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UFOs and the National Security State 1 (UFOs and the National Security State #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  157 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Dolan's 1st book, UFO's & the National Security State: Chronology of a Cover-up 1941-73 was 1st published in 2000 by Keyhole Publishing Company & republished by Hampton Roads Publishing Company in '02. The book has a cover endorsement by Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell: "a thorough & monumental undertaking." The forward is written by noted scientist & ...more
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Published April 30th 2000 by Keyhole Publishing Co. (Rochester) (first published 2000)
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Oct 22, 2007 Blackbird_61 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wonders ...
Truly. Until reading this book I not only did not "believe" in UFO's. I did not believe 2+2=5 either. In other words I felt I knew enough about hard science to exclude the possibility of the Visitors, without having to debunk claims to the contrary case by case. But having heard the Author interviewed, I thought I would give him a chance.

Basically what Richard does is through careful documentation demonstrate that the Government was very interested in UFO's for and extended period, even while m
This book is a lot of fun. It is the first of (at present)two volumes on the history of what he calls UFOs and the National Security State. Dolan studied cold war history. The interesting thing about his two books is that they focus, not just upon UFO events, but upon the U.S. government's suppressive reaction to those events.

He has anecdote after anecdote from the files of UFO organizations describing events and the US government's misdeeds. He does appear to have tried to be as complete as pos
If you are (still) not sure if UFO's are a real and distinct phenomenon then this is pretty convincing. Why? Because it deals mainly with the reports, actions, and personal attitudes of the US military and it's personel from top to bottom.

The author is very thorough, well researched, and good at presenting the facts. This would probably be fairly mind-blowing stuff to anyone who has not followed the UFO subject. A second facet of the book is the author details the advent of the National Securit
Oct 16, 2013 Doug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
It's pop to conflate UFOs with aliens, but Dolan knows better. Some objects are unidentified, and are flying at high rates of speed at hard angles, and that's all one can say.

It does take some stomach for dry bureaucratic history, but Dolan keeps it compelling with a thorough look at the government you didn't know existed. (UFOs are the pretext here, as Dolan trained as a Cold War historian).

This book inspired my short story 'A Future History Of How It Is':
Tom Kenis
"I have become convinced that the scientific community, not only in this country but throughout the world, has been casually ignoring as nonsense a matter of extraordinary scientific importance."
James McDonald

"Unidentified flying objects - sometimes treated lightly by the press and referred to as "flying saucers" - must be rapidly and accurately identified as serious USAF business in the ZI [Interior Zone].... Technical and defense considerations will continue to exist in this area."
Inspector ge
A seminal work, December 5, 2009

Mr. Dolan, an Oxford trained historian, has comprehensively demolished the oft-cited US Government claims that

a) there is no official US Government interest in the UFO phenomenon; and
b) virtually all UFOs can be explained in conventional terms.

This monumental work, clearly referenced and sourced, lays to rest once and for all the question of whether or not the US Government (or at least, some faction thereof) has been actively and dishonestly covering up the real
Phil Penhallow
An excellent read. What a breath of fresh air to have someone write a book about UFO's that is well researched and referenced giving the reader not only a definitive account of the period but a reference source. Richard Dolan is establishing himself as the UFO Historian.
Ryan Summers
If you're not already convinced that the UFO phenomena is legitimate, please let this be your first book on the subject. There are a lot of less credible books discussing this phenomena, but Richard does a superb job of presenting just the "facts". I'll admit that sometimes it gets a little dry, reading-wise - but just the intensity of the mass of data he relates will leave even the most hardened skeptics scratching their heads. Richard started his career as a cold war historian and this book is ...more
Great historical account from one of the best researchers in the field! He is coming to canada for a tour this may- June hope to catch him!
Manheim Wagner
Richard Dolan has given us a seminal work in a field of research that can use all the credibility it can get. From post WWII until 1973, Richard Dolan gives us a meticulous and well researched historical overview of the United States' Security State and its "(non) action" to many credible UFO sightings while simultaneously giving the reader an overview of civilian UFO research groups. Simply put, this book will forever be a source book for anyone seriously writing and researching the UFO phenome ...more
Erik Graff
Jun 07, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: sciences
I put most UFO books under the "sciences" rubric with the thought of someday separating them out, though this is more a documented history of the phenomenon drawing substantially on governmental sources. As books in the genre go, this is better than the norm, the author being academically trained and the notes being ample and good.

I read this, along with several similar books, while visiting an old friend, Michael Miley, and his impressive library at their home in Sonoma, California.
Jason May
Part of a two volume chronology on the history of UFO coverups, Dolan's work is painstakingly detailed for what is available through redacted documentation obtained by the FOIA. And while this is a sentinel piece to the "the truth is out there" puzzle it is not an easy read for the casual person; more of a reference for ufologists and die-hards. However, I do consider it an important read to those looking to investigate the ufology phenomenon.
Sets aside the issue of whether UFOs exist/are space aliens in favor of making the argument that the U.S. had (and perhaps still has) an interest in unidentified objects in the sky, and with good reason. Dense history but extremely well researched and written - a level-headed study.
For all ye so called skeptics out there who blabber about all UFOs being simple hoaxes, hallucinations, birds, weather balloons etc. - read this book! If you still believe that after finishing this book, please go see a doctor and/or have yourself committed.
Eddie Watkins
Even without the infinitely fascinating UFO subject matter, this is an intriguing look into the government's deep-seated use of obfuscation and subterfuge to keep us little citizens in the dark.
Jeb Card
Sep 09, 2007 Jeb Card marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to give it stars yet, but this book is opening my eyes on the topic in a way I haven't felt since I read The Mothman Prophecies back in college.
This and volume two are the definitive books on the subject
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