UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record

UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record

by Leslie Kean


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ISBN-13: 9780307716842
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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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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"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 mayShe 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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UFOs 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
so i dont get why the typical army personal would perhaps lie about a topic as controversial as this. they are usually the type who would never in a million years admit little green men exist. this book gives all the sides to the ufo phenomena from those professionals and govt officials who witnessed it firsthand. there would be no reason to put your job in jeopardy and lie about this, they are all authentic and true, and this book illustrates how frequently the top officials do witness them.
TylerKokjohn More than 1 year ago
Characterizing the UFO genre is challenging, but readers are advised that Leslie Kean's book may not be what they expect. Much of what has become standard grist for the UFO book mill - lurid abductions, gruesome animal mutilations, crop circles and crystal skulls, etc. - is absent entirely. What she has done is assemble compelling stories conveyed by reliable witnesses and provided information from knowledgeable officials. The encounters occurred after the close of Project Blue Book which ended the U.S. government's publicly acknowledged UFO investigations. Ms. Kean is embarked on a unique course of "advocacy journalism" deliberately targeting a population that may have had little interest in the UFO phenomenon - until, she hopes, they discover her book. The scope of this book may distress some. Those seeking the sensational stuff will come away disappointed and anyone expecting to find some classic cases like the Roswell crash and the Flatwoods Monster will not find them. Remarkably, researchers with trace evidence and copious data such as Ted Philips and Frank Feschino are not even mentioned. Input from scientists was minimal. Readers familiar with the UFO phenomenon may feel they have heard most of this content before. Ms. Kean's case for the reality of UAPs rests substantially on witness testimony. Although she has selected cases with as much corroborating evidence as possible, critics will object and concerns about human error and the fallibility of memories are not easily dismissed. Proponents often tout the fact that we have a legal system in which testimony carries great weight and that the proposition that UFOs are extraterrestrial could be proved in a court of law. That seems like a true assertion. But proving something in court is not necessarily equivalent to establishing truth. For example, the Innocence Project has employed DNA evidence to exonerate a distressingly large number of persons erroneously convicted of serious crimes in our legal system. But Ms. Kean throws her detractors a crafty curve - she doesn't claim to prove anything more than UAPs merit officially sanctioned study. However, it is hard to accept the idea that a government that so diligently derailed UFO studies should now be entrusted to run the program and her idea of a few people in an office looks virtually guaranteed to make no progress. The French program has certainly not solved this problem despite years of effort. Given the present political/economic climate, I will bet not even Dennis Kucinich will sponsor a bill to fund it. This is a well written, non-sensationalistic examination of the UFO phenomenon. Its scope is narrow and its slant unique. Perhaps this tightly focused strategy will succeed in breaking the UFO taboo and enticing a broader section of the reading public to delve into the UFO mystery.
SonnyD More than 1 year ago
I am not sure who is writing the reviews and giving such low ratings on this book since I was unable to put it down. In fact, I would read a chapter and end up reading excerpts to my wife and daughter. The stories are amazing. unless you are an UFO expert and know every detail of every UFO case, and find yourself bored with your own knowledge of the subject, you will find this book fascinating. Some of the stories I was familiar with prior to reading the book; however, reading them in context and with the backstories and biographies of the writers made them more tangible. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the UFO phenomenon.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
I don't believe in the things that `go bump in the night'. As a striving student of Occam's razor, I think long and hard for the scientific or natural explanation. And when all else fails, I fall back to plan B, that is, someone is lying. We are people that tend to do that very often and very well. With that said, several years ago, my wife and I were in central Arkansas and witnessed a UFO near the Arkansas River. We were sitting on top of a mountain with a clear view below. It could be described as the classic Hollywood type, i.e., silver and round with a dome shape. It was hovering a few feet above the tree line. Since that encounter, I still don't believe in things that `go bump in the night' but I do believe there is much more to the UFO story. Sadly, whether it is the TV, books or the internet, most of the so-called UFO investigations are populated with people that are flaky at best and downright nuts at worse. Therefore, I was thrilled to read this book. As I am writing this on February 4, 2012 it is obvious that the information contained in this excellent piece of investigative reporting has made little if any impact on discovering the truth. I certainly don't know enough about anything that may be going on behind the scenes, but I know that some group somewhere is keeping the truth from the world. And a fine job they are doing as well. More works such as this one will keep the pressure on the powers that be to let us in on their secret. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the UFO arena and is seeking intelligent work. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR - Author of Wingtips with Spurs
EagleJU More than 1 year ago
Reading your new Book! Thanks Leslie, not just another Book on UFOs, but a clear and concise presentation on a subject that keeps getting buried by both the scientific community, and government. Really enjoy the statistical information on how these unknown objects seem to correlate with nuclear weapons, and nuclear containment sites. Keep up the good work, we all are waiting for American government to let loose the information it holds. Active participation, and a positive attitude weigh heavily against secrecy, and closed mindedness. One day soon the truth will out. Thanks again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting book that “sort of” documents JAL 1628 and the “triangle” sightings in Belgium, the Hudson Valley, and Phoenix but I cannot for certain say that all of the data is good. Leslie works at the Weird News Desk of the Huffington Post and may possibly be a “believer…” However JAL 1628 definitely is one of the good sightings. Not sure of the verity of COMETA either.
RDeck on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Making the end of the world boringMar. 7th, 2011 | 04:21 pmLeslie Kean's NYT bestseller on UFOs is an infuriating read.The complete title is:UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the RecordRight away you begin to see part of the problem. The only people that count in her universe are Important People, like generals, pilots, and government officials. Anyone without the proper credentials is clearly beneath notice.It follows, of course, that since Leslie is one of those Important People, being an investigative journalist and all, that the whole subject of UFOs only became really important when she began to pay attention. Don't look for any history of the phenomenon that extends very far into the past when she wasn't paying attention. For the same reason, don't expect her to mention previous books or important researchers.And don't look for any information on the stickier and more baffling aspects -- alien abductions, or crashed UFOs, for example. That would only get in the way of her Important Message: some Important People are interested in the phenomenon right now.Her book is very superficial -- and ultimately boring. Which is pretty hard to do when writing about a subject of such enormous importance and fascinating drama.Since UFOs exist and they reflect contact with another reality, they are the most significant event in human history. Leslie makes the phenomon as boring as a NATO budget meeting.There have been many far better explorations of the subject that have never attracted 1/1000 of the attention that this New York Times bestseller received.I suppose that the success of this book could be considered a good sign. Maybe knowing that Some Important People are admitting that we should be paying attention, maybe we actually will.But don't count on it.
buddhapenguin on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A book that is highly likely to alter the way that you think about UFOs. What makes this book stand out above other resources that address UFO sightings is that in this case the collection of reported visual sightings comes from highly respected and qualified pilots and government officials, with most if not all involving multiple witnesses and many accompanied by recorded impacts including electromagnetic readings, radar tracking, photographs, and plant cellular degradation. You will not be alone if you feel frustrated at never having heard about most of these events, despite the information being publicly available. Beware that the writing is basic and many arguments are restated throughout the book. The meat of the book comes with the stories as told directly by the individuals involved in the encounter.I suspect that the majority of people that will not like this book are existing UFO enthusiasts, to whom the material here will be rather tame and already known. I, however, was previously a skeptic (cliche as that line is for such a review) and could have only been "converted" with such a conservative yet highly interesting look into the UFO phenomena as is contained in this book.One key point made throughout the book is that most reporters are not convinced that the UFOs are extraterrestrial just because they cannot currently be explained by what humans know. On the other hand, most people are also quick to point out that the UFOs perform acts that do not obey the laws of inertia and gravity as we currently understand them, so, at least, they are not man made.Now that I am a converted skeptic I'm just going to keep on sliding past stable pupil into the realm of crazy UFO enthusiast and state that I believe that UFOs are in fact not extraterrestrial, but that they are instead from a society of highly enlightened beings that populate the earth in the (future) year 10500 AD and time travel back to study humans. However, they do not want humans to know that they are from the future for fear that humans will attempt to change the course of history and not annihilate themselves in the year of Quaigon circa 2078 AD, thus making it so the race of enlightened beings cannot develop from the ashes of the nuclear holocaust of that very same year. Now I must fashion my tinfoil skullcap so that I may telewarp down the block and buy a couple of donuts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I already believed about 80% that UFO'S , or UAP'S existed. After reading this excellent book about current sightings, I am now 100% sure that they exist. Since a sighting of my own, at a far distance, I do believe it did exist, except that it happened in the Midwest, where this book did not mention any here. Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been in the military, I can attest the UFO'S are a very serious matter. This book was very well written and contained factual concerns and evidence that have been often overlooked. This is a must read for any skeptic. In fact, this is, (in my opinion) the number one book on this important topic.
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I liked this book and glad I purchased it. As a person who likes to read about UFO's most of the stories I already read about. However, there were a few that this book discussed that I haven't heard about.
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danno1130 More than 1 year ago
Well written and provides some interesting information about some well know events that was previously undisclosed.
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Loved the stories written about the different events and would have given it 4 stars but the author then basically said his same thoughts overr and over just changiingg the wordiing each time not offering much new. Read it for the events.
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Great commenable read
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