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Borderlands [Hardcover]

Mike Dash
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16 Jun 1997
This volume investigates the phenomenon of the unknown and contains hundreds of personal accounts of strange phenomena ranging from surviving mammoths in Siberia to intelligent clouds over New Zealand, from frogs falling from the sky to plagues of murderous manhole covers. It examines how and why these stories are reported and what they mean.


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; Reprint. edition (16 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434003352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434003358
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enthralling' - Guardian • 'The book of the decade - a dazzling work of brilliance. You are not likely to read another work that is so balanced, objective, well-reasoned and clear-thinking. Dash has an encyclopaedic knowledge, a razor-sharp intellect and a stance that should be emulated by everyone studying any aspect of strange phenomena. His act is close to impeccable' - Strange Magazine • 'What all such books should be - both entertaining and instructive' - Fortean Times • 'Extensive and convincing. It would be difficult to find a more original example of this genre' - Kent Today • 'A splendid piece of work' - Daily Telegraph • 'Dash is well-placed to write the definitive book on the paranormal' - The Observer • 'An amazing treasure trove' - New Scientist • 'Exhaustive, erudite and superb... Dash deals with a wide range of phenomena with wit, style and aplomb. Borderlands cannot be recommended highly enough' - Animals & Men • 'A substantial work in every sense' - Magonia • 'Funny... frightening... objective... inspiring... The broad scope leaves few sones unturned, but Dash's thoughtful approach leaves readers with their sense of mystery firmly intact. A fascinating map of the strange world we inhabit' - Catholic Herald • 'Superbly researched' - The Times • 'Deeply satisfying' - The Independent

About the Author

Mike Dash read history at Cambridge University and naval history at the University of London, where he received his PhD. In 1981 he began conducting fieldwork and archival research into unexplained events, and in 1983 he was invited to join the staff of the Fortean Times, the journal of strange phenomena. He has since written extensively on topics ranging from lake monster sightings to phantom social workers, and appears frequently on television and radio programmes as a commentator on the bizarre and the bewildering. Dr Dash has lived in Berlin, Zurich, Paris, Cannes and King's Lynn, and worked as an author, journalist and magazine publisher. He now lives in London with his wife and daughter.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing 2 Dec 2010
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An open-minded but sceptical inquiry into mysterious phenomenon. Probably the best book I have read on the subject. It was very convincing and rigorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book on the unexplained... 24 Sep 1999
Format:Paperback
I'm currently re-reading this book a year after I first bought it and I'm still struck by how well written it is. It retains a sense of mystery and wonder even though it's a well balanced and often sceptical (but not absurdly so) account of a vast number of unexplained phenomena. The conclusions the author reaches are the most convincing explanations for these incidents that I have ever encountered.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with clarity and dry humour 5 Nov 1999
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Format:Paperback
I was lucky enough to find the hardback edition of this book being sold really cheaply and I've never regretted buying it. It deals with the full breadth of the 'fringe' phenomena. The book is well written and by turns, informative, amazing and amusing. Dash walks a tightrope between impartiality and outright scepticism. Particularly amusing is the way he completely takes apart the legend of the Loch Ness monster. There is such a wealth of information here that I seem to get something new out of his book each time I read it. I don't agree all his conclusions especially about UFOs being a product of 'fantasy prone' individuals but most of the time he seems to hit the bulls eye.
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