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Mirage Men: A Journey into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs: The Weird Truth Behind UFOs [Paperback]

Mark Pilkington
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29 July 2010
Seeking the truth about UFOs in America, Mark Pilkington and John Lundberg uncover a 60 year-old story stranger than any conspiracy thriller. Through the fascinating account of their quest Mark Pilkington reveals the long history of UFOria and its parallels in little known tales from the murky worlds of espionage, psychological warfare and advanced military technology. Along the way he discovers that the truth about flying saucers is stranger and more complex than either the ufologists or debunkers would have us believe. As he crossed the US meeting intelligence agents, disinformation specialists and UFO hunters Pilkington was confronted with a dizzying array of ever more outrageous claims and counter claims. As a result he began to suspect that, instead of covering up stories of crashed flying saucers, alien contacts and secret underground bases, the US intelligence agencies had actually been promoting them all along. Meanwhile he has to deal with his own uncertainties, the suspicions of the UFO community and a partner who is starting to believe that conspiracy theorists might be right after all. With a fresh, funny and objective approach, Pilkington is the ideal guide to steer us through these strange territories, where nothing is quite as it seems and reality is just a matter of managing perceptions.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (29 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845298578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845298579
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in a lively, 'Can you believe this stuff actually happened?' style, the book is an absolute must-read for believers and skeptics alike. --Booklist

Pilkington leads us into a hall of mirrors where the shadowy intelligence officers may be the deluded fantasists, and the craziest ufologists may be the ones guarding the biggest secrets. As the rug of reality is pulled repeatedly from under our feet, one thing becomes clear: the standard narrative, in which governments and the military are concealing the existence of extraterrestrials, is the opposite of the truth. Mirage Men turns the baffling world of UFOs and their investigators into a master key for decoding the twentieth century s dreams and nightmares. --Mike Jay, author of The Atmosphere of Heaven

Totally absorbing - I couldn't put it down. Full of fascinating stuff I'd never heard before and beautifully written into the bargain, it reads like a thriller, or maybe a really good ghost story. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know. --Andrew Smith, author of Moon Dust

A good read. -- Total Sci-Fi

Informative as well as hugely entertaining.--The Times


Great credit to Pilkington. --Daily Mail

Totally absorbing - I couldn't put it down. Full of fascinating stuff I'd never heard before and beautifully written into the bargain, it reads like a thriller, or maybe a really good ghost story. I'll be recommending it to everyone I know. --Andrew Smith, author of Moon Dust

About the Author

Mark Pilkington is a writer, editor and filmmaker. He has written a weekly weird science column, Far Out, for the Guardian's Life supplement and has been a contributing editor to Fortean Times magazine. He has also written for, among others, The Times, The Wire, Arthur, Plan B and has contributed to fiction and non-fiction anthologies. He also edits Strange Attractor Journal, which was described in the Independent on Sunday as a unique and necessary collection of eccentric scholarship, weird journalism and obsessive research .

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Although I've long been interested in strange goings-on, the whole subject of UFOs has never really piqued my interest - it's all so...confusing. Then I read this and after about 20 pages could see what all the fuss is about; the difference between this and other such writings on the subject is that this is wonderfully lucid and intersperses the author's own involvement in the world of UFOlogy with a terrific history of the whole history of UFO encounters and the US Govt's role in them (or not!). Unlike a lot of writers about UFO/conspiracy theories in general, Pilkington doesn't come across as a gullible nutter - the odd occasions when he realises he might be getting "in too deep" are both reassuring and hilarious. Any subject can be compelling if it's approached with genuine enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and a decent amount of research, and Pilkington has all of these in spades. He's read all those nutty books so you don't have to.

Apart from the historical aspect, the story of his and his film-making partner John Lundberg's week at a UFO conference is genuinely gripping, as much as a good detective/spy novel, and he scores some real coups getting to spend considerable time with various bizarre, shadowy figures and major players. You also get a really good idea of why people devote their whole lives to chasing UFOs and the people who may or may not be piloting them.

With all the disinformation and paranoia surrounding it, this whole UFO thing may be complex and downright baffling at times, but Pilkington makes for a charming, enthusiastic and clear-headed guide.

But then I would say that; I work for the CIA. (Only joking.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UFOs are interesting again 6 Dec 2010
I lost interest in the UFO scene many years ago. The crazy theories were becoming the norm, logic had left the building. Along comes Mark Pilkington's 'Mirage Men', a book that has blown a hole through the disinformation and stitched together a coherent analysis of UFO history that makes sense. incredibly dense in parts but never overwhelming (Okay I did put the book down now and them to exclaim WOW!!!!) the book at times reminded me of Hunter S Thompson's writings (but without the drug use and a stable mind).

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in UFO's. A very, very important book that really entertains and actually does answer some important questions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Epistemological Pretzel 26 Oct 2010
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Mirage Men tackles at least in part, the sticky, controversial and exceptionally complex history of UFOs and government cover-ups. Among the rain forest of books out there purporting to explain what UFOs are (often arguing their particular case with religious zeal), anyone wanting to attempt to maintain cool objectivity while trying to root out the truth has a long hard task ahead of them. It's a task that, like those attempting to translate The Voynich Manuscript, has led some quite literally into madness.

Mark Pilkington has a long history of trying to look at the UFO phenomenon objectively; from running and speaking at UFO groups and conferences, editing the wonderful Strange Attractor Journal, to his contributions to The Anomalist and the Fortean Times, he seems like someone particularly well-placed to deal with everyone from skeptic to fundamentalist saucer-head.

"Mirage Men" is written partly as a broad history of the UFO phenomenon and partly as a philosophical and anthropological journey into the minds of those involved in it, on both sides of the security fence.

The book looks at the various secretive projects run by America's defence organisations over the years from the 1940s to the present day, including projects that were adapted upon and used (such as near-soundless helicopters and stealth bombers) and projects that were abandoned, scrapped, or vanished into further darkness (e.g. saucer-shaped craft developed from Nazi prototypes after WWII).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a *must read* ! 13 Oct 2011
I bought this book a while ago and had it sitting on my shelf while I worked through some other books on my reading list (none of which I would I have given a 5 star review for). If I had realised what a fantastic read it was going to be I would have bumped it straight up the reading list.

This isn't just a good book about the genuinely mysterious subject of unexplained things seen in the sky, it's actually a really funny and gripping read, at times I wasn't sure if I was reading a book about UFO's or some sort of fictional spy thriller, except that Mark and John's trip to the US to attend a UFO conference and also meet the infamous government agent Rick Doty - is no piece of fiction.

Mark manages to navigate the difficult path between open mindedness and scepticism better than any other author I have ever read on this subject matter.

If you are interested in UFO's for any reason, and regardless of which side of the sceptical divide that you currently sit on - this book is a *must read*.

I don't know whether the theories laid out in Mirage Men about the extent of the intelligence community involvement in the UFO phenomena is close to truth or not but for those of us that don't feel comfortable with dismissing the subject, this is a welcome addition to the debate.

Make no mistake, this is not a debunking exercise - the heart of this mystery is as elusive and unexplained as ever but it does bring the debate back to a more rational place.

Well done Mark Pilkington, another well deserved 5 stars for you.
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