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UFO Investigator's Manual: UFO investigations from 1892 to the present day Hardcover – Feb 1 2014

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"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"

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Nigel Watson has written for numerous magazines on paranormal subjects, such as Wired, History Today, Flying Saucer Review and UFO magazine. He also runs the website Talking Pictures and is the author of four books: The Alien Deception (2009), The Scareship Mystery (2000), Supernatural Spielberg (1992) and Portraits of Alien Encounters (1990).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
UFO INVESTIGATIONS MANUAL Book Review by March 12 2014
By Ray Smotherman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I was in college, I had an assignment to deliver an informational speech. Being a UFO geek from childhood, I decided I wanted to explain the differences between close encounters of the first, second, and third kinds. Unfortunately, the only reference materials I could find were a couple of paperback books and a copy of the Weekly World News. If only I’d had a book like Nigel Watson’s UFO Investigations Manual (Haynes Publishing, 2014) handy.

UFO Investigations Manual is a comprehensive guide to unidentified flying objects from 1892 to today. It takes the subject seriously and factually, not judging but only presenting the facts as they were reported. There are chapters describing the most notable reported sightings of UFOs, UFO classifications, evidence of landings, collections of stories from supposed abductees, and, (the thing that would have helped my speech) explanations of all seven (!) types of close encounters. Plus, if the reader feels this book isn’t yet complete, there are appendices that explain how to produce a UFO investigation report, as well as the tools and materials needed for UFO watching.

UFO Investigations Manual is really a must have for anyone with an interest in space and the supernatural. It is an entertaining and educational read that doesn’t try to mock believers or argue against skeptics. It gives an all-encompassing overview of the fascinating realm of aliens. Whether you lean more toward the Mulder or Scully end of the “I want to believe” spectrum, this manual will give you plenty to think about.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Roberto - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I didnt expect all that nonsense about ley lines, stonhenge, and fairy circles in this book. I was also expecting more high quality photographs, even if they were repeats from other books. There is little of that here...but lost of photos of things often taken to be ufos, like comets and clouds and the like. Not needed. Also counter-productive was the iphone fakes photographs. Having been a believer most of my life and reader of Keel and Ruppelt, I came away from this book fairly pushed toward the NON-believer end of the spectrum. This has got some interesting stuff in it, but keep your expectations low.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It is actually a good starting point for interested parties Dec 23 2014
By swav kojro - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Actually a very reasonable collection of sightings, research,explanations, and even debunking's. It is actually a good starting point for interested parties. Most of the articles as I preliminary skimmed the subjects, were reported fairly in comparison to what I have gathered from other sources. One thing I noticed is the author is not jumping at the alien conclusion to the facts reported, but leaves this to the reader to decide. Reading it all and forming conclusions is the right way. The author puts in some of the debunking theories, some of which I don't necessarily agree with. But again, this is a condensed volume of subject that takes up several library shelves for proper coverage. Glad I bought the book, even though I had almost expected to see the total dissasembly and explanation of repair of a UFO, as all of the other Haynes auto manuals do.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You have questions Nigel has answers June 28 2014
By Frank Lee - Published on
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The title on amazon is incorrect,it covers from 1892 to the present .However everything else is VERY Good.
It provides a general but interesting historical account of the last hundred plus years of strange sightings.
This book contains some excellent examples of how what we see may be misleading. However at the same time it can make you sure what you saw was unusual enough to be labeled a U.F.O.
The book has pictures ,diagrams and several bibliographies giving sources for your further questions.
So why did I give it a Four?
My only criticisms are the print is a little small for someone like me and a little pricey.
That being said I do not think most of us from the curious amateurs to the more experienced would be disappointed with this "Manual"
Four Stars Feb. 20 2015
By dstanley - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First UFO Investigative Manuel published under Haynes. Very Informative and the links are accurate,.