- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Illuminet Press (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1881532100
- ISBN-13: 978-1881532101
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,201,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was about ten years old, but I already had a burning interest in Flying Saucers, as most people called them back then.
It was a hot topic, and Saucer sightings were in the news all the time. I ate up every book and story I could find about these strange objects in the sky.
Then I saw a blue copy of Gray Barker's "They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers", and mom let me buy it.
This book hooked me for a lifetime wanting to know everything about UFO's.
Finally, I saw one myself, in September of 1969, with three witnesses...a red glowing, silent egg-shaped light no more than 500 feet above us. It stuck around too, while we got out of the car and gazed upon it in silent wonder.
This glowing thing was a UFO in the strictest definition, but I have no idea what it was or where it came for, but it behaved like it was intelligently controlled, and it was very scary!
Back to Mr. Gray's book...skeptics nowadays say it was bogus from the start, but it's a great read, and like another reviewer said, it does belong in the canon of UFO literature.
I hope all of you reading this review gets to read this book and enjoy it as much as I did!
While the book initially grabs you and pulls you in, towards the end you have read some of the most outlandish theories, over-dramatic musings, simpleton ways of thinking about the whole 'saucer' phenomenon.
It is a relatively easy read both in length and style and I'll have to admit it did hook me. But did it hook me because of the mystery of UFO's or because some of the explanations about UFO's and their relationship with humans, the earth, our world governments, conspiracies, religion are so wacky it was enticing to read what the author would say next.
It did present one or two theories that I did find very interesting and even plausible, and it did lend much more mystery to the Men In Black. Just who are these dark dressed men who answer nothing and interogate the victims of UFO incidents,then scaring them half to death.
This book is classic for the pulp science fiction readers of the late 40's and early 50's where science was mysterious to the common man. But now in 1999 it is really hard to believe (and embarrassing to know) that we as a society actually thought this way.
It is a readable book, but not a good book. It has an easy journalistic style, very matter-of-fact, but with oddly interpolated melodramatic and exclamatory phrases! To remind you to be frightened, I presume.
The major weakness is the lack of info about UFOs. The few short case studies are nothing but a prelude to a lengthy investigation of how a few saucer magazine publishers got spooked into voluntarily shutting down (or so they claim -- several people in the book were still active in the following decades, according to the Skeptical Inquirer).
But it is interesting to read a front-line report of fringe phenomena where the protagonists TRUST the government and are not necessarily paranoia; when UFO tracking was a gee-whiz science hobby fuelled by intellectual curiosity and not a delusion about one-world governments or the occult.
Not a good book, but fun to read about a phenomenon before it became a phenomenon.
The author published a magazine or newsletter called 'The Saucerian' and the readers got directly involved with trying to figure out what flying saucers really are.
According to Wikipedia this book contains the first references to the so called 'Men In Black'. These are the characters who visit people who 'know too much about flying saucers'.
That same Wikipedia article suggests that Barker didn't really believe the things he wrote about flying saucers. I don't know if that is the case but the book captures the atmosphere of the strange flying saucer phenomenon as it existed at that time.
This subject of intimidation by the MIB is very interesting. Based on other books I have read they do more than just threaten people.
Richard Dolan gets into this subject in this book:
UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973
An author like that could probably create a great book dedicated to just this one subject of people being threatened, murdered, etc., because they knew too much.
It appears that the threats and potential violence against people who had knowledge about the flying discs goes back to when the phenomenon first started.
Kenneth Arnold was supposedly in danger at some point from the government spooks according to Dolan. Arnold thought of the term 'flying saucer'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The cases referenced are ancient. Most of the verbiage in the book is he said-she said. Not worth $1.00Published 17 months ago by ronald kern
Barker scares the crap out of you. If you put down his books and don't start to question the UFO and MIB (men in black) history, you have truly been brainwashed by mass media... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is not the place to start for a serious study of the UFO issue. You cannot trust Barker as a reliable source. In the 50's you go with Ruppelt, Keyhoe or Aime Michel.Published 20 months ago by A. BOWMAN
One of the seminal books in UFO literature. Barker's work is always fascinating. Folklore in the making. A highly recommended book.Published on September 17, 2013 by MarkRuthven
During the summer of 1955 I was staying with my grandparents in Mt Healthy, Ohio, in and around the greater Cincinnati area the locals were seeing UFO's and little green men. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by MLeaverton
Gray Barker was the Chief of the Dept. of Investigation of Albert Bender's International Flying Saucer Bureau. He also published a fanzine, The Saucerian/Saucerian Bulletin. Read morePublished on November 25, 2007 by Johns
I am the author of an article for Skeptical Inquirer about Gray Barker, who was my first publisher. My further research for a new article indicates that Gray didn't even believe... Read morePublished on June 30, 2001 by John C. Sherwood