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UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record [Paperback]

Leslie Kean
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August 2, 2011 0307717089 978-0307717085
An Air Force major is ordered to approach a brilliant UFO in his Phantom jet over Tehran. He repeatedly attempts to engage and fire on unusual objects heading right toward his aircraft, but his missile control is locked and disabled. Witnessed from the ground, this dogfight becomes the subject of a secret report by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
In Belgium, an Air Force colonel investigates a series of widespread sightings of unidentified triangular objects, and he sends F-16s to attempt a closer look. Many hundreds of eyewitnesses, including on-duty police officers, file reports, and a spectacular photograph of an unidentifiable craft is retrieved and analyzed.
Here at home, a retired chief of the FAA’s Accidents and Investigations Division reveals the agency’s response to a thirty-minute encounter between an aircraft and a gigantic UFO over Alaska, which occurred during his watch and is documented on radar.
Now all three of these distinguished men have written breathtaking, firsthand accounts about these extraordinary incidents. They are joined by Air Force generals and a host of high-level sources—including Fife Symington III, former governor of Arizona, and Nick Pope, former head of the British Defence Ministry’s UFO Investigative Unit—who have agreed to write their own detailed, personal stories about UFO encounters and investigations for the first time.
They are coming forward now because of Leslie Kean, an investigative reporter who has spent the last ten years studying the still unexplained UFO phenomenon. Kean reviewed hundreds of government documents, aviation reports, radar data, and case studies with corroborating physical evidence. She carefully examined scientifically analyzed photographs and interviewed dozens of high-level officials and aviation witnesses from around the world. With the support of former White House chief of staff John Podesta, Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of U.S. government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects—metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics—actually exist.
No one yet knows what these objects are, even though they affect aviation safety and possibly national security. The phenomenon has been officially acknowledged by numerous foreign governments. For these reasons and many others, Kean concludes that the UFO problem must be more widely recognized and ultimately solved through an unbiased scientific investigation. The material presented throughout this landmark book is sobering, unflinching, and undeniably awe-inspiring, and moves us toward a goal of properly addressing this worldwide mystery.

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Editorial Reviews


"At last, a serious and thoughtful book about this controversial subject. Skeptics and true believers will find a treasure trove of insightful and eye opening information. This book is bound to set the gold standard for UFO research."                    
—Michio Kaku, Ph.D. Author of Physics of the Impossible and host of Sci Fi Science on the Science Channel

“I was astonished by the care and precision of Leslie Kean’s research in this terrific book.  Her analysis is carefully reasoned and to the point; her craftsmanship in organization and writing are superb.    Her expose' raises important questions: Why does the US government create public distrust by neglecting this important topic? Why do its agencies avoid investigating cases of interference with flight operations and instead issue absurd cover-up stories?  This book is ultimately an appeal to all scholars for an "extraordinary investigation of an extraordinary phenomenon.” 
—Rudy Schild, Ph.D., Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
“Like me, Leslie Kean is an agnostic on the issue of UFOs.  Her book is a fine piece of journalism - not about beliefs, but about facts.  Kean presents the most accurate, most credible reports on UFO's you will ever find.  She has fought long and hard to discover the facts and let the chips fall where they mayShe may not have the final smoking gun, but I smell the gunpowder.”
—Miles O'Brien, former CNN space/science correspondent
“I find explanations offered by UFO enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists to be implausible, but I also have little patience with "deniers" who ridicule credible reports.  Leslie Kean has found a thoughtful path between extreme views, documenting the UFO mystery with intelligence and insight. She makes a strong case for U.S. participation in official, international UFO investigations and for public dissemination of the results.  The fascinating first-hand accounts make this a thought-provoking book, even for those of us who don’t know much about UFOs.”    
—Neal Lane, Ph.D., Rice University; former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
“If you don't know much about UFOs, you must read this book. If you think that UFO reports are nonsense, this book will disabuse you of that notion. Leslie Kean's UFOs informs readers at every level of knowledge and belief.  It could, and should, become the "tipping point" that leads to public acceptance of the reality of UFOs and all of its implications.”
—Don Donderi, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, McGill University (Ret.)
“In an area of study where there aren’t many, this is a serious book.  It is credible, clear, and compelling, without any farfetched jumps in logic and assumption.  Its credibility begins on the first page with John Podesta and continues with case studies of extraordinary quality to the very end.  Leslie Kean not only makes the case for, but calls for, a whole new concrete and realistic perspective on UFOs that has more honesty and integrity than any other that I have read.  This is a book for anyone with an open mind.” 
—John L. Petersen, Founder & President of The Arlington Institute
“In these pages we are confronted head-on by the UFO phenomenon as revealed firsthand by highly credible government officials and military aviation experts. Their credibility and integrity cannot be questioned, and their firsthand observations cannot be ignored.  Leslie Kean provides a challenging analysis and she writes with penetrating depth and insight. The revelations in this book constitute a watershed event in lifting the taboo against rational discourse about this controversial subject.”
—Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., Director of The Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin
“When I started reading Leslie Kean’s UFOs, I found it very difficult to stop. This is an unprecedented assessment of what may be the greatest challenge ever presented to mankind. In an outstanding piece of investigative journalism, Kean provides a well-written and convincing appeal for change in dealing with a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored.”  
—Jean-Claude Ribes, Ph.D., Paris Observatory (Ret.)
“For anyone who questions why - after more than fifty  years of denial, ridicule, and dismissal - many scientists, academics, political figures, and military personnel still insist that the subject of UFOs should be taken seriously, this book provides the answer.  Leslie Kean offers compelling documentation that physical objects, with flight characteristics not yet achievable by known technology, are being routinely reported in our skies.  They represent a mystery that needs to be solved.” 
—Stuart Appelle, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, State University of New York, Brockport

"Leslie Kean’s astonishing book is the finest piece of investigative journalism ever written on this subject.  She has an incomparable ability to ‘give voice’ to a constituency of exceptionally qualified and unbiased first-hand observers. They are not from the fringe, not groupies, and not delusional.  Rather, they are high-level military, intelligence, aerospace, and government officials who speak with authority while providing reports that document actual, physical craft. Kean’s book represents the first important step toward a new U.S. government openness about UFOs.  It brings forward a reality otherwise buried for far too long inside official mystery, and elevates the discourse above that of small-minded public discussions."
—Christopher C. Green, MD, Ph.D., Harper University Hospital, Wayne State University School of Medicine 

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About the Author

LESLIE KEAN is an investigative journalist who has been published internationally and nationally in the Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Providence Journal, The Nation, International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, and Journal of Scientific Exploration, among other publications. She is coauthor of Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit and cofounder of the Coalition for Freedom of Information. She lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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242 of 257 people found the following review helpful
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Leslie Kean is an independent investigative journalist known for pioneering human rights work in Burma. As Director of the Coalition for Freedom of Information, between 2005 and 2009 she fought and won a FOIA federal lawsuit against NASA to release "lost" records on the 1965 Kecksburg PA incident. She is patient, persistent, tenacious and skeptical. Her new book, ten years in the making and two years in the writing, has received open endorsement from so many leading politicians and scientists that it just might be a game-changer.

The intended audience is not the committed reader steeped in the lore of UFOs or discussions of the ETH and competing origin-hypotheses. Plenty of books explore these subjects and their readership is, against the mainstream, pitifully small and marginalised. Such works, however well-researched, are often self-published or condemned to share shelf-space with political CTs, channelling and new-age mush, undeservedly consigned to the ghetto of the kooky, ridiculed fringe.

Readers familiar with the works of Allen Hynek, Jacques Vallee, Tim Good, Jerry Clark, Stan Friedman, Richard Dolan and writers of similar calibre will find little new here, though they will find a few interesting nuggets. They are already persuaded of the evidence, and not the target audience for this book. These writers, collectively, have never effected political attitude-change: the contributors to this book are such serious, credible, high-profile people they just might.
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135 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leslie Kean Answers Jim Oberg September 7, 2010
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This rebuttal to Oberg's piece, an expanded version of his "review" here, was posted to MSNBC:

By Leslie Kean
Special to [...]

When I wrote my book about officially documented UFO reports, I fully expected the skeptics to react. That's why I was careful to focus only on the very best evidence from the most credible sources in "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record." Since 95 percent of all sightings are eventually identified, the book is concerned only with the remaining 5 percent -- those UFO events that have been thoroughly investigated, involve multiple witnesses and ample data, but still cannot be explained.

That didn't stop James Oberg, a space analyst for NBC News, from complaining that the book was based on a "questionable foundation."

In the biographical note appended to his commentary, he notes that he spent 22 years at NASA's Mission Control and has written books about space policy and exploration. But he neglects to inform readers of something UFO researchers already know all too well: that he is a founding fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI, formerly CSICOP), a group whose aim is to debunk UFOs and any other unexplained phenomena that challenge our familiar ways of thinking.

For many years, Oberg, while retaining his stance as an objective student of the UFO phenomenon, has been a consistently vocal skeptic. His long list of articles dealing with UFOs date from the 1970s and are posted on his website under the heading "space folklore," which accurately sums up his attitude towards the subject. He may be qualified to serve as an unbiased, expert consultant on Russian or Chinese missile systems, but not on UFOs.

Story: UFO book based on questionable foundation: [...
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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most shocking book I have ever read September 1, 2010
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I read this book yesterday. I am in the target demographic--like most Americans, of course I thought UFO's were strictly in the realm of science fiction. This book has upended everything I thought I knew about the real world. The research is impeccable, the witnesses are more than trustworthy--this book is shocking and will completely change the perspective of anyone who reads it, except for those who already are true believers.

With my own scientific background I am intensely curious to learn more about the bloodwork done on the Peruvian fighter pilot. But even without knowing more, this book has utterly changed me.

I sincerely hope this book becomes a bestseller, because the public, particularly the American public, has a right to know these facts.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to the field, but too timid October 6, 2010
I enjoyed reading this book, but found myself shaking my head at certain points.

First the good: The book is filled with compelling testimony from very believable witnesses and it makes a fine companion to the documentary, "I Know What I Saw."

Now, the less good: Keane seems to want to bend over backwards not to offend the U.S. govt. or USAF, repeating several times that there is no reason to believe that these folks are actually party to a conspiracy to deceive the people regarding UFOs.

Further, she goes out of her way to slam research by those who feel otherwise. Though she doesn't name names, I couldn't help but feel she was thinking of Richard Dolan's outstanding book, UFOs and the National Security State as such an offender.

Also, the repeated assertion that she doesn't know where UFOs come from or what they are, while sensible, got old. I do wish that she had suggested a list of possibilities that she was considering. I mean, if UFOs are real, and human beings from Earth didn't make them, as the book strongly suggests, then where do they come from? She offhandedly mentions--more than once--the extraterrestrial hypothesis and the inter-dimensional hypothesis, but pretty much leaves us hanging. I doubt very seriously that Keane truly has no strong feelings on where these things originate. I believe that it's disingenuous for her to imply otherwise.

All that said, I did like the book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the subject, especially someone still sitting on the fence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars leslie kean is a great reporter and writer
probably the most fact filled book I've ever read on ufo's.leslie kean is a great reporter and writer, and tells it like it is. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Leslie Kean!
Excellent addition to the mountain of evidence regarding the UFO phenomenon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Available On Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
Leslie Kean's UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record is simply the most comprehensive, professional, well researched book available on the subject. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Blue Coronet
5.0 out of 5 stars UFO"S believe IT
This was a very.....enjoyable book and contained meny facts that even I never heard of before. If your interested in UFO's read this one.
Published 18 days ago by Linda Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book.....
wasnt anything I hadnt already read....this would be a good book for a UFO Novice....just starting out; studying this phenomena...
Published 23 days ago by robert combs
5.0 out of 5 stars UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record
A very interesting and informative book. There must be something in all these stories as It gets your mind thinking.
Published 1 month ago by Den-po
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering Look at the Unknown
With a maelstrom of TV shows, movies, comic books, and literature about extraterrestrials, outer space, UFOs and conspiracy cover-ups Leslie Kean gives a sobering account of what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Brummett Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, good price, happy buyer.
I strongly believe the government is lying to us about so many things. UFO’s are one area you cannot discount but the government denies them. This book sheds light on that.
Published 1 month ago by 47enoch
2.0 out of 5 stars UFOs are real, accept it
If you are a 121 pilot or military, do not waste your time. The title is the best part of the book. This is an attempt to get Americans who have been brain washed for 60 years to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drunk_Pilot
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