Charlottesville, VA :
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc
- Physical Description
- xx, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index.
- Main Author
- Pt. 1. UFOs
- pt. 2. Extraterrestrials
- pt. 3. Us.
Despite the publisher's assertion that this book is a scientific explanation of UFOs, Donderi (psychology, retired, McGill Univ., Canada) writes as a true believer. He is convinced that some UFOs are extraterrestrial spacecraft and that some abduction stories are true experiences. He retells the stories of many famous sightings and abductee experiences that he believes prove the existence of extraterrestrial visitors. He also believes that the U.S. government has collected and suppressed UFO evidence. His stated goal is to present what he considers facts about UFOs and extraterrestrials that will lead to a common understanding and vision about the problems and opportunities presented "by the reality of extraterrestrial contact." Donderi worked for years to develop a questionnaire designed to distinguish genuine abductees from other respondents. Some of his methodology is presented, but with his background as a psychologist much more should have been included. VERDICT There is too much emphasis here on the retelling of already well-known UFO stories, and not enough analysis from a scientific and psychological viewpoint. This book, like so many others, will provide "proof" of extraterrestrial contact only for those who already believe.—Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L., CA [Page 92]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Psychologist and researcher Don Donderi examines the evidence and research from the past several decades on the changing nature of UFOs. He looks at why the scientific establishment takes a dim view of UFOs and abduction evidence and examines how the US government has collected and suppressed UFO evidence.UFOs, ETs, and Alien Abductions is a wide-ranging examination of all things off-planet that falls into 3 sections.1. UFOs: evidence and belief between 1947 through 1965 and Cold War mysteries2. The changing nature of UFO phenomenon from 1965 to the present, which makes the case for the existence of humanoid crew members seen in and around landed UFOs. This section also examines six well-documented abduction cases, and includes the author detailing his own research involvement with the evidence. He refutes the belief that all abductees are mentally disturbed and that a psychological disturbance explains the experience.3. The third section is devoted to a very meaty and controversial analysis of science, politics, and UFOs.