In November 1982, Professor Charles Hapgood wrote to a young correspondent, Rand Flem-Ath, adding an amazing postscript to his life’s work on ancient civilizations:
"There is evidence that the last displacement of the crust moved both American continents southward about 30 degrees, and absolutely devastated life and civilization on them….
"Furthermore, in recent exciting discoveries I believe I have convincing evidence of a whole cycle of civilization in America and Antarctica, suggesting advanced levels of science that may go back 100,000 years…."
The idea was revolutionary. And it came from a man who had collaborated with Albert Einstein on the theory of earth crust displacement. Hapgood had discovered maps of sub-glacial Antarctica and he was on a secret quest for Atlantis. He was now telling Rand that civilization was 100,000 years old.
Rand Flem-Ath replied immediately, asking for some hint of Hapgood’s reasons for this amazing assertion. For weeks there was no reply, then his letter was returned, stamped "deceased."
Hapgood’s last letter led Flem-Ath to his own quest for the origin of science and civilization, of which this book tells the story….
– from The Atlantis Blueprint
From the Hardcover edition.