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Messengers of Deception by Jacques Vallée
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Dec 23, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, weird-stuff-ufos-paranormal-etc, mythology
Read in December, 2010

UFOs creep me out. It's like going to bad neighborhood, or playing the Ouija board with Captain Howdy. Generally, I don't really like going "there." That said, if I do want to read something on them, Vallee (a computer scientist) is my guide of choice. When it comes to UFOs, he's idea guy, the one that asks the worthwhile questions. This particular effort is bit dated, though it is updated with a 2008 preface. As long as he sticks with the UFOs, it works, but when Vallee gets into various cults (one of which would turn into Heaven's Gate), you feel like you've fallen down the rabbit hole. I hope to expand on this bit more tomorrow.
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message 1: by Shawn (new) - added it

Shawn I have this book - Vallee was the guy who, when I read PASSPORT TO MAGONIA (tracking folklore imagery in UFO reports) in grade school, convinced me that smething much more interesting than "beings in metal ships" was going on in the whole UFO thing. This book in an interesting look at paranoia and UFO cults.


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