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The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry Paperback – December 21, 1998


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (December 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156924782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569247822
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,568,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Allen Hynek was chairman of Northwestern University's astronomy department. Jacques Vallee is the author of Forbidden Science and the inspiration for Franois Truffaut's character in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He lives in San Francisco.

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Anyone interested in learning about UFOs must read this book.
Tom Bowden
Most UFO investigators try to make the facts fit their hypothesis!
Michael L. Smith
Hopefully one day someone will pick up where Dr. Hynek left off.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
It isn't often that any book can be considered the "most important" or "most influential" in the field that it studies, but Dr. J. Allen Hynek's "UFO Experience" probably does qualify as the most important study of the UFO phenomenon ever written. Why? Unlike most UFO books, which are written by "true believers" who look uncritically at UFOs and whose authors have little or no scientific expertise, Hynek's "UFO Experience" has the scientific credentials and prestige to be taken seriously. Dr. Hynek was a distinguished astronomer at Northwestern University in Chicago and spent over twenty years (1948-1969) as the chief scientific analyst for the US Air Force's Project Blue Book, the government's official study of the UFO phenomenon.

What makes Hynek especially credible is that he started out as a debunker - he thought UFO's were "nonsense" and helped the Air Force to debunk most sightings. But as the years passed Hynek gradually became convinced that some UFO reports were not hoaxes or weather balloons or stars or some other "normal" phenomena and that they might represent something extraordinary - even ET visitation from other planets. In the late 1960's he became openly critical of how Blue Book's staff was handling the UFO reports it was receiving. (In many cases Blue Book's staff didn't make even a brief investigation of a UFO sighting - they simply made up an explanation and filed it away). When the Condon Report was published in 1969 and stated that the UFO phenomenon was "useless" to science, Hynek decided to set up his own organization - with as many credible scientists as possible - to continue to study UFO reports in a serious and scientific way. In 1972 he published the "UFO Experience" in part as a rebuttal to the Condon Report's dismissal of the UFO phenomenon.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Another peoples champion with partial insider knowledge trying to work out why the establishment are covering up/avoiding the UFO issue. This ordered thesis is a slice of UFO investigation from 30 years ago - have we moved on? not really. Very much along the lines of Donald Keyhoe and his crusade to highlight the circus that was called the Condon Report. This is someone who sounds credible, more so than our governments. Another essential for Ufoligists
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Bowden on July 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Anyone interested in learning about UFOs must read this book. It is a primary starting point for understanding ufology. If you have already read a few other books on UFOs, you still need to read this book to gain a grounded foundation in the study of UFOs.
Everyone in the world should read this book at least once in his or her lifetime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
This seminal work of scientific enquiry was first published in 1972. It's still relevant today, and remains one of the deepest, most informed and convincing works ever published about the UFO phenomenon in all its various manifestations. The book was re-published in 1998 by Marlowe, and this later edition is reviewed here.

J. Allen Hynek, the author, was Chair of the Astronomy Department at Northwestern University and Consultant to the US Air Force during its 25-year long investigation into Unidentified Flying Objects. Hynek died in 1986, two years before Donald Keyhoe, having gone through a complete 180-degree conversion from outspoken scepticism about the UFO issue to acceptance of the phenomenon as real and to voicing open criticism, even on national TV, of the debunking and cover-up tactics deployed by the USAF in its public-relations management of the issue.

The author put forward some interesting and radical ideas about what the phenomenon might be, embracing but not necessarily restricted to the extraterrestrial hypothesis. The fact that Jacques Vallee writes the foreword to this book should tell any reader right off the bat that here we are dealing with a serious enquiring mind, and what follows does not disappoint.

At 234 pages the book is divided into three sections:

1. The UFO Phenomenon - which subdivides into The laughter of science, The UFO experienced, The UFO reported, and On the strangeness of UFO reports

2. The data and the problem - Nocturnal lights, Daylight sightings, Radar reports and then an explanation of Hynek's own first, second and third kind classification system

3. Where do we go from here?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Smith on August 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is the essential starting place for people who want to know the truth about UFOs or to understand what has gone wrong in the way they have been studied so far.

Not a true believe nor a having an agenda to make sure all UFO experiences are debunked J Allen Hyneck gives the perspective of a true scientist and his approach should have been followed.
Most UFO investigators try to make the facts fit their hypothesis! This author just collects data and look for patterns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilynn Hughes on July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
What can I say? It's Allen Hynek! Must have for anyone intersted in the UFO Phenomenon. Very in-depth and fascinating read.
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Format: Paperback
I took an interest in "Flying Saucers" as they were called at an early age around 1965. I ordered a copy of Air Force Project Blue book at the time and when I learned in 1972 that Allen Hynek had written this book on his study of that project I wrote him a letter and enclosed a check asking him for a copy. He was kind enough to inscribe the copy he send me back and I always regarded it as one of the best books ever written on this subject.. As a scientist myself I can appreciate very much the way he approached the subject in this book.
One day, when all of this will be uncovered, this book will become a classic.
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