October 27, 2010

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

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 speculation about flying saucers, visitors from other planets, and alien abductions. Yet the extraterrestrial phenomenon did not begin in the present era. Far from it. The authors of
Wonders in the Sky reveal a thread of vividly rendered-and sometimes strikingly similar- reports of mysterious aerial phenomena from antiquity through the modern age. These accounts often share definite physical features- such as the heat felt and described by witnesses-that have not changed much over the centuries. Indeed, such similarities between ancient and modern sightings are the rule rather than the exception.

Wonders in the Sky, respected researchers Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck examine more than 500 selected reports of sightings from biblical-age antiquity through the year 1879-the point at which the Industrial Revolution deeply changed the nature of human society, and the skies began to open to airplanes, dirigibles, rockets, and other opportunities for misinterpretation represented by military prototypes. Using vivid and engaging case studies, and more than seventy-five illustrations, they reveal that unidentified flying objects have had a major impact not only on popular culture but on our history, on our religion, and on the models of the world humanity has formed from deepest antiquity.

Sure to become a classic among UFO enthusiasts and other followers of unexplained phenomena,
Wonders in the Sky is the most ambitious, broad-reaching, and intelligent analysis ever written on premodern aerial mysteries. 
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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.

Penguin Group (USA)
October 28, 2010
528 pages
$22.95 US

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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M.A.D. said...

Mary D

Now this is a book I'd REALLY love to get ahold of!! Having read all of Vallee's previous books, and being fascinated by aerial phenonema, this one sounds like a definite must read.

Thanks for the heads up, I had no idea this was out there! :D

Bethie said...

I just love UFO stuff. I have read several books on the subject.

Michele said...

This sounds like such a good book!

debbie said...

There has to be more life out there, think how many universes we haven't even found yet. I would love to read this.

TheSharpTeethOfLove said...


This sounds fabulous! My mom would love it too, she's a huge UFO buff.

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Great review, and this seems like an amazing book of sightings!

jacque said...

Nice review...what a novel way to introduce the subject into mainstream again!

techyone said...

Loved the review. It makes me want to read the book.

Anonymous said...

I love to read non-fiction!


Gianna said...

This sounds like something my daughter would like to read.

Taminar said...

I've been interested in space travel and unexplained flying objects since I was a kid. I saw a UFO back in the '80s. It defied explanation, although the local military base might have had something to do with it. I'd love to read this book and see if any ancient sightings sound like what I saw!

Anonymous said...

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