- Series: UFOs and the National Security State
- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Keyhole Publishing Company (January 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967799511
- ISBN-13: 978-0967799513
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
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UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991 Paperback – January 12, 2013
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A serious study of UFOs, like a serious study of the Sept 11, 2001 tragedy or the Vietnam War or the two Iraq wars, will reveal much dark truth to the open-minded. In this book’s opening section, Mr. Dolan avers the possibility that such truth really can be known. He warns, however, that its possession exacts “a heavy price.” I agree and recommend that you take that warning to heart before proceeding. In knowing the truth, you’ll find is that your day-to-day life is a flashlight in a very dark shadow.
In both volumes, Mr. Dolan recounts all the major events that comprise the evolution of the UFO phenomena from the end of World War II to the break-up of the Soviet Union. This second volume focuses on the latter half of that time, covering the years 1973 to 1991. The significance of this time is the rise of the current global power structure and the complementary suppression of individual freedoms (such as they ever were). How that rise was (and is) spurred by the knowledge and cover-up of UFO reality is the major theme of this book. UFO secrecy and unbridled power of the state feed each other and result in a concept expressed by Mr. Dolan as the “Breakaway Civilization.”
This concept is the idea that secrecy (especially UFO secrecy), black budgets (unaccountable money from many dark sources), and sheer greed (for money and power) have created a ruling segment of the human population that possesses knowledge and technology far in advance of what is commonly known and experienced. It may have originated, at least in part, from a necessity for protecting humanity from a potentially destructive unknown. It developed a life of its own, however, and morphed into what can only be seen as a tremendous evil. This concept explains what we see going on around us better than any other I’ve come across, with the possible exception of the “technosphere” as described by Dmitry Orlov (see Shrinking the Technosphere by Dmitry Orlov).
In over 600 pages comprising 9 long chapters, Mr. Dolan reviews UFO incidents year-by-year. Though the reviewing can get tedious in the recounting of a lot of similar incidents, hanging with it is revealing. We see the progression from lights in the sky to landings, to alien encounters, to abduction stories, to documented military involvements, to the deliberate spreading of disinformation. Interspersed with the stories are Mr. Dolan’s commentaries on the “major incidents” of UFO lore.
These major incidents include the Ronald Reagan comments on alien invasion, Jimmy Carter’s sighting account, the Rendlesham Forest incident, the Myrna Hansen abduction, the Cash-Landrum incident, the Belgian and Hudsen Valley triangles, Gulf Breeze, STS-48, and many others. Mr. Dolan also covers the major events in ufology that reveal its schizophrenia between serious journalism and sensationalism, the latter being largely spurred by the rise of the Internet. He covers the Majestic 12 documents, CIA infiltration of UFO research organizations, Area 51, and the influences of Dr. Allen Hynek, Whitley Strieber, and Budd Hopkins.
Though this book, along with the first volume, comprises a comprehensive survey of modern UFO history, it is more than than. As Mr. Dolan says:
"This book is more than a collection of UFO accounts, however. Ultimately, it tells a story…"
That story is the value of this book and is why I call it “important.” It is a sensational story, but Mr. Dolan handles it with sobriety. Cover-up and suppression by the highest structures of power make such research difficult at best. Even so, there are enough leaked accounts and documentation, painstaking research, and physical evidence to verify that something huge, and hugely serious, is going on.
The exacting price for learning the truth of it all, is the bursting of our bubbles. Our world thus becomes much less secure and more darkly mysterious. With our cherished beliefs and the validity of our existence at stake, how much credence can we put in the story told by this book and similar ones? Well, as Mr. Dolan says:
"When powerful groups dismiss something publicly, but take it seriously in private, we can assume something important is being withheld."
UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed shines a bright light on that something.
In that regard Mr. Dolan's two volumes of The Cover Up Exposed are the absolute gold standard against which all other UFO books should be judged.
If the hundreds upon hundreds of such reports that he supplies us aren't enough to convince someone that something is happening in our skies, and has been happening all over this planet for well over six decades, reported by extremely responsible individuals, then some degree of delusion is involved.
Highly, highly recommended.
I downloaded this one though i dont own the first in the series. I thought this one was a little more relevant to where i am at in my study since we have all heard a lot about the early sightings and crashes. After this reading, I do look forward to when the third is released, and plan to add book one to my collection.
The book itself is an overview of many sightings around the world during the time frame presented in the title. It covers US, Soviet, British, Australian, and even sightings in Africa. So it's pretty comprehensive and gives a short overview of each event, and in some cases testimony or overview of statements and reports made at the time (many of course which go classified or disappear). There is also a healthy dose of historical reference, mentioning particular events or political actions at the time to put the event into perspective or allude to disinformation purposes.
First, much of that historical context seems ill placed, or slows the momentum of the writing. While the information and opinion presented does add to the book, i found that it took some sections off onto a tangent. In fact, I found that in some cases i learned much from the historical stories and plan to read more about them, such as the Iran Contra Affair.
The book though comprehensive, lacks in some details. I think this was a bit of oversight given that many of the occurrences probably dont warrant their own book, or are not common knowledge. The writer could have done a great service by making this into a more comprehensive compendium or reference for sightings during the period. Instead it reads like a quick guide, but there are limited sources to explore further. I get it that it was not his intent to write a laborious reference, but the book seems to waver between being a full reference bible and a political dissertation on disinformation along the lines of "After Disclosure: When the Government Finally Reveals the Truth About Alien Contact".
So my main gripe would be the organization and lack of focus. Many of the passages repeat themselves, or in the middle of discussing one event we are suddenly swung back and going over a previously reviewed case. So the overall feeling is that the book was written in sections and then pieced together into a book, in which the writer used his political theories and historical context to make it all come together and "work". I think if you took out the repeated information you would lose a good 10% or more of the content. While Dolan proves he is an excellent researcher,a good editor would have added a little to the book and made it more fluid.
A smaller gripe is the references; everything is annotated or referenced but its not in any form that i recognize. I have done my fair share of papers in my college studies, and dont recognize the format used. Not a big deal unless you actually look at the bibliography and look for new things to read which i do. The footnotes are at the end of the book, which at least in the kindle version is a mess. When you click to go and see the explanation of a passage, you lose your place in the book. The bibliography section comprises another 10% or so of the page count, yet most of it is repeats. The author references many of the same sources (Nick Redfern for example) through out the book, and each mention gets its own spot at the end. It would have made more sense to list or see each book referenced once, then use the footnotes to provide page numbers. This may have been the lack of an editor, or an attempt to build the page count.
Between the bibliography and repeats, the book could have been pared down a good 10-20%.
Overall, i dont regret buying it and like i said i will buy the others in the series. This book isn't probably the best choice for those who have little background on the subject, but would be a great choice for a second book as you delve into the world of UFO's. It expands on what all you have read and heard elsewhere- providing more details and context for research.