- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Facts on File; 1st edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816038007
- ISBN-13: 978-0816038008
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,446,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UFO's and Ufology: The First 50 Years Hardcover – 1997
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YA-While keeping most references to UFOs within the last 50 years, the authors mention unusual sightings as far back as the time of the caveman. These ties to the earliest days of humans become important later on. Incidents and explanations are painstakingly detailed, as Devereux goes to great lengths to prove his logical answers, to present the scientific reasons for the final analysis of the situation, and to make certain that both sides of the story are told. While all of this may be extremely important to serious ufologists, for casual readers it may become overwhelming in some sections. The details prove to be essential to their conclusions, however, as Devereux and then Brookesmith deliver their theories of UFOs based on the years of research they and others have conducted on the subject. The conclusion they reach appears to be a theory not commonly held by the general public and opens up another topic for discussion in this controversial field. For young adults with a deep interest in the subject and with good reading and comprehension skills, this book provides a historical overview and an intriguing look into earth science, space, and the unknown. The substantial bibliography will help establish a research path.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
As to the book itself...while slightly dated at this point, almost a decade after publication (that being close the high-water mark of Alien Abduction books, Alien Autopsy TV specials, Aliens battling Mulder & Scully, etc.) it carefully traverses the history of the phenomena, not just since Kenneth Arnold's "flying saucers", but back into pre-history and up through the (then) current day.
While the authors certainly draw their own conclusions, they remain careful to let all sides be heard and thoroughly examine various theories and hypothoses that have been put forth (to a bewildering degree) to *explain* what UFOs are about and what they might mean. And do so in a way that is engaging, readable and respectful.
Those who come in with strongly preconcieved ideas ("it's all rubbish", "there's a government cover-up of the ETs", etc.) will either hate this book or have their worldview challenged. For those of us that think what the UFO phenomena might say about ourselves is important and worth trying to understand (whether that understanding is of a scientific, sociological, psychological, cultural, theological nature...) will find much of interest here and to them is highly recommended.
Well-written, well-argued, handsome and with some terrific illustrations, this unjustly neglected volume remains a vital contribution to the field, even ten years after its publication.
Excellent book! Although, I think that "a reader" was right when he said that UFO-ology is not a word, however I don't think he read the book.