Flying Creatures in a Cryptozoology Book Is Live Pterosaurs in America for Everybody? An Amazon book review of the first edition of this cryptozoology nonfiction included, “This book shows courage to continue the search. If you have an interest in cryptozoology you should read this.” For the second edition, another review included, “I highly recommend this book to anyone! People should know the truth about what is going on. No one ever hears anything about this unless they conduct extremely specific internet searches . . . Jonathan Whitcomb needs to write more books!” Perhaps the best advice is somewhere between these two, in regard to who should read Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition. It appears that many readers of the first two editions were those with an interest in cryptozoology. But a peek at the Introduction gives a clue about a larger audience who would benefit from reading the third edition and the kind of reader who might not want to read it: “This book might make a few Americans uneasy to walk alone at night; my intention, however, is not to frighten but to enlighten as many readers as possible to know about live-pterosaur investigations. Those who’ve been shocked at the sight of a flying creature that “should” be extinct—those eyewitnesses, more numerous than most Americans would guess, need no longer be afraid that everyone will think them crazy, and no longer need they feel alone. Those of us who’ve listened to the American eyewitnesses, we who have interviewed them, we now believe. So, if you will, consider the experiences of these ordinary persons (I’ve interviewed most of them myself) and accept whatever enlightenment you may.” So it seems that those who have some fear of walking alone at night might become more uneasy after reading this book, but those who have been shocked at encountering an apparent pterosaur can feel comforted that they are not insane. But the Introduction gives one more clue, going beyond sightings of strange flying creatures: “We need to understand why we believe what we believe. When I first began researching these eyewitness sightings, years ago, I mentioned a word to a kindergartner: “pterosaurs;” he said, “A comet.” Years later, while writing this book, I mentioned my work to a second-grader; she said, “Who will buy your book? Crazy people?” I think better of you. And I think, because of what she and many others have told me, that we must understand indoctrination, for it influences our beliefs; the extent of that influence discomforts me.”  This may be a larger audience: those who would like to know the truth about an indoctrination that would cause a second-grader to ask, “Who will buy your book? Crazy people?” How many of us need to understand why we believe what we believe! That is a bigger subject than occasional sightings of strange flying creatures. An observation by the author, Jonathan Whitcomb A sketch by Patty Carson appears on the front cover of the third edition of Live Pterosaurs in America. Carson was an eyewitness of this flying creature that she and her brother saw at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1965. It corresponds with another sketch; Eskin Kuhn, a U.S. Marine, gives us an image of what he saw at Guantanamo Bay in 1971, also on the cover.