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This amusing, revealing, and entertaining romp through the confused and controversial history of the UFO craze is a must for believers and skeptics alike. Shockingly Close to the Truth! is the first and only comprehensive tell-all history of ufology from two men who have been at the center of this cultlike movement for close to half a century. James W. Moseley conveys the fun he has had over the years pursuing tall tales and purported evidence of visitors from outer space. As the creator of the newsletter Saucer ...
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This amusing, revealing, and entertaining romp through the confused and controversial history of the UFO craze is a must for believers and skeptics alike. Shockingly Close to the Truth! is the first and only comprehensive tell-all history of ufology from two men who have been at the center of this cultlike movement for close to half a century. James W. Moseley conveys the fun he has had over the years pursuing tall tales and purported evidence of visitors from outer space. As the creator of the newsletter Saucer Smearùthe source on the follies, foibles, fads, and feuds of ufologyùMoseley has the inside scoop on the amazing world of serious UFO sleuths and wigged-out ôsaucer fiends.ö His co-author, Karl T. Pflock, has been tracking reports of unidentified flying objects for close to half a century and has written the most thorough investigation of the Roswell incident ever done.
For Moseley it all began as a lark in 1953 when he drove across country and interviewed almost 100 UFO experts and eyewitnesses, including former president Harry S Truman. After all these years, his account of this journey is here published for the first time, a goldmine for anyone interested in modern social and ôufologicalö history. He also talks candidly about his encounters with and assessments of leading UFO personalities, including Budd Hopkins, George Adamski, J. Allen Hynek, and many others. In addition, he reveals the whole truth behind the infamous Straith letter hoax, the real origins of the Men in Black, and the true story of George AdamskiÆs alleged 1952 encounter with ôa man from Venus.ö Along the way he recounts his incredible adventures as a grave robber of pre-Columbian artifacts in Peru (Move over Indiana Jones!), to which there is also a bizarre UFO connection. Complementing the exuberant narrative are many original photos of famous persons and events from MoseleyÆs private collection, plus facsimile reproductions of the Straith letter and the complete October 1957 special Adamski exposT issue of SmearÆs predecessor, Saucer News.
A feast for UFO buffs this book will also interest students of popular culture, social trends, and the psychology of belief.
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Adult/High School-With coauthor Pflock, Moseley draws on his extensive archives to chronicle-in a style that Mad magazine fans will appreciate-decades of infighting and controversy among "saucer fiends." In 1950, he came into an inheritance that freed him to do whatever he wanted with his life. Flying-saucer reports had caught the 19-year-old's fancy and soon he was researching a book, traveling the country to interview eyewitnesses, and later editing a major UFO fanzine (now called Saucer Smear). He expresses a sincere commitment to pursue "the truth" (or at least the facts) about UFOs. However, his main focus (apart from an occasional detour to Peru in search of pre-Columbian treasure) is that unlikely mix of scientists and hoaxers who collectively created modern ufology. As Moseley warns, "this is not a scholarly book." Indeed, some major players, including Valle and Strieber, are dismissed with very few words; the index only lists proper names; and "Sources of Further Enlightenment," in true Moseley style, includes the very sources he has just debunked. The book's real contribution is to challenge readers "to think in new ways and to question their unproven assumptions." Now that aliens have entered mainstream Western culture (according to one poll, one-third of all adult Americans believe the basic Roswell thesis), this tell-all history, idiosyncratic though it may be, is an essential addition to any UFO bookshelf.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Mosely and Pflock have long crusaded against hoaxes and bad science that give the study of unidentified-flying-objects a bad name. Here they recount their decades of research<-->since the late 1940s<-->and its disappointments and disgust, and intriguing questions still flickering on the edges of science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573929912
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Moseley (Key West, FL) is the Permanent Chairman (since 1971) of the National UFO Conference, the creator and editor (since 1954) of the newsletter Saucer Smear, and the author of UFO Crash Secrets at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Karl T. Pflock (Placitas, NM), a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and intelligence officer for the CIA, is the author of the highly acclaimed Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
A Note on Sources 11
Prologue: The Truth Is Out There, Maybe 13
Prologue: The Time Machine 19
Part 1. The 1950s: S.A.U.C.E.R.S. and Space Brothers
1. In the Beginning ... 25
2. Tracking the Elusive Flying Saucer 35
3. Inside the Spaceships 59
4. Attack of the Saucer Men 87
5. The Straight Straith and Other Mysteries Revealed 104
6. Grave Robbing for Fun and Profit 128
Part 2. The 1960s: Swamp Gas and High Hopes
7. Adrift in a Saucering Sargasso 155
8. What a Gas: I Become an Expert 178
9. The Great Con and the Morning After 194
Part 3. The 1970s: Crashed Saucers and Kidnappers from Space
10. We're Baaaaaaack! 221
11. Greetings (Again!), Fellow Saucer Fiends 234
12. Ufology Snatched, Crashed, and Mutilated 248
Part 4. The 1980s: Cosmic Babblegate
13. Roswell, MJ-12, and All That 259
14. Conned Again and Other Follies 269
15. The Marvelous Mr. Ed 285
Part 5. The 1990s and Beyond: Virtual Reality?
16. Trust No One! (Especially Your Abductologist) 299
17. "I Don't Care What the People Say ..." 312
18. Millennial Musings and Parting Shots 323
Epilogue: The Fact 328
Appendix The Straith Letter (December 1957) and Special Saucer News Adamski Expose Issue (October 1957) 331
Sources of Further Enlightenment 353
Index 361
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