This book has been in print for some 11 or 12 years now, but I keep going back to it. It's a textbook for any serious researcher into the UFO phenomenon. Timothy Good, for me, stands head and shoulders over other investigators. Why? Well, he leaves absolutely no stone unturned in his quest for the truth. He is level-headed and authoritative, and delivers a balanced view at all times. Let's face it, this subject has thrown up any number of cranks and attention-seekers. The coverage given by the mainstream media has usually (with the possible exception of the Roswell case) tended towards a kind of condescending, tongue-in-cheek mockery. So Timothy Good fills this void with his highly readable work.
Yes, "Beyond Top Secret" looks fairly heavy at 606 pages, but it's the kind of book that you don't have to read cover-to-cover; you can dip into it at any point and take things in bite-sized chunks.
The author's aim in this book is to give a comprehensive look at the major cases world-wide, country by country, with government/military coverup often the focal point. There are many interesting photos and copies of documents relating to the subject.
The problem that most governments face with the UFO problem is their credibility. As one official once remarked, "it has to be weather balloons or we'd be laughed out of office" (or words to that effect). The U.S. and the U.K apart, however, many governments have slowly come to the view that the public deserve to be told the truth.
Whilst he covers the most important cases in great depth, the author is not afraid to give consideration to the more outlandish ones. He can't be accused of any bias in this respect. I must admit, however, that the George Adamski case goes just a bit too much beyond the believable for me.
Timothy Good rightly gives ample space to reports from pilots, both military and civil. These are the people most likely to give an accurate account of what they saw. Again, there is the problem of acceptance. Most airline pilots keen to keep their jobs, remain anonymous, and don't "come out" until safely in retirement.
Probably the most interesting source of UFO sightings are the astronauts; rumour has it that most U.S. space flights have been closely followed by unknown flying objects. Again, lips seem to be fairly sealed, but the late Gordon Cooper gives an account of a UFO landing/takeoff at Edwards Air Force Base in the late 1950's.
I would highly recommend this book to the casually interested reader as well as the seasoned UFO sleuth. Thanks to Timothy Good and others like him, the lid of secrecy is slowly being prised open. Surely before too long we will get to know the full facts.