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This review is from: Mirage Men: A Journey into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs. (Paperback)
I found this book quite hard going. Having purposely Not read literature about the UFO movement except for Hynek's account of the infamous Project Blue Book and books by Vallèe, Streiber and Bergier, I bought this to give myself a view of the other side of incidents that took place from the 1940's onwards. I found that there are many examples that are backed by only speculation and circumstantial examples. Pilkington tends to ignore the evidence of genuine man-in-the-street sightings and puts too much influence on the effects of media activity. Due to this he fails to hit the mark for me between the fanatical believer and the denying skeptic and is not objective. There is much in the book that inspires a desire for factual evidence or even a better description of his first-hand knowledge. Despite his having known prominent player's in the disinformation campaign, he still wavers and shows a reluctance to accept that any genuine close encounters took place outside of the sphere of influence of the shady groups he describes within the military. It is undeniable that military secrets are hidden under a cloak of perceptive misinformation and the public were played during the paranoia that swept the planet from 1947 onwards. Despite this, I felt he was obsessively preoccupied with suspicions of "things going on" where they may not be, providing scanty evidence and ignoring the wider possibilities. He left me feeling grateful for the possibility that what I have seen myself may not be total delusion.