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Open Skies, Closed Minds: Official Reactions to the UFO Phenomenon Paperback – June 2, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 2, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671855301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671855307
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government's UFO project and is now recognized as one of the world's leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained, conspiracy theories, fringe science and sci-fi.

Nick Pope is a best-selling author who has written non-fiction books about UFOs and alien abductions, and science fiction novels about alien invasion. He works with various Hollywood film companies on PR campaigns to promote sci-fi movies.

Nick Pope contributes regularly to various TV chat shows and documentaries, with appearances including Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, Geraldo at Large, The Joy Behar Show, Campbell Brown, and Ancient Aliens. He's been interviewed on TV news shows on ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, and numerous other networks all around the world.

Nick Pope lives in America.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on February 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
From 1991 to 1994 Nick Pope was posted as the British MOD investigator of UFOs. That means he worked for the Ministry Of Defense. Pope believes that UFOs are real and explains what he discovered while working for the MOD. Although a lot of the information here is known to most UFO researchers he does uncover some new UK material. This is a good book about UFOs from an MOD insider. A worthy addition to any UFO book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
First published in 1996 shortly after Nick Pope left his three-year posting as head of the UFO desk but whilst still employed by the Ministry of Defence, "Open Skies, Closed Minds" is a thoughtful, literate and occasionally amusing summary of the author's tenure as a full-time, government-paid researcher into the UFO phenomenon. He turns out to be a good writer, and although there may be few new revelations here for the serious student of the subject, Nick's unique official position and his fair-minded, diligent approach make for an original and valuable contribution to the field. It's the impartiality, the outsider parachuted into the job with no previous interest and no preconceptions who then undergoes gradual conversion to realize there is real substance to the UFO issue that makes for a compelling read. The level of commercial success and subsequent publicity for the UFO phenomenon gained by this book in the UK has only to date been equaled by the best work of Tim Good.

This review is of the original hardback edition, which has a good 8-page monochrome photo section in the middle and a comprehensive index.

Quote from the author: "One of the first things I did on taking up the UFO post was to read into the subject...there were also things called `close encounters'...where people saw a UFO and then arrived home much later than expected unable to account for a lost period...I had responsibilities both to the MOD and to the public as a whole to investigate all sightings and experiences in a totally impartial way, irrespective of my own views about a witness...

...many in the world of UFOlogy regarded me as just `the man from the ministry' as likely as not up to my eyeballs in crashed UFOs, dead aliens and cosmic cover-ups.
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By From Hell on August 1, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Nick Pope is the schiznit.
He is the real Fox Mulder.
I am trying to correct a great dis-service that J. Wansen has made with his awful one-star review of this book.
His review is about an awful seller and has nothing to do with the quality of this book.
There is always one who ruins it for us all.
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Blessings in Holy Sound-Yeshua !
Nick Pope and I used to exchange limited-short e-mails.....I believe he is sincere-honest.....
This has lots of info. for the UFO-Et truth seeker....
Namaste,
Omody
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Jay Harper on June 2, 2007
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For all of us who understand the looming confrontation that is building between alien, space-based, and human, earth-based, species, Nick Pope comes to our rescue. I mean do we really know what this trauma will bring to a society that is still split in every way imaginable? We can't even pull together politically on a national-level let alone internationally to face these close encounters with courage and wisdom! So I shutter once this convergence of consciousness, this melding of minds, begins in a undeniable way in era-2012 as we enter into Solar Cycle 24. Indeed, the closest we come to this new paradigm, model of reality, is the shaman where extraordinary reality ultimately becomes ordinary to those who have mastered the seemingly miraculous third-eye open skills of shapeshifting, self-healing, as well as telepathy. The larger truth is you simply cannot open your third eye and stay the same. Whether you become a mystic, prophet, or shaman, afterwards is your business but, as I discovered and spent 15-years of my life researching and writing and speaking about, you will never ever be the same person again. Thus, do not overlook this book for it is a master-reference on this phenomenon and the sensational case histories and their impact on fragile egos. Personally, I doubt that we have time to bridge-the-gap between science and religion on this topic to circumvent the mass suicides I envison, due to misunderstanding that the cosmos itself is a living being that co-creates an infinite set of life forms to carry its very own consciousness both in time and eternity, but I salute my public-servant colleague for making every attempt to do so.Read more ›
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