Adult/High School-With coauthor Pflock, Moseley draws on his extensive archives to chronicle-in a style that Mad magazine fans will appreciate-decades of infighting and controversy among "saucer fiends." In 1950, he came into an inheritance that freed him to do whatever he wanted with his life. Flying-saucer reports had caught the 19-year-old's fancy and soon he was researching a book, traveling the country to interview eyewitnesses, and later editing a major UFO fanzine (now called Saucer Smear). He expresses a sincere commitment to pursue "the truth" (or at least the facts) about UFOs. However, his main focus (apart from an occasional detour to Peru in search of pre-Columbian treasure) is that unlikely mix of scientists and hoaxers who collectively created modern ufology. As Moseley warns, "this is not a scholarly book." Indeed, some major players, including Valle and Strieber, are dismissed with very few words; the index only lists proper names; and "Sources of Further Enlightenment," in true Moseley style, includes the very sources he has just debunked. The book's real contribution is to challenge readers "to think in new ways and to question their unproven assumptions." Now that aliens have entered mainstream Western culture (according to one poll, one-third of all adult Americans believe the basic Roswell thesis), this tell-all history, idiosyncratic though it may be, is an essential addition to any UFO bookshelf.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Moseley, a keen observer of the UFO scene for nearly 50 years, has also been its problem child, stirring up controversy with his newsletter and engaging in deliberate pranks. This autobiography chronicles his adventures with serious researchers as well as the many "saucer fiends," as he calls them, that inhabit the wackier regions of "ufology." Finding UFO people much more fascinating than UFOs, Moseley and coauthor Pflock take the reader on an entertaining romp through the history of saucerdom, from dubious contactees like Andy "The Mystic Barber" Sinatra to such leading lights as Donald Keyhoe and Budd Hopkins, much of it unflattering. To their credit, they pull no punches with Moseley's own behavior, freely admitting to hoaxing a UFO landing site in 1954, cooking up a fake UFO film to accompany his lectures, using phony credentials to crash a press conference with former president Harry Truman, and helping partner-in-saucer-pranks Gray Barker forge some UFO letters on pilfered State Department stationery. Is it all true? Perhaps it's shockingly close to the truth. George Eberhart
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James Moseley gives a sometimes entertaining overview of UFO reporting in the USA from the 1950s to the 1990s. However, he is not entirely truthful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johns
. . . for people who, like myself, are not UFO fanatics. Moseley's account of the UFO world as history and social movement is written in a very literate, highly engaging style. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Sue Johnson
Moseley shares his experiences as a ufologist with humor and sharp wit. He is not a debunker and he is not a true believer. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Jordan Hofer
I found the documentary by Bob Wilkinson, Shades of Gray, where I first learned something about Gray Barker. James W. Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Sentry
An excellent look at the UFO community and it's history. It illustrates why some observers of the in-group (out-group? Read morePublished on January 24, 2009 by W. Staples
James Moseley was the stereotypical rich orphan trust-fund kid, inheriting millions while still in college. Read morePublished on January 20, 2006 by Rory Coker
Here's my review: This book stinks. I didn't learn anything new. It was boring.Published on April 28, 2005 by FruityAsANutcake
As one who has read tons of UFO books, with a skeptical mind, I loved this book. It is a humorous and detailed look at the history of the UFO movement in the USA, by a man who has... Read morePublished on February 27, 2003 by Doug Traversa
This book is really helpful, it fills lots of gaps in my UFO knowledge... I'm only 20, but now I have a better understanding of what it was like back then, and how some of today's... Read morePublished on November 22, 2002 by X-Phile