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UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record

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Przełomowe dziennikarskie śledztwo w sprawie UFO, które oddziela prawdę od fikcji.

Wiarygodne świadectwa spotkań z UFO potwierdzone rządowymi i wojskowymi raportami.

Książka, która przedstawia nie tylko fakty, ale też próby ich ukrycia przez władze.

Piloci i wojskowi na całym świecie co jakiś czas spotykają niezidentyfikowane obiekty latające – UFO. Poruszają się z prędkością
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Crown Archetype (first published 2010)
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Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved it!

Fascinating and very well written. The author is able to suck you right in her book, weather you are pro or contra theses "stories". She does never try to convince you of any thing, just lists the facts, that she obviously took some time and effort to gather together, with unemotional and sober judgement.

An insightful conglomerate of information, from various sources, that Believers as well as Skeptics will find entertaining and revealing. Great, great read!

What conclusions your draw
Michael Hughes
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The definitive work on a much maligned and ridiculed subject. Closes the case—whatever UFOs are, there's no denying they are real. The pilots, generals, and military officials provide firsthand, unimpeachable evidence that no debunker can refute. An instant classic. ...more
Kevin Berg
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well organized and interesting book on unexplained aerial phenomena and some personal accounts from highly credible sources. A lot to take away from the read full of so much information, the case studies used were all very good. A bit long-winded at points, but I enjoyed the investigative journalism feel to the whole thing, along with the sincerity of the contributors, not to claim there are aliens or anything, but that there are occurrences in the skies over nations all over the world whic ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Interesting book that was maybe a little too long for the subject. The book surveys many of the most interesting UFO incidents seen by government officials like pilots and police. The accounts were interesting and generally believable. The book did spend an inordinate amount of time asking why the U.S. doesn't take UFOs more seriously. The last 2 chapters should have been 2 pages. ...more
David Goodberg
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. While I love science fiction and astrobiology, I am always hesitant on anything related to the validity of UFOs because they are mostly silly, unprofessional and written by die-hard believers who don't discredit anything. This is a must read for anyone interested in the subject for all the right reasons.

This is more than a book about eye witnesses: its a collection of government reports and a detailed analysis of numerous high-ranking officials who have everything to lo
Mark Tallen
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A well laid out book that contains reliable expert witness testimonials. I highly recommend this to anyone, who is in the least bit interested in the fascinating subject of unidentified aerial phenomena.
Hunter Shea
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thorough, investigative approach to key UFO case files. It's nice to see a professional with bonafide writing credentials take on the subject with an even handed approach. Some very well known cases are spotlighted, so for UFO buffs, you may not learn anything new, but the way the facts are laid bare is compelling. It all boils down to one singular fact : there are UFOs in our skies. The question no one can answer yet is : what are they and where do they come from? ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was very long, and here is what I learned:
- Sometimes people see UFOs
- Usually there are flashing lights
- The government doesn't like this
Danielle Livneh
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

After traveling for 5 months to 9 different countries, I realized that most nations take UFOs far more seriously than we do. In fact, pretty much everywhere I went someone had a UFO story. From India to Japan to Australia, it became evident to me that UFOs are a nearly universal phenomena....with the States being the big exception.

This book helps explain the steps the US government has deliberately taken to reduce UFO research and disc
J.C. Ahmed
Jun 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Kean’s book is advertised as an objective examination of UFOs/UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena), but it’s unfortunately far from being objective. While I was curious about the encounters many pilots, military and civilian, claim to have had with UAPs, much of the book revolves around the ‘appeal to authority’ fallacy. Kean argues that there can’t be earthly explanations for these phenomena because police officers, pilots, generals, and other people who should be considered credible have either ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
UFOs are the strangest topic. Completely dismissed by the media, a subject that was believe it or not taken quite seriously up to about 1970 has been almost completely discredited among the intellectual classes in the U.S. Wild conspiracy theories and bizarre tales of "alien abduction" have served to create an ever-expanding mythology that has relegated the entire phenomenon to tabloid status.

Yet for people like me who have followed the literature and tried to separate the slim stalks of wheat
Julie Woodcock
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
It is unlikely that there is not something to the UFO question. The actual interviews were very interesting, but the writer's ongoing commentary was redundant and tedious and so it was a difficult read. ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are thousands and thousands of UFO books out there. They range from such folderol as 'A Dweller on Two Planets', 'Secret Nazi UFO Bases Revealed', or the timeless classic 'GREETINGS EARTHLINGS My name is Appleton and I come from the Planet Reginta' to serious studies of the phenomenon (or phenomena) written by credentialed military officers, main stream scientists, professional historians and investigative journalists.

Ms. Kean's book needs to be added to that latter list, and in my view it
Alex Grama
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Big fan of the topic but not as big of a fan of tediously repeating the same thing, over and over and over. After the 2nd half of the book, I had to skim through the majority of the chapters until the author reached another interesting 3rd party recollection of an UFO incident.

The chapters in which they actually talk about UFO sightings are great, especially the Iran and Belgium ones, alongside my favorite which is the Rendlesham Forest incident.

However, I am not that interested in going in-dep
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
One of the worst of books I've read in a few years! I've read this book because I heard Michio Kaku recommend it. I am awfully disappointed. The only evidence here in the favor of extraterrestrial hypothesis are personal experiences. Author tried to sound sciencey at the beginning of the book, but soon after changed argumentation to as the extraterrestrial explanation is the only one explanation left. On the other way as I was reading I could still find plenty of other explanations. For example ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UFO fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: sciences
Although companion to the late Bud Hopkins, noted for his research on the abduction phenomenon, Leslie Kean confines her first book on UFOs to only the most substantiated cases involving multiple witnesses and, in most cases, physical traces. There are no close encounters of the third or fourth kind here. What are presented, however, provide a compelling case for the reality of what herein are termed "unknown aerial phenomena".

On this basis, Kean, and an array of notables, including military off
Mary Simses
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting. There is a lot more to UFO's than we've been led to believe, if you believe the well documented incidents described in this book. Definitely worth a read. It was especially interesting to learn how countries other than the US treat UFO sightings. They treat them as serious, potentially credible incidents about which they are not afraid to inform the public, rather than as situations which need to be "explained away" as swamp gas, northern lights, or the usual nonsense we've bee ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I just had to read this. She makes a convincing case that the phenomenon that underlies UFO sighting should be taken seriously enough to be investigated. Rather dry reading, though, for all the firsthand accounts, though they are, by and large, from credible sources.
Eric Farr
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UFOs are real. A small percentage of strange aerial phenomena are well-documented, with credible testimony from multiple witnesses (often pilots and/or military personnel) and occasionally supporting physical evidence, and yet they cannot be explained by any conventional means, accounting for available psychological, technological, and natural answers. This roughly 5% of reported cases involving sightings of unknown objects constitutes some real, apparently physical phenomenon that sometimes int ...more
Drew Schroeder
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Leslie Kean's UFOs is a straight-forward, dispassionate examination of the UFO question, supported by firsthand accounts of pilots and government officials around the world. It is also a call for greater transparency. In the introduction, Kean cites the COMETA Report, a whitepaper written by French officials who studied decades of UFO claims and were unable to attribute "earthly sources" or human technology to as many as 5 percent of them. The information Kean lays out through the rest of the bo ...more
Zy Marquiez
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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In her book UFOs – Generals, Pilots & Government Officials Go On Record, Leslie Kean lays an ironclad foundation to the subject of unidentified flying objects [UFOs].

The author and contributors do a rather compelling job of outlining the main components of each of the respective incidents discussed, and doing so in a way that’s reasonable, yet thought provoking. Kean also discusses various other pertinent issues regarding the UFO phenomena.

Many of the best known UFO sightings are showcased by Ke
Katie Stoyka
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Some essays were riveting, believable and thought-provoking. Others left me skeptical or simply rolling my eyes. I finished the book with the same thought I started with: requires more research.
Benjamin Atkinson
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a skeptical fan of the mysteries of our Universe, I have found very little to get excited about on the actual fact front. Leslie Kean co-founder of the Coalition for Freedom of Information, investigative journalist, and author has taken a fresh approach to a field that has been horribly mishandled. There is no question, if you spend a little time digging, that there are completely legitimate "unidentified flying objects" that have four common characteristics:
1. They have been caught performin
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Well organized and written but it couldn't hold my attention. I prefer documentaries or something visual for this type of subject matter I've determined. ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seems that many of the readers of this book gave it lower reviews since the testimonies provided by the author were only from pilots, military and political agencies. Understandably, the author, Leslie Kean, is a reporter trying to find some form of legitimacy to the UFO phenomena.

Frankly, I found this book to be one of the best UFO books written in the last 10 years (2010). Many of the key reports from very famous cases are known by those familiar with UFO literature - such as the Peruvian figh
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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I picked this up thinking it would be a fun, amusing read. I’m naturally a skeptic but I really enjoy alien stories for their entertainment value. I like to imagine what other, more advanced worlds might look like. However, this book was unexpected. It’s actually a very well researched presentation of a variety of trustworthy sources from around the world of people who witnessed and/or researched unidentifiable objects with the military or government agencies of their countries. While unexplaina ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most factual book available on UFOs. The author is an investigative reporter who takes a very scientific-method driven look at the data. Every incident mentioned is cited with the report number, and can be fact checked. All of the sightings reported here are by authoritative sources (military or airline pilots with good reputations and years of service and experience in their field).

Kean is careful to emphasize a separateness between being able to prove that there are solid unidentified obje
Samuel McAuliffe
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Whether you are viewing this book by way of passing interest or consider yourself a seasoned enthusiast, reading Leslie Kean's approach to the subject serves as a grounded base camp for rational and critical thinkers.

The book appears to represent a tirelessly sourced collection of information, suggestive of untoward phenomena appearing sporadically in our skies. I say tirelessly as Leslie seems to have personally vetted her sources as far as is possible before considering them for inclusion in h
I like this book, I appreciate how the author had gathered so much information, interviewed so many people, looked into the UFO policies of different countries and their histories to get his point across. It's a grand work, but as a non-fictional book, I found the text a bit too dry and it is not very interesting nor exciting. However, I still get what the author is trying to say:

(1) UFOs have always been out there, flying across the glob.

(2) So far, most of the UFOs seem to be peaceful and mean
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great finale of 2016, I was looking to find a book that I wouldn't normally read and thought straight away of UFOs. I must admit that I have always associated this topic with martians but this book soon explains that while the technology is so advanced to be man made the term UFO was not created to share this link, the American government since the creation of project blue book have rediculed any person who has spoken out about UFOs. The nation clearly has had this topic investigated but knowing ...more
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