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Synopsis: The subject of this breakthrough book is controversial, but its message is simple: the study of UFOs merits the serious attention of the intellectual establishment. Advocating credibility for this much-maligned field of research, historian David Jacobs and his coauthors highlight some of the key events, issues, themes, and theories surrounding this elusive, complex, and compelling subject.
Whether interplanetary tourists, interlopers from a parallel universe, or mere misfirings in the brain, UFOs and "aliens" permeate popular culture. They've made the covers of Time, Life, and the New York Times Book Review; garnered CNN coverage; turned up on Larry King Live and other high-profile talk shows; attracted large audiences for films and television series; and swamped the Internet with thousands of websites and discussion groups.
Despite this pervasive presence, few scholars have been willing to study the perplexing phenomena behind these cultural signifiers. Wary of a field that seems tainted by suspect methods and outlandish theories, many have logically stayed away.
The relative lack of academic participation, however, creates a vicious circle that prevents the development of standards that would attract greater academic participation and, thus, credibility and funding for the field. Meanwhile, the phenomenon, rather than fading from public awareness, continues to grow and evolve.
In response, this volume provides a kind of primer for scholars, skeptics, and others uneasy about investigating this field. Its authors examine the nature of UFO "evidence"; discuss the methodological debates; incorporate research from science, history, mythology, and psychology; and highlight the reactions of the government and military from the Cold War to the present. It also brings together for the first time in one book three bestselling authors—Jacobs, Budd Hopkins, and Pulitzer Prize winner John Mack—widely known for their writings on the highly controversial "alien abduction" phenomenon.
From the Back Cover: "A timely, fascinating, and very important book."--Fred Alan Wolfe, author of The Dreaming Universe and Taking the Quantum Leap
"A provocative volume on a controversial subject that should invite much debate from a wide range of scholars."--David H. Devorkin, Curator, Department of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
"I do not agree with everything said in this book, but I applaud its goal of encouraging serious study of the UFO phenomenon. While the scientific aspects of the problem remain controversial, the historical and cultural impact of the idea of UFOs is indisputable. Indeed, the UFO debate bears on the question of ultimate concern as we enter the new millennium: What is our place in the universe?"--Stephen J. Dick, astronomer, U.S. Naval Observatory, author of Life on Other Worlds
"A valuable source for members of academe who wish to take on the challenges posed by the UFO phenomenon."--Peter A. Sturrock, emeritus director of the Center for Space Science and Astrophysics, Stanford University, author of The UFO Enigma and Plasma Physics
"This impressive book should make academics think twice before simply dismissing or ignoring the subject and, indeed, should help legitimize this controversial field of inquiry."--Bernard Haisch, California Institute of Physics and Astrophysics, science editor for The Astrophysical Journal
"At last, a sensible and serious look at the UFO and abduction phenomena. A must-read primer for anyone who would confront head-on the claims made in this controversial field."--H. E. Puthoff, director, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, Texas, coauthor of Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics
Title: UFOs and Abductions - Challenging the ...
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Book Description University Press of Kansas, 2000. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP70297537
Book Description University Press of Kansas. Condition: Acceptable. Former Library book. Hardcover The item is fairly worn but still readable. Signs of wear include aesthetic issues such as scratches, worn covers, damaged binding. The item may have identifying markings on it or show other signs of previous use. May have page creases, creased spine, bent cover or markings inside. Packed with care, shipped promptly. Seller Inventory # O-04-1152
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Book Description University Press of Kansas, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. This book with dust jacket is clean, solid, and in great shape! This is a hardcover book with 392 pages. The binding is strong with all pages firmly attached. The pages are clean with no soiling, writing, or tears. The dust jacket is clean and 100% intact (No Chips.) This book and dust jacket are in beautiful condition! The DJ has been placed in a fresh mylar jacket. We always ship in a sturdy cardboard box!. Seller Inventory # 007229
Book Description University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2000. Hardcover--cloth. Condition: Near Fine / Very Good. First edition, first printing. Octavo, 9 1/4" tall, ix + 382 pages, blue cloth. A near fine clean neat hard cover first edition with minor shelf wear and rubbing at the corners; hinges and binding tight, paper white. In a very good, moderately worn dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 44089
Book Description University Press of Kanas, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. This is a solid and square UFO hardback book in Very Good+ condition with a Good+ jacket. c2000, 1st Edition, 1st Printing. The cover is bright and clean . There is a little spine end wrinkle. Edged are nice. The pages are tight & unmarked. There is just a touch of page end foxing. There is a note on the free page and it looks like "Best Regards Thomas Bullard".which would have been a contributor. The jacket is bright with some light edge wear. 382 pages. #18555. Seller Inventory # 018555
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Book Description University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition/First Printing. A square solid tight clean un-read very near new copy. THIS COPY IS IN MY POSSESSION AND WILL NORMALLY SHIP NEXT DAY. Book. Seller Inventory # 021693