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Stanton T. Friedman has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from the University of Chicago. He has lectured on "Flying Saucers ARE Real!" to more than 700 college and professional audiences in 50 states, 9 provinces, and 16 other countries, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including CBS Sunday Morning, Larry King Live, Nightline, and Unsolved Mysteries. Friedman has worked on classified, advanced technology programs for such companies as GE, GM, and Westinghouse. He has done research at 20 government document archives, authored TOP SECRET/MAJIC about Operation Majestic 12, and coauthored Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident. He was the original civilian investigator of that very important event, and also coauthored Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience with Kathleen Marden, Betty Hill's niece.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630117
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanton T. Friedman, a nuclear physicist with BS and MS degrees from the University of Chicago, is the best-known scientific ufologist in North America and probably the world. He has worked on classified fission and fusion nuclear propulsion systems for space exploration for companies such as General Electric. As a ufologist, he has lectured at more than 600 colleges in 50 states, 9 provinces, and 18 countries. He is co-author of the Roswell book, Crash at Corona, and the author of Top Secret/Majic. He has appeared on numerous TV documentaries including The History Channel and Sci-Fi Channel and hundreds of radio and TV programs. He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Steven Daedalus on January 24, 2009
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Stanton Friedman doesn't waste any time with the usual academic nonsense. There are only a handful of easily read tables. The book is in the first person and active voice. Nothing about "the data were manipulated...." Bur rather, "I first learned of this through a phone call...." It's easy to read and understand.

My response to it was that of a behavioral scientist who's been involved in research for thirty years, though of a kind far removed from that of Friedman, who is a nuclear physicist.

He really and truly believes in his argument that flying saucers are not only real but that they may have been here before, seeding human life on earth, and that they come from some other planetary system, that the data are there to be systematically investigated, that they may have already been thoroughly examined by government agencies, and that the government is simply not telling us all it knows for a variety of reasons -- the stock market would crash (it hates uncertainty), good-bye auto industry if we adopt whatever propulsion system the UFOs are using, and let's not let our adversaries, current and future, know what we know.

In addition he takes on the "nasty negativists," the often famous debunkers, most of whom have not done their homework on the subject. That is, he's read their stuff before debates but they don't know his stuff, nor the stuff he cites as backup for his argument. He also takes on the press for being too lazy to report on this phenomenon accurately.

Well, the last point is indisputable in my view. The media are prone to accept explanations from sources on high without looking beyond the summaries and press releases.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Giovanni on June 3, 2008
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Simply put: Flying Saucers and Science answers all the big questions pertaining to the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects. If you are skeptical of the subject of UFOs and the hypothesis of extraterrestrial origin, or find the very idea of such visitation to be irrational, this is a book for you.

UFO researcher/lecturer and former Nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman effectively establishes the reality of UFOs by referencing several large scale scientific studies and declassified government documents that point invariably to the likely hypothesis that some UFOs may indeed be extraterrestrial spacecraft. (As hard as that is to believe)

In addition, Mr. Friedman effectively demolishes dismissive arguments put forth by the skeptical community against UFO reality; from well respected scientists, such as the SETI specialists, to famous science fiction writers, such as Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, and Arthur C. Clarke.

A common argument in Ufology is that you can't get here from there. That travel between stars is simply science fiction. Skeptics often argue:

"The distances between stars are simply too vast for interstellar travel to be a reality."

"The Voyager probe would take 70,000 years to reach the nearest star."

"Energy requirements for such a voyage would be astronomical."

"Even traveling to the nearest star at the speed of light would take more than 4 years." (A common misconception that is addressed)

Friedman thinks otherwise. An entire chapter is devoted to the feasibility of interstellar travel with a strict adherence to the laws of physics. Friedman effectively demonstrates, in layman's terms, that star travel is by no means science fiction, but a very real possibility -- without faster than light travel.
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on August 5, 2008
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Let me begin by saying that I have the utmost respect and admiration for Stanton Friedman and his pursuit of the truth regarding flying saucers. That is why I have entitled my review "Sadly disappointing"....because it is, indeed, sad that with this book what could and should have been Mr. Friedman's magnum opus, his life-time summation of the most direct and irrefutable evidence out there, we have - instead - a relatively slim volume coming out relatively fast on the heels of "Captured" (his wonderful book about Betty and Barney Hill, albeit co-authored)...almost as if it were done on-the-run and for reasons other than offering the public a supreme summation of the ongoing situation.

Why do I say this? For one, if a reader knows little about UFOs, this book would merely confuse and baffle him. It hints at many things and skirts around several issues, but other than the still-dubious Majestic-12 controversy, goes into detail about very few. Instead, we are referred to other books if we want to know more - one of which is Mr. Friedman's own "Crash at Corona" which we are referred to several, several times throughout the text. Hint, hint: buy the other book! There is talk of UFOs shooting down aircraft - yet no instances are elaborated. There is no discussion of note regarding the Phoenix Lights sightings and the more recent flap in Texas. There is nothing about the daytime pilot sighting over the English Channel not so long ago. A variety of truly startling NASA footage that I have seen is not even discussed, nor is Astronaut Gordon Cooper's incredible admission in his autobiography that he personally knew people who had filmed a landed UFO and its occupants and that he - Cooper - had seen UFOs during his World War Two pilotting.
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