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Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE UFO FILES: THE INSIDE STORY OF REAL-LIFE SIGHTINGS by David Clarke


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THE UFO FILES: THE INSIDE STORY OF REAL-LIFE SIGHTINGS by David Clarke

What a treat to read. Frankly, it’s rather astonishing that this book exists. No matter where you stand on the issue of UFOs, there is no question that the British Government was perplexed as to how to manage UFO reports. All sightings and accounts offered in this book were once locked up and tucked away at the National Archives in the United Kingdom. These very reports were likely never to be read by the public. At one point reports made prior to the 1960s were destroyed, then new reports were saved, and now they are available to the public. What a curious turn of events.
I commend the author on sifting through a myriad of documents to publish fascinating accounts from school children, diplomats, pilots, and police officers. We start off with examples of sightings starting in the early 1900s of scare ships and phantom airships. Could they have been misidentified Zeppelins or perhaps they were the same cigar shaped UFOs citizens report seeing today? Accounts are presented in a concise manner along a timeline of events familiar to a U.S. audience ranging from Foo Fighters to Flying Saucers and Roswell to RAF Bentwaters.
The UFO Files is a quick read, and one need not be a Ufologist to enjoy this book. Any researcher though will treasure viewing many of the reproduced primary resources featured throughout the text.