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The Lure of the Edge is Brenda Denzler's attempt at a thorough review of the community of UFO believers. I was interested to see that the first work she mentions in the introduction is When Prophecy Fails, which she regards as perpetrating a narrow view of UFO believers. She makes a case that in fact this community is not composed entirely of socially marginalized people with pseudoscientific beliefs who are prone to cult behavior. With a Ph.D. in religious studies, Denzler is also interested in the relationship of UFOlogy to traditional religious belief. Her focus is limited to the United States, where, according to a poll she quotes, 48% of the population believe that UFOs are real.

"This is a definitive scholarly exploration of the UFO movement and community, as well as a fascinating book on the conceptual, religious, and scientific margins of modernity as we know it. Denzler has written a truly enjoyable book for both the scholar and the curious observer."--Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director, The Center for Studies on New Religions, Torino, Italy "In "The Lure of the Edge, " Brenda Denzler provides a fascinating and insightful guided tour through the complex maze that is the UFO subculture. She ...

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"This is a definitive scholarly exploration of the UFO movement and community, as well as a fascinating book on the conceptual, religious, and scientific margins of modernity as we know it. Denzler has written a truly enjoyable book for both the scholar and the curious observer."--Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director, The Center for Studies on New Religions, Torino, Italy "In "The Lure of the Edge, " Brenda Denzler provides a fascinating and insightful guided tour through the complex maze that is the UFO subculture. She is an expert tour guide who enhances our perspective without imposing her own viewpoint. The result is a fine book and a valuable addition to the literature on UFOs."--David Bromley, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, and editor of "The Future of New Religious Movements" and "The Politics of Religious Apostasy"