- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 64518th edition (August 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307717089
- ISBN-13: 978-0307717085
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 404 customer reviews
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UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record 64518th Edition
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"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 may. She 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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UFO fascinate the public to the point that almost everyone, it seems, has heard the most celebrated stories -- Roswell, Betty and Barney Hill, Rendlesham Forest -- but nobody really has a definitive answer for what they are. Not even Leslie Kean. In fact, ESPECIALLY not Leslie Kean. And that is one of the things that makes this book one that cannot be ignored.
Most people would just like the government to tell us what they are, or even if they are real or not. Kean points out they already have. The French, Belgian, British, Brazilian, Chilean and Peruvian governments have all either acknowledged that "UFOs" are, in fact, real objects, or have taken public positions which implicitly acknowledge that this is so. They have been observed by thousands, photographed, tracked on radar. They have left evidence of their existence on the ground, interfered with radio or other communications equipment, and had effects which can be measured and observed on plant life. So much for the claim that they are not worthy of serious study because they can be OBJECTIVELY studied.
No, the real issue is not that SOME governments continue to ignore this intriguing mystery, but that the U.S. government has been so stubbornly silent about it. In fact, the U.S. government has engaged in a campaign intended to undermine any serious inquiry into just what those things are.
Kean addresses all of this in her book. In fact, that's the reason she wrote it. It is NOT just another collection of creepy UFO stories, but a proof of sorts that UFOs ARE real, and deserve to be studied more. Many of her chapters are written by others -- generals, government officials, and pilots. Even Fife Symington, former governor of Arizona, makes his supportive contribution -- and a few "mea culpas" -- as he talks about what has come to be referred to as the "Phoenix lights" event.
This book doesn't hold much knew for anybody who has long been interested in UFOs. What is "new" about it is the number of credible contributions Kean has garnered from other people around the world. Will the book make the difference she hopes it will? Probably not right away. But even if it persuades one or two additional scientists to apply the empirical method to the study of UFOs, it will have been worth her effort.
The author and contributors do a rather compelling job of outlining the main components of each of the respective incidents discussed, and doing so in a way that’s reasonable, yet thought provoking. Kean also discusses various other pertinent issues regarding the UFO phenomena.
Many of the best known UFO sightings are showcased by Kean. Some of the most notable sightings discussed in the book range from the more recent Phoenix Lights incident, which of course officials say were “flares” [who buys that?], to the older and yet just as compelling Belgian UFO wave. Another rather salient encounter that has been covered at length by other researcher but is one with extensive credibility is the Rendelsham Forest incident. Of course, there are many more significant sightings that are distilled by the author/contributors which people should know about.
Coupled with the above information Kean also dabbles into part of UFOlogys history, such as the nascent stages of COMETA et al.
That said, given some of the more well known sightings, veteran researchers and readers will undoubtedly know most if not all of the information provided. That really depends on how much research a given person has put into this field.
That is not the say the book does not have plenty to offer, because it does. It’s just that the author focuses on many of the most well known incidents, which many folks will be familiar with. Still, Kean does an exemplary job of bringing lucidity to a field that has long sought for it, and doing so in a scholarly manner.
Kean precision is seen by how she buttresses her book, which is with the most concrete evidence that’s available.
Curiously, for a book that tackles the ‘fringe’, it does seem to play it safe however. That’s the ‘feel’ that one gets from the author. For how well executed certain parts of the book were, others felt as if though she had bulls-eyes right in front of her, but she didn’t lay out possibilities in their greatest extent. In that way, the book feels like a ‘controlled’ release of information of already-sifted-through phenomena, and in that sense, it wouldn’t ‘make any waves’.
Its ironic because many people mentioned that this was “the book” that would change everything. And don’t give me wrong, this is a great book. And it will certainly open its fair share of eyes just by its existence. Still, the information covered has been discussed by countless more authors out there, and in that sense, it could have more significant anchors. All things considered, the credibility the author brings to the subject should be taken very seriously.
The collection of testimonies does give a preponderance of evidence – given the veracity of the witnesses et al. – that something within our world is amiss.
Without a doubt, the book is an excellent starting point for those who wish to delve into this abstruse subject, and would serve as a great reference for veteran researchers in the field, or anyone else interested in this fascinating subject. In fact, the book would serve as an excellent springboard when read before Richard Dolan’s UFOs And The National Security State, which for all intents and purposes is the unofficial Encyclopedia to a modern UFO phenomena.
All in all, given the importance of the information, everyone should read this book. Everyone.
As humanity continues to slowly seep into space, more and more UFO sightings will continue taking place. Questions such as: Who is behind these sightings? Why are these sightings taking place? Is it us, them, or…? And if its them, where do they come from, and how long have they been here, and elsewhere?
Those are just an iota of of the handful of the many questions humanity will have to contend with as we move towards a more technologically advanced culture.
This book begins shedding light for the common populace to see that there really is something taking place in our skies, and probably beyond.
That alone is worth the price of the book.
And if just a fraction of what’s being stated here is true – and keep in mind the credibility of these individuals is top-notch – then the world already is a vastly different place than what we have been taught.
And if that’s the case, what else don’t we know?
The unresolved question is "now what?" Progress could probably be made if there was a concerted effort to openly study these phenomena, using every means available. But that's not likely to happen because it is frightening to confront the reality that even in the modern, sophisticated world there are things around us that we don't understand at all, and that can literally run rings around us.