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Richard Dolan's UFOs and the National Security State (Volume 1) has become a classic work of UFO history, a must for all students of this often confusing subject - or simply for those who want a deeper understanding of a key part of 20th-century history. This is the first volume of a two-part detailed chronological narrative of the national security dimensions of the UFO phenomenon from 1941 to the present. Working from hundreds of declassified records and other primary and secondary sources, Dolan centers his investigation on the American military and intelligence communities, demonstrating that they take UFOs seriously indeed.

Included in this volume are the activities of more than 50 military bases relating to UFOs, innumerable violations of sensitive airspace by unknown craft, and analyses of the Roswell controversy, the CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel, and the Condon Committee Report. Dolan highlights the development of civilian anti-secrecy movements, which flourished in the 1950s and 1960s until the adoption of an official government policy and subsequent "closing of the door" during the Nixon administration.

©2002 Richard M. Dolan (P)2002 Red Wheel Weiser (Hampton Roads Publishing)

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  • Robert Kristoffersen
  • 22-02-2021

A great overview of the first 30 years of ufology

Dolan's two volumes, UFOs and the National Security State, are exhaustive and well researched. I'm happy to now have it in audiobook form. Baldwin's pronunciation of some names is cringe worthy, but his voice is enjoyable and worth the power through. If you're interested in the UFO topic, this is a great place to start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2021

Fantastic!

This is a must read for anyone looking to research UFOs of the 20th century. This book is full of cases I was unaware of and all can be looked up independently and verified. Excellent book, to say the least, and it's a great look into the past history of the UFO phenomenon. My favorite part of the book is that it is chronological, it makes you feel like you're reliving past events as the years went by and helps the reader understand the scope of the cover up in a comprehensive manner.

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  • Judy
  • 16-04-2021

Poor Narration

Where oh where does Audible find these narrators? Baldwin has a pleasant, well-modulated voice, but the positives end there. He doesn't so much speak the lines as sing them. Example: MILL-yuns of people report STRANGE objects that were SEEN throughout the country and seemed to DE-FY the standard rules of flight. (Chapter 2) This sing-song presentation continues throughout the book.

And the pronunciation: where to begin? YOW-man for yeoman, ob-fee-us-cated for obfuscated,
ve-HEE-mently for vehemently, proov-nance for provenance, SKIN-tillating for scintillating, and strangely, indeliably. (I have no idea what word he was going for here.) And so much more.

He sounds like a youngish man, and therefore did not live through the administration of Secretary of State Dean Acheson, (which he renders as ACK-sun) Adlai Stevenson (AD-lee), Clare Boothe Luce, which he mysteriously conjures into Loo-SAY, and even the celebrated Chuck Yeager, whose name he mangles into YEE-ger. (You-Tube could help with all this.) Perhaps he would understand if we changed his name to Baldwini. He seems to have a shallow level of general knowledge, seemingly unaware of the Azores (Azoreeze), the Zuider-Zee River, (Zoo-i-der) Bogota so that it rhymes with pagoda, and even good old Shreveport LA, becomes Shrooveport. And so much more. Add to that his habit of pronouncing words containing the consonant blend "str" as "shtr" and we get hybrids such as shtrange, ec-shtreme,
ec-shtra-terresh-trial, and so on.

Much of the material in this book is compelling so I resisted the frequent urge to pack it in, but it was a struggle.

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  • PMac
  • 14-04-2021

Richard Dolan is top notch UFO historian

This is a very rich and detailed story which takes one on a journey in the earlier years of UFOlogy and our government involvement and response. Very interesting and captivating, detailing stories I've not yet heard. I will be eager to listen to the next volume!

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  • M.Biblioswine
  • 07-04-2021

Great fun

This is a solid piece of writing and great fun. It is amazing that a history on this subject can be sustained for hundreds of pages. But he does.

I've owned a copy of the print version for years and enjoyed it. In some ways hearing it read makes it better than reading.

It is brilliant in its own way.

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  • Anne Peters
  • 08-04-2021

Truly academic, no bias, just facts.

A truly academic investigation of UFO chronology, investigations, cover ups and more. if one is on the fence about UFO's, this will raise some interesting questions.

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