On June 24, 1947, a private pilot reported numerous dazzling objects rushing through the sky above Mount Rainier in Washington state. Within a few weeks, hundreds of sightings of flying saucers were reported to news media, followed by reports of a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico. Boston College graduate Gordon Arnold cuts through decades of mystique and confusion and offers an account of what is known and unknown about the happenings in the skies over mid-century America. Flying Saucers Over America: The UFO Craze of 1947 (McFarland & Company Publishers, 2021) is based on many sources, including previously classified government records. As Arnold writes in the book’s introduction, whether you are a believer or skeptic, UFOs are “innately interesting as a historical and cultural phenomenon.” An educator, Arnold earned a doctorate in 1994 from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
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