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In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space
As Tom Wolfe explains in his foreword: "Douglas Curran is not only a photographer but also a reporter, and an extremely gifted one. I am tempted to suggest that he also qualifies as an anthropologist, but I think I will leave it at 'reporter.' To be a reporter of Douglas Curran's caliber is a lofty enough achievement. He has discovered an exotic world, and for eight years ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 18th 2001 by Abbeville Press
(first published January 1986)
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Slightly out of date, this book is an illustrated and wandering account of the UFO phenomenon in its heyday. Curran documents the beliefs and strange engagements of those who dabble in building rockets at their gas stations, as well as those who ascribe to "UFOlogy" as a religion. In fact, the unabashed frankness at which he reports the beliefs of these cults with their twisted para-theological belief systems is what makes the book educational. An easy read in a magazine-style layout.