The Flying Saucers are Real

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Author: Donald Keyhoe
Published: 1950
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,401 / 173 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.6
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 3,173
mnybks.net#: 4094
Origin: gutenberg.org

This was one of the first books published about the UFO phenomena. We are fortunate that it ended up in the public domain.It is a template for much of what would follow: the paranoia, the government disinformation, the inescapable conclusion that the saucers are not of this earth. Keyhoe, with his spare, matter of fact writing style, which also conveys a profound sense of wonder, has to be the prototype for the deadpan Fox Mulder of the X-Files.On one hand we can see the birth of a key modern mythology. On the other, there is a body of almost naive evidence in this text unpolluted by that very mythology. The case studies are real. The witnesses were highly reliable. These cases are still unexplained.

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s," he said. "The same thing we talked about last month. But why were we tipped off in advance?"

"It's one more piece in the pattern," I said. "If the tip's on the level, then they're stepping up the program."

Within three days, reports began to pour in--from Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Turkey, and other parts of the world. Then on March 9 a gleaming metallic disk was sighted over Dayton, Ohio. Observers at Vandalia Airport phoned Wright-Patterson Field. Scores of Air Force pilots and groundmen watched the disk, as fighters raced up in pursuit. The mysterious object streaked vertically skyward, hovered for a while miles above the earth, and then disappeared. A secret report was rushed to the Civil Aeronautics Authority in Washington, then turned over to Air Force Intelligence.

Soon after this Dr. Craig Hunter, director of a medical supply firm, reported a huge elliptical saucer flying at a low altitude in Pennsylvania. He described it as metallic, with a slotted outer rim and a rotating ring just

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Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
2011.12.12
Paul Hatton
***..

The author does some excellent research and then blows it by arriving at a totally illogical and incorrect conclusion. Worth reading if only to see the some of the lies which have been propagated by governments for many years

2009.03.16
Ray Kerry
***..

A somewhat rambling account of a reporters attempt to discover an explanation of the mysterious UFO sightings during the first half of the 20th century.

This man is not a story teller, he is a news reporter and as such his ability to render this account in an entertaining way leaves much to be desired.

Whilst based in fact, I assume that this will only really grip the die-hard UFO curious.

His conclusions contain no earth shattering revelations.

I am pushed to award it three stars.


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