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Strange Secrets: Real Government Files on the Unknown Paperback – May 1, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Redfern and Roberts, both experienced writers on UFOs and the paranormal, preface their study of real-life X-files by admitting that "the nature of intelligence work requires agencies to obtain information on just about anything and everything that might conceivably have a bearing on national security." So it's no surprise that "documentation on the 'unknown' has been created and studied at an official level." The authors have uncovered such files from the U.S., British and former Soviet governments touching on alien visitations, the use of psychic spies and other strange subjects. A local vampire legend was used by the U.S. in the Philippines as part of a psy-ops program. The authors discuss reports that the British government convened a secret ministerial briefing to discuss the mysterious crop circles that had started appearing in the 1980s. And they explore the possibility that some supposed UFO sightings were actually of highly advanced, secret technology being tested by the U.S. government. This is a trove of entertaining stories for X-files fans and government skeptics.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Nick Redfern began his writing career in the 1980s on Zero -- a British-based magazine devoted to music, fashion, and the world of entertainment. He has written eight books, including Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story, and has contributed articles to numerous publications, including the London Daily Express, Eye Spy magazine, and Military Illustrated. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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This book is for someone who absolutely has never heard of any of this stuff, and is just looking to skim the surface on a few topics. Nothing more. The information in this book is not very detailed at all and hardly presents any useful information to someone actually studying these topics.
Personally this book did not keep my attention at really any point in time. Though, it didn't take me long to read because there's hardly any info on each page. It's almost as though they were just trying to fill a certain amount of pages.
To sum it all up, if you've ever caught some of the documentaries shown on the Discovery Channel or History Channel, where the entire show is dedicated to providing bias and non-biased so-called facts about phenomenon and by the end of the show, the narrator leaves you hanging with "Will we ever really know if blah blah blah really exists??!?!". Well, yeah, that's this book. But hey, it's only 99 cents on amazon. So if you're looking for a book to maybe fill one of those "waiting on the good book to arrive in the mail" weeks, then this is your book.
It's got the usual governmental suspects denying everything but contradicting their own reports. Of course the juicy parts of the released reports are still blacked out.
Most of it is interesting but rather dry. Some of it, like the part on remote viewing, I wouldn't even consider "strange" or "secret" by today's standards. If you're in to the conspiracy theory stuff, add this one to your collection.
The book is very surprising because it talks about things you don't see happening, and it makes so much sense. For example the UFO spottings are claimed to be cover-ups for government experiments for creating round objects that hover over the ground and carry atomic weapons in them. The author of the book says it makes sense because the U.S. is capable of technology like that. The U.S. has a Men in Black organization that wipes out people's memories of ever seeing the so called "UFO".
Another interesting thing that this book talks about is the Loch Ness Monster which is found to bug a lot of people's mind who wonder if this creature is actually real. This book talks about a British sea captain's diary. The captain wrote in his diary that on his journey on the water he came across a large creature that was estimated to be about 124 feet long and was as big as half his ship. Also there are photographs of this creature and there have been several spottings. The U.S. government never comments on this subject and they only say that people can think what they want to believe.
The crop designs are said to be a sign or landmark in which the government has reserved that area for classified reasons. People who live around those areas have lost some cattle and they believe it has to do with the government experiments. According to the book, the government covered up its a way to communicate with UFO's by saying it is the Air Force's new experiment with war planes. There's a lot of mystery behind what the U.S. government is really up to and what it is that they're already doing.
This book has really been thus far one of the most interesting books I've read. I learned a lot and have really been thinking about what could be true or false. I really recommend this book to anyone who is curious about UFO's and government secrets. The book is very catching just from the title quote it has "In the search for the truth, it's not what you know. It's what you're not supposed to know...
Lionel is a student in my English class.
That is NOT to say that both the American and British governments were never interested in these and other subjects. The authors dwell on actual files discussing crop circles, the Mt. Ararat anomaly, UFOs, psychic phenomena, cattle mutilation, the Loch Ness monster, and spontaneous human combustion. There is extensive quotation from such documents throughout the book, which provides an insightful look at how our governments approached these issues. In a few places the authors put forth plausible theories behind certain events, but never do they cross the line into overblown speculation.
Our society's fascination with the paranormal is as important as paranormal events themselves. This book is a great resource for someone interested in how official investigations have tackled the subject.
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