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UFOs and the National Security State 2: The Cover-up Exposed 1973-91 (UFOs and the National Security State #2)

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This is the 2nd volume in Richard Dolans series, "UFOs and the National Security State," which covers all aspects of the UFO phenomenon from the 1940s to the present day. Volume 2, "The Cover-Up Exposed, 1973-1991," analyzes the UFO sightings, politics, and research that occurred during the last two decades of the cold war.

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Paperback, 638 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Keyhole Publishing
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Kyle Cranmer
May 09, 2014 Kyle Cranmer rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. If you want to know how the government hordes it's information (about everything, not just UFOs), read this book.
Eric Wojciechowski
Feb 16, 2016 Eric Wojciechowski rated it liked it
A brilliant follow up to Dolan's first volume. However, my biggest complaint is the somewhat bending backwards to accept the newer developments after 1972 as genuine. These being crop circles, cattle mutilations, etc. These elements, especially giving any credence to the Richard Doty, Bob Lazar types is appalling. Volume Two, this volume, could have been better explored as the bleeding out of a myth in the making. And the lack of understanding on how terrible hypnosis is for retrieving facts is ...more
Sep 11, 2013 Nowick rated it it was amazing
If there is any voice appropriate for breaching the gulf between acceptable and fringe discussion of the UFO phenomenon, Richard Dolan’s is it. Impeccable research credentials as an academic, combined with straightforward, no-nonsense, no-punches-pulled prose, fit the bill for this most important task. Dolan never ventures past what the evidence portrays, often at the expense of a neat conclusion; yet neither does he shrink from laying out that evidence and pointing to its clear implications and ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Phillip rated it really liked it
This is a fine follow up to Dolan's first volume of "UFOs and the National Security State" 1. I think he learned a lot from writing the first book. The writing style for 2 is less compressed than in the first volume. He takes time for more discussion. He is still capturing as much of the phenomenon as he can for completeness.

FYI. I intentionally, ILLed the first edition of his first volume and read it before reading the second edition of that title that I had purchased. There wasn't that much wr
Tom Kenis
Jun 09, 2013 Tom Kenis rated it really liked it
Factual, not exactly concise, but sober. Regardless of what popular conception and representation would have one believe, unexplained aerial vehicles are far from tinfoil hat stuff. Regardless of what they are, they have been and still are a major concern of most governments. Numerous reports and memos have been written by generals, colonels, policemen, and politicians. The issue at hand may not just be truth, and the scurrying about of men wearing black sunglasses to misconstrue it. It goes to ...more
Valiant Thor
Aug 07, 2015 Valiant Thor rated it it was amazing
Dolan's "UFOs and the National Security State" books are about the closest thing their is to a definitive account of the UFO phenomenon of the time period addressed, from a well-respected and thorough academic researcher. Recommended for both the people tentatively investigating to "see if there's anything to this UFO thing" and the people who take reality of UFO/ET's as a given but are trying to figure out what the real story is, at least the small fraction of the real story that has made it in ...more
Phil Penhallow
Jul 17, 2014 Phil Penhallow rated it it was amazing
I must confess that I am a great fan of Richard Dolan's work simply because it is all so well researched and referenced with very little that is speculative. This book is the 2nd volume in the series and covers the period 1973-91 in detail with many fascinating encounters and facts that as a reader of this material since I was young, I did not know. It also covers other subjects beside UFO's but not in such detail. I used this book to do part of the research for my own, for me there is no better ...more
Allison Thurman
Jan 14, 2010 Allison Thurman rated it really liked it
This book is almost as much a history of trends within "ufology" as it is of UFO sightings. Comprehensive and exhaustively researched, I leave off a star only because it seems more speculative than the first volume. But then again, ufology got weirder in the time period covered - abductions and Area 51 conspiracy came into play in the 1980s.

Recommended along with Leslie Kean's UFO book for anyone who wants to read about the subject without all the silliness and handwaving.
Jun 25, 2014 galacticctzn rated it it was amazing
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brilliant!!! The complete historyof america including the part we dont get to hear about, UFOs, when you add this topic into the mix, suddenly everything else makes sense. it is impossible to understand exactly what has happened the past 75 years without understanding the UFO phenomena. Richard Dolan has certainly done his homework, the book is complete and has many shocking revalations that make history understandable. love these books.!!!
Manheim Wagner
Jun 09, 2014 Manheim Wagner rated it it was amazing
In "UFOs and the National Security State: The Cover-up Exposed, 1973-1991," Richard Dolan provides the reader an overview of the UFO phenomenon without any doses of specualtion. This is an honest assessment of the UFO phenomenon and the people who have researched it.
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“Setting aside the truth value of the UFO phenomenon, it is an interesting sociological reality that so many people are unwilling to discuss the most - and at times traumatic - experience of their lives. What does it say about our society that this is so? My feeling is that, by its very nature, it represents a form of repression. If you are a reader who believes UFOs to be nonsense of some sort, I can nevertheless assure you that you have a friend or relation who has seen one. They have simply learned not to discuss it. Many people can live perfectly well within the constraints of repression and denial; they simply learn to shut off certain parts of their mind. It is sad, but it happens all of the time.

But not everyone is the same. Not everyone is willing to do this, or even can do this. By any estimate, there are may millions of people on this planet who have had a powerful UFO experience. They cannot and will not be silenced indefinitely.”
“There is scarcely a person on Earth who has not heard of UFOs; many believe in them. Few, however, can say much about them. Fewer still-even believers-can find much time to think about them. Life finds a way of keeping us occupied with other matters.” 2 likes
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