UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup 1941 - 1973 (Vol 1)
By Richard M. Dolan
Published in June 2002
478 Pages (Volume 1)
Thibault’s Score: 5/5
Note - I only read volume 1 of 2. I cannot find an audiobook for volume 2, and only have a physical copy. I currently have no plans to read volume 2, and am saving it for a rainy day.
This is, by far, the best book that I have read about UFOs / extraterrestrials visiting earth.
The UFO / UAP phenomenon is very hard to document. However, the US government’s coverup of UFOs is as clear as day. This book isn’t about UFOs per say but rather about the US government’s response to UFOs.
I liked many aspects of this book. First, it doesn’t make any outlandish claims. Instead, it sticks to events that can be well documented. Many of the UFOs described in this book were filmed, caught on radar, detected via sonar, and were otherwise documented on instrumentation.
This book doesn’t also jump to the conclusion that UFOs are aliens. Instead, it explores many other possibilities such as weather phenomenon or secret aerial craft developed by the US government. It is also incredibly well researched. The physical copy contains about 100 pages of citations and footnotes about the history and authenticity of each citation.
In the 1950s and 1960s, many scientists, army officers, and other credible investigators who looked into UFOs / UAPs found that their careers fell apart. Later, many high level intelligence and army officers testified that they had been assigned to destroy the lives of government officials investigating these phenomena.
Outsiders can only speculate about why the army and US intelligence agencies were so interested in stifling investigation of UFOs. This book avoids speculating too much, instead sticking to the facts.
Here are five key takeaways:
-Many UFO / UAP sightings have significant non-witness data (radar data, sonar, etc…) as well as an eyewitness component
-Many encounters have resulted in airplane crashes, the death of military personnel, and other incidents
-Western / NATO governments have systematically attempted to stifle the evidence of UFOs
-More credible encounters tend to report lights in the sky and strange aircraft. Less credible encounters report little green men, abductions, etc…
-Western intelligence agencies have directed the media to ignore credible encounters and promote sensational / crazy encounters
If you want to seriously dive into UFOs / UAPs / aliens, this is the book where I would start.
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