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Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut
This is a thorough and monumental undertaking. I applaud your effort.
John Belluardo, New York, NY
This is an inspiration. Prior to reading the book, I would have considered myself quite skeptical. However, at certain points I couldn't stop reading, even though circumstances said I should.
UFO Magazine, Dec/Jan 2001
A superb job! To say I was astounded would be an understatement.
Whitley Strieber, author of Communion
The best history ever written about UFOs. Richard Dolan is the leading UFO historian in the world right now.
Loy Lawhon, UFO researcher and columnist
The best history of the UFO phenomenon in one volume that I have ever read.
Dr. Bob Hieronimus, 21st Century Radio
The best UFO book of the year.
From the Publisher
This book is a unique acheivement in the field of UFO scholarship. Based on research of hundreds of official and fully documented sources, Richard Dolan has presented an astonishing level of detail, sophistication, and clarity to a topic all-too-frequently dismissed as an adjunct of pop culture.
From the Author
When I set out to write this book, I had no idea that it would be over 500 pages, but am pleased with how it has turned out. While undertaking my project, it became clear to me just how necessary this book is. Unlikely though it may seem, you cannot find any other book that provides the crucial foundation everyone needs: a clear, comprehensive, but concise historical narrative of the problem. This is exactly what I have tried to do. In addition, I have worked hard to make this book a good read. I expended much time and effort into gaining my reader's interest, and am pleased to announce that my early readers all seem to agree that my book is a page-turner. This is important to me: I want this book to be as easy to use as possible.
I have been encouraged by the extremely positive response from my readers, starting from well before the book's publication. I fully expected this book to generate good feedback. What I did not expect was the intensity of this response. The information in the book, combined with its manner of presentation, seems to have struck a resonant chord with many readers in a way that has exceeded my best expectations.
I am currently working on this study's second volume, which will take the story through the remainder of the 20th century.
About the Author
Richard Dolan studied at Alfred University and Oxford University before completing his graduate work in history at the University of Rochester. Prior to his interest in UFOs, he studied U.S. cold war strategy, Soviet history and culture, and international diplomacy. He lives in Rochester, New York.
This is a thorough historical analysis of the national security dimensions of the UFO phenomenon. Getting past the official pronouncements on the one side, and unprovable assertions on the other, this study gathers together the facts that are known, providing a concise yet comprehensive narrative. Among its contents:
- Nearly 300 documented military encounters with UFOs.
- Activities of over 50 Air Force, Navy, and Army bases relating to UFOs.
- Analyses of the Roswell controversy, the CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel,the Condon Committee Report, and more.
- Description of the fight, and failure, to end UFO secrecy.
- Thoughts on what it all means.
A Unique and Important History of the UFO
Reviewer: Val Germann from USA
Richard Dolan's "UFOs and the National Security State" marks a true watershed in ufology. The author is a trained historian and has used his skills as researcher and writer to create one of the most IMPORTANT books ever written in this field. Mr. Dolan has settled, once and for all, any question about the importance of the UFO to national security apparatus of the United States. That is, the UFO * IS * important, to a LOT of folks in the military and government. This book promises to have tremendous staying power and become truly influential as time passes. Read it TODAY and get an advanced look at what EVERYONE will be thinking a few years from now!
Unparalleled scholarship -- fascinating!
Reviewer: Mac Tonnies (see more about me) from Kansas City, MO USA
Historian Richard Dolan's "UFOs and the National Security State" is an unsparing chronological narrative that charts the UFO enigma (and its disturbing relationship with the US military-industrial complex) from the beginning of the modern phenomenon to 1973. Dolan's book is as intelligent and sober as it is mind-boggling, written with a welcome sense of irony and rooted in documented fact. Dolan revealingly juxtaposes the UFO phenomenon with its Cold War context, shedding light on the military's early search for answers, NICAP's tireless efforts to bring the UFO issue to Congressional attention, the duplicitous tactics of Project Blue Book and the Condon Report, and much more. "UFOs and the National Security State" is a unparalleled work by an author not afraid to challenge "official history"--even if it means exposing an enigma that defies conventional explanation. I predict that Dolan's study will become a genuine classic; he's raised the bar for scholars of the UFO coverup, and offers a remarkably solid argument to the intellectually fashionable "debunking" establishment. This book redefines the 20th century landscape; I eagerly await the second installment in Dolan's peerless overview.