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William J. Birnes

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Presents information about investigations into famous UFO cases throughout the world and contains previously unseen documentary evidence and case details to identify bogus and unexplained claims.

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Published
New York : Tor [2013]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Physical Description
349 pages : colored illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography
Includes index.
ISBN
9780765325204
0765325209
Main Author
William J. Birnes (-)
  • UFO road trip
  • The episode that wasn't : the Las Vegas UFO
  • Before Roswell : the Maury Island incident
  • USOs : unidentified submerged objects
  • Abductions
  • UFO crashes
  • Military vs. UFOs
  • Cops vs. UFOs
  • Reverse engineering
  • Vortexes
  • Alien contact
  • Invasion Texas, 2008
  • Area 51 revealed.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

The History Channel's popular series UFO Hunters first aired from 2008 to 2009. Each of its three seasons will now belatedly get an official companion volume, perhaps to drum up interest in further television shows. Birnes (Aliens in America) was a host of the series as well as a consulting producer. In each chapter here he chronicles the phenomenon behind an episode in the first season of the series and includes some additional behind-the-scenes information. Birnes is by now a well-known UFOlogist, but he is not an objective observer of the phenomenon. He is a true believer in almost all UFO lore. Most of the TV episodes—and thus most of this book—examine famous old UFO sightings that have been covered in dozens of other books and documentaries. There is nothing new here, either from a scientific standpoint or from the believer's angle, and no updates from the research for the series several years ago. VERDICT UFO believers and die-hard fans of the series may consider this a must-read. Perhaps some enthusiasts will want to read it while watching the DVDs. May be popular in public libraries.—Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L. [Page 109]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Birnes, consulting producer and host of History's popular TV series UFO Hunters, presents his second companion book, after UFO Hunters: Book One, to the show that spanned three seasons between 2008 and 2009. This latest work echoes the format of the first, featuring chapters on various episodes, this time from Seasons 2 and 3. Each chapter covers the UFO event that was documented in the episode while offering additional information and behind-the-scenes insights. This rather long work would have benefited from photos to break up the text and to add more personality to the narrative. While the author's experiences are interesting, when he examines what he refers to as "debunkers," and seemingly tries to apply scientific methods to the UFO sightings covered, his conclusion is always that the sighting is extraterrestrial in nature. VERDICT For fans of the series UFO Hunters and those with a strong interest in ufology. Purchase only if there was patron interest in the first book.—Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L. [Page 119]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The official companion to the eponymous hit History Channel TV series, this book is a fun and fascinating peek behind the scenes of the short-lived show, and into the world of real-life UFO hunters. Each chapter focuses on a different episode, covering the sighting in question, background information, the making of the segment, and Birnes's own thoughts on the finished episode and the case itself. The book also provides a thorough and informative history of UFOlogy in the United States. Convincing arguments for and against the existence of UFOs are entertained, but a skeptical current runs throughout. Fans will especially relish anecdotes about the making of the show: Birnes (The Day After Roswell) describes, for instance, facing intense resistance from folks living near supposed crash sites; the crew was even shot at during the filming of the first episode. The author's attention to detail and dedication to covering every angle makes this a must-have for devotees of the program, and it's engrossing enough to lure newcomers into the weird world of UFOs. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A companion to the hit reality series follows the team's investigations into UFO cases throughout the world and contains previously unseen documentary evidence and case details to identify bogus and unexplained claims. By the best-selling co-author of The Day After Roswell. TV tie-in.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents information about investigations into famous UFO cases throughout the world and contains previously unseen documentary evidence and case details to identify bogus and unexplained claims.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

UFO Hunters® follows the team of bestselling author William J. Birnes, former NASA physicist Dr. Ted Acworth, and former US Army engineer Pat Uskert as they investigate UFO cases around the world. The team's access to UFO evidence is unparalleled—and their expertise allows them to quickly identify bogus claims. Together, they use eyewitness accounts, scientific experimentation, documents recently released through the Freedom of Information Act, and footage that has never been seen on television to piece together compelling—and sometimes chilling—evidence of UFO phenomena. This book is the companion to the popular HISTORY® series and contains previously unseen documentary evidence and case details.