A history of the various manifestations and shifting meaning of the Twentieth Century's single great contribution to mythology: the UFO.
Neither a credulous work of conspiracy theory nor a sceptical debunking of belief in 'flying saucers', How UFOs Conquered the World explores the origins of UFOs in the build-up to the First World War and how reports of them have changed in tandem with world events, science and culture. The book will also explore the overlaps between UFO belief and religion and superstition.
'UFO believers will not like this book. It is not a classic debunking; David Clarke is too subtle and warm for that. But it is written by a turncoat, a former believer turned journalist who, in 2007 curated the release of all 52,000 pages of the Ministry of Defence's UFO-related documents to the National Archives...
This is a good book...sceptical, respectful and dry.'
'True believers in the ETH will undoubtedly dismiss this fascinating book as a whitewash, even as part of a government cover-up. One would expect nothing less.'
'A journey from childish faith to adult disbelief, from a yearning for the fantastic to a regular invocation of Occam's Razor. The stripping away of a desire to believe, although clear-eyed and sensible, seems in the long term rather a chilly process, unsparing and ruthless. This is not to say that Clarke does not make for excellent company. He is often droll and always insightful.'