table or section that would allow easy reference. The same three or four chroniclers account for probably 80% of all Chronicler references in the book. Overall I liked the book and the author's comparisons are very compelling and interesting, although as one would expect, far from conclusive.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Very interesting material. I did get lost in the Spanish and native American names. Very dense with lots of dates. For those unfamiliar with the Book of Mormon, Calderwood provides lengthy summaries and explanations of pertinent passages and events found therein. Nevertheless, a fascinating comparison of early Spanish and Portuguese chronicles, archeological findings, and native artifacts with Book of Mormon stories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

    We went into a bookstore next to the Dallas temple and the author was there for a book signing. He enthusiastically told us about his life and research and the book. As this was a topic that already interested me and as I love to hear people talk about something that they are passionate about, we bought a copy. I started to read it out loud to Matt as we drove home and we both are excited about continuing the read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    An outstanding book to read. Provides very detailed research/explantations of the various groups that populated North, Central, and South America; how developed/advanced that they where; as well as debunking the sole theory of the crossing of the Bering Straights as being the only way that the America's were settled. A must read for anyone interested in Pre & Post Columbia America. An outstanding book to read. Provides very detailed research/explantations of the various groups that populated North, Central, and South America; how developed/advanced that they where; as well as debunking the sole theory of the crossing of the Bering Straights as being the only way that the America's were settled. A must read for anyone interested in Pre & Post Columbia America.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Mcdougal

    Fascinating?! Mr Calderwood has been collecting historical records, lost in Spanish and Portuguese libraries for centuries regarding the legends and oral histories, written by the Conquistadors, of the pre-Columbian Indians and their similarities to the Book of Mormon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kcastro

    Scholarly. Took awhile to read. I met the author at the library in Nauvoo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mikey

    I loved the book. I thought it was really well done. I liked how it focused more on oral tradition of the ancient Americans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Keisha

    I read this a little at a time so I could actually retain some of the information instead of just finishing. It's very well researched and written and I learned a lot. Some day, I'll read it again. I read this a little at a time so I could actually retain some of the information instead of just finishing. It's very well researched and written and I learned a lot. Some day, I'll read it again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Selma

    Excellent information on Mesoamerica! I met the Author at the LDS Bookstore in Dallas and found him delightful! I could listen to him for hours.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Héctor Contreras

  12. 4 out of 5

    Walker Wright

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lance

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rbarfuss

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anita

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charity

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth Kirby

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jack D.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben Sailors

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adolpho Oliva

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Brown

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I have only just begun this one

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Burr

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Wakefield

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacinto Bowks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kory Luker

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine

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