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Anatomy of a phenomenon: unidentified objects in space--a scientific appraisal Hardcover – 1965

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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: H. Regnery Co (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006BN032
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,978,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anatomy of a Phenomenon" published in 1965 was Jacques Vallee's first book on the UFO phenomenon in the English language ("Challenge to Science" had been published only in French and the English language edition came later). The book sold well through the mid-1960s, against the expectations of the American publisher Neville Spearman.

The UFO issue had entered popular mythology and up to this point been variously sensationalised or ridiculed in the mainstream media. Vallee's book attempted to introduce a more scientific approach to the public for the first time. The early chapters present detailed evidence of the reality of UFO-type phenomena throughout history and into modern times. Meticulous documentation of sightings and encounters from across the world and an evaluation of the probabilities of extraterrestrial life (in the second chapter) led him to petition scientists to recognise that a real phenomenon existed and should be studied.

Vallee noted that, to his view, many encounters did not seem to fit the model that they might be extraterrestrial visitors but might be some other (still real) phenomenon. He argued that the subject was important and should be studied to discover the truth of what they actually might be. In the later chapters, he tackles the overly emotional and unscientific reaction he perceived from most scientists when confronted with the evidence - what he terms "The syndrome of resistance to the future.
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Everything by Dr. Vallee is a must read for anyone interested in the UFO phenomenon.
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