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Open Skies, Closed Minds: Official Reactions to the UFO Phenomenon Hardcover – 3 Jun 1996

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684816644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684816647
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British government's UFO project at the Ministry of Defence, and is now recognised as one of the world's leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories.

He's a best-selling author who has written non-fiction books about UFOs and alien abductions. He's also a successful science fiction author who has written two sci-fi novels about alien invasion, and worked with various film companies on campaigns to promote Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters.

Nick Pope contributes regularly to various news bulletins, chat shows and TV documentaries, with appearances including Newsnight, the Today programme, Blue Peter, This Morning, Timewatch, Good Morning America and Larry King Live.

Nick Pope now lives in America.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excellent introduction to the subject of UFO's by what better qualified person in the UK. Nick covers the extensive phenomenon comprehensively and in a very readable form. This is the book that started me on the search for more information on the subject. I have gone on to read another ten books so far, including Nick's other excellent book - The Uninvited. Highly recommended to anyone interested in UFO's
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pat Regan - author of Dirty Politics on 24 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Nick's qualified effort herein is well worth investigating for anyone who wants to expand their horizons. He is the man to take heed of on this topic and has the knowledge to inform and instruct any genuine seeker in this instance. I speak from personal experience of dealing with Nick myself over the UK UFO axis and MoD apathy herein. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2010
Format: Paperback
First published in 1996 shortly after Nick Pope left his three-year posting as head of the UFO desk but whilst still employed by the Ministry of Defence, "Open Skies, Closed Minds" is a thoughtful, literate and occasionally amusing summary of the author's tenure as a full-time, government-paid researcher into the UFO phenomenon. He turns out to be a good writer, and although there may be few new revelations here for the serious student of the subject, Nick's unique official position and his fair-minded, diligent approach make for an original and valuable contribution to the field. It's the impartiality, the outsider parachuted into the job with no previous interest and no preconceptions who then undergoes gradual conversion to realise there is real substance to the UFO issue that makes for a compelling read. The level of commercial success and subsequent publicity for the UFO phenomenon gained by this book in the UK has only to date been equalled by the best work of Tim Good.

This review is of the original hardback edition, which has a good 8-page monochrome photo section in the middle and a comprehensive index.

Quote from the author: "One of the first things I did on taking up the UFO post was to read into the subject...there were also things called `close encounters'...where people saw a UFO and then arrived home much later than expected unable to account for a lost period...I had responsibilities both to the MOD and to the public as a whole to investigate all sightings and experiences in a totally impartial way, irrespective of my own views about a witness...

...many in the world of UFOlogy regarded me as just `the man from the ministry' as likely as not up to my eyeballs in crashed UFOs, dead aliens and cosmic cover-ups.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 30 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'd never read anything about UFOs before I was given this book, but now I'm interested in the whole subject and I want to read more.
This book gives a fascinating insight of what goes on at the Ministry of Defence's "UFO desk", and also the whole world of UFOlogy.
This is a very interesting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Regan on 18 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Nick's qualified effort herein is well worth investigating for anyone who wants to expand their horizons. He is the man to take heed of on this topic and has the knowledge to inform and instruct any genuine seeker in this instance. I speak from personal experience of dealing with Nick myself over the UK UFO axis and MoD apathy herein. Nick has been most helpful with data in my latest book, "UFO The Search for Truth".
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Format: Paperback
Having had the pleasure of listening to Nick Pope on late night radio talk shows I found some of the cases he spoke about really quite fascinating which is why I turned to this book.

However, I have to agree with another reviewer who quite rightly pointed out that there is a distinct lack of substance in this book. Don't get me wrong, this book covers a lot of different cases/phenomena but Nick, in my opinion, doesn't get his hands dirty enough and flesh out some more detail for the reader.

It seems to me that Nick has more than enough evidence and hearsay to go on that he could have turned this into two (more detailed) books rather than the condensed version we have here.

Still, don't let me put you off too much, if you want a quick, easy conspiracy laden book to read go on ahead as you'll find it here. Just don't expect too much meat on the bones.
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Not a bad book if I'm honest, but I'm unsure about Nick Pope & his stance on the UFO subject after listening to many of his interviews.
I'm not sure that somebody who has worked as the English MOD can tell all he knows about the UFO subject because surely this would break his national security oth to the MOD.
One minute he seems pro UFO, then the next minute he's playing it all down.
So whilst it's great to have a former MOD man writing a serious book about the UFO subject I remain skeptical that he is giving us the full picture of either what he knows, or what he knows our Goverment knows.
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Was very pleased to find a hardback copy of this book available to buy via Amazon. It should make for a very interesting read. Nick Pope says he was employed as a Debunker and he did find a logical explanation for 95% of alleged UFO sightings, but that leaves 5% which was never explained. The item arrived in good condition within a very reasonable amount of time from first placing order.
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