4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 1998
These 2 men know their stuff! The best book I've read on UFOs in 10-years. The authors provide a detailed social, historical and political context for a number of UFO waves throughout history, using incredible detail that I have never seen before in a UFO book. They make a strong case for the psycho-social genesis of UFO waves, yet also show a remarkable depth of understanding and sympathy with witnesses. The many sketches of UFOs from the last century and early this century are excellent. While I have read widely on UFOs, much of the historical detail about early UFO waves and sketches, I'd never seen nor heard of before. This would be a good book for the peron who thinks they know it all on UFOs--there is a tremendous wealth of knowledge here.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 1998
The beautiful cloud formation on the cover of this text is the only photograph encountered in 408 pages of pedestrian academic confession regarding research that is helpful for persons studying fantasy-prone personality syndrome, perhaps, but useless for those with inquiring minds who want to know...
...if there is a connection between crop circle formations and supposed alien-contact, ...how physical objects can manifest before the eyes of several (fantasy-prone) individuals at once, ...the spiritual significance of the UFO-encounter phenomenon at a time when "the shift of the Ages" is in progress.
There is a stunning lack of curiosity here--a profound narrowness of mind which elevates pragmatic (and psychological) comprehension while excluding a wholistic evaluation. It simply isn't true, for example, that there isn't evidence of UFOs (or ooparts) in earlier centuries. The excuse that the authors haven't experienced the "faith" required to believe in aliens is lame. And their failure to return to the framing question which begins the work in an epilogue, begs the question, "Isn't this simply evidence of the 'publish or perish' syndrome?"
What this text does, it does well. But it doesn't do what we want an exploration of "the mysteries" to do! The subtitle is betrayed from the get go. Buyer beware, indeed.