4 out of 4 stars
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What do unidentified flying objects imply? Are we really alone in the universe? Do we occupy the highest hierarchy when it comes to intelligence? These are some questions raised as the author presents many documented UFO sightings from various places across the globe, reported abductions, and plant circles that could not be explained.
The history of unidentified flying objects in this book starts during World War II. The author acknowledges that picking a timeline to start from was challenging as UFO sightings have been reported for many centuries. The reason for picking WWII was adequately explained and thus one of the questions that readers could probably ask as they read the book was answered. During the Second World War, military fighter and bomber aircraft pilots from both the Allied and Axis sides witnessed objects they termed as ‘Foo Fighters’. Whose side were they supporting? Could these objects be destroyed? Where was the earliest sighting of these mysterious balls of light made?
A Brief History of Ufology: 1941-2011 (Significant UFO Events Throughout the Modern Era) was authored by Barry Roth. The book is 286 pages long and comprises ten chapters. The author’s goal is to enlighten and encourage readers to be healthy skeptics. The book entails UFO sightings as well as some of their impact on diverse systems. What is even more appealing is that the author includes a comprehensive bibliography and photos as well.
What I liked most was that the book began on a high note with statements from various eyewitnesses. Some acknowledged the fact that UFO sightings are causing headaches to security apparatuses internally, but they always deny their existence in the public. My interest was, therefore, piqued from the start to the end. The goal of the author was also achieved, especially through the chronicling of physical traces of landings and effects that developed on people and vegetation that came into close contact with unidentified flying objects. The mysterious disappearance of a pilot who had radioed to report he was being followed by an unusual object also had an immense impact on my stand. This book not only helps readers to question the existence of sophisticated technologies and extraterrestrial life forms but also the consequences this reality presents. Are these sightings to be ignored because of security concerns?
Whereas there are many things that I liked about the book, I disliked most the inclusion of incidences that had been later recanted by witnesses. It would have been considerably better to include only sightings that remained valid, especially those whose witnesses had not recanted them. This is due to personal preference, though, and they did not detract from the general enjoyment of the book.
The book was written employing a straightforward language. The inclusion of attempts to study UFO by government agencies and eventual discrediting of witnesses gave a thoughtful touch to the subject as well. The book was professionally edited, but I discovered a few grammatical errors. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. The errors were minor in nature and thus did not warrant the deduction of a star. I recommend the book to all ardent fans of ufology.
A Brief History of Ufology : 1941–2011
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