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UFOs: The Great Debate: An Objective Look at Extraterrestrials, Government Cover-ups, and the Prospect of First Contact [Paperback]

J. Allan Danelek
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1 Dec 2008
Do UFOs really exist? Are we alone in the universe? Is the government hiding the truth from us? With his signature objective and balanced approach, J Allan Danelek explores the controversial questions surrounding extraterrestrials that have raged for years. This wide-ranging and captivating book begins with a historical overview of the decades-ling debate, followed by an incisive look at the case for and against extraterrestrial intelligence. Danelek presents scientific evidence supporting UFOs and other life-sustaining planets, examines hoaxes and raises practical objections based on radar findings and satellite observations. Next he delves into government conspiracies and cover-ups - including Roswell, alien visitation and alien technology. There is also intriguing speculation about the alien agenda - crop circles, alien abductions - and suggestions of possible scenarios, both benign and malevolent, for first contact with an alien race.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073871383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713830
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 15.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Having long been interested in both the scientific search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the (sometimes fringe) topic of UFOs I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book adopted a fair and balanced approach to a subject which can all too often be treated with both unthinking scepticism by debunkers or total, uncritical acceptance by far out mystics.
To find a book such as this one that takes an open-minded but objective look at the facts and then seeks to make reasonable assumptions about the likelihood of Alien visitation is refreshing to say the least.
Throughout J. Allan Danelek gives an excellent overview of the history, current thinking on the nature of, and theories surrounding, the UFO phenomena. Treating the subject (and related modern anomalous reports such as Crop Circles, MIB's & purported alien abduction) with enough open-mindedness to accept that there are real events to be explained he nevertheless does so without losing his objectivity or a reasonable level of critical analysis of the subject matter - he neither accepts facts or fantastical explanations blindly nor attempts to belittle UFO sightings as `all in the mind' or the product of deliberate hoaxing.

This is a sensible, unsensationalist book for those people interested in an intriguing subject - ideal for both someone looking for a first introduction to the mystery of Unidentified Flying Objects or people already familiar with the subject. J. Allan Danelek's conclusions about the phenomena are both exciting and objective (a rare combination given the two extremes of opinion that are normally generated by any UFO debate).

Whatever the ultimate scientific truth is regarding intelligent alien life the discussion is greatly enhanced by quality books such as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UFOs: The Great Debate 14 July 2010
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I notice there are no ratings less than five stars and well deserved. Sceptic or believer this is an excellent
read. So read it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars All talk - no facts 2 Nov 2010
I was very kindly given this as a gift. I hope they don't see this review.
For me who's read a great deal about the UFO phenomenon - this was a waste of time.
It is, what it says it is a 'debate' - a discussion about theories surrounding UFOs but little else. What is really needed surrounding the UFO debate are the facts. I couldn't help feeling this guy is writing whatever comes into his head. There is no new research in here, he barely mentions any of the existing evidence which is out there, which leads me to the conclusion he hasn't bothered to look too hard.
The thing that is really frustrating to someone like me who has slowly been convinced that ET craft exist and do visit earth is someone who doesn't look for the evidence, because if you look hard enough and trawl through all the nonsense which is out there, you'll find that it is overwhelming.
This is a nice light read but you won't learn the truth here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new 5 Jan 2009
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OK So the subject of UFOs is popular, but does that mean that any writer can write a UFO book just to cash in on the popularity? This book has a nice cover, but that all I can say about it. The material in the book looks like it was taken from other well known (real) UFO reserachers like Friedman, Imbrogno, Good,Hopkins just to name a few. This book offers nothing new and looks like it was reserached from the authors computer.

If you are looking for a UFO book to read, there are many others out in the cosmic void.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Objective Look at UFO Phenomenon 5 Feb 2009
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I thought that this was a very interesting overview of the UFO phenomenon that takes a calm and objective look at what is, in reality, one of the great open questions of our era. What are UFOs? What are alien abductions? Having had an abduction experience myself and written a book about it, Communion, I would be the first to say that they really happen. But what are they? Do we really know? Danelek is asking some very important questions here, and the book deserves a wide audience among thoughtful people.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Feast 21 Nov 2010
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This is an exceptionally well written book. The author takes a detailed, logical and very objective look at the UFO debate. The theories you will explore, quite throughly, will have you re-thinking what the "experts" suggest. It opened my mind up to a whole new way of not just looking at the UFO issue but to re-consider other UFO related events and how they fit the big picture. What I had previously dismissed as nonsensical or mass hysteria have now taken a new "rank" as they now make sense from my new point of view I have from reading this book. Im now re-thinking a lot of things after reading this "brain feast" of a book. EXCEPTIONAL READ !!!!!!!
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