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The best introduction there is - and a warning,
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This review is from: UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up - 1941-1973 (Paperback)
Dolan is a qualified historian who ran across the UFO problem after seeing a copy of Timothy Good's book ""Above Top Sectret". He was so amazed by what he read that he decided to dig in and find out if it was really true. Finding that it had a properly docmented basis he decided to write a history of the phenomenon and it's associated coverup using the normal techniques of historians, and this book is the result.
This book does two things extremely well. First it establishes beyond doubt the reality of the UFO phenomenon, and second it establishes the reality of the coverup of the UFO phenomenon. There have been many books that have attempted to do this and with varying degrees of success, but what puts this book ahead of nearly every UFO book I have read (that concentrates on these two issues) is that it is based entirely on documented evidence, furthermore the documents on which it is relies *are not in dispute*. This standard of documetary evidence has been possible largely as a result of the Freedom of Information Act as it was before it was gutted in 1985.
The FOIA was an occurence completely unforseen by the people involved in the coverup and it has been their undoing. After the Act all it took was someone to get the papers, sit down among them, separate the important from the trivial, date order it, write it up and allow the facts to take them to the obvious conclusions. And that is what Dolan has done. It is as simple as that. Along the way he also made it readable. So, if you want an excellent introduction to the topic I belive there is none better out there.
But I give you a warning. When you have read the book it is almost certain that you will agree with the conclusions, and that will put you where some of us have been for a very long time - at odds with the beliefs of the mainstream of our society. Now I expect you are thinking "No! *lots* of people believe in UFOs", and of course that is right, but (a) even now, they form the minority and (b) it is not the view foisted on us by the powers over our heads. We therefore have a society with a majority who have never looked at the matter, but who are absolutely sure its all nonsense strongly supported by the authorities.
Now theoretcally that should not matter - its a free country isn't it? - but you will find that it does matter and the country is far from free. Over the course of time you will eventialy see that the reality of the phenomenon and the coverup are not the bottom lines. These two facts are like a catapult that will send you far further than believing in these two apparently simple things. You will be led to ask "*why* do they cover this up?" and "how many more huge lies have I been told?", and unfortunately, as you dig, you will see that there have been many such lies, among them that you live in a democracy. You will also start to see a huge illegal machinery that is used to create these extraordinary deceptions. You will realise that lies are at the very core of society and that without them the entire edifice would collapse. And you will see that back of all this is that people who already have power, way beyond yours, want to retain it, and increase it. And you will see that compromising your freedom, especially by way of lieing to you is the main way in hwich this is done. When you have all this clear, and if you dare to speak about it, then you will quickly be called a "conspiracy theorist". This is the label that is stuck on anyone who actually looks at things and does not flinch from the conclusions.
So you are warned - by reading this book you are looking behind the facade, and what you will fnd there will separate you from those that are still sleeping and that think they are doing something when they cast votes and write letters to their elected representatives. If you are not up for that kind of isolation, leave this book and others like it alone. On the othr hand, if you have an inkling you might be sleeping and you want to wake up, this book is a very good place to start.