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    Strange But True
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 August, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    This book covers it all, from a "real people" prospective. Some of the stories seem extreamly far fetched and honestly they may have you thinking, ok this is just a collection from nuts. But to be honnest, I think these people had courage, to write down what most in modern social circles think as pure bull these folks felt COMPELLED to share the stories. They belive this and there is little doubt it happened. Its hard for people to share stories... in the old days this was acceptable but with the advent of Tv word of mouth, and old stories have fallen by the way side. People need a place to share the more odd of the world. And comming from a person who has seen the fair share and been questioned by otherwise rash adults- I say READ this. Esp if you are the one of many who shares rather behyond science exp.

    3-0 out of 5 stars interesting, but are the stories true?
    Many stories are hearsays, or, maybe, made up. If you read this book, do it for fun, don't take it seriously. Interesting anyway.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very creepy ... couldn't sleep after reading this
    This is a very well written collection of short stories. Some are haunting while others are inspiring. The stories are from all over the US and are quite varied in content: UFO sightings, premonitions of death, fortune tellers, ghosts, out of body experiences, etc.

    I like to save money and rarely purchase books, but highly recommend buying this particular one. It's well worth the $9 and a creepy companion on those dark and stormy nights :) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0517162059
    Sales Rank: 37752
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. Case studies    3. New Age    4. New Age / Parapsychology    5. Parapsychology    6. Parapsychology - General    7. Spiritualism    8. Supernatural    9. Body, Mind & Spirit / Supernatural   


    Encyclopedia of the Strange, Mystical, and Unexplained
    Hardcover (17 July, 2001)
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    Isbn: 0517162784
    Sales Rank: 373965
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. Encyclopedias    3. New Age    4. New Age / Parapsychology    5. Occultism    6. Parapsychology    7. Reference    8. Supernatural    9. Body, Mind & Spirit / Occultism    10. Sale Books   


    Ghosty Men:The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers, New York's Greatest Hoarders, An Urban Historical
    by Franz Lidz
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (22 October, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars painstaking accumulation of seemingly insignificant details
    the author has a fine story to tell, and he is its skilled servant. it is the story of homer and langley collyer, extraordinary urban hoarders who would have been invented by some novelist had they not in fact existed. this book's whimsical prose style meshes perfectly with its fluttery characters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Small but brilliant
    Colette once said that it was unnecessary to read the great books as they gave off an aura. To test that theory I quoted a brief passage from Ghosty Men, convinced as I was that no one reading it would fail to know who the Collyer Brothers were. And except, to be sure, for the pleasure of actually discovering this small classic, perhaps that's all one does need to know, given how much else is craning meanwhile to attract one's attention.
    In short, every culturally literate person, every culturatus, must know who the Collyers are, if he or she intends to participate in the cultural discourse, but no one will ever be blackballed from that discourse for not recognising the name "Collyer" or not having read this book from cover to cover. It has given off, once and for all, its aura. And in this, an era when the increasingly tentacular media are now equipped to pipe these auras into every household equipped to receive them, the statement no longer applies exclusively to great books but to almost every book as well as to every play, film, opera and exhibition.
    We culturati find ourselves peppered, on a practically daily basis, by the injunctions of deliriously excitable critics. "Not to be missed!" they shriek at us. Or "Beg, buy, borrow or steal a ticket!" Or else "If you read only one new book this year, let it be Ghosty Men!" We register the precise temperature of this enthusiasm; we calmly, perhaps only half-consciously, assimilate its implications; and just as calmly, even just as half-consciously, we proceed to miss what wasn't on any account to be missed. We don't beg, borrow, steal or in 99 cases out of 100 even buy a ticket.
    As everyone knows, as the critics themselves know, the vast majority of their regular readers miss the vast majority of novels, plays, films, operas, concerts and exhibitions that have been recommended to them. It may not be, whatever Colette says, exactly "unnecessary" to read the great books. (We may after all read anything we like; equally, though, and putting it rather paradoxically, we may dislike anything we like.) But to be culturally literate today means above all being capable of making meaningful and productive connections within the contemporary history of art and ideas; possessing a genuine comprehension of that history as a constantly evolving continuum of intellectual and ideological currents; and, to apply a bright new gloss to a whiskery old gag, not necessarily reading all the books but reading all the reviews.
    In an article published in Travels in Hyperreality, Umberto Eco already made much the same point in relation to what he referred to as "sports chatter":-
    "Present-day sports, then, is essentially a discussion of the sports press. At several removes there remains the actual sport, which might as well not even exist. If through some diabolical machination of all the TV networks in the world, the Olympics were not to take place, but were narrated daily and hourly through fictitious images, nothing in the international sports system would change, nor would the sports discutants feel cheated. So sport as practice, as activity, no longer exists, or exists for economic reasons (for it is easier to make an athlete run than to invent a film with actors who pretend to run); and there exists only chatter about chatter about sport."
    In the same way, the arts in this country exist principally to fuel the culture industry, to furnish the gregarity of the cultural discourse with a constantly replenished and potentially inexhaustible supply of referents. To adapt Eco's droll conspiracy fantasy - it would make not an iota of difference to the majority of people in this country, even those who consider themselves culturally informed, if the plays, films, books, operas, concerts and exhibitions that they have been ordered to see were totally chimerical entities, pure fictions collectively perpetrated by those whose profession or vocation it is to keep the culture industry oiled and operative.
    THE fact is that most people read reviews less to know what they should be seeing than to know what other people are seeing. For every brave individual who actually decides to see a play by Howard Brenton or read a book by Franz Lidz or visit an exhibition of Henry Moore's sculpture, there are a thousand whose familiarity with it, a familiarity sufficient for their purposes, has derived exclusively from the media-piped aura that it gives off. They are liable to be sneered at as mere "readers of reviews", yet they are, after all, most of us most of the time.
    Culture is a multifarious moment in the history of a society, a self-propagating, self-perpetuating grid of interconnections, an infinitely extensible field of free associations.

    1-0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
    The book should have been titled "THE STORY OF MY UNCLE ARTHUR AND THE REST OF MY STRANGE FAMILY" What's up with that? I bought this book to get some DETAILED insight to the amazing story of the COLLYER BROTHERS and what I got was in essence, a 150 page magazine article, mostly about the author's family tree. The story was totally glossed over with very little biographical information given. I guess I expected some kind of very DETAILED account and what I got, read like a bad novel. If you're looking to find out more info. on the Collyer Bros., try some websites,.....I would'nt recommend this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 158234311X
    Sales Rank: 57440
    Subjects:  1. 1881-1947    2. 1885-1947    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Collyer, Homer Lusk,    7. Collyer, Langley,    8. Eccentrics and eccentricities    9. General    10. Murder - General    11. New York    12. New York (N.Y.)    13. New York (State)    14. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    15. United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)    16. United States - State & Local - General    17. History / General   


    Unsolved Mysteries of American History : An Eye-Opening Journey through 500 Years of Discoveries, Disappearances, and Baffling Events
    by PaulAron
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (22 September, 1998)
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    In a collection of 30 articles, Unsolved Mysteries of American History takes some of the most notable quandaries of the American past and tries to offer some solid answers, or at least alternate explanations. Paul Aron takes on the serious ("Why did Truman drop the bomb?") as well as the frivolous ("Did Babe Ruth call his shot?"). The book is written to entertain, but Aron provides a bibliography for further reading at the end of each essay, and steers readers to heavier tomes if they wish to dig deeper into the various subjects. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely fun, thought-provoking read
    This book scores on both the entertainment and pedagogical fronts.I frankly found it hard to put down.It's a thoroughly enjoyable excursion into the lingering questions or mysteries, as it were, of our American past.Aron writes in a lively, authoritative style and offers compelling insights.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Topics from American History
    It covers thirty topics from America's past, and attempts to provide answers to these questions. Some are controversial, and some will never be solved to most people's satisfaction. But they all make for interesting reading. Each chapter lists books for further reading.

    Chapter 14 discusses the death of Davy Crockett. Contemporary reports said he surrendered, then was executed. This also happened to the Anglos after the defeat in Zacatecas, the state that also rebelled against the seizure of power by Santa Ana.

    Chapter 15 discusses the battle of Gettysburg, and how General Lee hoped to use JEB Stuart's cavalry. He didn't mention that George Armstrong Custer's cavalry defeated Stuart and helped the Union victory.

    Chapter 18 deals with Sacco and Vanzetti. Dr. Henry C. Lee's "Famous Crimes Revisited" has a chapter that tells of the forged ballistic evidence. It also has a chapter on the Lindbergh kidnapping: Hauptmann did not write that ransom note! Why did the dog do nothing on that night?

    Chapter 22 asks if FDR knew about the attack on Pearl Harbor in advance; the answer is YES. Curt Gentry's 1989 biography of J Edgar Hoover notes that in July 1941 Ian Fleming brought in a Nazi spy who was assigned to scout Pearl Harbor to see if an attack was feasible. Robert B Stinnett's "Day of Deceit" finally solved this question when he discovered an action plan from October 1940. It listed the steps necessary to provoke Japan into war. When the last step was taken in July 1941, Japan decided to go to war.

    Chapter 23 asks if dropping the atom bomb on Japan was necessary. There was a secret protocol to the Yalta Treaty. Stalin agreed to break their Peace Treaty and attack Japan 90 days after the end of the European war. The first bomb on August 6 did not end the war. Russian declared war on August 9 and swept through Manchuria. The Japanese Militarists then knew that resistance was futile.

    Chapter 25 ask "Who Killed JFK?". It took hardened criminals to pull the triggers, experienced agents to plan this executive action, and high-level members of the ruling class to cover it up. The 1974 novel "Winter Kills" by Richard Condon provides a symbolic solution. Mark North's "Act of Treason" builds on the work of others.

    Chapter 29 discusses the missing 18 minutes on that Nixon tape. About twenty years ago I saw a TV interview of Nixon; he said the missing minutes were "about the Bay of Pigs". H R Haldeman's "The Ends of Power" explain this code word.

    Chapter 30 deals with the Reagan's selling government property (military arms) to the Iranians, and then diverting this money to private parties (rebels in Nicaragua). This violation of the law could have been used to impeach Reagan! Reagan's chosen biographer said "Reagan was senile in his second term"; he was truly the Acting President.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for serious history students
    Does not try to force pet answers to vast historial questions, but gives the readers a good foundation for thought and further study. As a high school history teacher I would want my students to step into something likethis; rather than the water down junk in most texts. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0471283681
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - General History    3. History: American    4. Reference    5. United States - General    6. American history    7. History / Reference    8. USA   


    Unexplained!: Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena
    by Jerome Clark
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (November, 1998)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars A lot of info lacking a little extra
    This book is actually quite entertaining to read.It was well written and had tons of interesting information...however, what I truly expected in a book like this was pictures, and there weren't a whole lot of them.Half the time the images were drawings, and a good portion of them were described as "fakes."I was disappointed because the book is strictly about unexplained physical phenomena, but there are hardly any photographs in the book to add to the entertainment value.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unexplained
    Two weeks ago I started to read the book Unexplained. I really liked the book because I like to know about strange phenomenon and mysteries. I especially like the story about "Nessy". This book was about world-wide phenomenon, unexplained mysteries, and notorious mysteries.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Best Possible Book of Its Type
    Jerome Clark is not a crackpot. As a figure in the field of Ufology and Cryptozoology, one understands that such a statement is actually a complement.

    This book sums up Clark's approach to unexplained phenomena. Sifting through all kinds of reports, from the fantastic - Merefolk, the Goblin Universe and Sky Serpents, to the more mundane - Coloured Rains and Entombed Animals, the author brings a critical eye to everything.

    For instance, he discredits reports from the Bermuda Triangle, and refrains from delving into paranormal matters, claiming that they're 'outside the scope of this book.'

    Beyond the grounded approach and methodology, readers will find a treasure trove of spellbinding tales in this volume, even if most of them have no grounding in fact. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1578590701
    Sales Rank: 136848
    Subjects:  1. Body, Mind & Spirit    2. Controversial Knowledge    3. Curiosities and wonders    4. Miscellanea    5. New Age    6. New Age / Parapsychology    7. Science    8. Unexplained Phenomena    9. Wonders And Curiosities   


    The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings
    by JOHN A. KEEL
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1994)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book to start out with for strange phenomenons
    Alright lets get this out of the way now, granted I read this book for the first time when I was like 16 years old, but it was definitely not as bad as some of these reviewers place and grade it. This is honestly one of my favorite books to refer to and read and even quote for research when writing papers on the subjects of aliens, UFO's, The Mothman, The Jersey Devil, The Loch Ness Monster, to the Abominable Snowman, and Bigfoot. It is an interesting read that keeps you flipping the pages wondering what is going to be wrote about next, and each subject is very in depth with accounts of sightings, descriptions, and locations of where events have occured. Yes as one reviewer said the subjects do jump back in forth but reading the whole book beginning to end, is truly what is necessary to truly appreciate this book. When I first read this book I had never heard of some of the creatures which are talked about in here, namely the Jersey Devil, and The Mothman; however each subject (as I stated before) has accurate accounts of events that took place and even lists the areas where they took place. If you don't believe in these things, so be it, but don't go blatantly blasting a book and writing two sentences like "this book sucks, its bad", when the people that said it probably didn't even put in the time to read the whole thing. Anyway though, check it out if you like paranormal stuff, and can open your tunnel vision for a second,; I mean come on here people, I read this book for the first time in 1994 and again two years ago, and it still had me hooked from begining to end. Highly recommended reading, that expands your mind to other possibilities, and supports them to boot. Thank's for your time, and trust me , give this book a chance, it's really not as bad as these reviewers say.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Decent Book, but Not Recommended
    If you're looking for out-of-this-world theories, shambling writing, and freakishly inept research, by all means, buy this book.However, if it's a truly objective guide to mysterious beings you want, you'd be better off turning to something like 'Cryptozoology A to Z."

    John A. Keel (who's this mysterious 'we' he keeps talking about?) claims in this book to be objective, presenting only the facts of the cases concerned so that the readers may draw their own conclusions.He then proceeds to outline his explanation for many of the occurrences, which, by the way, has something to do with an inter-dimensional 'something' using feeble human minds to mess with our lives and our planet.His style of writing seems to indicate that he believes that the phenomena and creatures mentioned don't really exist at all, and are all a part of the massive hoax being portrayed by something not of this Earth.

    Not only is his account subjective, it is patchy and uncoordinated, jumping from topic to topic with no apparent connections between them. It's as if he's written this book just to show off the sheer amount of stuff he knows as it comes to mind, without really attempting to organize it logically.In fact, his writing (which is somewhat amateurish and downright insulting at times) gives the impression that all he really wants to talk about is the Mothman of West Virginia, and he has to include these other phenomena just to justify the book's existence.Many of the facts not directly concerning the chornicled phenomena are inaccurate, including some of the biblical references, the dates, and the fact that he repeatedly asserts that the Mesozoic period ended a mere 9 million years ago...it was 65 millions years, sir.I'm sorry to disillusion you.

    In fact, the only saving grace of this book that I can detect is the sheer numbers of cases he records.His theories may be confusing and more than a little off-the-wall, but at least he masses the 'evidence' to 'support' them.It's a good resource to check when looking for accounts of the appearance of the phenomena, and I would recommend for that reason and that reason only.

    Keel, why don't you stick to the Mothman, huh?

    1-0 out of 5 stars Sheesh!
    If you're interested in bizarre phenomena, then by all means read Jerome Clark, Karl Shuker, and even Loren Coleman.But avoid John Keel like the plague, particularly this book."The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings" is anything but.Rather, it is a tendentious polemic; a synopsis of Keel's own peculiar brand of existentialism and nihilism.

    What to make of an "investigator" whose theories regarding strange phenomena are far weirder than the happenings themselves?What to make of this self-annointed pedant who sneers at established belief systems, the most elementary tenets of which he can't even grasp?On page 209, for example, Keel writes:"According to tradition, an angel named Gabriel impregnated Mary."Indeed?And what tradition might that be?Keel's ignorant (or is it deliberate?) blasphemy regarding the Annunciation is mind-boggling.As for the rest of the book, it's merely mind-numbing. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0385470940
    Sales Rank: 1046375
    Subjects:  1. Controversial Knowledge    2. Monsters    3. New Age / Parapsychology    4. Psychology    5. Unexplained Phenomena    6. Wonders And Curiosities   

    Unexplained Mysteries of the 20th Century
    by JanetBord, ColinBord
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 1990)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An Encyclopedia of the Weird
    The Bords have produced an encyclopedia, desk reference type of book which chronicles as many sightings and encounters as possible.

    The book is divided up into varied creatures, lake monsters, etc., and is a vast storehouse of reports, though whether or not many of these can be verified I don't know.

    Nearly every nation in the world has had strange events, and some of these are familiar, while others border on the comical.

    A good reference for the fan of the mysterious, the paranormal or the wannabe cryptozoologist.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A lot of interesting information
    Loved the extensive amount of information from UFO's and other mysterious happenings....good read

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Researchers !
    Beyond Cryptozoology, past the paranormal, you name it these authors cover it. A fine collection of everything you have wondered about and many things you may have never known about. I don't want to give too much away, but this is much more than a fact filled book full of cold boring dates, the authors insight reveals and stimulates thought. An exciting and unique collection of the unexplained not found in any other book!
    (Also recommended is Jerry D. Coleman's "Strange Highways" also found here at Amazon.com) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0809241137
    Sales Rank: 136038
    Subjects:  1. Controversial Knowledge    2. Curiosities and wonders    3. Fiction    4. Mystery & Detective - General    5. Mystery/Suspense    6. New Age / Parapsychology    7. Occult sciences    8. Occultism    9. Supernatural    10. Unexplained Phenomena    11. Wonders And Curiosities    12. Body, Mind & Spirit / Unexplained Phenomena   


    Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved
    by Colin Wilson, Damon Wilson
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 December, 2000)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Sometimes Repetitive, Sometimes Interesting
    The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved is certainly what it claims to be.It is indeed mammoth as it ranges from the paranormal to more historical mysteries.The authors', Colin Wilson and Damon Wilson, pet theories become abundantly clear as certain themes and concepts are repeated throughout the book, such as their ideas concerning poltergeists which are shoe-horned into far too many of the entries outside of the one for poltergeists.They also have an annoying lack of scepticsim concerning anything paranormal yet pull away the cobwebs from more historical occurences with great ease.Still this book will be a treat for anyone looking for a one volume compedium of weird things.You may roll your eyes at some of their conclusions but you still keep reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unsolved mysteries for the "pros"...
    What makes this book by Colin Wilson pleasantly unpredictable is that it contains far more "unsolved mysteries" than the "usual" and expected `Bermuda triangle`, ÙFOs`, `Bigfoot`and so on. Sure enough it contains entries about those phenomena, but it goes deeper than these and explores stories such as those of Fulcanelli or Junius (both brilliant and yet unknown stories), a more detailed account on the -possibly- false identity on the man who spent 40 years in prison claiming he was Rudolph Hess (more than likely he wasnt) , a good comprehensive and all-inclusive "report" on whether Homer actually existed and what he really did write etc.. I read books on such matters on a systematic basis and yet i found that a good portion of the ones
    contained here I`d never heard before.

    I`ve used quotation marks widely on the above paragraph trying to stay in line with Wilson`s -always- careful treading when he deals with theories about unsolved mysteries.

    If you`re a fan of Colin Wilson you`ll find this to be another excellent contribution of his to the "paranormal" field of research (or to be somewhat more precise: to the not so normal field of research).
    If you`re not familiar with this incredible and ultra prolific researcher this book is a great one to start from as:
    -it recquires no previous specialised reading on your part (Wilson will keep you in the know with several references and explanations throughout your reading)
    -ìt`s a wildly fun book even for those that might`ve never picked up a reading on such matters
    -and, it`s Colin Wilson. That, at least for the insiders, should suffice..

    4-0 out of 5 stars I agree with previous reviewer!
    If you're a fan of Colin Wilson, this book reads like a 'greatest hits' collection.

    For the general fan of the strange and the unexplained, this book is a good collection, but is not as detailed or complete as a great primer ought to be.If you collect books about unexplained phenomenon, you might have much of this already, but for the novice - this is an enjoyable read and worth the money. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0786707933
    Sales Rank: 112299
    Subjects:  1. Alternate Spirituality    2. Controversial Knowledge    3. Curiosities and wonders    4. Encyclopedias    5. General    6. History    7. History: World    8. World - General   

    The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Mysteries
    by ColinWilson, DamonWilson
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1988)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent general grounding
    The person who reviewed this book before me and said it was a good introduction to the subject hit the nail on the head. And to be truthful, subjects like the Oera Linda book, Andrew Crosse and Time Slips get a pretty good discussion here, written in the Wilson's usual dry yet informative style. A good introduction to weird oddities.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Fun
    This book gives one a good overview of strange and the supernatural.One by one the book discusses odd events in history and tries to explain them for the reader. The events covered included everything from "Was there an Atlantis"to "Who was Shakesphere?"

    Written by two authors, the books seems to be dualing with itself, and its explanations for these events.On the one hand, the authors will try and give a scientific explanation; on the other hand, the authors give bizarre reasons for these events.Since some of the events are bizarre, however, maybe only bizarre answers can be given.

    I think you will especialy enjoy this book if you want an introduction into the bizarre.Don't expect in depth discussions of these issues, this is an Encylcopedia. But as an overview this book was especially good at discussing strange topics, of which, I had never heard.From a man who claimed to be immortal, to the "Gray Man" found in a distant mountain.

    Good, not great.The short sections makes for an interesting read when you are short on times.Enjoy

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    Reads like a book written 40 years ago.The author touches on the usual subjects of the genre, but addresses a few mundane stories (Dillinger'sdeath, et.al.) as mysterious.There is at least one "mystery" inthis book which has since been explained, and quite publicly and acceptablyto those astute in these matters.Also, an annoying number of grammaticaland spelling errors distract from the stories (spelling Dr. J. AllenHynek's name as "Hyneck" and listing CSICOP as "CSCIOP"are examples.)I admit I didn't finish reading this book...there are toomany finer volumes in the genre to enjoy. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0809245248
    Sales Rank: 261237
    Subjects:  1. Controversial Knowledge    2. Curiosities and wonders    3. Encyclopedias    4. Fiction    5. General    6. Mystery & Detective - General    7. Mystery/Suspense    8. Nonfiction - True Crime / Espionage    9. Wonders And Curiosities    10. Body, Mind & Spirit / Unexplained Phenomena   


    The World of Ripley's Believe It or Not!
    by Julie Mooney, Editors of Ripley's Believe It or Not, Ripley Entertainment
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (10 January, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Whacked out but awesome
    All real.Yep.

    All believable?Hell no.

    That's the point!Gotta love it!

    This has so many cartoons and pics and stories, it's really well stocked with fun info.I've had it for years and keep stumbling across new fun stuff!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Would be
    This would be a great book for a coffee table - except that it is HUGE!It's hard to figure out wherer to keep it.The book itself is good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like Being A Kid Again
    This book really brought me back to my childhood.Back to the days that my brother and I used to fight over a Ripley's book that we had when we were young.But then again, my brother and I fought over a lot of stuff when we were kids.I enjoy the book much more than any of the T.V. shows they've aired. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1579120881
    Sales Rank: 265507
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    Half Human, Half Animal: Tales of Werewolves and Related Creatures
    by Jamie Hall
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars New Tome Examines the Unexplored Niches of Worldwide Lore
    Jamie Hall's goal is clear from the start of 'Half Human, Half Animal'. He intends to bring up every aspect of werewolves and shapeshifters that has habitually been ignored by authors writing werewolf books for general audiences. In this respect, he certainly succeeds. Many topics in this book will be completely new to most readers. Seasoned intellectuals and folklore specialists will recognize a number of topics that have previously been covered in academic articles and obscure books published mainly by university presses, but which are seldom seen outside those venues. Jamie Hall manages to filter these academic treatises for a lay audience with remarkable finesse. He leaves the dry theorizing aside to present one interesting folktale or curious custom after another, with just enough background information for readers to appreciate the cultural significance and not get lost. The density of material is surprising. Few writers can manage to include so many legends, anecdotes and details of various sorts in just 300 pages without seeming rushed or jumbled, but Jamie Hall manages to avoid this problem.
    He steers the reader through a whirlwind of cultural bogey-men, pranksters, monsters and heroes. The breadth and depth of this book clearly distinguish it from peer works, and should guarantee a place for it on library shelves. It will complement, not compete with, other books on the same topic.
    The subject of this book is worldwide legends and lore about people who could change into animals or, in some cases, animals who could change into people. It contains folktales about the more usual animals, such as (were)wolves, cats and foxes, along with more exotic specimens of the shapeshifter archetype, such as dolphins, snakes and hyenas. Not content with a focus on the various species of shapeshifter that are usually ignored, Hall trumps other werewolf books by also having a truly worldwide, multicultural depth and by examining werewolf legends of several obscure types. He looks at American werewolf legends in some detail, including the discipline of urban legends.
    Hall is also keenly interested in werewolf fandom and seems to be a dedicated fan himself. He knows a great deal about werewolf fiction, and includes a gigantic appendix of novels, movies, television shows, video games and everything else. The only item I see lacking is plays, but I suppose we can do without a list of the greatest werewolf plays. As the back of the book reads, there are "over 250 films and more than 500 books" in these fiction guides. Not only are these lists longer than most I have encountered online or in books such as those by Leonard R. N. Ashley or Brad Steiger, but they are also more helpful. Rather than just including a title and author, Hall includes a remarkably succinct description for each work of fiction, getting right to the point of what the novel or movie is about and exactly what part a werewolf or shapeshifter plays in it.
    This is a thoroughly delightful book, romping through history, anthropology, and the realms of fiction, all seen through werewolf-colored glasses. I recommend it heartily to most readers, with one reservation. The book's sole problem is Hall's desire to make it much different from other books about werewolves. The same characteristics that lead us into so many exotic, little-explored niche areas of mythology will leave some readers high and dry. Hall forgets to include some of the basics. Legends that have made it into nearly every werewolf book ever published are curiously absent from Hall's work. He reduces the entire craze of Medieval werewolf trials to a three-paragraph summary that is rather dismissive because, as Hall states, the trials are boring, repetitive and chock full of ideas that came directly from convoluted theological teachings that were not understood by the average peasant, the source of most legends. Therefore, the trials did not have much to do with the legends, and since Hall's book is about legends, it ignores these trials. This line of reasoning allows the author to leave out what should be a basic part of every werewolf book. Another area of lack is the explanations for why people have believed in werewolves, kitsune, human hyenas and the like throughout history. Most books include copious material on this subject, but Hall only includes enough to get by. In his case, each explanation is tied to a legend or custom that has just been told. It is enlightening to see explanations presented in this way, but the book really needs a large section devoted just to these explanations, especially since Hall's mind has come up with some unique, clever, yet simple explanations that people should have thought of years ago. I would wish to hear more about them. The only other complaint I have is that it is a paperback. This book is the sort that will be consulted again and again, and paperbacks simply can't stand up to long-term abuse like hardcovers can.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hats off to a well-rounded book
    In this age, it seems to be popular to sensationalize topics such as werewolves and vampires. Authors love dragging the subject into the gutter by clinging to cliches ... trying to connect everything to demons and witchcraft ... or pretending that everything from mythology is just like it is presented in the latest horror movies. Jamie Hall bucks these trends and delivers a well-rounded look at werewolves, werecats, werefoxes and others. He reveals that every culture has some kind of cousin of the werewolf. He traverses haunted, abandoned temples of ancient Japan ... the sheep pastures of American pioneers ... even modern legends like that of "White Wolf Woman" who saves travelers who get lost in snowstorms. You can meet a bloodthirsty snake-demon in the form of a handsome young man ... an African hyena-man who works hard to bring meat home to his hungry family ... or a werewolf who defends a saint's severed head. Jamie Hall maintains a certain distance from the legends, never gushing out an annoying "could this be true?" or launching into a dry lecture about exactly why we should not believe in werewolves. He seems intent on holding up this bauble of mythology to the light and showing us all angles of it ... from the oldest mythology around to urban legends just a few years old ... from lions and foxes to deer and rats. If you like mythical creatures or really good folklore books, get it. In a genre that often spits out the same few legends and is often hopelessly misinterpreted, this is a new ray of light.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Equal Opportunity Collector
    "Half Human, Half Animal" is a wonderful treat for everyone who is tired of dead white men and Europe getting more than their fair share of everything. It has a whole chapter just for the hyena-men legends of Africa, a whole chapter just for that! And it is a good chapter, too. Wonderful stories of heroism, mystery and tragedy. Even on the werewolf chapter, it travels around the world, avoiding Europe as much as possible. Asia and South America are represented by large chapters covering people who turn into foxes or dolphins. If you like mythology, if you want to raise your household to respect all cultures and think multicultural, then this is a book that does the job. The legends are good, and it explains the beliefs and cultures behind the legends too. They weren't all bloodthirsty monsters. Some were sex symbols, shapeshifting gods, tricksters, or forces that protected nature from invasion. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1410758095
    Sales Rank: 275142
    Subjects:  1. Anthropology - General    2. Folklore & Mythology - Folklore    3. Social Science    4. Sociology   


    Piercing the Darkness : Undercover with Vampires in America Today
    by Katherine Ramsland
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    Mass Market Paperback (01 October, 1999)
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    Katherine Ramsland sets Piercing the Darkness up as a story about Susan Walsh, a wannabe journalist who mysteriously disappeared while researching "real" vampires. While that story line ultimately sees less light than the vampires themselves, Ramsland's rambunctious, rambling tales of nightclubbing, international travel, and meticulous wardrobe selection among the creatures of the night provide ample entertainment. The book traces her circuitous route through AOL chat rooms, Paris's underground tunnels, and any number of goth and "vampyre" clubs, pursuing leads and hunches that seem to materialize from thin air. What the story might lack in integrity, it more than makes up for in sheer strangeness.

    With each new foray by Ramsland (previously noted for celebrating Anne Rice in several books) into the unknown, we are treated to fascinating insights into the personalities and motivations of people who might well be the world's most devoted fans of Rice's supernatural melodramas. Ramsland is admirably guileless throughout, throwing herself, body and soul, into situations that would run counter to most people's common sense. In one memorable scene inside an exclusive S/M club, Ramsland concludes an evening of research by treating a female masochist to a good, solid whipping. A rollicking story of blood, sex, violence, and fashion in all their various combinations. --Lisa Higgins ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars No Vampire or Goth should buy this book...
    If you took a White-bread Christian and plunked them down in the middle of the Goth Club scene--well that is the jist of this book. The author has little understanding of the Gothic Subculture, much less the diverse Vampire culture, and their deeper connotations in modern society.

    She is laughable at times, misguided completely at other times, and sadly mistaken when she tries to explain the fasciantion of/for the vampire.

    Anyone who has a toe in the Gothic underworld will wince at her naive observations and chuckle when she classifies Vampire: the Masquerade Role Players as potential mental cases.

    In the 1970's and 80's when everyone was bashing D&D as 'The Great Evil to the Minds of Our Youth' claiming that roleplaying caused mental problems in youths. These fanatics are the same target audience this book is trying to reach. Basically it states "Vampires are somewhat real...and your kids will be warped by them." Whoever them is, because she bounces from roleplayers, to teen killers, to the Goth NightClub scene. And in her research she never uncovers the reason as to the disappearence of the journalist she is seeking.

    2-0 out of 5 stars You're Not Helping, Katherine.
    Let me begin by saying that vampires/vampyres ARE in fact real.What might need adjusting is your definition.

    Ramsland wrote this book much the way I imagine a child would write about his day at the zoo.I got the feeling that she wanted the reader to understand how adventurous and intrepid she was in plunging into a psychotic world of fetishes, blood, dysfunctionality, and flaky "professionalism".

    How Ramsland could have had so much contact with the life and have understood it so poorly astounds me.She is supposed to be a psychologist.How can she not see the validity of the life and the psychological foundations of "vampirism/vampirism"?How could she not understand that what one embraces as reality is, in fact, reality?

    Read this is you value shock and schlock over substance.If you'd like a peek into the online vampire/vampyre world, plug the subject into a search engine.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Anti -Psychotic Medication Required!!!
    I loved Ms. Ramsland's book "Cemetary Stories" so I was really looking forward to reading about her foray into the Vampire Culture in search of a "real" Vampire. All she found was a lot of sad lonely individuals of questionable sexual persuasion who engaged in 'Vampiric Costume Drama" for the sole purpose of having a sexual encounter. One gets the feeling that these poor misguided individuals could all benefit from agreat deal of Therapy and/or some Heavy Duty Medication.Even Ms. Ramsland becomes jaded with these poor folk by the end of the book.One gets the feeling that it would be easier to find a 'real" Vampire working the Graveyard Shift at your local 7/11 than in all of the S&M clubs she visited. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0061059455
    Subjects:  1. General    2. Occultism    3. Popular Culture - Counter Culture    4. Sociology    5. True Crime    6. United States    7. Vampires    8. True Crime / General   

    Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (23 September, 1991)
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    Isaac Asimov was unquestionably one of America's greatest scientific writers--from his mind came the awe-inspiring Foundation trilogy and the classic I, Robot. It hardly comes as a surprise then, that the brain of Asimov was overflowing with facts, statistics, and millions of trivial tidbits. His Book of Facts comprises 3,000 of these little information snippets. To organize this wealth of data are distinct subject areas--ranging from chapters titled "Art" and "Medicine" to more obscure ones such as "Salty Facts" and the amusing "Strange Rules, Laws and Customs."Did you know, for instance, that the Tinguian people of the Philippines have a very unique way of kissing? They put their lips close to each other's faces, and then quickly inhale. Or that in the Middle Ages the Europeans put their disobedient animals on trial? Well, you know now!Asimov's Books of Facts immerses the reader into a humongous vat of information. Asimov feeds the brain. --Naomi Gesinger ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Asimov Didn't Write This
    In his autobiography, "I, Asimov", Isaac makes it clear he did not write this book. It was put together by someone else, and his name was attached to it through some kind of contractual mumbo-jumbo. That being said, it is an entertaining book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Facts: Low Quality
    I think Asimov is pushing it with this one: "he has studied so many things throughout his life, he must be qualified to write a book of interesting factoids." The result is a compendium of trivia with limited interest: since he has tried to draw from his entire career, facts are sometimes even general knowledge within a subject, or not particularly interesting. To be more specific, take:
    "Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel. He refused the opportunity, having no head, he said, for human problems."
    "New York City has 570 miles of shoreline."
    "The hardness of ice is similar to that of concrete"
    I thought this book would make good toilet reading and was let down: most facts were unsurprising or not particularly enlightening.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Facts
    I am a junkie for inconsequential facts. This book is full of them, although it also has many facts that we should know and perhaps don't. My only complaint is that it's not a paperback. I can't carry it around easily and read at lunch! I recommend it for other facts junkies. ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Curiosities and wonders    2. Dictionaries    3. Encyclopedias and dictionaries    4. Reference    5. Sale Adult - Reference    6. Trivia    7. Reference / Trivia   


    Stupid Sex
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (17 August, 1998)
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    This alphabetical compendium of carnal catastrophes is enough to make anyone consider celibacy.Kathryn and Ross Petras, the authors of The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said, prove that all kinds of things can and will go wrong when people start to think with their reproductive organs.

    Hundreds of furious moviegoers trashed a local movie theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The movie they had paid to see--Furious Copulation--was not what the title suggested. Instead, it showed a man chasing a chicken. The owner promised to change the title on the marquee to The Pervert's Express.
    From the India-South Korea condom conflict, to a woman with a remarkable way of playing the flute, everything that can go wrong does go wrong.Some of these stories are not for the squeamish, but they provide a hilarious picture of the lengths to which some people will go for a thrill. Remember kids, don't try any of this at home. --Simon Leake ... Read more
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Funny
    This is a very funny book,Yet I find alot of the stories hard to
    believe.It's a great book for cuddling up with your spouse and having a good chuckle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny
    I am a bit ashamed to be writing this review as this is not a topic that Iwould have expected myself to comment upon, but this was a very funny book. I actually first saw the author on German tv when I was on vacation andthen later heard about it back here in North America and finally got thebook.And it is very funny!I don't usually post reviews, but this is adefintely funny book and I do recommend it.I hope this helps anyone whoread this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny
    I saw the Stupid Sex web site first, then had to read the book and I'm glad I did.I couldn't stop laughing.This is extremely funny, there are stories from all over the place about the most humorous sexual activitiesyou can imagine.It's best read in bits and pieces, not in one reading.But it will definitely get you to laugh a lot! All I know is that I'm gladI never tried the things in here.Well, if I did, I wouldn't let anyoneknow. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0385488513
    Subjects:  1. Anecdotes    2. Erotica - General    3. General    4. Humor    5. Sex    6. Sexual behavior    7. Humor / General   


    Cryptozoology A To Z : The Encyclopedia Of Loch Monsters Sasquatch Chupacabras And Other Authentic M
    by Loren Coleman, Jerome Clark
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Zero stars
    If I could award zero stars, I would;this book is pure nonsense, from beginning to end.If you read some of these reviews here, you'll notice a disturbing pattern:gullibility to the extreme, fantasy-prone individuals whose wishful thinking colors any sense of objectivity."Cryptozoology" is the so-called study of "hidden" or "unexpected" animals.I have news for you folks.Most scientifically undiscovered species are unknown.Does that mean that the hundreds or even thousands of new insect and arachnid species catalogued every year by entomologists deserve to be studied under this "branch" of zoology, which really doesn't exist anyway?What is meant by "unexpected"?Does this mean a large, four-legged ungulate?A two-hundred pound (minimum weight) animal?Does it have to be a mammal or a reptile, as this "study" mainly describes?What about a rare, foot-long earthworm?I guess these creatures would not garner enough press and interest in the National Enquirer to include mention.For example, the Mongolian Deathworm is clearly a "friend told a friend who heard it from a friend" story.There has never been one iota of proof even with many expeditions to the Mongolian desert to prove that this strange animal exists.Yet, it exists in the illusion-prone cryptozoological literature as "probable".If by now you are not convinced that cryptozoology is a pseudo-scientific field in search of a meaning and classification, then it is hopeless.Ask yourself, how many self-respecting tenured zoology professors in universities accept this as a legitimate branch of their science?The answer is, not many.If this definition held up, then if we go back thousands of years every animal newly found and classified taxonomically would be a "cryptozoological" find!Peace out, believers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and fascinating
    This book is wonderful.It is a must-have for anyone who is interested in cryptozoology.I give this book 5 stars, it is a delightful, wonderful read.

    There are some things in this book that I would have left out, such as the Beast of Gevaudan, the megalodon, or piasa.However, there were many creatures I found fascinating, such as Mokele-mbembe, kongamato, the pygmy elephant, and the many types of monkey-men, such as Yeti, Bigfoot, Yeren, and the Skunk Ape and others mentioned in the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great crypto reference - fun read!
    This really is a great book spanning many different crypto subjects and critters.Being in Colorado, I'm always interested in what I might run into out in the mountains!

    You can't go wrong with this book.Buy it and enjoy!
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    Isbn: 0684856026
    Sales Rank: 51807
    Subjects:  1. Controversial Knowledge    2. Cryptozoology    3. Encyclopedias    4. Encyclopedias and dictionaries    5. General    6. Life Sciences - Zoology - General    7. Monsters    8. New Age / Parapsychology    9. Science    10. Science/Mathematics    11. Unexplained Phenomena    12. Wonders And Curiosities    13. Nature / General   


    The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1995)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Suspends your disbelief
    Caveat - I wasn't exactly expecting to finish PE a die-hard believer.That said, I was unprepared for how much of my skepticism stemmed from the authors' willingness to believe anything, and mask their suspension of disbelief as objectivity.

    According to legend, the US Navy conducted invisibility experiments on one of their ships during WWII.Not simply invisible, the ship actually teleported from its berth in Philadelphia.However, the little-understood process played havoc with the crew - even after the experiment's end, some crewmen would "blink" in and out of existence, become frozen in time or catch fire.One man walked through a wall, never to be seen again.Of course, the Navy denies the whole thing....

    While the legend places the story during the dark days of WWII, the legend itself began in the mid 1950's, with the publication of "The Case for the UFO" by Morris Jessup.(Aknowledging that Jessup is no scientist, Berlitz & Moore nevertheless refer to him as "Dr. Jessup".)Believing that propulsion of UFO's (and perhaps future human spacecraft) lay in solving Einstein's "Unified Field Theory", Jessup encouraged readers to press for research in that area. Jessup's book caught the attention of Carl Allen (AKA Carlos Allende), who spent the war in the Merchant Marine.In a series of rambling letters Allen insisted that Einstein had solved UFT, and the solution was successfully used to cloak a USN warship in wartime experiments.Though claiming to have witnessed the event from deck of a nearby freighter, Allen goes further than detailing his observation - exhaustively describing the travails of the crew, Einstein's seeming retraction of UFT, his admission to Bertrand Russel that UFT was complete but had to be suppressed at least until after WWIII, the identity of one of the chief scientists attached to the project, and that UFT had anything to do with the experiment.To get his point across, Allen/Allende even forwarded a copy of Jessup's book (heavily annotated with his own theories, many having nothing to do with the Philadelphia Experiment) to the Office of Naval Research.There it piqued the personal interest of at least 2 officers, and slowly became the story-that-wouldn't-die.A few years later, a depressed Jessup was found dead in his car.Allende/Allen became something of a cult celeb, sometimes retracting what he had previously claimed, often warning against the ominous dangers of UFT even as he seemed to beg others to look into it.

    Berlitz and Moore piece Allen/Allende together with what are supposed to be other pieces of a puzzle that will prove the Philadelphia Experiment actually occurred.Instead, the result is far less than the sum of its parts: Berlitz and Moore place far more weight on any of the individual pieces than common sense would allow, and they find a better fit between the different pieces than you'd get in a jigsaw puzzle.Nothing in PE lacks a more reasonable explanation than the authors can provide.At the beginning, and towards the end of the book, the authors mention coming in contact with others who claim to have met alleged crewmembers of the ship involved in the experiment - but neither name nor any other convincing corroborating information comes out (Allende at least included his Merchant Marine ID in his letters).The authors add to the puzzle, but never actually establish that the Philadelphia Experiment actually occurred.An anonymous radar scientist, who doesn't claim to have worked on the project, clairifies how events would have had to occurr if the legend were true.Another scientist - given a psuedonym because it would upset "the status quo" - describes wartime discussions on a project that we're supposed to believe developed into the Philadelphia Experiment.Named "Rinehart" after a similar character in the novel "Thin Air" (a thriller inspired by the legend) the doctor describes discussions but never mentions witnessing the experiment, nor any discussions of its aftermath - obvious details for such a pivotal figure."Rinehart" never even mentions Allende, even though it had been Allende's letters that clued the authors into Rinehart's existence (under yet another pseudonym).The authors never explain how they managed to find "Rinehart" - they need to protect his identity even though the government obviously knows who he is, and anybody else would have the same difficulty tracking him down as the authors of this book.The authors describe how the experiments of another scientist in "electrogravity" never caught on despite their apparent success - suggesting they were suppressed.Though Allende described reading stories about the Experiment's sailors in Philadelphia newspapers, the only article that could be found is obviously bogus: a xerox of an obviously fabricated article describing a bar-room brawl by sailors who mysteriously vanish -but no mention of date, newspaper, or the reporter, nor
    any specific facts in the article about the event, like the name of the bar or those of witnesses.The authors make the barest efforts to answer the questions they raise, and then merely add more pieces to the puzzle, without explaining how one piece corroborates any others.Though appearing critical and objective, it's impossible to believe that the authors haven't already settled on the idea that the experiment actually occurred - they explicitly question Allende, yet never express their doubts, let alone attempt to deal with our own.

    But what's the danger of that?I mean, who cares if they can get their readers to believe the legend of the "Philadelphia Experiment".Unfortunately, "Philadelphia" feeds on our prejudices of secret conspiracies, and relies on our willingness to do so with little prompting - never a positive thing.Worse, it's not even interesting - barely substantive enough to raise the sort of questions that would make a more critical investigation a stirring story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Original Story.
    The book was originally written in 1979 and for anyone who wants to know more about the Philadelphia Experiment, then this is precisely where you should start because this is the book that got the ball rolling. The Philadelphia Experiment tells the story of the governments attempt at optical and radar invisibility with a navy ship called the US Eldridge that resulted in a catastrophe but may have also uncovered a whole new area of physics - essentially warping space.

    William L. Moore and Charles Berlitz simply go in search of the story behind the Eldridge which is based on a series of letters and notes sent by Carlos Miguele Allende in 1955 to a UFO writer called Morris K. Jessup after he published the first and original UFO book called "The Case for the UFO". Allende essentially told Jessup that he had been a navy officer who witnessed what happened to the US Eldridge as part of a government experiment on invisibility. He claimed that the project went wrong, men caught fire, went mad, some were embedded halfway into the deck of the ship and others phased in and out of this reality. Allende claimed that there was a link between this experiment and the technology behind UFOs. Jessup thought that Allende was a crank but after doing a little more research found that there was some background to his story and that it was worth investigating a little more. Eventually a number of Navy officers and commanders became interested in the story and decided to investigate it for themselves. In 1959, Jessup died under suspicious circumstances - dead in his car from carbon monoxide poisoning - and many believe that he was murdered.

    Moore and Berlitz cover the entire original story of Jessup and Allende and expose various US military programs that are connected with the Philadelphia Experiment. The investigative reporting is extremely good and current Philadelphia Experiment writers and researchers have this book to thank for their endeavors.

    Much more to the story has since been exposed but like anything you would do well to read this book to find out how it all started. Forget about the Montauk boys who claim to have been there when it happened. This is the book that you should start with first well before you even consider looking at the Montauk project.

    This is a highly recommended piece of investigative journalism. You don't need to be a UFO buff either to enjoy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I wanted Al Bielek, got Morris K Jessup and Allende instead
    Bottom line:I like Al Bielek's version of the PX better.This one is more to the original story.I like Al Bielek's personal account of time traveling.This book is more about the "facts" of the account.No Al Bielek in this book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0449007464
    Sales Rank: 193169
    Subjects:  1. Customs & Traditions    2. History - Military / War    3. Military - Naval    4. Social Science    5. Sociology    6. Social Science / Customs & Traditions   


    The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time (Montauk)
    by Preston Nichols, Peter Moon
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Factual errors contained in this book
    This book is a complete fantasy.Without wasting any more time writing a review, I'd like to point of one huge error of fact contained in this book.In Chapter 10, pg. 65, the author claims that "In the 1950's, ITT developed sensor technology that could literally display what a person was thinking."Later on this same page and on page 67, he claims that a Cray 1 computer was used "...interfaced with an IBM 360...".The problem here was that the IBM 360 was introduced in 1964 and the Cray 1 was not introduced until 1976, so having this "developed technology" in the 1950s as described was impossible.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Absolute load of crap
    Completely unsubstantiated.It is obvious that the person whom the author supposedly writes about is a paranoid schizophrenic.Not even amusing reading, just plain painful.Terrible writing style, incredibly short book that jumps around from topic to topic way too quickly.Go ahead and waste your money.If reading about people being sent to Mars and giant killer beasts created out of people's imaginations while hooked up to 'electromagnetic coils' is your cup of tea then by all means go ahead and support more trash like this being published.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I'd go back in time to not have read Montauk
    This book, like the rest in Moon's Montauk series, is absolutely horrible. Let's put aside the fact that the book is just embarrassing from a literary point of view. If Moon needed an editor, or a ghost writer, he ought to have hired one. Instead, he settled for the publication of a book written well below the fifth-grade reading level (minus various outbursts of technobable, indecipherable even to legitimate scientists).

    At the start, the reader is warned of the presence of "soft facts", but one still doesn't expect that the entire premise, actually the entire book--cover to cover, will be 100% unsubstantiated. About the only thing that can actually be proven is the location of the base. Further degrading the plausibility of the story is that Moon (or the illustrious Preston Nichols) attempts to weave EVERY form of paranormal phenomenan into the tale.

    Do yourself a favor and don't buy this book. You'll just upset yourself. Actually, do yourself a favor and don't even read it. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0963188909
    Sales Rank: 52891
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Body, Mind & Spirit    3. History    4. Montauk Point    5. New Age    6. New Age / Parapsychology    7. New York (State)    8. Parapsychology and science    9. Time travel    10. UFOs & Extraterrestrials    11. Unexplained Phenomena   


    Underground Bases and Tunnels: What Is the Government Trying to Hide?
    by Richard Sauder
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 December, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Prosaic ammunition for alien invasion & conspiracy theorists
    Several reviewers have complained that this book isn't interesting enough or that it is deceptive in its marketing.In fact, Dr. Sauder's goal here is to demonstrate a few very prosaic facts:that the technology necessary to build underground bases and tunnels is currently available; that the entrances to such tunnels are very simple to disguise, so that they are nearly invisible to anyone who stumbles across them; that the United States government makes use of this technology regularly for various purposes.These tunnels and bases are in some cases very deep beneath the surface of the earth, are quite sophisticated and comfortable, and can accommodate large numbers of people.

    Sauder's purpose in presenting this information is clear:he holds that "the aims and ideals of representative democracy are poorly served by secrecy in government...dictatorships are born when power is usurped by the military."Sauder hopes that the information provided will help "peel away the cover of excessive secrecy that shields too much of what the Pentagon does from public scrutiny."

    His goals are the same as many of those people who advance the theory that our government is riddled with individuals who have been turned against the human race by alien invaders; the narrative is the same, though the stakes may be greater in the second case than the first.Nonetheless, those who find this book less than entertaining should remember that it is not a science fiction story or a horror tale, and it is not meant to entertain.If it frightens you, it should frighten you into action.

    Keeping that in mind, Sauder provides ammunition for those who believe that the government cannot be trusted, whether it is because the military may be planning a coup or because aliens are living beneath our feet in tunnels carved out of the earth by their technology or by our own government.If this material seems boring or irrelevant, it is wise to remember that Al Capone was given a life sentence not for the murders he ordered or his bootlegging, but for tax evasion.The first step in catching shadow governments and alien invaders is to prove that they have hiding places, and to find out where those hiding places are.

    This book describes several underground facilities; demonstrates how they provide power for their operations;how to hide such facilities; and how they are built: in short, the feasibility and existence of underground bases of this type.The illustrations help convince the reader:they include a map showing how to get to a clear view of one such facility in the Antelope Valley of Southern California; photographs of tunnel boring machines available for sale, some of which can create circular tunnels 35 feet in diameter, and tunnels of the sort described in this book.

    Those who want to categorize the author as one of Richard S. Shaver's philosophical kin need only refer to these documents to be reminded that these tunnels, unlike those inhabited by the Deros, have already been proven to exist.One needn't be paranoid to believe the information in this book, merely concerned about one's rights as a citizen.Dr. Sauder is to be commended for his research and his bravery.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another piece to the jigsaw puzzle
    The material in this book corroborates some of the stories I've heard in various UFO books about underground noises, lights, and craft coming out of the ground. The author sticks mostly to the facts, and he usually has pictures and documents to back up what he's saying. Overall it doesn't necessarily mean that anything actually exists, however, they COULD exist. He leaves it up to the reader to decide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best and Only Book on Underground Bases, etc.
    Sauder's book is the best and, as far as I know, only book on the rather important subject of high-tech, super-expensive bases, with their connecting tunnel systems. Sauder's specialty is researching and obtainingU.S. Government documents. What he found out under the subject ofunderground bases and tunnels is shocking! Packed with government diagramsand patents, this is a one-of-a-kind book! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0932813372
    Sales Rank: 83582
    Subjects:  1. Controversial Knowledge    2. Experiments & Projects    3. Fiction - General    4. General    5. Military Science    6. New Age    7. Science    8. U.S. Government (Specific Aspects)    9. UFOs   


    Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids
    by Jim Marrs
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (24 April, 2001)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile topic, stupid book
    If you're going to write a book purporting to reveal the key to the understanding of history, you should at least have a basic grasp of historical events and chronology. Jim Marrs commits numerous howlers, such as claiming that a Trilateral Commission member wrote a 1975 paper referring to the Three Mile Island disaster. The problem: TMI occurred in 1979. Also, he mentions that Mayer Amschel Rothschild grew up in Frankfort, Germany during the 1740s in an environment poisoned by the antisemitism of the philosophers Kant and Fichte. This would be possible *if* Fichte had been born yet (he was born in 1762) and if Immanuel Kant (1724) had been particularly interested in antisemitism. It might have been even more helpful if antisemitism in a modern sense had been formulated--it was a ninteenth century idea.

    I would like to give _Rule by Secrecy_ one star, but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. The parts I read were so stupid and ill-informed that I couldn't stand to finish it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Conspiracy's Hidden Agenda
    I purchased this book back in 2000 - near the begining of my five year search for the truth - hoping to learn something about the history and influence of the Freemasons. With respect to the "hidden" historical facts, the book is loaded with interesting "unpublicized" facts that are not taught in school and do not appear within the pages of any high-school or college level texbook on U.S. History, and I would definately recommend this book for those who are just begining thier search for the "Truth" - i.e. the real reasons why our political leaders lie to our faces; ignore the Constitution; promote racial and class warfare; refer to illegal aliens as "undocumented Americans" and to abortion clinics as "family planning centers".
    But for those who've already discovered the "what" and the "how" pieces of the New World Order puzzle and are looking to fill inthe "who" and, more importantly, the "why" pieces in order to see and comprhend the Big Picture then I definately would not recommend this book.
    The reason why, of course, is because Mr. Marrs attempts to rule out the true culprits - i.e. the "Architects of the New World Order" - on pages 60 & 61. But then again, I guess that's to be expected from someone who refers to the Bible - the best selling and most widely read book of all times - as a "hodgepodge of myths, legends and parables" (pg. 345)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and a good read
    This book traces the connections between the worlds most powerful families to reveal who really runs the world and what their agenda really is. Marrs has done a lot of research (as usual) and documents everything. He reveals the secrets of the Federal Reserve System, the Freemasons and gives a wonderful commentary at the end of the book. For anyone who wants to know the despicable workings of world politics, this is your book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0060931841
    Sales Rank: 4415
    Subjects:  1. Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations    2. Freemasonry    3. History    4. History: World    5. International Relations - General    6. Modern - General    7. Politics - Current Events    8. World - General   


    Quest for Zero Point Energy Engineering Principles for Free Energy
    by Moray B. King
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (30 January, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Quest for Zero Point Energy is worth reading.
    It is worth reading, along with T.E. Bearden's, Nikola Tesla, and John Bedini's work. The EM theory has many errors and if your a novice in this field and want some direction in how to approach the classical EM theory and understand where the problem areas exist. You will eventually understand the fundamental principles of extracting free energy from the vacuum and it's not as absurd as people would like for you to believe, in other words the world is definitely not flat. Go explore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
    I've bought most of the free energy books out there and would put this on my "top ten" list.Most books published on this topic are not technical or rational, or are all hype and offer little of substance.This book is a notable exception in the genre.Moray doesn't reach too far with outlandish conclusions, and therein lies his--and ultimately this book's--credibility.The text is technical in places, and uses terms that may confuse the layman, but a layman could also learn much, as the explanations are nonetheless surprisingly lucid.But be aware that the book is a compilation of technical papers, not a hold-your-hand, dumbed-down, super-rudimentary description.

    This book doesn't contain--as many of the naive expect from such books--detailed plans that will allow you to build a free energy motor, nor does it claim to.But it offers concise, referenced, well-edited explanations of an "ether" or "zero-point-energy" theory that is the conceptual backbone of free energy systems.Postulated operational principles of some of the more infamous free energy devices are also included.

    I don't usually write reviews, but I made an exception in this case because I am (very) tired of this genre being polluted by so many quacks.Free energy is credible, and possible, and this is one book that helps disseminate useful information on a topic of critical importance to humanity.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Moray King does it again!
    And the man just keeps getting better! If you are a researcher into the new energy technologies, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR and buy this book.Moray King will save you months of frustration and floundering around.BIG-BANG for the Buck! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0932813941
    Sales Rank: 9137
    Subjects:  1. Energy    2. Science    3. Science/Mathematics   


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