Of course this may be an accident of place and time, ufology in Europe or in pre-Hopkins America were very different things.
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She also notes the very male-dominated nature of the UFO leadership and investigator teams, yet the majority of the abductees are women. Implicit in her figures, though she does not comment on this, is that the percentage of women abductees is increasing over time, abduction is becoming a female experience. This is an important and useful book, but at the end I felt rather let down, Denzler comes up with no overarching conclusion, no great insight.
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Nor does she really manage to place the changes in ufology in a historical and cultural context. But often the accounts become a chronicle.
So perhaps a seven out of ten rather than an eight, and a second, longer book asked for. A word of advice, to get the best out of this book, you must read the footnotes and not skip them.
The Lure of the Edge by Brenda Denzler - Paperback - University of California Press
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The lure of the edge: scientific passions, religious beliefs, and the pursuit of UFOs
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Read preview. Synopsis UFO phenomena entered American consciousness at the beginning of the Cold War, when reports from astonished witnesses of encounters with unknown aerial objects captured the attention of the United States military and the imagination of the press and the public.