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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CAREER PRESS (21 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630117
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist who has worked on a wide variety of advanced, classified nuclear systems for major industrial companies. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Flying Saucers and Science, Crash at Corona, and Science Was Wrong. He resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.


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An excellent factual review of the ET craft phenomena, a must read for any skeptic or for those who want to prove the skeptics just don't look at the facts, and base opinions on rubbish served up by the media to rubbish the subject which should be taken seriously.
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Originally from NJ USA but for many years now living in eastern Canada, Stan Friedman has been a tireless researcher and campaigner for the scientific legitimization of the UFO subject for 40 years. In his mid-70s when most people are content to retire he continues to work a busy lecturing circuit and is still a prolific writer on the subject. With this book he again proves he can come up with a fresh and original work with a sound science basis but explained in simple terms for the less scientifically educated reader.

The book assumes most readers will be familiar with the enormous quantity of evidence for anomalous things seen in the sky, and the huge library of (often severely retracted) documents Stan has obtained through his tireless research over the years variously from the CIA, NSA, DIA, US Navy and many other agencies attesting to the reality of the UFO phenomenon as of non-human origin and of great concern to 'National Security.' Real public attitudes to the idea of UFOs as of ET origin might surprise the reader unfamiliar with the material: from scientific public opinion polls and from straw-polls taken at hundreds of lectures over the years it appears certain that a majority of the population of the western world accepts the idea of UFOs as of ET origin, and that the more highly educated the person the more likely they are to accept the ET hypothesis. About 10% of the population of the western world admit to having a personal sighting - a huge number - and most people questioned have a family member or other close friend or trusted person who has had some kind of interaction with the phenomenon.
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Stanton Friedman is a ledgend in UFO research, a good communicator and speaker
(I saw him years ago in Birmingham) but he's not got the most fantastic writing style.
Subsequently I found myself skimming parts of the book which seemed to get bogged down
in details at times and seemed to require prior knowledge of the some of the subject matter
. I felt I needed to re read Crash at Corona co authored by Friedman as I needed background info
- if you have not read that book then definately get it and read it before you buy this
one as Crash at Corona is a far more interesting readable book.
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Mr Firedman puts forward his views that some UFOs are ET craft with some vigour and not a little force in this informative tome. He lays into to the sceptics like Arthur C Clarke and Carl Sagan with gusto.
He backs up his claims that they can reach here by drawing on his engineering past working on many nuclear power and propulsion projects for aircraft and spacecraft. His CV is impressive as are the pictures of the hardware he worked on.
The author cites the detonations of the first nuclear bombs that got ETs attention as the reason for them coming here. Not helped by the world just finishing a bloody world war. With such a record he wonders that any powers that be 'out there' would be most concerned at what we could do with even more powerful technology.
The one weakness in his work is how he thinks humanity would be unfaised if ETs showed them selves en masse. History shows us that if a weak primitive culture meets a more advanced one the weaker comes off worse. Just ask the Native Americans or the Polynesians of Hawaii as they watch their island home turning into a giant holiday camp.
Other than that there are some good ideas here and the writing style is good.
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This book is mainly Friedman's lookback at his life as a UFO investigator (the author is now in his 70s). However I wouldn't recommend it for those new to the subject, and it could really have done with proper editing.

There's a lot of material about Friedman's investigations, media appearances etc. in the fairly distant past (e.g. 1960s and 1970s), which are of limited interest. Also there's too much said about Friedman's (again long-distant) work on various government-funded nuclear propulsion projects; the sole relevance being to demonstrate that (a) Friedman is a scientist, and (b) many UFO sceptics (including scientists) make ill-informed statements about e.g. whether interstellar travel is possible.

The book takes numerous other swipes at UFO sceptics, particularly those who have had conflicts with Friedman; and while it appears he has justification in his criticisms of them, it is written in an arrogant, personal tone which is distracting. As if, this is his last chance to settle a bunch of old scores, so he's going to make the most of it.

There is also rather a lot about the Majestic-12 documents (supposedly about a top secret US government committee dealing with crashed UFOs), which is hard for most readers to follow: much discussion of signatures, military ranks, date formats, typewriter fonts, paper, and other ins-and-outs of documentary evidence of the kind that might be raised by an expert in some abstruse court case. Though the content of the documents would be interesting if more were available, the arguments about their veracity are of little interest to non-specialists.
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