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Crop Circles: The Greatest Mystery of Modern Times Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722538553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722538555
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lucy Pringle is a founder member of the Society for Crop Circle Studies and is co-ordinating research into the effects of electro-magnetic fields on living matter. For the last 10 years she has taken aerial photographs of the circles that have appeared in english fields. She is lectures on the subject throughout the world and has taken part in numerous TV and Radio programmes.

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Kathy A. Mccollum on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The book has numerous photos in color and black & white and easy to understand text. The author covers a variety of aspects of crop circles such as physical and emotional effects, animals reactions to, hoaxes (and how to tell them from the real thing), mechanical failures, missing time and "other dimensional" experiences. There are also many eye witness testimonies which lend even more credence to an unusual phenomenon.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Author, Journalist, Travel Writer on August 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The author is an aerial photographer and took some gorgeous pictures of very interesting crop circles. But if you would like to know (as we would) answers to the important questions, this book won't help you. Like: Who made the crop circles? What do they mean? Why are they being made? What does the British Gov't say about these questions? How about the British Army? How about Prince Charles or the Queen? What about top British Phd's and researchers? The problem with this book is that the author has no access to top people in high places who might know something of value.
At first, the author did a good job explaining some of the theories. For example, one can tell a real crop circle from a fake, using five variables. Real crop circles have unbroken stems, are stretched and bent at the base of the plants, and leave an electromagnetic signature that can be measured with sophisticated instruments. There are three other variables the experts look for to determine a real circle from a hoax. They materialize out of nowhere in a matter of minutes. Some are 1500 feet in diameter. Unfortunately, Ms. Pringle did not tell us which crop circles pictured in her book were real and which were phony. This left us feeling like she wanted to mislead the public. We know that 80% of all crop circles are manmade (fake). The other 20% are unexplained. Ms. Pringle did not help us to learn which ones pictured in the book were not genuine.
For example, there was a photo of the most mysterious crop circle of them all (in our opinion), which is a glyph of ancient Mason Text from the time of Augustus Caesar. I saw this glyph shown on a television show, and some PhD's translated it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Graham on July 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a thorough and well reasoned, and well-balanced examination of a phenomena that has excited strong feelings on both sides. (See the previous review--though its author appears not to be aware that the hoaxers he speaks of were unmasked as having exaggerated the number of sites they created--there are also significant differences in the sites they are known to have created and the "genuine" sites.) This book should be of interest to both believers and skeptics and to my mind presents the most thorough account to date.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simeon Hein on June 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Pringle's Crop Circles is a unique collection of stories and anecdotes about peoples' strange experiences with crop formations. Anyone reading this book cannot escape the conclusion that crop circles are a mysterious phenomenon that create nonordinary perceptions and energy effects.
There are wonderful accounts of people who witness the spontaneous creation of these crop patterns, very similar to those told by researcher Colin Andrews. Anyone who thinks that crop cirles are merely exotic designs in the field needs to read this book.
Pringle discounts the idea, unfairly in my view, that humans might be involved in making many of these patterns. Nonetheless, the book demonstrates that crop circles are truly weird phenomena, not easily explained away.
(Simeon Hein is the author of Opening Minds: A Journey of Extraordinary Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance (Mount Baldy Press, 2002).)
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