I am happy to announce the publication today of my new book, The Mound Builder Myth: Fake History and the Hunt for a “Lost White Race.” This book has been a long time in coming. I started writing it in the winter of 2011/2012, and it has been a slow road to publication, but one I think is worth the wait. Clocking in at 400 pages, The Mound Builder Myth is the best book I have ever written, and you know that it must be good because both Graham Hancock and Ken Feder have read it in manuscript and had great things to say about it. You can order the book directly from the publisher or from your favorite retailer.
You can download the official press release for the book’s launch below in PDF format. The text and order links are below.
Say you found that a few dozen people, operating at the highest levels of society, conspired to create a false ancient history of the American continent to promote a religious, white-supremacist agenda in service of supposedly patriotic ideals. Would you call it fake news? In nineteenth-century America, this was in fact a powerful truth that shaped Manifest Destiny. The Mound Builder Myth is the first book to chronicle the attempt to recast the Native American burial mounds as the work of a lost white race of “true” native Americans.
Scott David Hamilton
2/18/2020 08:48:16 am
Congrats! I'm looking forward to reading it.
2/18/2020 09:47:55 am
2/18/2020 09:49:30 am
Just placed my order from Amazon.
2/21/2020 08:19:33 pm
This is called "marketing". You shouldn't expect the displayed data to represent reality, in fact it just represents different ways to trigger different demographics into buying.
2/18/2020 10:07:12 am
Your status as my favorite academic nerd is officially secure. Congratulations! It will be another two days before I can buy it. But I may have to buy it from the University to get a first edition.
2/18/2020 11:57:01 am
@AMHC: It looks like we can safely add "What is a first edition?" to the list of things you are confused about.
2/18/2020 05:04:11 pm
I did run out to the bank and bought one of the last six copies Amazon had. I even double checked the listing for it, and Amazon said "only five left in stock" after I made my purchase. I couldn't let all of you get the jump on me!
2/18/2020 10:27:40 am
Just curious, but how could there be a "lost white race" when there are still white people around? Perhaps it should have been lost white tribe? Or gang maybe?
Art de Gobineau
2/18/2020 12:24:43 pm
The concept of race in the past could overlap with nationality, for example, the English race versus the Spanish race. Or it could be broader, for example, the Anglo-Saxon race versus the Celtic race. Both could coincide with the modern notion of whiteness. Therefore the perception that "A" particular white race had been responsible for mounds and had since disappeared fit well with concepts and perceptions of the 19th century and earlier. Scientific racialism eventually created the modern concept of race held by some as distinctive biological categories.
2/18/2020 12:40:16 pm
Nah. It's a bad title. Not surprising though, considering the readers here that pushed for it.
Art de Gobineau
2/18/2020 12:44:19 pm
Nah, you just aren't very bright or educated on the topic and are unhappy at being foiled this quickly in your efforts to hijack the thread. Sorry.
2/18/2020 12:53:41 pm
Oh Christ... here we go. Race as determined by skin color and other such physical attributes was pretty much settled in the 1700's. Thus your argument is bunk and the book title remains suspect.
Art de Gobineau
2/18/2020 01:03:30 pm
Scientific racialism didn't really even begin in earnest until the late 18th century and people were still debating the concept of race, how many races there were, and what their physical and behavioral traits were a century later and beyond. Writers such as Arthur Friel were still talking about a "lost white race" in the Amazon circa-1930. Nothing wrong with the title and everything wrong with your state of knowledge of the topic.
2/18/2020 01:07:15 pm
Oh, let us not pretend. Your mind is powered by Google. Your keystrokes by an imbecile.
2/18/2020 01:18:14 pm
Joe, search 19th century books to see that "lost race" was a common phrase then and referred to what we would call a tribe, nation, or ethnic grouping. It's a stock term from the Victorian era.
Art de Gobineau
2/18/2020 01:18:16 pm
I don't think that there is much debate over whom has been embarrassed here. Waste of time to continue to argue with someone who probably thinks that Blumenbach is a German auto company, Gobineau is a French candy company, and that George Stocking was noted for designing womens' footwear. Better luck next time.
2/18/2020 01:23:01 pm
Ah yes, what would an article by Jason be without some petty nitpicking by Joe Scales.
Art de Gobineau
2/18/2020 01:32:19 pm
It's not nitpicking. It is an awe inspiring demonstration of aggressive ignorance. The only solution is for Joe Scales to invent a time machine and go back and persuade everyone to only use the term race in the sense that he thinks it should be used and for them to stop using specific wording like "lost white race". Then Colavito will be wrong because he won't be writing about terms and concepts that were actually being used in the past and thus are clearly fair game for historical analysis.
2/18/2020 01:40:16 pm
"Joe, search 19th century books to see that "lost race" was a common phrase then and referred to what we would call a tribe, nation, or ethnic grouping. It's a stock term from the Victorian era."
American Negro Joe Kent Scales
2/18/2020 01:43:02 pm
Joe Kent now sounds like when a kid wrecks his bike and then to try to save face yells out to his buddies, "I meant to do that."
2/18/2020 01:51:54 pm
Jason knew it was a faulty descriptive term. Hence the quotes. That was the retort you missed, you imbecile.
2/18/2020 01:53:47 pm
Whom has been embarrassed here?
2/18/2020 01:56:18 pm
You’re like my ex-wife who could never admit that she was wrong about anything, even when we was glaringly wrong. Sucks to be you.
2/18/2020 06:03:35 pm
Scientific research on race in the 1700s is considered to be a nascent process and pioneering at best. Not surprisingly this process, which included the notion of racial hierarchy, corresponds with the peak of the African slave trade and the peak of European colonization efforts on a global scale. This is an excellent illustration of science being influenced by economics and politics and in turn influencing political and economic policies.
2/20/2020 10:08:50 am
"Scientific research on race in the 1700s is considered to be a nascent process and pioneering at best."
2/20/2020 12:32:21 pm
If race based on skin tone was settled to everyones satisfaction in the 1700s then Dravidians would still be considered Negroid, many people who were classified as Black under the rule of hypodescent would actually be considered white, and a lot of people would not have been using labels such as Irish Race well into the 20th century. A key word search on a database like Chronicling America will provide many examples of the actual varied uses of the concept of race in the past that Joe wants to ignore.
2/20/2020 01:34:34 pm
2/20/2020 02:43:35 pm
You googlers are just throwing shit on the wall now. You're not even reading the distinction of what I wrote and the more narrow application involved. You know... going with physical traits as opposed to neighborhoods. Par for the course for you imbeciles however. You see only what you want to see, and are too stupid to figure the rest out.
2/20/2020 03:13:28 pm
Catherine Zeta-Jones must be an indian because of her skin color
2/20/2020 03:43:10 pm
At least give the boy credit for audacity. Think about it; he didn't cite a single published academic source on the topic or at least identify an author noted for research on race. Beyond the term race he didn't use any of the vocabulary that one would expect to see used by someone with any knowledge of the subject. Yet he still tries to call out people who did, including those who are familiar with the work of people like Kottak and Wagley who aren't exactly going to feature prominently in a 30 second google search on race. Most people who aren't involved in some sort of halfway serious research don't even know that the Chronicling America database even exists. In many respects he works just like fringe advocates who are long on broad assertions and short on supporting facts.
2/18/2020 01:51:14 pm
Why could there only have every been one white race? Your objection doesn't make any sense.
2/18/2020 01:53:06 pm
If you didn't laugh, or at least crack a smile... best move on then.
2/18/2020 02:00:43 pm
Oh trust me Joey, people are most certainly smiling and laughing.
2/19/2020 11:03:44 am
What a creepy thing you are. Each post with a new moniker, and a new embarrassment. Do you really believe posting under multiple monikers to bolster your sniping isn't readily transparent? That you've taken a shine to me is obvious. It's also obvious why. To be the king, you know. But you'll never measure up. You're just not funny. Not clever. Just a pest. Who loves me. Pest.
Tone Deaf Loc
2/19/2020 03:00:34 pm
2/20/2020 09:58:56 am
Well, until imbeciles such as yourself choose to stick with a single moniker, we can assume it's because you're not winning here. That you've been called out on the partisanship that invalidates your skepticism. That you've been embarrassed for the times when you substituted your googling for actual knowledge. That's why you change your name here. That's why you're a pest. That's why Jason most certainly doesn't want you here.
2/20/2020 12:46:55 pm
Just curious Joe, are you accusing me of posting these replies ?
2/20/2020 01:58:52 pm
Probably so. By deluding himself into believing that there is only one person criticizing him and poking fun at him he doesn't have to acknowledge that he has become a punch line for half the people here.
2/18/2020 02:08:29 pm
"Just curious, but how could there be a "lost white race" when there are still white people around?"
2/18/2020 02:16:36 pm
2/18/2020 10:28:13 am
Wonderful news, Jason, congratulations!
2/18/2020 10:41:00 am
I feel very much alive, not lost.
2/18/2020 11:03:52 am
Kudos to you. Good job. Hope you make good money from this.
2/18/2020 11:11:00 am
Congratulations Jason. I look forward to buying an e-copy and reading it, soon.
2/18/2020 12:37:44 pm
Glad to see it is now released! I recall not so long ago when you felt depressd about the low prospect of publishing this book! Good you went forward! Congrats!
2/18/2020 02:29:51 pm
Well, his publishing fortune took an upturn when he came to the realization that a university press that places no small emphasis on research related to Native Americans was the best outlet for this specific type of work.
2/18/2020 01:14:50 pm
Congrats! I Will be ordering this on payday.
2/18/2020 01:57:32 pm
If Hancock says he likes it then I would suspect that it is because down the line he thinks that he can cherry pick from it to support some of his nonsense.
2/18/2020 02:18:21 pm
I can't believe you failed to consider in your so-call book the possibility that alien sentient beings from Orion were in direct communication with the lost 13th Tribe of Israel, aka the Aryans, who built the mounds as a sophisticated dirt based interface to guide interstellar craft to Templar landing pads in upper Michigan using secret Nephilim (and that's the CORRECT spelling, by the way) code found in the Babylonian tablets translated by George Tsoukalas.
no one cares
2/18/2020 02:35:41 pm
נְפִילִים THAT'S the correct spelling.
Guillame the Conqueror
2/18/2020 02:41:53 pm
THAT'S the correct spelling in THAT language and orthography. Irrelevant to a discussion in the English language. But thank you for contributing.
No one cares
2/18/2020 03:55:49 pm
And you're using an English transliteration of a Greek spelling, so there's that.
2/18/2020 08:47:15 pm
No one cares.
Jr. Time Lord
2/19/2020 04:58:42 am
Congrats!!! I hope you make some serious money.
2/19/2020 09:07:05 am
Even if I do, I won't know for a year, when the royalties get paid in February 2021.
Jr. Time Lord
2/19/2020 06:08:12 pm
I had no idea publishing a book was like standing in line at the DMV. Hopefully that check will be worth the wait!
Congratulations! I ordered a copy and hope to find the usual thorough analysis of an important aspect of pseudoscience. I am excited to see where you have drawn the lines for this topic since it is highly interconnected with almost everything in the area of pseudoscience.
2/19/2020 01:42:32 pm
2/19/2020 02:58:59 pm
Immediately ordered the eBook on Amazon.
2/19/2020 04:05:16 pm
Congratulations - looking forward to seeing this on my Kindle tomorrow
2/21/2020 02:27:10 pm
Been looking forward to publication for some time, but now I see that Hancock recommends it. I'm out.
2/21/2020 03:51:35 pm
great, but their rates are terrible
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