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Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times

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One of the most ambitious works of paranormal investigation of our time, here is an unprecedented compendium of pre-twentieth-century UFO accounts, written with rigor and color by two of today's leading investigators of unexplained phenomena.
In the past century, individuals, newspapers, and military agencies have recorded thousands of UFO incidents, giving rise to much s
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ebook, 528 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Tarcher
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Lawrence
Jan 17, 2011 Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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this is an interesting book co-authored by my favourite author on the topic (in fact, really the only one i still read on the subject).

jacques vallee's most important contribution to the field of 'ufology' was to change the debate from "are ufos real", as in, "are aliens and their spaceships visiting earth" to "there is a well-documented physical and emotional phenomena, with consistent characteristics that has been going on for much of recorded human history. what is it?"

he frustrates many of
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Kaiser Penderschloß
A nice work of scholarship on a subject that's been seriously lacking it. Simultaneously shatters simplistic "Ancient Aliens"-style ideas and the modern myth that the phenomenon only really got going in the wake of WWII. The use of modern, digitized research tools reveals a plethora of accounts of strange aerial phenomena from a variety of sources, especially from the 16th century on with the greater body of preserved writing. They be cast as dragons, or signs from the divine, or demons, or the ...more
Tim
This was an interesting book - it's a collection of historical accounts of unexplained objects in the sky. But ultimately, it has too many accounts and far too little discussion or analysis as to what the objects could have been. I did question the inclusion of a handful of accounts as they were less stories about objects in the sky and more fictionalized accounts of angels or white lights shining down on the church upon the death of a local bishop.
Dan Pfeiffer
The final chapter of the book consists of light data analysis of attributes of the described phenomena. One would hope for deeper analysis and insight but it's understandable that such brevity was required given the data compiled reaches as far back as 1460 BC.
J
Jan 22, 2012 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very good catalog of UFOs prior to the invention of human flight, which makes the study of UFOs all that much more difficult. It features a few lines to a page on each UFO sighting from thousands of years of human history everywhere where written records have survived. [return]Unfortunately there are only a few pages about what it means at the very start of the book. The authors have compiled, translated and verified all this information but didn't do much with it. This was very d ...more
Joe
Jan 21, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The co-author, Jacques Valle, a French computer scientist, was the inspiration for the character Lacombe played by Francois Truffault in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Spielberg gave Valle a cameo toward the end of the film. This book is worthwhile simply for the introductory chapters and conclusions drawn from the encyclopedic listings which form the bulk of the matter. Other Valle books a much better read.
Bridget
Oct 27, 2010 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I have always found UFO sightings intriguing and Wonders in the Sky just magnified my curiosity. Paranormal investigation must be an exciting field of work and reading this book made me feel like I was experiencing the unexplainable. It's very well written and makes you wonder about what exactly is in the sky.
Kate
Meh. The format was really aggravating - strange font and random layout, not organized at all, just little blurbs with badly-reproduced images. But, the blurbs were interesting, I just couldn't stand looking at the horrible layout/design anymore. It's more of a bathroom book than one you "read."
Abraham Ray
Apr 05, 2016 Abraham Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book about weird stuff in the sky of yeasteryear,I hope to get this for my pastor as some of the items are in biblical times.
Mack
i couldn't finish this. the tries to use wikipedia as a scholerly resource. That is something i cannot abide by.
Peter Ek
Jul 09, 2012 Peter Ek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting.
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Excerpted from wikipedia: Jacques Fabrice Vallée (born September 24, 1939 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France) is a venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer currently residing in San Francisco, California.
In mainstream science, Vallée is notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA and for his work at SRI International in creating ARP
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