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Much like Volume One of this series, "The Cover-Up Exposed" is an worthwhile history for those with a casual interest in the UFO subject, and a great Reference work for the veteran researcher. After reading Volume Two one can easily understand why it took so long to finish. Far too many controversial incidents and hot button issues surfaced durring this time period. Dolan does a fine job of sorting them out and presenting them as they occurred. He does this with objectivity and thoughtful personal insights.
A fine example is the way this author has handled the MJ-12 Controversy and related matters. From personal knowledge I can say that Dolan has done an excellect job of presenting these events and personalities in a well summarized form. He accepts the possibility of a very active Counter-Intellignce role in the UFO cover-up while examining this issue. And he presents all of this without jumping to conclusions!
More important, Dolan is also willing to ask many questions when he does not have the answers. He will leave the individual subjects open ended so the reader or researcher can look into matters further for themselves (Plenty of References to help with that). Such a perspective is rare enough when so many in the field of Ufology think they already have all the answers! If there is a UFO Cover-Up, then perhaps it is rather foolish to have a great deal of certainty about what is being covered-up and why? There may be aspects and implications to this subject we barely understand. And "The Cover-Up Exposed" is a great way to get us thinking about them.
What Mr. Dolan has accomplished in this second volume of ufo material is quite simply, to create a timeline of footnote driven easy to follow information on the ufo history in the US (and at times, overseas). This is not the definitive volume on any one ufo encounter, observance, or incident, but it is in my opinion the definitive resource (don't overlook volume 1 also which covers 1941-1973) one could utilize in their desire to dive deeper into an incident that interests them.
Dolan stands out as a researcher in the truest form as he reports his findings rather than draw a conclusion daring the reader to disagree. Dolan respects the reader and the topic matter to an exceptional degree. His ease of prose is also noteworthy.
I had first heard of Mr. Dolan on Coast to Coast AM and was impressed with Mr. Dolan's candor and ability to convey research. His writings match his eloquent speaking ability.
The second volume of the planned trilogy of "Ufo's & The National Security State" follows the methodical coverage of the UFO events in America and other parts of the world between 1973 to 1991. As in the first volume, the narrative is fluid and well organized, making it a page turner. The cases and reports exposed are not just interesting but also well referenced. Dolan clearly delineates when a case is fully supported or is just unproven (but suggestive). In addition, Dolan presents a parallel account of world wide events that might have been affected by the narrative of the UFO cases covered by the book. Although the book follows the chronological account of cases as in the first volume, this volume hints at a possible evolution of the UFO narrative (or folklore, depending on the reader) in consonance with the rise of corporate power as the main factor of power in the developed world. This second volume, as the first does not look for a direct and simple answer to a multifaceted issue such as the UFO's, instead presents the existing evidence about the most relevant cases and allows the reader to shape an informed opinion. The only remaining issue is, when is the volume three going to come out!?
When the author spoke to me in Washington DC in April 2009 about this, the then-unpublished middle-volume of his planned three-volume history of the UFO phenomenon and its management by the "National Security State", he was pleased with the result. This second book, he felt, was a more coherent narrative than the first in presenting a clearly argued and compelling case for the existence of the worldwide cover-up and also in exploring the real nature of the "black world", what might be going on behind the scenes with deconstructing ET-derived technology and where it might all be leading. His tentative conclusions for the consequences of secrecy and for the future are as radical as they are intriguing.
Readers may be aware that Dolan originally planned to write a two-volume history of "UFOs and the National Security State." The first volume covered the years 1947-73 and has become a minor classic. However, he soon discovered that the quantity of pertinent material and documentation from 1973 onwards was too great to accommodate into a single book, so has divided the narrative into two further volumes. This is to be the middle one of the series, covering 1973-91 and concluding with the geo-political changes following the end of the Cold War with the dissolution of the USSR in 1989-91 and its impact on how the ET-UFO issue was subsequently managed.
The book follows a broadly chronological narrative from 1973 to 1991 and is on one level an excellent summary of the open history of the UFO phenomenon in this period. Dolan takes a global perspective and explores major encounters and the interactions of UFOs with the air forces and military of different nations, particularly the Soviet Union, and how effectively these events were media-managed.Read more ›