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A former Green Beret commander and developer of weapons at Los Alamos, N.Mex., Alexander reviews major events in UFO history, finding both facts and flaws: œThe gulf between the public™s opinion of UFOs and what most scientists believe regarding them is cavernous. During the 1980s, Alexander organized an interagency group to explore the evidence, with participants from the military, CIA, and aerospace industry examining classic cases, including Roswell; the Gulf Breeze, Fla., photos; and unexplained incidents occurring within the U.S. strategic defense systems (such as sightings by NORAD installations), plus claims of reverse engineering on captured crafts; the Phoenix Lights, which Arizona™s governor at the time admitted witnessing; and the documented radiation poisoning suffered by Betty Cash and Vicky Landrum after their reported 1980 encounter near Houston. Alexander succeeds in separating solid facts and credible witnesses from the myths and conspiracy theorists. Determining that UFOs, while real, are œbeyond current comprehension, he sees the extraterrestrial hypothesis as too narrow. UFOs remain an enigma, he concludes, since œevery time we think we have an answer, new observations make the problem more complex. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Feb.)
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"Alexander succeeds in separating solid facts and credible witnesses from the myths and conspiracy theorists." --Publishers Weekly

“John Alexander is the real deal.  He doesn't just talk the talk - he's walked the walk.  Here's a man with a top secret security clearance who  researched the UFO phenomenon and discussed it at the highest levels, in the shadowy world of military and intelligence which he's inhabited for decades.  Forget everything you think you know about UFOs - this insider's account exposes the reality.  And it's a reality that will come as a big surprise.  Packed with top grade information, insightful analysis and fascinating anecdotes, Alexander's interesting and controversial book sets the gold standard for titles on this subject.” –Nick Pope, author of Open Skies, Closed Minds

UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities changes the playing field for both true believers and skeptics alike. Alexander notes disclosure has already happened, and what is really wanted is conformation.  He strongly warns, be careful what you wish for when asking for presidential intervention.  Success could set the field of ufology back decades.” --George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM

“In these pages, Dr. Alexander describes the ultimate exploration of the government's UFO secrets: that of an insider with the clearances and credentials to discover the truth. And the truth that he has discovered is deeply shocking: somebody--or something--is certainly here, but we have no ongoing response to this mysterious presence at all. Irrefutable cases confirm a UFO reality, but, at best, official response has been sketchy and no effort has been made at all to determine whether or not this reality represents a threat to the people of earth. For anybody interested in the UFO mystery, or concerned about the human futur...


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75 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Dean Radin on February 19, 2011
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I will recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the UFO phenomenon. It will be especially interesting to those who are not inclined to automatically accept conspiracy theories as viable explanations for every puzzling event. History reveals that real conspiracies are indeed hatched in shadowy political and military circles, but if they involve more than a few people, and the secrets are too juicy, they don't remain secret forever. Many historical events that were the most tightly held secrets 25 to 50 years ago are ho-hum today. Are there new secrets yet to be unveiled? Certainly. Is this one of them? This book makes me doubtful.

Given the release of UFO files by many governments in recent years, and the increasing efforts by various organizations to disclose who knew what and when, I think it has become increasingly unlikely that any government or private group knows anything more about this phenomenon than anyone else. Conspiracies may be more comforting to believe in because it means that someone is in charge. But the reality is far more unsettling: No one is in charge. That is one of the key messages of this book -- people at the highest levels of the government know nothing about this phenomenon. There have been cover-ups revealed by FOIA requests, but that information just confirms that some UFO reports are genuine mysteries. They do not suggest the existence of secret cabals that know what is going on. This can be a scary thought to contemplate if you believe that someone, somewhere, ought to be in charge.

So for me Alexander's book significantly reduces the likelihood that there are black projects in cahoots with aliens, but at the same time it significantly increases the underlying mystery.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Dares on March 2, 2011
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Great book, lots of interesting info on the UFO subject regarding former U.S Presidents that I did not know were on the record talking about their own UFO`s experiences. Good point of the "why of our media" attitude of ridicule to everything UFO as resolve of an official CIA advice through the Robertson panel for obvious reasons, also explains WHY NASA denied the requests made by former pres., Carter to officially study UFOs an advice given by Dr Richard Henry(a consultant for APRO)a direct result of the negative effect produced by the Condon Report to influence scientists to this day not to deal with anything UFO. Dr Alexander gives us "Over 40 Good unexplained sightings of UFOs", such as the Royal Air Force Base at Benwaters in December 26-28 in 1980 incident a shocker with so many credible witnesses which were part of the PRP military personal which made them impeccable over top as far as firsthand witnesses go, because of the extensive psychological testing this PRP personal undergo prior to being assigned to sensitive position in nuclear military bases; also shocking was the event that follow the next day all the way across the world in Houston Texas, also in 1980 December 29, Texas sighting by the Cash-Landrum family unbelievable! with irrefutable physical injuries cause by high levels of radiation; not to mention the Phoenix lights with an elected official(a former Air Force pilot) admitting to have seen them; The Mansfield, Ohio UFO interacting with a HU1-H Huey military helicopter in 1973, seen my many people on the ground; the Eskimo Scouts encounter in 1963 you got to read it; The Gulf Breeze UFOs in 1987; and many more including UFOs involving the soviets, Chinese, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, etc UFOs incidents such as the Byelokoroviche/Khmelitskiy in the USRR, etc.Read more ›
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By flyingleatherneck on March 13, 2011
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I enjoyed this book and the points Mr Alexander presents seem quite rational and as he'd like to say, common sense. There's a lot of emotion around the UFO subject matter and so (even looking at some of the reviews here) people can jump up and down about all manner of things if they fervently hold onto opposite viewpoints.

I read this book in what I hoped was a calm, open-minded manner and enjoyed particularly the detailed descriptions of how bureaucracies function (or don't function). Mr Alexander certainly had access over time to an amazing array of top people right through the U.S. Government and he was certainly passionate about uncovering whether any of these people had secret knowledge of black projects. It's fair enough for him to say that in all his travels and with all the people he met and talked with, he became convinced no-one appeared to be covering up any great secret(s). That's fair, and that's worth hearing.

The book can be a little pedantic in parts, but that may be Mr Alexander's personality, for instance including a very long letter from the past to the now deceased Mr Corso in the Appendix seems unnecessary (endless nit-picking about Mr Corso's Roswell story), in fact the Appendix itself seemed to be on the whole self-indulgent for no real apparent reason.

Other than that there was a strange amount of grammatical typos in the book, perhaps 10 or so, (which makes me wonder about the stringency of the editing) which I though unusual. A book should have no typos. There are also some contradictions to Mr Alexander's arguments that he presents.
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