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You Can't Tell the People: The Definitive Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Mystery: The Cover-up of Britain's Roswell [Hardcover]

Nick Pope , Georgina Bruni
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10 Nov 2000
The first full investigation into "Britain's Roswell", with a foreword by UFO writer Nick Pope. The world's only officially-recognized UFO sighting took place in the UK. This casebook is an exploration of the "lights in the sky" incident, and possible alien encounter that ensued, of December 1980 at the RAF/USAF Nato airbase near Woodbridge, Suffolk. Previous accounts of this Rendlesham Forest incident have been flawed: a ufologist with an axe to grind or little access to primary sources, or a discreditable single eyewitness account. Georgina Bruni has had access to police, Ministry of Defence and US military sources, along with fresh interviews, and her casebook reveals other never-before-reported incidents in the area, and the treatment meted out to those who wavered from the "don't ask, don't tell" line of officialdom.

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  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd (10 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283063580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283063589
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At a charity party, investigative writer Georgina Bruni asks Mrs Thatcher what she thinks of UFOs. "UFOs?" says the aging baroness, "You must get your facts right, and you can't tell the people." Hence the title of this new book on the Rendlesham Forest mystery.

One night in December 1980, two USAF patrolmen reported seeing strange lights in Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, between the twin USAF bases at RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge. Three more US servicemen were sent to investigate. They reported seeing "a strange glowing object... metallic in appearance and triangular in shape." The following day more USAF personnel, including the deputy base commander, found three depressions in the ground and later observed strange lights in the sky.

Was this the clearest evidence ever of UFO activity in Britain, or was it just another case of misconception and delusion? Whatever the case, the resulting silence from both the USAF and Britain's Ministry of Defence has led to the Rendlesham incident being labeled "Britain's Roswell". Twenty years later, Georgina Bruni tries to piece together the facts of the story.

Bruni says, despite all probable difficulties in the investigation that, "based on all the evidence, it seems obvious that there is a continuing cover-up to hide the details of the Rendlesham Forest incident." As always with this sort of book, what conclusions you draw tends to depend on what beliefs you arrive at the scene with. Clearly, however, You Can't Tell the People is a terse and rather thorough introduction to this unsolved mystery, and certainly worth reading for anyone with an interest in UFOs and the unusual. --David V Barrett


'While twenty years have passed, she brings new light to this story that just won't go away...' Major General Gordon E. Williams, USAF (Retired) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
YOU CAN'T TELL THE PEOPLE There should be a subhead to this book's title: "because they won't believe you." I have just read GEORGINA BRUNI's book that takes its title from BARONESS THATCHER's statement to her "UFO's? You must get your facts right, and you can't tell the people." Dealing with the only UFO sighting in the United Kingdom to be officially acknowledged by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), it recounts - in meticulous detail - the remarkable events that took place twenty years ago in Rendlesham Forest, adjacent to the US airbases at Woodbridge in Suffolk.
From the 'grunts' patrolling the security perimeter of the airbase up to the commanding USAF Major General GORDON WILLIAMS and the British Chief of Defence Staff, LORD HILL-NORTON, there are extraordinary confirmations of what has, for years, been always been denied by the MOD as having any "defence significance."
Georgina Bruni, exhibiting the journalistic traits of a cross between a terrier and a rotweiler, has relentlessly pursued witnesses to the events. In many cases she has managed to get them to talk - on the record - for the first time, about what an official Royal Air Force document describes as: "mysterious sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects." Fascinating stuff.
I have more than a passing interest in these events. During my service as an RAF pilot at RAF Oakington, I was base liaison officer with USAF Mildenhall and also flew, on occasion, into USAF Bentwaters and I am therefore familiar with the aerodromes involved in this account. Subsequently, when living in the United States in 1965, I became an active member of NICAP - the National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Having now retired from Ufology I read this book in the hope that somebody could, at last, disentangle the claims and skeptical counterclaims made about the evidence relating to this important "UFO" incident.
Bruni has done an excellent job and provided us with information that allows us to read the various participants testimony, primary source material, and judge for ourselves. Very few UFO books do this...
This is the only book on Ufology to actually make me think again about an incident that I had written off. I suspect that UFO/Paranormal researchers and the public have become confused, largely as a result of claims that a lighthouse was responsible for the events of December 1980.
Of course, the lighthouse was not responsible as anybody who has visited the site (I've been there) can attest.
For the first time we are presented with a full picture of the events, all the current testimony and some new and startling facts about the case...
You Can't Tell The People comes highly recommended by a former Ufologist who left the subject because of the machinations of the skeptics that Georgina Bruni has blown away through her research. The skeptics claim that Rendlesham researchers "need another Roswell" incident when the facts of this British case are entirely different.
I myself have heard tell of the leak of "nuclear particulates" from the Sizewell A facility in late December 1980. There may be a link, we just don't know. There is now little doubt that something of the greatest significance occured.
Buy this book and do your bit for the truth...
Tim Matthews, formerly of the British UFO Studies Centre. Author, UFO Revelation (Blandford, 1999).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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On first seeing the title "You Can't Tell The People" you could be forgiven for thinking that what you are about to read is a full and frank confession from Barroness Thatcher that for years the Governments in both the UK and the USA have been keeping the general public in the dark as to the exhistance and subsequent contact with UFO's and extra terrestrial beings.
However once you start reading the book you suddnely find yourself engrossed in reading about alledged alien contact, secret service agents (MIB's) making large scale threats of personal injury and or even death, secret UK/USA governemt test on all kinds of weird and wonderful technology.
For anyone with and interest in this subject this book is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant 21 April 2013
By Anne
Format:Kindle Edition
From the moment I started reading this book I could barely put it down. Well written and a fascinating read. Well worth adding to my growing UFO library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking 17 April 2013
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I enjoyed this book. A bit repetitive in places as you would expect with so many first hand accounts. If true some aspects go way further than simply ufo such as a civilian checking what is suggested to be alien technology in heavy military storage. If you have an open mind this should get you thinking and if true instead of hiding it away why are we not grasping out with an open hand and benefiting from openness? Some may think this a little naieve but if true this book simply makes the military and politicians cover up look a little well silly. But then again the have all the facts and responsibilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute "MUST HAVE" 10 Oct 2011
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For anyone interested in this subject I'd suggest you get your hands on a copy of this book. Words can't express just how good it is, and the information contained is "second to none!" What a pity the author is no longer with us; but she left a fantastic book for the public. Having read it - and about to re-read it - I WOULD pay a lot of money for this if I had to (and I have very short arms and VERY deep pockets). I don't part with my cash easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and thorough exposition of the witness testimonies and...
An excellent and thorough exposition of the witness testimonies and the views and accounts of personnel both military and civilian connected with the Rendlesham Forest Incident... Read more
Published 22 days ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A clinically investigated account of this incident. The author is to be recommended on her thoroughness and attention to detail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book well worth reading
I haven't yet completed this book but it is captivating and well worth reading. I was born and brought up in this area of Suffolk which might influence my interest in this book.
Published 1 month ago by Siddhartha
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying to unravel a briar bush
Full marks to Georgina Bruni on her terrier-like attempt to unravel, not a ball of wool, but a whole briar bush of thorns to retrieve the succulent fruit hidden within. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nonna
2.0 out of 5 stars Drawn out
Gave up half way through the book. It is very drawn out and didn't really tell me anything new. Nick Popes latest book on the subject is much better.
Published 4 months ago by Martyn Cavill
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but......
If you want to know the detail of how the USAF operates from a security aspect, then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Martyn68
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research
This was a great book, painstakingly researched. It could be confusing at times but this is because so many people were involved and there are a lot of names to remember. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rebecca Waterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing...
I have read lots of books on UFO' s over the years and other related phenomena. Had not read too much on the Rendlesham Forest incident but this book was full of data I had not... Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. Hamill
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Don't read this at Night
This is one of the best ever books you can ever hope to find on the subject of UFOs. No sci-fi, no hype - just factual material presented in a very readable manner. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and impressive work!
Having read every single book on this topic, and soon I will be visiting the locations in person to take photos and investigate more for myself, I found this book truly brilliant! Read more
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