Larry Arnold is the believer's believer when it comes to SHC, and in this book he not only presents a huge number of new accounts he attributes to this phenomena, he also digs up a lot of new information about some of the older cases. Unfortunately, he neither provides a bibliography nor extensive citation, so there's some real question as to where he found most of the new information and how reliable it is. Worse still, he includes citations for information such as "(Beck 1871)" which are useless without a bibliography to tell you who "Beck" is, and what book he wrote in 1871!
Arnold's full of theories about what could be the causes of SHC -- emotionally, physically, and even atomically -- and he does a good job of sounding scientific without being scientific. By the time he's done, he even claims that the supposed image of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin could have been imprinted by spontaneous combustion.
If you want a comprehensive list of stories that have been claimed to prove the existance of SHC, in both historical and modern times, this is the book for you... but if you are looking for a critical or scientific study of SHC, look elsewhere.
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