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In this exhaustive and provocative polemic, Good (Above Top Secret, Alien Liaison), UFO researcher extraordinaire, endeavors to demonstrate that incontrovertible proof of UFOs is being buried by a global conspiracy of governments, academia and the media. Good catalogues hundreds of sightings of unidentified flying objects from the 1920s through the present and marshals scores of declassified government reports, news stories and eyewitness affidavits to support his often-controversial contentions: not only are aliens here, but the U.S. military has established contact with them; President Eisenhower met with aliens in 1954 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; President Kennedy viewed alien bodies at an air force medical facility in Florida; President Nixon arranged for comedian Jackie Gleason to view alien bodies in 1973. Good emphasizes a lengthy record of credible witnesses, including military and airline pilots, who have reported unexplained phenomena, but he fails to provide incontrovertible evidence of UFOs, extraterrestrials or a global conspiracy of secrecy. Moreover, he ignores contradictory testimony, exaggerates rumors and circumstantial evidence, and reprises old charges. Nonetheless, UFO enthusiasts will appreciate this comprehensive and spirited UFO defense and the hundreds of supporting documents reproduced within. B&w illus. (Dec.)
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“integrity, his determination and skill as a researcher, and his wide and detailed knowledge of the whole fascinating UFO experience. --Lord defense”

The evidence that Good has amassed is too overwhelming to ignore and it is clear that a more open debate is long overdue.



Above Top Secret is a bible for UFO watchers.



An obsessively researched look at what British sky-watcher Good (Alien Contact, 1993, etc.) deems ample international evidence of UFO visitations since the 1930s, and the repeated official denials that they ever happened. "UFOs are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head," declared former Canadian Minister of Defence Paul Hellyer in 2005. Good methodically lays out similar testimony from pilots, military men in air and sea, civilian observers, surgeons who operated on the extraterrestrials, generals and presidents, accompanying their words (some from sworn affidavits) with meticulous footnotes, photos, drawings and copies of documents. During World War II, small, seemingly remote-controlled flying objects dubbed "foo-fighters" created a nuisance for pilots. In the summer of 1946, a rash of sightings of "ghost rockets" across Scandinavia and other parts of Europe alarmed the U.S. military, which blamed them on the Soviets. Good believes UFO incursions were common in 1940s New Mexico, the site of U.S. atomic testing, and avers that the debris found near Roswell in 1947, quickly identified by the military as fragments from a military balloon, was in fact the remains of a flying-saucer crash. He chronicles alien-disc sightings during the Cold War, suggests that Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy were taken to disc-landing sites and maintains that since the 1940s, aliens have been communicating "with an elite group of U.S. military and scientific intelligence personnel [and] there has been a project was actually motivated by growing concerns about alien hostility, the author adds. The bizarre crash of a cigar-shaped craft near Varginha, Brazil, in January 1996 stranded strange creatures needing medical attention. Good excerpts some chilling material from an interview conducted by a fellow UFOlogist with comments are conflated into quotes collectively attributed to "Medical Personnel." The author certainly knows his stuff, and to his credit is keenly aware of the importance of documentation, however specious some of it may seem to the unconverted.



In this exhaustive and provocative polemic, Good (Above Top Secret, Alien Liaison), UFO researcher extraordinaire, endeavors to demonstrate that incontrovertible proof of UFOs is being buried by a global conspiracy of governments, academia and the media. Good catalogues hundreds of sightings of unidentified flying objects from the 1920s through the present and marshals scores of declassified government reports, news stories and eyewitness affidavits to support his often-controversial contentions: not only are aliens here, but the U.S. military has established contact with them; President Eisenhower met with aliens in 1954 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; President Kennedy viewed alien bodies at an air force medical facility in Florida; President Nixon arranged for comedian Jackie Gleason to view alien bodies in 1973. Good emphasizes a lengthy record of credible witnesses, including military and airline pilots, who have reported unexplained phenomena, but he fails to provide incontrovertible evidence of UFOs, extraterrestrials or a global conspiracy of secrecy. Moreover, he ignores contradictory testimony, exaggerates rumors and circumstantial evidence, and reprises old charges. Nonetheless, UFO enthusiasts will appreciate this comprehensive and spirited UFO defense and the hundreds of supporting documents reproduced within.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933648384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933648385
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward F. Mazur on December 11, 2007
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Probably more books have been written in the past 60 years on the captivating and mysterious phenomena of flying saucers, now referred to as UFOs, than on any other single topic. Their continuing and increasing presence in the skies over planet Earth have led many researchers to undertake closer examinations of the documented reports much of which were closely held by official government agencies and later leaked or declassified..
The current release of NEED TO KNOW: UFOs, The Military, and Intelligence, by Timothy Good, is his seventh book on the subject. NEED TO KNOW is particularly noteworthy in that it builds on his previous works while disclosing new information gleaned from government documents, Air Force personnel and credible witnesses. Its 430 pages lead the reader through known sightings and incidents adequately verified, that spans the recorded 60 plus year history of the UFO presence. Compelling scenarios are presented from official files. Some have appeared on the History Channel, the Larry King program and even Nightline.
As a long-time researcher into the UFO puzzle and a former State Director in the Mutual UFO Network, an international organization, I have read many very good works on the subject and have also written extensively on various UFO aspects. But in reading NEED TO KNOW, I was immensely impressed with the quality and integrity of the work. Mr. Good does not offer his theories, conclusions or opinions. He lets his documented and recorded findings speak for themselves. And indeed, they do speak loudly and emphatically. The sequential presentation of the many different episodes and sightings form a picture that is difficult to ignore or to challenge.
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I am just about finished. An incessant read. Earlier reviewers slam him for using old information etc. don't listen to them. This book will absolutely blow your mind.

It is interesting that the slammers don't challenge any of the data in the volume, nor the seemingly incredible stories which are well documented with official paperwork.

The fact our government continues to remain mum is disheartening evidence that democracy as set down by the founding fathers has been suspended since 1947.

When the powers that are created to protect us see fit to continuously lie, covering up a secret that enriches the few, those powers ceased to be esteemed as for the better. The later is my thought on the matter. Mr Good renders no such judgment in his work. He merely lays out all the information. Truly an important work.
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Very important information on how the military operates in the dark.
The author was clear and precise.
The evidence of America working with aliens is documented.
It is a very essential publication.
Read it and learn from it.

S. Mahdi, Cairo, Egypt
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Ignore people that write "reviews" whining about not having enough pictures (I think they're the type that looks at pictures and big print and aren't capable of really reading a book or perhaps can't comprehend something like this). This is an excellent book and presents a lot of great information on military encounters with UFO's from the Second World War onward in one volume. Some of the information has been presented before? Big deal. This volume puts in one handy reference and shows the collusion of government, militaries (not just the corrupt U.S. government and military) to withhold and deny from the people the truth of extra-terrestrial life and visitions to our world. All in the name of they know better than the people do, the same reasoning that sticks us with the electoral college in presidential elections. Maybe they're afraid of this truth's effect on religions (most of which preach obedience to government to keep their tax exempt status and wealth) or the smug assumption that humans are the highest evolved life form in the universe and our technology is the best. We aren't and it isn't.

Any lingering doubts I may have had regarding the extistence of extra-terrestrial life, visitions to this planet from other worlds, and the duplicity of the government in keeping those facts secret were blown away by this excellent book. The facts presented here cannot be disputed, despite the whining of a childish few want more pictures because they're too lazy to read. Mr. Good has done a tremdendous service to people with this book, and his other published works. I highly recommend it.
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By TLR on February 7, 2016
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As other reviewers have noted, much of the information here has appeared in other books by Good, such as ABOVE TOP SECRET. And while there is a lot of good documented evidence of the National Security State’s interested in UFOs, there are also too many questionable sources being used. An example of a “factoid” that seems to get repeated in many books like this (Dolan, Blum) is the claim that “in 1962 Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs, told the press at a briefing that, if deemed necessary for reasons of national security, information about UFOs would not be furnished ot Congress, let alone the American public.” His footnote for this is Philip Corso, but if you trace it back to its origins it comes from Maj. Donald Keyhoe’s 1973 book Aliens From Space: “On October 29,1962, withholding information from the public was admitted by Defense Department Assistant Secretary Arthur Sylvester. If the ends justified it, he said, it was not wrong to keep the public in the dark. In AF Regulation 11-30, withholding 'in the public interest' is admitted as official policy. In AF Reg. 11-7, it is stated that sometimes information requested by Congress may not be furnished 'even in confidence.'"

Note that nowhere does this say anything about UFOs, and the date is crucial – October 29 1962 was during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A few weeks later, Arthur Sylvester was asked by a reporter about JFK's "cold" during the beginning of the missile crisis; and he explained, "it's inherent in government's right, if necessary, to lie to save itself when it's going up into a nuclear war. That seems to me basic." (12/7 New York Times)

This persistent misuse and repetition of debunk-able stories is something that doesn’t help the cause of legitimate UFO research. It’s a shame that this kind of thing is mixed in with a lot of otherwise worthwhile material.
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