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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (April 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193366553X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665535
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ray D. Stanford on May 4, 2011
To anyone who seriously would like to get an in-depth concept of the incredible range of phenomena reportedly associated with UFOs, this extraordinary book is a must. Better than that, it's a phenomenologist's 'mother lode'.

Some of my qualifications for calling Grass Roots UFOs one of the most important books on the subject, ever, are: I've been quite actively involved in studying the objects not only as reports since 1952, but, since 1973, in successfully recording their images and effects with sophisticated instruments, including a recording gravimeter, a recording magnetometer, spectrographic camera, audio recorder, movie and other cameras, etc. resulting in some in-depth analysis of the objects and their physical phenomena. Following my on-site investigation with Dr. J. Allen Hynek (chief consultant to the USAF UFO project) I 'wrote-the-book', literally, on North America's most well-documented close encounter of the third kind, the daylight landing of a highly strange object with two diminutive occupants clad in white 'coveralls', on April 24,1964. (Socorro Saucer in A Pentagon Pantry, Blueapple books, 1976)

That background, including the UFO study with instruments, informs me that many of the even highly strange cases described in Grass Roots UFOs are not the products of mistaken observations or of deranged minds, but are simply the observations and experiences of honest, and often very intelligent people, of objects and phenomena that many of the observers would never have considered possible until their encounters.

The book's section on pre-1947 cases informs us, for example, of a "silvery, shiny" cigar-shaped object seen in 1902! We read of a dirigible-shaped mothership with shuttles going from and to it, seen in 1926 or 27.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael L Carr on July 20, 2011
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An excellent account of UFO stories people have made to the author of their UFO sightings going back to the early 50's and even back to the Roswell incident. Most accounts of UFO sightings come from just your average American that happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness the event.
I would like to add more but I am starting to be late for an appointment, really. Gotta go.
Mike C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Daedalus on February 23, 2012
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The author was a volunteer at a respectable organization whose object was the study of UFOs. On request from a large shopping mall in Dallas, Swords, Timmerman, and Allen J. Hyneck organized a display of UFO-related materials -- photos, correspondence, and so forth -- and lent the exhibit to the proprietors of the mall. It generated enough interest that the exhibit began to circulate among different venues. Timmerman was one of the on-site attendants and was sometimes approached spontaneously by people claiming to have witnessed something odd in the skies. Timmerman took notes and did simple drawings of what the phenomenon looked like. The edited sightings and the drawings constitute the bulk of this text.

The book is organized into chapters based on common features of the sighting. Here are the headings of Sections Four through Nine, which should give you some idea of the contents.

4. Lights with unusual motions. (10 mini-case histories.)

5. Balls of light, up close. (10)

6. Even more unusual lights. (17)

7. Cases where the structure wasn't describable. (17)

8. Good ol' disks. (11)

9. Cigars, and variations on the disk theme. (10)

Keep in mind that these mini-studies -- most of them only a few lines long -- are anecdotes contributed by visitors to a UFO exhibit. Nobody asked them to step up. It's what's known as a volunteer sample, rather like the letters to the Playboy Forum. They represent no known universe. Who can even guess at the number of people who have experienced sightings and only told friends about it? Or who avoided telling ANYONE for fear of ridicule or endangering their jobs?
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I was very pleased to see this extensive collection of reports, gathered by John Timmerman and edited brialliantly by Mike Swords. This book is an excellent way to explore the great variety of UFO experiences, and is a perfect introduction to the subject. For the more sophisticated reader, the book offers many charms, not the least of which is the charming titling of cases by Dr. Swords, an old hand at UFO investigation. An excellent investment. Ron Westrum
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In the late 80s and early 90s, CUFOS put on a traveling display of UFO evidence. In the process, John Timmerman collected close to 1200 taped interviews with ordinary people sharing their extraordinary experiences. As Michael Swords, who wrote this book based on transcripts of those interviews, points out, this is of course not a scientific study. It's simply a collection of stories, told by ordinary people, sometimes anonymously (though rarely), and sometimes followed up in more detail (but not always). As such, there are bound to be exaggerations and fabrications, but several things stand out regardless. First of all, Swords shows that the frequency of reports, stretching from pre-1947 to the then-present, matches with the history of known UFO flaps and waves. In other words, where researchers know there were more sightings in particular years, those years are also more represented in the data collected by Timmerman. Second, the cases reported match with all the features we know from more well-documented and -researched cases. As such, they provide an inside glimpse of what people from all walks of life really experience.

Swords kindly breaks up the cases into bite-sized chapter groups, e.g., strange lights, discs, cigars, triangles and boomerangs, close encounters, physical traces, physiological effects, vehicle interference, CE-IIIs, abductions (many pre-80s), radar cases, crash reports, tiny UFOs, and the really weird 'high strangeness' cases. Throughout, you get an idea as to some of the recurring weirdness experienced: strange auditory phenomena (absolute silence, buzzing or humming), right-angled turns and impossible speeds, sudden appearances and disappearances, 'solid' light phenomena, many cases of missing time, other strange psychological effects (e.g.
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