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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2 Expanded edition (May 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156718362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567183627
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Year's Eve 1982 marked the beginning of one of the most puzzling UFO cases in recent times: the Hudson Valley "siege." The siege begot over 7,000 sightings of a boomerang-shaped craft or crafts moving silently through the sky over New York and Connecticut between 1982 and 1995. Night Siege is the collaborative effort of Hynek, Imbrogno, and Pratt to report the data gathered from witnesses of this mystifying experience, without speculation of what it might be. If you missed the first edition of Night Siege, this is your chance to delve into the Hudson Valley mystery. If you have read the first edition, you may be interested in the additional data covering sightings from 1986 to 1995, the graphical analysis of the UFO's appearance, and the chronology of the sightings. Aside from the purely factual value of the catalog of reports in Night Siege, its coverage of an undeniable series of events that somehow went largely untouched by the local authorities and the national media invites speculation into the origins of these silent objects. --Brian Patterson

From Publishers Weekly

The "Westchester Boomerang" was a UFO reported by hundreds of people in New York State and Connecticut between 1983 and 1986 and described by most witnesses as a hovering, immense V-shaped series of flashing lights connected by a dark structure. UFO investigators Imbrogno (Crosswalks Across the Universe) and Pratt write in detail about the "close encounters" of some 900 people who filled out "witness forms." (Famed UFO author Hynek died in 1986, "as the book was being written," but the authors maintain that he participated in the investigation and include the transcript of a Hynek interview with a witness.) They note a "feeling" common to the witnesses: "They felt as if the object or whatever intelligence that was behind it was trying to communicate with them in some way." After a two-year analysis, the authors conclude that there is "no conventional explanation for the Hudson Valley UFO." The illustrations (not seen by PW) include photos, drawings and sequential frames from a videotape of the lights.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By The Wingchair Critic on August 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
Despite its ominous title, 'Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings' by Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno, and Bob Pratt is a sensible, sober book on the subject of unexplained aerial phenomena.

Witnesses to the events and active participants in the investigation during the period described, the authors have limited the book to examining the dramatic 13-year UFO wave that took place over the Hudson River Valley from 1982 through 1995. During that period, the UFOs were seen by an estimated 7,000 people and reported to authorities by at least a tenth of that number.

The "boomerang-shaped," brightly-lit UFOs behaved like brazen tricksters and interactive provocateurs during their reign of the night skies.

Most often described as "bigger than a football field," the silent objects flew less that 500 feet above heavily populated commercial and residential areas, stopped traffic on freeways, turned sideways and spiraled through the air like Ferris wheels, dived into and flew out of bodies of water, hovered over single homes and cars for minutes on end, responded to lights flashed in their direction with dramatic light displays of their own, and disappeared over the horizon in bursts of unbelievable acceleration.

Several witnesses reported that the objects dematerialized--or "vanished"--right before their eyes.

On the night of July 24th 1990, an enormous, apparently nonchalant UFO hovered over the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor Complex and came within thirty feet of the only reactor in operation.

Awestruck plant personnel had the object on camera for more than fifteen minutes, and were given tentative orders to shoot it down.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Trent K. Rollow on November 2, 2000
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This book was, I believe, Hynek's last, and was primarilly written by Phil Imbrogno. It is a good read, frequently backed up with eyewitness testimony and impressions. Several incidents are covered, leaving little doubt that people in the Hudson Valley saw SOMETHING, but what? The flying triangles have since been seen in other areas, and skeptics still point to government "explanations" which seem to leave as much unexplained as the initial reports themselves.
Readers familiar with the recent "Stealth Blimp" sightings in Illinois, the triangles over Belgium, or the Phoenix lights will spot similarities. There are also apparently sincere witnesses who completely disagree with each other-sometimes over the same sighting-as to what has been seen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
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This is without a doubt the best book on UFOs ever written. I read it cover to cover in one night. It reads like an adventure story and it is proof of something strange in the skies. The best book on the subject I have come across in thirty years!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
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I originally discovered this book a number of years ago and found myself devouring its contents in a matter of a day or so. I was impressed by the straightforward and sceptical(though cencerned) attitude of the researchers/authors toward a subject that is fraught with silly cultural hyperbole and media saturation. They do not presume to know what is going on at any time during their accounts of the events nor do they presume to tell readers what to think about same. Thier apparent honesty in reporting the facts and my living in such close proximity to the research area made reading the many detailed encounters that much more chilling. I read most of the updated section recently while waiting for friends at a local bookstore. This section, if my memory serves me well, seemed out of sych with rest of the book with regard to the types of sightings; there seemed to be more of the close-up and invasive kind in the years since the first research in the area. All in all I have! read few other books on this subject that I found myself reading cover to cover. Enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr Peter A. McCue on July 22, 2009
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This is the second, and updated, edition of a book describing a remarkable series of UFO sightings in and around the Hudson Valley, mainly involving places in southern New York State and Connecticut, such as Bedford, Brewster, Carmel, Danbury and Fairfield. They began at the end of 1982. UFO hotspots are often in relatively remote areas, but the Hudson Valley is populous, and within commuting distance of New York City. References to 'New York' in what follows refer to New York State, not New York City.

J. Allen Hynek was a professor emeritus and chairman of the astronomy department at Northwestern University in Illinois. It was he who introduced the well-known UFO classification scheme that includes Close Encounters of the First, Second and Third Kinds. Since he died in 1986, he obviously didn't participate fully in the writing of the second edition of the book, which refers to 7,046 UFO sighting reports between 1982 and 1995. Philip Imbrogno, was (and perhaps still is) a science teacher. He was the principal investigator of the Hudson Valley phenomena. Although he's nominally the second author of 'Night Siege', it seems that he may have actually been its main author. Nevertheless, I'll refer to the authors as 'Hynek et al.', given that Hynek is formally listed as the first author. The third author, journalist Bob Pratt, died in 2005.

In relation to the investigations, there are references in the book to 'we' and 'us'. I wonder whether these should be understood in fairly general terms. It may be that Imbrogno worked with various investigators, and that Hynek and Pratt weren't always present.
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