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Round in Circles: Poltergeists, Pranksters, and the Secret History of the Cropwatchers Hardcover – 19 Sep 1994

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  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (19 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879759348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879759346
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,091,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Walker VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2004
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This is a fascinating look at the way a phenomenon can take hold of the public imagination. It tells the story of the crop circles in the order in which they happened and then reveals the truth of the matter. It's a history of the crop watchers rather than of the circles themselves - who was involved, what their theories were and how they changed to accomodate the development of the circles. When one was discovered that read "we are not alone" you would think it might have given the game away, but no...........
This is a must have book if you have any common sense at all!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By caryl@tesco.net on 20 Aug. 2000
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Jim Schnabel is an acknowledged sceptic of all things not established in stone. Often his analysis and investigative skills still make a worthwhile read. Here, however, you get the impression that he was already riding a steamroller through the topic before setting his mind to the task. Don't get me wrong~the sooner farmers start taking legal action against those responsible for environmental vandalism the better. Then we can see what, if anything, there is to investigate. Jimmo too one-sided on this one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 1998
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Round in Circles is unique among its cousins in the paranormal bookshelf. It isn't a gushing, poorly written, mystic-centered account of crop circles. Nor is it a more-rational-than-thou attack on alien-mongers. Instead, Schnabel shines a light on the people lurking in the shadows of the crop-circle story: the crop-circle experts. Some are well known in UFOlogy and the paranormal. Most though made their names with the advent of crop circles. And, as the story unfolds, it is where the tragedy and humour lies. Schnabel makes it blatantly clear by the end of the book that the crop - circles are quite simply (and simple) hoaxes. Schnabel even tracks down the hoaxers themselves (and they are many). He learns the secrets - which are neither particularly ingenious nor technical. Before he himself realizes it, Schnabel becomes hopelessly addicted to crop circle creating itself. The reporter becomes a part of his own story. And a funny story it is too. Lots of laugh out loud bit! s. Much grinning by the reader.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 1997
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This book, which received rave reviews in England when it was first published by Penguin (and later got a plug from Carl Sagan), is about the crop circles PEOPLE even more than it is about the crop circles themselves. It is a compelling, funny, and ultimately touching portrait of human beings entranced by a genuine modern mystery.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is THE book on the subject of crop circles. 27 Sept. 1997
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This book, which received rave reviews in England when it was first published by Penguin (and later got a plug from Carl Sagan), is about the crop circles PEOPLE even more than it is about the crop circles themselves. It is a compelling, funny, and ultimately touching portrait of human beings entranced by a genuine modern mystery.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Crop circles: the peculiar people behind the weird events. 12 Aug. 1998
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Round in Circles is unique among its cousins in the paranormal bookshelf. It isn't a gushing, poorly written, mystic-centered account of crop circles. Nor is it a more-rational-than-thou attack on alien-mongers. Instead, Schnabel shines a light on the people lurking in the shadows of the crop-circle story: the crop-circle experts. Some are well known in UFOlogy and the paranormal. Most though made their names with the advent of crop circles. And, as the story unfolds, it is where the tragedy and humour lies. Schnabel makes it blatantly clear by the end of the book that the crop - circles are quite simply (and simple) hoaxes. Schnabel even tracks down the hoaxers themselves (and they are many). He learns the secrets - which are neither particularly ingenious nor technical. Before he himself realizes it, Schnabel becomes hopelessly addicted to crop circle creating itself. The reporter becomes a part of his own story. And a funny story it is too. Lots of laugh out loud bit! s. Much grinning by the reader.
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Not for the Credulous! 4 Jun. 2014
By Phyllis Le Chat - Published on Amazon.com
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Apparently, hoaxers and truth are too boring for some, judging by the remarks made by those gullible enough to believe in UFO's and "alien art" - it seems to take all of the wonder and magic out of things. This is a delightful expose', a history of the crop circle creations of Doug Bower and Dave Chorley. I learned of it while reading Carl Sagan's fantastic book, "The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark". Yes, actual human beings created and are still creating crop circles. It can be a simple design or one of great intricacy. There is not now and has never been any evidence that "aliens" made these designs, that they have anything to do with messages from outer space. Ignorance abounds.
Not about crop circles--or the hoax; about eccentric people 2 April 2008
By Paul Seaman - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a surprisingly absorbing book, and impressively detailed and well-written, especially given that the author (judging by the photos) was pretty young when he wrote it. For those looking (as I was) for a detailed explanation of the confessed crop-circle hoaxers, this book does NOT focus on that. The infamous hoax "revelations" of Doug and Dave don't come until almost the end of the book -- page 260. What we get is a candid and impressively deadpan, nonjudgmental or ridiculing look at the earnest eccentrics that have led the study of crop circles. Mildly curious about the phenomenon and the controvery about the possible sources and meanings of crop circles, I found this book FAR more engaging--I could hardly put it down-than the many books purporting to explain or defend their meaning.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful antidote for pseudoscience epidemic 17 Jan. 2004
By Peter F Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not only a great, unique true story in its own right, but a classic case study in how people, even "scientists," can delude themselves. I must say, even before hearing of the book, I employed Occam's Razor and thought, "What's the most likely way that crop circles could be formed? What more could it take than two guys, one holding the end of a piece of cord, the other walking around, dragging a heavy plank?" Sure enough, that's almost exactly how it was done. And the two guys spawned a whole industry of crop circle fans, competing to see who could come up with the most wacky, arcane theories of alien visitations and bizarre whirlwinds.
If you have friends who believe in alien abductions and other paranormal claptrap (and who doesn't know someone like that?), you need this piece of ammunition on your shelf.
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