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UFOs and Ufology: The First 50 Years Hardcover – 8 Jan 1998

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; 1st ed. edition (8 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713726571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713726572
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
This book was sitting on my bookshelf for over 10 years before I got round to reading it, mainly because its coffee-table format suggests it's something just to browse through and look at the pretty pictures. However, the text is actually quite meaty and well-written by authors who take themselves seriously as 'proper' researchers. Rather than coming across as enthusiastic fans or hunters of UFOs, they look at the 'UFO phenomenon' from all possibly angles, weighing up the influences of culture, history, society, psychology and mythology on ufologists of all persuasions. Those attracted to the area of study fall into several camps, such as those who subscribe to the ETH (extra-terrestrial hypothesis - largely an American strand), those who prefer psychosocial explanations (largely European, including the renowned psychologist C. J. Jung) and researchers focusing on the geophysical phenomena known as 'earth lights', associated with tectonic activity. Observations of objects in the skies, stories of alien abduction and the supposed Roswell incident, among other things, are all weighed up level-headedly and comprehensively, giving the book a fair degree of academic kudos - though not to be overlooked is the pleasure to be had from some of the whackier fantasies concocted by various individuals, including such works as as Erich von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods? and Whitley Strieber's alien-abduction memoir, Communion. Devereux and Brookesmith do well to distance themselves from the nutcases while maintaining lively interest, and it's fun to explore online how some of these strands have developed in the decade or so since this volume first appeared.
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Format: Paperback
I feel that the previous reviewer has somewhat missed the point of this book. As a chronicle of the recent history of the UFO phenomenon and the emergence of Ufology this book is unsurpassed. Many readers (including, apparently, the previous reviewer) may be dissapointed by the authors' stance: they do not automatically assume a nuts and bolts extraterrestrial origin for UFOs. Devereux's and Brookesmith's flying objects remain unidentified as they provide a review of UFOs as the only type of a phenomena we can say for sure they are - social and cultural.
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Format: Paperback
How is a u.f.o constructed, and by what, allthough this book writer has tudied his history, these three questions are still unanswered, is the material natural or made, where was it engernered, and by whom, How do life forms travel vast distances etc.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was bought as a gift for my husband and he reckons it is a very good buy was delighted with this purchase.
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