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Paperback The Field Guide to UFOs: A Classification of Various Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Based on Eyewitness Accounts Book

ISBN: 0380802651

ISBN13: 9780380802654

The Field Guide to UFOs: A Classification of Various Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Based on Eyewitness Accounts

The classic UFO-shaped like a flying saucer with a dome on top--in reality represents but a small fraction of the mystery aerial objects people have reported seeing over the past half century or so. Eyewitnesses around the world actually describe a bewildering array of forms in flight. Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive look at the physical structure of UFOs, a book devoted to identifying and categorizing the dozens of different shapes the...

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A short but surprisingly enjoyable read

I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised by The Field Guide to UFOs by Dennis Stacy and Patrick Huyghe. At first glance, the book looks rather meager compared to many other works of the genre. It is also tempting to dismiss the book, which features many illustrations, as your garden variety rehashing of some old stories intended to make a buck for the authors. In retrospect I feel these initial impressions were misleading, and that this piece was an enjoyable, worthwhile read. The theme of this book is, as the title suggests, a field guide to unidentified flying objects. In the introductory chapter, the authors outline previous attempts to classify UFOs throughout modern history. They also point out what they feel are fundamental flaws with said systems, and that they will now attempt a new system of classification: grouping sighted objects by shape or appearance. This brings us to the core of the text: chapters which center around the different classes of objects (Spherical, Light, Triangular, etc.) Each chapter is subdivided into specific entries. Each entry comprises a singular real-world reported sighting of a specific "variant" of that class. Each entry is roughly one page in length, with an accompanying illustration on the mirroring page. Following the "field guide" chapters, the authors wrap up the text with a lengthy chapter which summarizes the data presented, and attempts to draw some basic conclusions. They also present information about the UFO phenomena which does not fit with the field guide model: information on windows, flaps, and scientific theories. Overall, I found this book very pleasantly readable. It was well edited, and the english was clear, thoughtful, and well presented. I felt the authors did an excellent job sticking to the facts in the Guide, and avoided the ever present temptation of including opinion or bias. The guide entries were also well paced. There is always a tradeoff between providing raw data and readability. Some books get carried away with data, which is so dry it borders on being unreadable. Thankfully, the Field Guide does not suffer this fate. I found the single page entry length to be plenty terse to keep the material from being boring, yet it was just detailed enough to grab the reader's interest. The inclusion of illustrations was also a boon, as it really aided one in visualizing the classification system as it was being presented. Furthermore, the authors did an excellent job of collecting data from a variety of times and places. There are entries which span many continents and over 100 years time. Finally, it seems the authors made a genuine attempt to include only credible, and often well regarded sightings, shying away from likely hoaxes (which many authors may resort to as fluff). Despite all the good things I have to say about this book, there are a few flaws I must acknowledge. Firstly, the black and white illustrations leave a lot to be desired, especial

Required reading for any UFO nut

The drawings categorized in here put things into perspective for ufology.It allows one to grasp the complexity of the UFO Phenomenon. Most of the famous cases are here. From Kenneth Arnold, Soccoro, Lubbock, Hudson Valley, and other important sightings from hard-to-find resources (UFO journals like Flying Saucer Review, MUFON, IUR, and old magazines, but which still seem credible).I also recommend Kevin Randle's "Faces of the visitor" and "Sspaceships of the visitors" -- these make a good cross-references.

Informative, Intriguing, and, Yes, Down-to-Earth

For a thoughtful overview of ufos, entertaining for the devoted ufologist and educational for the beginner, this is a great guidebook to the forms and patterns (I loved the section on flaps) evidenced by unidentifed aerial phenomena. The drawings are amazing, the text is down-to-earth, and these two well-known authors are very informative. Every school library should pick this one up, every parent should buy it for their kids, everyone would do well to buy this for some good bedside reading. After delightfully digesting this book, you will know that we don't have all the answers - and that all ufos are NOT "flying saucers"!
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