"In this attractive and well-illustrated, concise volume, Watson ("The Alien Deception") presents a strong overview of the UFO phenomenon, covering everything from reported abductions to official investigations to physical evidence. The book includes a general history of reported sightings by date and county. For those interested in becoming UFO investigators there are several chapters on the classification and identification of UFOs as well as an appendix on how to produce a UFO investigation report. To round out the discussion, Watson explores alternative theories and explanations for the objects, considering evidence that they could be natural or human made, rather than extraterrestrial. He points out that interpretations of UFOs have always been shaped by social anxieties of the times, and that there have been periods when the number of abductions reported would have required legions of spaceships transporting people. The author also shows how simple it is to fake UFO photos. This accessible, attractively laid out title covers a lot of ground and stays relatively captivating throughout. Reference sources include books, websites, and blogs. VERDICT A great starter book for those interested in getting a taste of ufology, recommended for public library collections." a Library Journal"Vom Verlag:
UFOs have been a global phenomenon from the late 19th century to the present day, and this Haynes manual will examine many UFO investigations worldwide by looking at the government reports - both official and secret - that have attempted to explain the 'otherworldly'. This manual will also explain how you can identify a UFO yourself and how to classify an alien encounter - was it of the first, second, third, fourth or fifth kind? The findings of scientific research will also be explored, as will the human attempts at alien communication, and, finally, alternative explanations of uncanny happenings.
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