Speiser's Most Recommended UFO Books
Speiser's Most Recommended UFO Books
(reprinted from FIDO UFO Echo 7/10/89)
OVERVIEW - HISTORY
Jacobs, David M. "The UFO Controversy in America" Univ. of Chicago
All bookshelves should start with this one.
OVERVIEW - SYNOPSIS/THEORIES
Hall, Richard "Uninvited Guests" Aurora
Best overall primer, a must for the skeptic.
OVERVIEW - DEBATE
Sagan, C. and Page, T., Eds. "UFOS: A Scientific Debate"
If you thought Sagan was always a skeptic, think again. Contains
papers contributed to an AIAA symposium on UFOs, including ones by
Hynek and Menzel. Pay special attention to the paper by Dr. Robert M.
OVERVIEW - SKEPTICAL
Klass, Philip J. "UFOs: Explained" McGraw-Hill
"UFOs: Identified" McGraw-Hill
"UFOs: The Public Deceived" Prometheus
Perhaps the most important works in the field. (Surprise!) It
was these three that convinced me that UFOs are a legitimate,
bona fide mystery, unanswered by even the world's best debunker.
Shaeffer, Robert "The UFO Verdict" Prometheus
Shaeffer is a Klass Klone to some degree, but does a credible
job on many investigations of his own, most notably Jimmy
Carter's sighting when he was Governor of Georgia (it was Venus,
SCIENCE AND INVESTIGATION
Hynek, Dr. J. Allen "The UFO Experience" Regnery
First attempt at collating and digesting the massive amounts of
data, and suggesting methods of study for the budding
proto-science. Gave rise to the term "Close Encounters"
" ", Imbrogno, P., and Pratt, R. "Night Siege" Ballantine
A look at the very most impressive case on record, the Hudson
Valley Boomerang. 9000 sightings through 1987, videotape,
stills, sightings at nuclear reactors, hints of cover-up,
possible abductions....this one's got it all.
Story, Ronald J. "UFOs and the Limits of Science"
Story is known for debunking Von Daniken, and has written for
the Skeptical Inquirer. But when it comes to UFOs, ah, that's
Moore, W. and Berlitz, C. "The Roswell Incident" Random House
Say what you will about MJ-12, MIBs, and Moore's latest
bombshell. This is STILL the best documented, best researched
incident on record. Honorable mention to Stan Friedman, since
the publisher saw fit not to recognize his contribution.
Fawcett, L. and Greenwood, B. "Clear Intent"
The authors make a very credible and as-yet unanswered case for
the Cosmic Watergate. Contains reproduced documents obtained
under the Freedom of Information Act, many of them acquired by
Citizens Against UFO Secrecy. Watch out! These guys can back up
just about everything they say!
Keyhoe, Maj. Donald E. "Flying Saucers: Top Secret" Holt
Honorable mention - Good glimpse of the early days of the
cover-up, and NICAP's thwarted attempts to "blow the lid."
Streiber, Whitley "Communion" Morrow/Beech Tree
The largest selling of all UFO books. Regardless of what you
think of Streiber and his strange tale, make no mistake: HE
believes it. He is over-rated as a writer, however.
Hopkins, Budd "Intruders" Random House
Much more readable than Communion, and downright scary in its
implications. Hopkins does his best to make a case for genetic
experimentation, but has come under fire for his unscientific
methodology. Not bad for an artist, though.
ABDUCTIONS - SKEPTICAL
Klass, Philip J. "UFO Abductions: A Dangerous Game" Prometheus
As with his previous books, important only for its failure to
convince. Klass argues that the 1975 TV-Movie "The UFO Incident"
is the genesis for the present spate of abduction-itis.
Hungry for more? Itching to get your hands dirty on the real
nitty-gritty? OK, boys and girls, let's get down, let's get
Bullard, Dr. Thomas E. "UFO Abductions: The Measure of the Mystery"
Fund for UFO Research
A monumental two-volume, 673 page work by a folklorist who set
out to show that abductions were nothing more than 20th century
fairy tales. He admits he failed. Anyone who says we're not
trying to take an empirical look at this subject should get a
load of this. If its too much for you...
"On Stolen Time" Fund for UFO Research
Summary of the above work. A much more convenient (and
inexpensive) 34 pages.
Swords, Dr. Michael, Ed. "Journal of UFO Studies" CUFOS
Ufology's very own refereed science journal. Includes articles
on the Delphos Landing Trace Case (no, friends, it's NOT a
"fairy ring"), the ET possibility, and a very revealing round-table
debate on abductions.
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