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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile book, 2 Dec 1998
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This review is from: UFO Encyclopedia 2nd (Library Binding)
This is a landmark book and a remarkable achievement. The entries are very detailed, balanced and extremely well-referenced. Many of Clark's entries are worth the equivalent of an entire book boiled down to a few pages. I have suggested to several sociology colleagues that they get their libraries to order it. When a case is in doubt, Clark tends to land on the side of possible ET visitation. While I disagree such interpretations and assessments (because I require absolute proof), Clark is certainly within his rights to do so because he bases his views on evidence, and he backs up his argument with quality references and lucid reasoning. No matter where one stands on the UFO debate (and I am a sympathetic skeptic), this 2 volume set clearly stands as the most thorough ever written for the 273 entries covered. Jerome Clark should be congratulated for an almost superhuman effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clark's Encyclopedia is the best work of reference on the subject, ever, 28 July 2010
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This review is from: UFO Encyclopedia 2nd (Library Binding)
Jerry Clark's "UFO Encyclopedia" is published in two heavy, large double-columned hardcover volumes containing 273 short chapters collectively detailing virtually every subject, encounter, hypothesis, witness, researcher, and author of note in the history of the UFO phenomenon. The entries are alphabetically listed from A-K in volume one, L-Z in volume two; it contains monochrome images where relevant and the full length over the two volumes exceeds 1,000 pages. This is a first class piece of research and an indispensable work of reference to anyone interested in this enormously complex phenomenon, its history, theories to attempt to explain it and the scores of individuals who over the decades have contributed to its understanding or in other ways been involved. The editing is first class, the whole work completely free of typos and the print quality the best you'll find anywhere.

Each entry summarises its particular subject lucidly and accurately in straightforward, literate prose and is thoroughly referenced. Clark wastes no time and reports the facts; his 2-page mini-biographies are textbook lessons in brevity. There's a huge amount of information in here and it's likely that even if you have spent years studying this subject, you'll learn about some aspect of the phenomenon which is new to you.

The Encyclopedia is characterized by thoroughness, impartiality, common sense and intelligence. It really is hard to fault. If you own a copy then every time you come across some new aspect of the phenomenon - whether you want to understand the "psychosocial hypothesis", or the Tombaugh sighting, read summaries of CE3s, hoaxes or the contactee phenomenon or need a mini-biography of Raymond Fowler - then reaching for Jerry Clark's book will save hours of trawling through the web trying to separate the signal from all the noise. Clark has done the work, and here is the heart of the matter in all its detail: lucid, thorough, insightful, informative, accurate, agenda-free.

The only possible down-side is that a really good copy of the full two-volume encyclopedia is hard to find and expensive. Also it's not small, and will need shelf-space. However, it's one of the best investments you could make and worth a shelf-full of more partisan and less informative books on the subject. It's the best. Buy and keep a good copy, if you can find one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-documented and exhaustive, 6 Sep 1998
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Jerry Clark has demonstrated himself to be the leading historian of UFOlogy with the two editions of his UFO Encyclopedia. These hefty volumes pretty much cover the bases, with plenty of documentation for further study, and are a useful resource for those who have already taken a position (no matter what it might be) on the UFO issue as well as those who are undecided.
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