Summary: BOOK REVIEWS
Firestorm: Dr. James E. McDonald's Fight for UFO Science by Ann Druffel.
Columbus, NC: Wild Flower Press, 2003. 609 pp. $34.00. ISBN 0-926524-58-5.
Like Dr. James E. McDonald, I am a mainstream ``establishment'' scientist who,
at a certain point, became convinced that the UFO phenomenon deserves serious
consideration. There, the resemblance between me and McDonald ends. In
my case, I decided, very early on, that my particular mix of strengths and
weaknesses was such that active effort by me on this problem was unlikely to be
dramatically productive, and also would require such effort and time that I could
not expect to have a normal scientific career if I were to pursue it. I therefore
simply dropped it, except that I could not, in conscience, refrain from lending
my name to the support of the legitimacy of this study. For example, I serve
today on the National Board of Directors of the Fund for UFO Research
(FUFOR), which funded Ann Druffel's archiving of McDonald's UFO files.
And, I write an occasional book review: my slowly evolving views on UFOs, if
they are of interest, are described in JSE 15, p. 385, 2001.
McDonald, in contrast, attempted to continue his very successful scientific
career, and to elucidate UFOs on top of that. And he did a great, wonderful job
of it, as I have now learned from reading Ann Druffel's fine biography. From her
book, I have learned for the first time that McDonald's suicide had nothing at all