With this bibliography, I have done my best to survey the over 1500 UFO books in English (many more are in foreign tongues, of course) and present a representative sample of the best of what you will find in the various subdivisions of the subject. In the literature, there are serious books by scholars; more accessible summaries by professional writers; reference books; books by debunkers and extreme skeptics; ones by new agers; ones by abductee/experiencers; good, solid books by ordinary citizen researchers; ones by 1950s "contactees"; some by Christian fundamentalists; and many other categories as well.
I have categorized and briefly annotated the books that follow so you can get an idea of the complexity of this field.
Science and Scholarship
The following books are the heavy duty, scholarly type. They should convince anyone but debunkers and extreme skeptics that the UFO mystery is a genuine one. If you could get mainstream scholars and scientists to stop and take a long look at these books, shield them from the disapproval of their peers, and assure them they could get grants and other monies to study the phenomenon, they would stop dilly-dallying and start the long-term study that UFOs deserve. But the ridicule barrier and the fact that there are no mainstream sources of money for UFOs effectively prevent mainstream scholars and scientists from ever really sticking their noses under the tent. They are quite literally ignorant of the subject because they don't formally study it. But you can. And you can start your serious look at the subject with the following books.
Bullard, Thomas E. The Myth and Mystery of UFOs. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2010. ISBN 417 978-0-7006-1729-6. A PhD folklorist sums up the UFO, but it doesn't sum up very well. What does it all mean? Future generations of academics will sweat away decades trying to unravel the mystery. Here's a start.
Clark, Jerome. The UFO Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, The Phenomenon from the Beginning, Volume 1: A-K. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc., 1998. 568pp. ISBN 0-7808-0097-4. A UFO scholar's encyclopedic treatment of the subject. Get your library to get a copy.
Clark, Jerome. The UFO Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, The Phenomenon from the Beginning, Volume 2: L-Z. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc., 1998. 569-1178pp. ISBN 0-7808-0097-4. Second volume of the work above.
Druffel, Ann. Firestorm: Dr. James E. McDonald’s Fight for UFO Science. Columbus, OH: Wild Flower Press, 2003. ISBN 608 0-926524-58-5. Long-time UFO investigator Ann Druffel writes a scholarly biography of one of ufology's great warriors for truth.
Eberhart, George M. UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Contact Movement: a bibliography; Volume One: Unidentified Flying Objects. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1986. 810pp. ISBN 0-8108-1919-8. A UFO scholar and librarian put this comprehensive bibliography together. Get your library to get a copy.
Eberhart, George M. UFOs and the Extraterrestrial Contact Movement: a bibliography; Volume Two: The Extraterrestrial Contact Movement. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1986. 813-1298pp. ISBN 0-8108-1919-8. Second volume of the work above.
Haines, Richard F. Observing UFOs: An Investigative Handbook. Chicago, IL: Nelson-Hall, 1980. 300pp. ISBN 0-88229-540-3. A book for scientists only; it delves deeply into the nature of perception with respect to UFOs.
Haines, Richard F., ed. UFO Phenomena and the Behavioral Scientist. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, 1979. 450pp. ISBN 0-8108-1228-2. More heavy duty information for psychologists and sociologists.
Hall, Richard H. (ed.) The UFO Evidence (Unidentified Flying Objects). Washington, D. C.: National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, 1964. 184pp. No ISBN. Early compilation of the evidence up to 1964 by an outstanding ufologist. Everyone needs to be aware of the breadth of the evidence. Not to be missed.
Hall, Richard H. The UFO Evidence, Volume II: A Thirty Year Report. Lanham, Maryland: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2000. 681pp. ISBN 0-8108-3881-8. Second volume of the work above, continuing on from the early period. Even better than the earlier volume, which was a terrific piece of scholarship. First the data must be compiled before any significant analysis can begin. Hall has done that with these two volumes and added some great analysis as part of the bargain. Not to be missed.
Hendry, Allan. The UFO Handbook: A Guide to Investigating, Evaluating, and Reporting UFO Sightings. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (Dolphin), 1979. 297pp. ISBN 0-385-14348-6. The best study of the subject. About 1300 UFO reports, all happening within the year and a half of the study's duration, are dissected. And 8.6% fall into the genuine UFOs category, that is, essentially flying saucers—whatever they are!
Hynek, J. Allen. The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. New York: Ballantine Books, 1972. 309pp. ISBN 345-23953-9-150. The father of modern ufology writes a solid book about the subject.
Jacobs, David Michael. The UFO Controversy in America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1975. 362pp. ISBN 0-253-19006-1. A historian's review of ufology up to the date of publication.
Lewis, James R. UFOs and Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Myth. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2000. 393pp. ISBN 1-57607-265-7. Scholars have warmed only slightly to UFOs so far and this is one of their efforts. The editor seems reasonably open-minded, but he has let some debunkers slip into his list of contributors for the articles in this one volume encyclopedia. Nevertheless, the work shows the influence of UFO/occult derived ideas on the everyday culture of America.
Pritchard, Andrea, David E. Pritchard, John E. Mack, Pam Kasey, Claudia Yapp, editors. Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference held at MIT, Cambridge, MA.Cambridge, MA: North Cambridge Press, 1994. 683pp. ISBN 0-9644917-0-2. This big volume of papers and contributions to a UFO abduction conference gives you the lowdown on the complexities of the subject. Get your library to get a copy.
Sagan, Carl and Thorton Page, eds. UFO's — A Scientific Debate. New York: Norton, 1972. 310pp. ISBN 0-393-00739-1. Appeared shortly after the Condon Committee report said once again that saucers don't exist so they shouldn't be studied by science. UFO proponents, debunkers, and honest skeptics have their say here.
Story, Ronald, ed. The Encyclopedia of UFOs. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (Dolphin Books), 1980. 440pp. ISBN 0-385-11681-0. Another fine encyclopedic book on UFOs. Don't miss this. Get your local library to buy a copy.
Under this heading, you'll find what you need to get quickly and comfortably to the best, most reliable information about UFOs in the public domain today. You can trust these authors not to lead you too far astray. If you are twentysomething or thirtysomething, you may very well live to see the day when establishment scholars and scientists en masse break down and actually do what they are intellectually bound to do by their profession: pursue the truth without fear and prejudice. We old timers, though, probably won't live to see that day. Big truths come slowly to societies, and, sadly, maybe never, before the societies dissolve into the constant change and flow of history. But I'm hoping for you young ones!
Emenegger, Robert. UFO's: Past, Present and Future. New York: Ballantine Books, 1974. 180pp. ISBN 345-24189-4-150. Good general book. Emenegger produced a film documentary of the same name. The U.S. government hinted that it would give him some "real" flying saucer footage for inclusion in his film. This didn't happen. Oh, the games governments play concerning UFOs. Now, I wonder why that is . . .
Evans, Hilary and John Spencer (eds.). UFOs: 1947-1987 — The 40-Year Search for an Explanation. London: Fortean Tomes, 1987. 384pp. ISBN 1-870021-02-9. Similar to the other book by Spencer and Evans, but more extensive. A must read for dedicated ufologists.
Flammonde, Paris. UFO Exist! New York: Putnam, 1976. 406pp. ISBN 399-11538-2. A fine history of the subject from a radio producer/journalist. The book details the U.S. government's involvement.
Hall, Richard. Uninvited Guests: A Documented History of UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters & Coverups. Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press, 1988. 381pp. ISBN 0-943358-32-9. Longtime ufologist's summary of the field to get you started off on the right foot. Not to be missed.
Kean, Leslie. UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. New York: Harmony Books, 2010. ISBN 335 978-0-307-71684-2. A journalist wakes up to UFOs as serious business when a colleague sends her the COMETA report by a group of retired military and aerospace officials from France. They say UFOs are real and the U.S. should open up. She wrote the only story about the report to appear in the major media in America. She investigates further and finds that we've been lied to by the American major media since the beginning. She presents normally unimpeachable evidence here, but it's America so if it's about UFOs, it's a non-starter and a non-subject. Some lies never die—for the ignorant elites, anyway. What an irony—the "ignorant masses" know more of the truth about UFOs than the best of establishment academia!
Keyhoe, Donald E. Aliens from Space: The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1973. 322pp. Keyhoe says the U.S. government has crashed saucers and alien bodies. He's probably right. The last of Keyhoe's five books about UFOs.
Lindemann, Michael. UFOs and the Alien Presence: Six Viewpoints. Santa Barbara, CA: The 2020 Group, 1991. 233pp. ISBN 0-9630104- 0-9. Oh, what to do with all the disparate UFO evidence! Learn here how UFO luminaries Stanton Friedman, Budd Hopkins, Linda Howe, Don Ware, Bob Lazar, and an anonymous probable abductee make sense of it all—well, some small portion, anyway.
Randles, Jenny and Peter Warrington. Science and the UFOs. Oxford, U.K.: Basil Blackwell, 1985. 215pp. ISBN 0-631-13563-4. Why the science establishment doesn't recognize and study UFOs.
Spencer, John and Hilary Evans, eds. Phenomenon: Forty Years of Flying Saucers. New York: Avon Books, 1988. 413pp. ISBN 0-380- 70654-7. Essays about ufology from prominent ufologists in America and Europe. Good for seeing that UFOs are a worldwide phenomenon.
Vallee, Jacques. Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact. New York: Contemporary Books, 1988. 304pp. ISBN 0-8092-4586-8. The best statement of Vallee's thesis: UFOs are a manifestation of a time immemorial alien control system.
The famous Roswell, New Mexico, military/crash incident has seen good, great, and practically worthless books about it by now. Here are some good ones.
Carey, Thomas J. and Donald R. Schmitt. Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright-Patterson. Pompton Plains, NJ: New Page Books, 2013. 288pp. ISBN 978-1-60163-236-4. Where did the crashed saucer parts and little alien bodies go? We still don't know for sure (of course). This is the smoking gun, and it'll be the last thing the U.S. government parts with because the whole story will come out quickly once the artifacts and bodies are released. Then the Pandora's box that is the UFO will be open for all to look into including our woefully ignorant academic establishment. In the meantime, I'll bet on Carey and Schmitt to have the best facts and speculations on where the UFO stuff went. They say Wright-Patterson AFB and I'm betting they are right. Now you can know, too. Get off the Internet! Read this book!
Berlitz, Charles and William L. Moore. The Roswell Incident. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1980. 168pp. ISBN 0-448-21199-8. The facts about the crash of a saucer in the summer of 1947 in New Mexico and how the US government covered it up. The first book about Roswell and it still holds up pretty well.
Randle, Kevin D. and Donald R. Schmitt. UFO Crash at Roswell. New York: Avon, 1991. 327pp. ISBN 0-380-76196-3. The authors don't back down. They say they have proved beyond a reasonable doubt that a flying saucer — not a UFO — crashed in New Mexico in the summer of 1947. Get off your duff. Prove them wrong!
Friedman, Stanton T. and Don Berliner. Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-up of a UFO. New York: Paragon House,1992. 217pp. ISBN 1-55778-449-3. Why can't we trust that 100% of this book by a top-notch UFO researcher (Stanton Friedman) is factual and correct? Because your government has clandestinely distorted the truth from the time of the Roswell crash to this very day. Why? Because Roswell involves UFO ETs and not a crashed weather balloon (the U.S. government's first explanation), downed Project Mogul balloons (the U.S. government's second explanation), or crash test dummies (the U.S. government's third explanation). But be assured, you can trust around 80% to 90% of this book to be true and correct — despite your taxes paying for you to be disinformed.
Compilations of Evidence, Cases, Reports
Here is some of the massive amount of evidence now existing in book form. Probably a thousand times this amount exists in the files of the various citizen-staffed UFO research organizations around the world in China, France, Great Britain, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Russia, Japan, etc.
Bowen, Charles, ed. The Humanoids. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1969. 256pp. LC 77-126142. Good summary of the evidence compiled from material published in the British Flying Saucer Review magazine.
Feindt, Carl W. UFOs and Water: Physical Effects of UFOs on Water Through Accounts by Eyewitnesses. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Corporation, 2010. ISBN 477 978-1-4500-9533-4. Great compilation of reports involving water and UFOs, a not insignificant category of UFOs over the years.
Good, Timothy. Alien Liaison: The Ultimate Secret. London: Century, 1991. 242pp. ISBN 0-7126-2194-6. A reliable introduction to the wilder tales circulating in the UFO subculture in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The bizarre nature of what is known makes a prudent investigator reluctant to throw out any information. Some of this will turn out to be true after it is put through the academic mill. Not for the timid or intellectually rigid.
Good, Timothy. Earth: An Alien Enterprise; The Shocking Truth Behind the Greatest Cover-Up in Human History. New York: Pegasus Books, 2013. 465pp. ISBN 978-1-60598-486-5. I admit it. I'm a fan of Good's books. This is another documenting the fantastic UFO stories he has gathered over the years of his world travels. It's important to do this documentation because we just don't know where the truth ends with UFOs. In a hundred years, maybe UFO scholars will recognize that a portion of these stories were actually true. See what you think today.
Good, Timothy. Unearthly Disclosure: Conflicting Interests in the Control of Extraterrestrial Intelligence. London: Century, 2000. 287pp. ISBN 0-7126-8465-4. This is a continuation of Good's Alien Liaison. The "wilder" stories/evidence need to be responsibly published so that we can pull back where necessary. You can't take the measure of a mystery if you constantly hide from the seeming boundaries of a subject, especially UFOs. You need to know how far out it gets.
Haines, Richard F. CE-5 Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: 242 Case Files Exposing Alien Contact. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 1999. 435pp. ISBN 1-57071-427-4. A major compilation of CE cases. Another book highlighting the massive amount of evidence for genuine UFO reality.
Haines, Richard F. Advanced Aerial Devices Reported During the Korean War. Los Altos, CA: LDA Press, 1990. 75pp. ISBN 0-9618082-1-7. A small study by psychologist Haines.
Haines, Richard F. Project Delta: A Study of Multiple UFO. Los Altos, CA: L. D. A. Press, 1994. 250pp. ISBN 0-9618082-4-1. A scholar's look into reports of multiple UFOs.
Hill, Paul R. Unconventional Flying Objects: A Scientific Analysis. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1995. 429pp. ISBN 1-57174-027-9. NASA scientist Paul Hill kept his UFO interest quiet over the years, but gathered data and studied it. Here are his posthumously published conclusions. For the technically inclined.
Lorenzen, Coral and Jim Lorenzen. Flying Saucer Occupants. New York: New American Library (Signet), 1967. 215pp. One of many important books by longtime UFO researchers and directors of the UFO investigative organization APRO. Both authors are deceased today, but not forgotten for their lasting contribution to ufology.
McCambell, James M. UFOLOGY: A Major Breakthrough in the Scientific Understanding of Unidentified Flying Objects. Millbrae, CA: Celestial Arts, 1976. 184pp. ISBN 0-89087-144-2. Straightforward analysis of probable physics of UFO phenomena.
Randles, Jenny. UFO Reality: A Critical Look at the Physical Evidence. London: Robert Hale, 1983. 248pp. ISBN 0-7090-1080-X. Very good presentation of the range of evidence for genuine UFO reality.
Sturrock, Peter A. The UFO Evidence: A New Review of the Physical Evidence. New York: Warner Books, 1999. 404pp. ISBN 0-446-52565-0. Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University Peter Sturrock convenes an independent panel of UFO-neutral scientists to evaluate the physical evidence as it exists in the public domain. They conclude that further study is warranted. Funny, all public government and Air Force studies conclude that there is nothing to UFOs and they certainly don't need further examination, much less adequate time, money, and expertise in order for us to figure out what is going on with this mystery. Can you say "outrageously biased"? I knew you could and you would be right. Our government has manipulated all government-funded public studies of UFOs to reach a biased conclusion about UFOs.
Vallee, Jacques. Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact. New York: Ballantine Books, 1990. 263pp. ISBN 0-345- 36453-8. Vallee is back to presenting "hard evidence" again instead of speculation. Some Brazilian peasants were killed in apparent encounters with UFOs.
Vallee, Jacques and Chris Aubeck. Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity to Modern Times and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2009. 508pp. ISBN 978-1-58542-830-5. A chronology of UFO incidents pre-1900 clearly showing that UFO incidents have always been with us.
Wood, Ryan S. MAJIC Eyes Only: Earth’s Encounters With Extraterrestrial Technology. Broomfield, CO: Wood Enterprises, 2005. 303pp. ISBN 0-9772059-0-8. A great compilation of crashed flying saucer cases. There are around 80 cases briefly summarize. And you thought there were only Roswell and Kecksburg. How about Aztec, Cape Girardeau, Kingman, Boscombe Down, UK, Berwyn Mountains, UK, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and the Republic of the Congo, for heaven's sake? Just how many have there been? We don't know, but your government does.
One of the keys to understanding the UFO lies in understanding how extensive the covert UFO activities of the U.S. and other governments have been since 1947 and earlier. These books will get you reliably started on that huge task, which, of course, is still on-going today in ufology.
Alexander, John B. UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities. NY: St. Martin's Press, 2011. 305pp. USBN 978-0-312-64834-3. It must have been frustrating for Alexander, a career U.S. Army officer who didn't have a need to know about UFOs, but wanted badly to know. At least that's what he wants you to believe here. But is Alexander just doing a retired spook's duty with this book? Valuable for showing the military world from the inside. Blum's book cited later talks about Alexander's ad hoc UFO group within the Pentagon. There's no deep black stuff here.
Bishop, Greg. Project Beta: The Story of Paul Bennewitz, National Security, and the Creation of a Modern UFO Myth. New York: Paraview Pocket Books, 2005. 278pp. ISBN 0-7434-7092-3. How your government cynically disinformed one of its own citizens, which led to his admittance to a mental facility. It's all in the name of national security. The disinformation that these Air Force Office of Special Investigations operatives created lives on in the UFO subculture. This is yet another sad tale of how far your government will go to protect the secret of UFO reality (though the author concludes they were probably protecting top secret experimental tracking or other ordinary technologies). The full story will probaby never be told since much of this nefarious activity is probably not documented in permanent form by our government. Mostly, it is whistleblowers who occasionally give us a glimpse into this sordid world of government disinformation.
Blum, Howard. Out There: The Government's Secret Quest for Extraterrestrials. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990. 300pp. ISBN 0-671-66260-0. An important book since it is written by a former NY Times reporter who has written two other influential books — one about Nazi intelligence officers brought to America illegally after WWII and the other about the Walker spy case. However, Blum's UFO book was apparently hastily done and, thus, somewhat of a disappointment in the UFO research community. Still interesting though.
Cameron, Grant and T. Scott Crain. UFOs, Area 51, and Government Informants: A Report on Government Involvement in UFO Crash Retrievals. Rochester, NY: Keyhole Publishing Co., 2013. 300pp. ISBN 978-1482069389. Great work by some fine researchers into what the government knew and when they knew it about UFO crashes. Cameron also runs a great website on U.S. presidential knowledge (or not) about the reality of UFOs.
Chester, Keith. Strange Company: Military Encounters With UFOs in WWII. San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books, 2007. ISBN 308 1-933-665-20-3. A fine presentation of WWII UFO evidence from a military perspective. It is necessary to understand this history to see why Roswell was handled with extreme secrecy and extreme measures and still is today. The military was ready after WWII for the contingency of a UFO crash.
Dolan, Richard M. UFOs and the National Security State. Charlottesville, VA.: Hampton Roads, 2002. 478pp. ISBN 0-1-57174-317-0. A young, government and politics historian takes a look at UFOs and yikes! The field has all the earmarks of heavy manipulation by the national security state, which is kind of a no-brainer when you boil it down: strange, craft-like, highly maneuverable objects, apparently intelligently guided, invading American airspace at will without permission. Wouldn't you think that's exactly what our Air Force and military is mandated to protect the American people from?! You can bet on it. American (and world intelligence agencies) are working overtime trying to get a handle on this national security threat. Dolan proves it from the public record of FOIA and non-FOIA government UFO documents. The masters of deceit lie deeply buried in the U.S. national security state. They've effectively kept their "dirty work" hidden from public scrutiny except for the very few who look. Like you. You owe it to yourself. Read this book carefully.
Dolan, Richard M. UFOs & the National Security State: The Cover-Up Exposed 1973-1991.Rochester, NY: Keyhole Publishing, 2009. 637pp. ISBN 978-0-9677995-1-3. The indispensable second volume of Dolan's history of UFOs. If you don't know what's in this book, your opinion isn't worth much on UFOs. Know your history. Reading Dolan is how to do it.
Fawcett, Lawrence and Barry J. Greenwood. Clear Intent: The Government Coverup of the UFO Experience. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1984. 259pp. ISBN 0-13-136656-4. Very important book summarizing what ufologists know from studying the thousands of FOIA-released government UFO documents. Everything but proof of crashed flying saucers is here, and it's all from FOIA-released documents!
Friedman, Stanton. Top Secret/Majic. New York: Marlowe,1996. 272pp. ISBN 1-56924-830-3. Veteran ufologist Stanton Friedman tries to make sense of an elaborate (probable) disinformation scheme begun in the 1980s to inject some probably real and many probably bogus military/government documents into the UFO research community. Why would our government do this? Just covert operations/disinformation practice? Or just to keep things stirred up in the UFO research community in hopes that this mixed up mess leaks into the wider culture. Today, our clandestine services have the vast playground of the Internet. The UFO research community is probably passé in our government's on-going efforts to keep the lid on that boiling ET/UFO pot.
Greer, Steven M. Disclosure: Military and Government Witnesses Reveal the Greatest Secrets in Modern History. Crozet, VA: Crossing Point, Inc., 2001. 570pp. ISBN 0-9673238-1-9. Greer is a controversial figure within serious ufology. His compilation of government insider information must be taken with a grain of salt. He's been accused, probably rightly so, of not properly vetting his whisleblowers. Even so, this kind of information reveals some of the probable activities of the U.S. government surrounding UFOs. Some of these people are quite probably telling the truth. Get to work out there and help us figure out who is and isn't telling the truth! This is long, hard, tedious work, but somebody's got to do it. It may as well be you.
Good, Timothy. Above Top Secret: The Worldwide UFO Cover-Up. New York: William Morrow, 1988. 592pp. ISBN 0-688-07860-5. After almost 30 years, still an important book about the on-going government cover-up.
Hastings, Robert. UFOs and Nukes: Extraordinary Encounters at Nuclear Weapons Sites. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2008. ISBN 602 1-4343-9831-4. An indispensable book for understanding exactly why UFOs are a national security threat. But UFOs messing around with our nuclear facilities is not the only reason UFOs are a national security threat. This is just the most immediate one.
Maccabee, Bruce. UFO FBI Connection: The Secret History of the Government's Cover-up. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2000. 311pp. ISBN 0-1-56718-493-6. Longtime UFO researcher and optical physicist Bruce Maccabee takes us through the FBI's long involvement with UFOs. As you might expect, the FBI seems mostly to be a peripheral agency in the cover-up. But it is involved on the ground with UFO witnesses. The FOIA documents and other sources of information this work is based on is only the tip of the iceberg. UFO researchers for the most part have never been privy to the "good stuff" about alien bodies and crashed saucers. The UFO reality evidence is locked up tighter than a drum. It is all a matter of national security.
Randles, Jenny. The UFO Conspiracy: The First Forty Years. New York: Blanford Press, 1987. 224pp. ISBN 0-7137-1972-9. Excellent summary of the worldwide coverup of UFO information from a British perspective.
Redfern, Nicholas. Cosmic Crashes: The Incredible Story of the UFOs That Fell to Earth. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999. 328pp. ISBN 0-684-85829-0. The UFO crash theme of UFOs is treated from a British perspective. The Brits were just as busy as the Americans trying to contain the UFO as a physical reality. No government wants the UFO thing to get out of hand, which it very well could if people knew the truth of the physical reality part of the phenomenon.
Ruppelt, Edward J. The Report of Unidentified Flying Objects. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1956. 277pp. Written by a former head of the AF's Project Blue Book public relations UFO effort. "Brand New Enlarged Edition Latest, Up-to-the-minute Facts on UFO!" on dust jacket. No indication whatsoever inside the new edition that it differs from the earlier edition by the addition of three extra (debunking) chapters. Without the dust jacket you would never know there are two distinct editions of this classic UFO book. Some UFO researchers speculate that the Air Force/CIA was displeased enough with Ruppelt's pro-UFO first edition that they made him include the last three chapters in the "new edition"!
Saunders, David R. and R. Roger Harkins. UFOs? Yes! Where the Condon Committee Went Wrong. New York: World Publishing, 1968. 256pp. LC 68-59202. This book was written by a scientist (Saunders) fired by Condon when he leaked a confidential department memo that made it clear that the Condon UFO Study was a sham.
Swords, Michael and Robert Powell, eds. UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry. San Antonio, TX: Anomalist Books, 2012. 580pp. ISBN 978-1-933665-58-0. A must-have book for anyone who wants the best, most scholarly information about government involvement in UFOs. You can count on these details being true when all is said and done. Add it to your library today and read it. You'll know the facts while the Internet surfers are forever mired in misinformation and disinformation. Wikipedia is OK. This book is great. Scholars and scientists of the future will turn here for the truth, not the Internet.
This is a "bonus" section for you. The world of covert intelligence is vast, which today even ordinary folks know something about thanks to the Russian involvement in our recent (2016) presidential election in the U.S. Since UFOs were classified "above top secret" in WWII, most likely, or shortly thereafter, it is important for you to know the basics of intelligence world activities in general. These books will give you a start.
Bennett, Richard M. Conspiracy: Plots, Lies, and Cover-Ups. London: Virgin Books, 2003. 366pp. ISBN 1-85227-093-4. A quick survey of many prominent conspiracies throughout history. In a way, you might say that history operates via conspiracy in the sense that much of what happens does occur because powerful people working in secret (they usually do, don't they?) plot events to carry out in the world around us. Most of the time this plotting is not nefarious, but sometimes it is. The world works by conspiracy and "conspiracy" is not a dirty word. Just follow the facts and what is a true conspiracy and what is not will come out in the wash. Sometimes "unbelievable" conspiracies are true like the UFO secrecy conspiracy.
Burrows, William E. Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security. NY: Random House, 1986. 401pp. ISBN 0-394-54124-3. Excellent portrait of the vast size and workings of the "black budget" of the U.S. The activities described here are the ones we are allowed to know about. Today, of course, unacknowledged special access programs are still operational and your representatives in Congress don't even know a thing about them, and some do not even want to know! Billions and billions and billions of dollars. All true. Think there might be room for a few "alien bodies on ice" somewhere in this vast, secret activity of the U.S.?
McRae, Ron. Mind Wars: The True Story of Secret Government Research Into the Military Potential of Psychic Weapons. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1984. 155pp. ISBN 0-312-65231-3. A short book summarizing covert research into stuff that's not supposed to be real: all that psychic stuff. The point: intelligence agencies go where the "action" is. If it is UFOs, they go there. If it is cattle mutilations, they go there. If it is psychic stuff, they go there. You get the picture. The world of intelligence can do anything they think will give it an advantage over the enemy: all of it in secrecy. Would they do research into UFOs? You can bet your bottom dollar they would!
Olmstead, Kathryn S. Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11. NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. 320pp. ISBN 978-0-19-518353-5. A historian makes it clear that governments do very intentionally create and promote conspiracy theories to manipulate their people. She doesn't "believe in" the grand conspiracy theories such as that UFOs are real or that 9/11 was an inside job, but at least she elevates the discussion of "conspiracy theories" above the establishment journalists and scholars who think there is something psychologically wrong with those conspiracy nuts (and that's all they need to say!). Well, not quite . . .
Priest, Dana and William M. Arkin. Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State. NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2011. 296pp, ISBN 978-0-316-18221-8. After the horrific 9/11/2001 event, the Bush administration pumped billions of dollars into the intelligence/security world of private contractors, enlarging government surveillance even more than in the 20th century. Billions and billions and billions. There I go, again! That can buy a lot of intelligence activity and it does.
Richelson, Jeffery T. The U.S. Intelligence Community. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing Company, 1989. 485pp. ISBN 0-88730-226-2. My edition is the second, but Richelson has updated his classic description of the U.S. intelligence establishment a number of times. The thing to note is just how huge this function of our government is. Do you think that millions of dollars a year are spent on keeping the UFO secret? This drop in the bucket of the total intelligence budget seems entirely feasible once you understand the size of the intelligence establishment. You get that here.
Shulsky, Abram N. and Gary J. Schmitt. Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Books, Inc., 2002. 246pp. ISBN 978-1-57488-345-9. A conservative/rightwing view of the subject by spook-supporters with professional backgrounds. The book is a summary of the "important" side of intelligence activity and how it is keeping us safe in an unsafe world. The "seamy side" is left out, however. Despite the slant, it is valuable.
Weiner, Tim. Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget. NY: Warner Books, 1990. 273pp. ISBN 0-446-51452-7. Gives you a feel for how big the black budget is and how it is way out of control, and this was in 1990. It is far worse today. The representatives of the people have no real idea of how much money the Pentagon soaks up of the total U.S. budget since so much is hidden from Congress and the President.
Weiner, Tim. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. NY: Doubleday, 2007. 702pp. ISBN 978-0-385-51445-3. A former NY Times reporter writes a book detailing the history of the CIA from official sources alone and finds that America has been ill served by this agency. CIA "successes" are out-weighed by its failures.
Wilford, Hugh. The Mighty Worlitzer: How the CIA Played America. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. 342pp. A scholar's work on how the CIA influenced thinking within the U.S. Wait a minute?! Isn't U.S. intelligence activity supposed to be directed at those other guys, the enemy? Well, it is, but the CIA thinks you need a little disinforming once in a while, too. Think UFOs and you'll be on the right track. Our author doesn't cover the UFO topic, of course, since he's a mainstream academic, but the idea is the same. The CIA targets its own citizens with covert activity and propaganda.
Winks, Robin W. Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1938-1961. NY: William Morrow, 1987. 607pp. ISBN 0-688-08665-9. Intelligence agencies have routinely used scholars and scientists in academia to further covert activities and studies. Undoubtedly, academics have covertly studied all aspects of UFOs starting in the 1940s. We, the public, just don't get to know anything about this except through rumor within the UFO subculture and ufology.
This is a large and complex world. When you dip into it, be sure to make the distinction between lore/doctrine/dogma and paranormal phenomena. The world of paranormal phenomena has always been with us. And in the past, this world was studied as best it could be. Most of the orientation to paranormal world phenomena has been religious or quasi-religious because many of the phenomena involve seemingly human-like "intelligences" of one sort or another that can sometimes seem to communicate ideas to us. Most of these ideas are claptrap, but others deliver interesting and even profound insight into the human condition. Anyway, keep your eyes on phenomena and not the historical, human-created ideas (lore/doctrine/dogma) about these phenomena. This goes equally for the pronouncements of the major religions of the world and the various occult and esoteric societies, schools, etc.
What we want is a rational approach to paranormal world phenomena. Western academic institutions should supply this just as it does for virtually all other areas of human experience. But as you know if you have read my Paranormal World essay, academia has let us down. They have not systematically studied the world of paranormal phenomena. They should be severely chastised for this because UFOs would have long since been understood for the truly anomalous phenomenon they are if they had. In the meantime, here are my picks for some intellectually respectable paranormal world scientific and scholarly books.
Boorstein, Seymour, ed. Transpersonal Psychotherapy. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1996. 587pp. ISBN 0-7914-2836-2. Essays by prominent transpersonal psychotherapists. Learn about transpersonal psychology ideas put into practice. The mind, apparently, is a lot more than something limited to the brain and produced solely by biochemical and electrical activity as mainstream psychologists would have you believe.
Broughton, Richard S. Parapsychology: The Controversial Science. New York: Ballantine, 1991. 408pp. ISBN 0-345-35638-1. Another solid overview of the science that studies (some of) the paranormal. Broughton says parapsychology does not embrace UFOs, and, to be sure, it does not. However, Broughton may not realize that UFOs are shot through and through with parapsychological elements. Even good guys make mistakes.
Cardena, Etzel, Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner. Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2000. 476pp. ISBN 1-55798-625-8. Synesthesia, lucid dreaming, NDEs, OOBEs, mystical experiences, alien abduction, past life experiences, and more, are discussed here for your edification. Don't know what synesthesia and lucid dreaming are? Get with it now! And here is where you can get with it in a rational discussion of it all without the hysterical tone of the debunking enterprise, which is too often served up with discussions of the paranormal in magazines, newspapers, and on TV.
Ellenberger, Henri F. The Discovery of the Unconscious: The History of Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry. New York: Basic Books, 1970. 466pp. SBN 465-01672-3. The early chapters are a fine history of the problem of consciousness as experienced by clinicians and physicians. In the early history of psychology and psychiatry, hypnosis and hypnotic effects play a big part in trying to help people get better and in trying to understand consciousness. This emphasis on hypnosis disappears mostly with its rejection by Sigmund Freud and even acquires a negative aura in the twentieth century. The problem is that the phenomena of hypnosis allow you to explore the deeper realms of consciousness. If you stay on the surface of consciousness, you'll never understand the full extent of consciousness. The academic mind by and large has avoided hypnosis in the twentieth century. The situation is similar for UFOs and the paranormal. When academics don't study something systematically, the rest of us suffer. We don't know what to think, since academics are the arbiters of reality (for better or worse) in our society.
Friedman, Harris L. and Glenn Hartelius, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2013. 706pp. ISBN 978-1-119-96755-2. A comprehensive treatment by scholars and scientists in the field. Have your library order a copy today. Be on the cutting edge because this is the cutting edge of understanding the human mind. This is the context for understanding UFOs—all the way from "nuts and bolts" to their connection with "God."
Grof, Stanislav. Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1985. 466pp. ISBN 0-87395-899-3. Probably still the best theory of human consciousness. Grof has written over ten books about transpersonal psychology and is one of the leading lights in the field. It shows you how strong the tone of ridicule surrounding the UFO has been when it is only in Grof's later books that he finally acknowledges that UFOs genuinely fit—at least with one foot—in the field of transpersonal psychology. (Even the transpersonal psychologists didn't want to associate with the ufologists!) He calls UFO phenomena "psychoid," which is a sort of "halfway in this world and halfway in the other world" kind of state.
Hansen, George P. The Trickster and the Paranormal. Tinicum, PA: Xlibris, 2001. 564pp. ISBN 1-4010-0082-7. The trickster is a folkloric and anthropological idea based on the stories of mostly tribal societies that include an elusive, deceptive spirit who causes trouble for humans. This idea is found in many cultures. Hansen compares this to UFO and paranormal activity. A bit thick on the academic side, but definitely worth the time for new insights into the strange world of the paranormal.
Harpur, Patrick. Demonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Otherworld. London: Viking (Penguin), 1994. 330pp. ISBN 0-670-85569-3. Just what the title says: a field guide to fairies, sprites, mystery cats, bigfoot, demons, the trickster, gods, UFO aliens, etc. Here you'll find plenty of historical and scholarly discussion to provide the context to begin to understand this otherworldly Pandora's box.
Hick, John H. Death and Eternal Life. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1976. 495pp. ISBN 0-06-063904-0. A religion scholar's honest assessment of life after death and whether reincarnation is somehow a real, operative concept despite its rejection by mainstream Christianity.
Hilgard, Ernest R. Divided Consciousness: Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action.New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1986. 313pp. ISBN 0-471-80572-6. An experimental psychologist does his best to study the strange phenomena of hypnosis. His experiments showed that no matter how "deep" he took his subjects there was always a "hidden observer." There was always a self-referential something hanging around. Hmmm. What in the heck are "we" anyway? Only deep introspective techniques such as those practiced by yogis, Tibetan Buddhists, and other Eastern adepts seem to begin to provide any answers. Western establishment psychology is out of its league here. It has yet to understand the deeper levels of consciousness.
Jahn, Robert G. and Brenda J. Dunne. Margins of Reality: The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1987. 415pp. ISBN 0-15-157148-1. A book for scientists and people who know their science. Jahn, a Princeton University engineering professor, does boring experiments showing that consciousness apparently affects physical reality anomalously. But what to make of this? Here you'll find lots of good science and informed speculation about what it all might mean.
Kripal, Jeffrey J. Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2010. ISBN 332 978-0-226-45396-6. A professor of philosophy and religious thought "gets" the reality question about the paranormal and writes an insightful book featuring the work of Jacques Vallee and Charles Fort and a couple of others. Most scholars dance around the reality question. Golly gee! If I act like paranormal phenomena are real, then my egghead buddies won't like me anymore! Oh, me! Oh, my! What do I do?! Get a spine and show some academic integrity like Kripal.
Mack, John E. Passport to the Cosmos. New York: Crown, 1999. 306pp. ISBN 0-517-70568-0. The last book of John Mack, the Harvard professor of psychiatry, who took on the UFO and was defeated by entrenched establishment forces. Mack made the tactical error of not concentrating on the "hard evidence" side of the UFO abduction problem in his first book. He was attacked and never recovered. All his books put UFO abduction, correctly I think, in the transpersonal psychology area, but transpersonal psychology is almost as taboo for mainstream scientists and scholars as UFOs are. So, Mack just about lost his tenure at the venerable Harvard University — this despite the fact that Mack was a Pulitzer prize winner. Some things you don't mess around with and preserve your hard won spot in academia.
Newton, Michael. Journey of Souls. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1994. 276pp. ISBN 1-56718-485-5. A California hypnotherapist makes a systematic study of "life between lives." It is way too early to think that this is reliable information, but someday perhaps more rigorous study will establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the odd ideas Newton substantiates here through systematic clinical research may actually be close to the "truth" about the afterlife.
Osis, Karlis and Erlendur Haraldsson. At the Hour of Death. New York: Avon, 1977. 244pp. ISBN 0-380-01802-0. One of the earlier studies of NDEs by two parapsychologists. The interesting aspect of this book is its comparison study of American and Hindu NDEs. There are many similarities with some cultural differences.
Radin, Dean. The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997. 362pp. 0-06-251502-0. Excellent survey of the field by a Ph.D. who earned his living for a while in the field. Academia is so dead set against the open, honest study of the paranormal that parapsychologist academics are always an endangered species. Earth to academia! Earth to academia! You ain't going to have a clue about UFO reality till you do the hard labor of actually studying it. Radin is a hero. I hope he lives long enough to receive his Nobel Prize and he just may since outmoded paradigms only change for good when the old academic farts who cling to them die!
Ring, Kenneth. Life at Death: A Scientific Investigation of the Near-Death Experience. New York: Quill (Morrow), 1980. 310pp. ISBN 0-688-01253-1. The best scientific study of the subject at its publication and still a great study.
Sabom, Michael B. Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. 224pp. ISBN 0-671-46446-9. A physician takes a look at this intriguing subject.
Schwartz, Gary E. The Afterlife Experiments: Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death. New York: Pocket Books, 2002. 373pp. ISBN 0-7434-3658-X. The holy grail of double blind experiments is pursued here showing that some people know things they "shouldn't" be able to know. The debunkers have fits with Schwartz because he takes them on directly and shows that their objections fall flat. Some minds are incapable of being changed by scientific fact. For some minds, science is not enough. It is more important to be comforted by irrational belief in outmoded paradigms than to be intellectually challenged (and possibly discomfitted) by new facts demonstrated by rigorous science. Ironically, the debunkers are the believers and the real skeptics are the true scholars and scientists. Who would have thought?
Strassman, Rick. DMT: The Spirit Molecule; A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2001. 358pp. ISBN 0-89281-927-8. DMT (dimethyltriptamine) is a simple, natural organic chemical existing in humans, animals, and plants. Strassman describes his experiments injecting people with DMT. It produces strange "hallucinations." But what is fascinating here is that many people saw and communicated with regular UFO alien "grays." Other spirit entities were also encountered. Just cultural conditioning, right? Maybe not. Perhaps the simplest explanation is just that a normally hidden world exists (the other world), all sorts of entities including UFO aliens are immediately present (because there seems to be no time and no space in the other world), and people just happened to encounter them "for real" when DMT disrupts the usual perceptual "shield" ("filter") that we carry around in "normal" consciousness.
Swann, Ingo. Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy. Rapid City, SD: Ingo Swann Books, 1998. 219pp. ISBN 0-9667674-0-3. Natural psychic Swann describes his work for the SRI remote viewing experiments and his later work for the military doing psychic spying. Interesting because it shows that the military was (and, of course, still is) involved in experimenting with and using paranormal world abilities and characteristics to serve espionage ends. Also interesting because not only Swann, but also other military psychic spies like Joseph McMoneagle and Paul H. Smith came away from their experience believing in the reality of UFO-related intelligences.
Talbot, Michael. The Holographic Universe. New York: HarperCollins, 1991. 338pp. ISBN 0-06-016381-X. An easily readable account of a new theory to unify the various phenomena of the paranormal world and ordinary physics and human perception.
Zaleski, Carol. Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modern Times. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. 275pp. ISBN 0-19-503915-7. Great historical study.
The news and entertainment media are extremely important in ufology since these two sources account for the majority of UFO information that the public is made aware of, besides having a UFO experience itself. It is important to know the biases of news media people especially. The following books will help you sort things out.
Hansen, Terry. The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2000. 374pp. ISBN 0-7388-3611-7. An excellent exposé of how the news media keep you ignorant of the UFO facts.
Rux, Bruce. Hollywood Vs. the Aliens: The Motion Picture Industry's Participation in UFO Disinformation. Berkeley, Calif.: Frog, Ltd., 1997. 681pp. ISBN 1-883319-61-7. Rux shows how the intelligence establishment has shaped our ideas about aliens through the movie entertainment media. A provocative study. Maybe he's not right about every single thing he says, but we do know that intelligence agencies are deeply involved in both news media and sometimes the entertainment media. Remember that the Pentagon employs more public relations people than the 100 or so biggest corporations.
Today abduction studies occupy a big part of ufology. Understanding of the abduction part of UFOs came slowly to ufology. And it was only in the 1980s that the extent and complexity of the abduction phenomenon was realized. Some ufologists believe that this is the key to understanding UFOs.
Bullard, Thomas Edward. UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery. Vol. 1: Comparative Study of Abduction Reports. (Bloomington, IND): Fund for UFO Research, 1987. 402pp. This study by a Ph.D. folklorist is must reading for anyone wanting to understand the depth and breadth of the abduction enigma. Bullard concludes UFO abduction stories are much too internally consistent down to small details to be classed as traditional folklore or typical dream material.
Chalker, Bill. Hair of the Alien: DNA and Other Forensic Evidence of Alien Abduction. New York: Paraview Pocket Books, 2005. 341pp. ISBN 0-7434-9286-2. A top notch Australian researcher presents evidence that demands attention. DNA tests on hair found within the context of alien abduction tend to prove that something strange is happening. Read the full account here. This is an example of the kinds of research that could be done if adequate time, money, and expertise were ever devoted systematically to ufology. But the powers that be (the secret part of your government) are determined that this does not happen. So, Chalker and ufologists continue to be marginalized even though their work is intellectually respectable.
Conroy, Ed. Report on Communion: An Independent Investigation of and Commentary on Whitley Strieber's Communion. New York: Morrow, 1989. 427pp. ISBN 0-688-08864-3. This journalist was a boyhood acquaintance of Strieber. When Strieber published Communion, Conroy decided to see if his story would hold up under an investigative journalist's scrutiny. Conroy says yes.
Druffel, Ann and D. Scott Rogo. The Tujunga Canyon Contacts. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980. 264pp. ISBN 0-13- 932541-7. Good book about abduction/contact experiences.
Fowler, Raymond E. The Andreasson Affair. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1979. 239pp. ISBN 0-13-036608-0. Fowler's first book about a now famous abductee, Betty Andreasson Luca. This book and Fowler's other books on the Andreasson abductions incorporate Betty's fine drawings of her alien abduction experiences.
Friedman, Stanton and Kathleen Marden. Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2007. 319pp. ISBN 1-56414-971-4. The definitive study of the famous Betty and Barney Hill abduction case.
Hopkins, Budd. Intruders: The Incredible Visitations at Copley Woods. New York: Random House, 1987. 223pp. ISBN 0-394-56076-0. Hopkins' second book. He says it is likely that aliens are mixing our genes with theirs, and this is a major purpose of the abductions.
Hopkins, Budd. Missing Time: A Documented Study of UFO Abductions. New York: Richard Marek, 1981. 258pp. ISBN 0-399-90102-7. Hopkins' first book about abductions.
Hopkins, Budd and Carol Rainey. Sight Unseen: Science, UFO Invisibility, and Transgenic Beings. New York: Atria Books, 2003. 406pp. ISBN 0-7434-1218-4. Excellent book about how many of the phenomena described by UFO abductees and experiencers might be explained by mostly cutting edge science. Speculation, but informed speculation — the kind that people who treat UFO evidence with a calm, patient, methodical, and rational habit of mind are capable of.
Jacobs, David Michael. Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. 336pp. ISBN 0-671- 74857-2. Still one of the most important books on UFO abductions. Start here because the presentation is a just-the-facts, ma'am, blow-by-blow account of what Jacobs believes is happening. He says essential aspects of all abductions are absolutely real in ordinary perceptual and space-time reality. However, there are definite perceptual and space-time anomalies too. When people report that they had a missing time experience of two hours, Jacobs says they are actually bodily missing from planet Earth, or at least human beings cannot find them on Earth! A warning to extreme skeptics and debunkers: this book may be hazardous to your mental health!
Jacobs, David Michael, ed. UFOs and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge.Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2000. 382pp. ISBN 0-0-7006-1032-4. A bunch of UFO scholars have their say about what it all means. Dry reading, but where the UFO is inevitably headed if the U.S. military opens up, which may never happen because of the serious potential national security implications of public knowledge of UFOs as a certain reality.
Leir, Roger K. The Aliens and the Scalpel: Scientific Proof of Extraterrestrial Implants in Humans. Columbus, NC: Granite Publishing, 1998. 231pp. ISBN 1-893183-01-7. You want hard evidence? Sure, everyone does. Here it is. Do you think the academic establishment has completely ignored this? Gosh, you would be right. Now, I wonder why? It isn't lack of rigor or lack of proper methodology or lack of intelligent application of reasoning in this book. It's the lack of backbone and intellectual honesty in the academic establishment which causes their abject failure to do real science in the face of hard evidence. Doctor Leir has come and gone now, but his legacy lives on in his work in ufology.
Randles, Jenny. Abduction: Over 200 Documented UFO Kidnappings Investigated. London: Robert Hale, 1988. 240pp. ISBN 0-7090-3276- 5. A British UFO researcher does a book about abductions. It is important for showing that abductions are not just a North (or South) American phenomenon.
Rodwell, Mary. Awakening: How ET Contact Can Transform Your Life. Leeds, UK: Beyond Publications, 2002. 301pp. ISBN 0-903782-03-1. Author Rodwell, a mental health professional from the UK and Australia, details what it is like to be a UFO abductee including the spiritual aspects.
Sims, Derrel W. with Patricia Gray. Alien Hunter: The Evidence in Light. Houston, TX: Self-published, 2006. 274pp. ISBN 978-1-884298-88-2. An experienced abduction researcher gets into the nitty gritty of his long-time involvement. He talks about implants, military/intel interest, lab testing of evidence and lots more.
Smith, Yvonne. Chosen: Recollections of UFO Abductions Through Hypnotherapy. Harbor City, CA: Backstage Entertainment, 2008. 211pp. ISBN 978-0-615-20889-3. A book of abduction stories gleaned from Smith's hypnotherapy practice in the LA area. Some illustrations of alien scenes, devices, etc., with photos of evidence.
Strieber, Whitley. Communion: A True Story. New York: William Morrow, 1987. 299pp. ISBN 0-688-07086-8. Bestselling book by previously bestselling author. It's about his probable abductions.
Webb, Walter N. Encounter at Buff Ledge: A UFO Case History. Chicago, IL: CUFOS, 1994. 305pp. ISBN 0-929343-60-3. A thorough examination of a UFO abduction case involving at least two people.
Since the 1960s, the field of ufology has seen the occasional whole book on individual cases. These have increased over the years as the evidence and data gets richer and richer. Here are a few good ones.
Butler, Brenda, Dot Street, and Jenny Randles. Sky Crash: A Cosmic Conspiracy. Sudbury, Great Britain: Neville Spearman, 1984. 283pp. ISBN 85435-155-8. Review and analysis of the facts in the British Bentwaters-Woodbridge RAFB case.
Bruni, Georgina. You Can't Tell the People: The Definitive Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Mystery. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 2000. 450pp. ISBN 0-283-06358-0. The Bentwaters-Woodbridge RAFB case (same as the Rendlesham Forest case) practically rivals the Roswell Incident in the U.S. More information comes out as Bruni deepens the mystery surrounding this intriguing UFO incident.
Crystall, Ellen. Silent Invasion: The Shocking Discoveries of a UFO Researcher. New York: Paragon House, 1991. 190pp. ISBN 1-55778-493-0. A now deceased UFO researcher documents the UFO occurrences surrounding Pine Bush in upstate New York. Her research gives you a good idea of the range of odd events in a concentrated UFO wave in a limited locality. Local "flaps" are well known to ufologists. This is just one.
Feschino, Frank C., Jr. The Braxton County Monster: The Cover-up of the Flatwoods Moster Revealed. Charleston, WV: Quarrier Press, 2004. 352pp. ISBN 1-891852-37-X. This case is important because the thorough investigation demonstrates that the Air Force in 1952 almost certainly had orders to shoot down UFOs and they lost at least two pilots in that effort. This was discovered and demonstrated by a careful correlation of newspaper accounts of the time. Needless to say, the Air Force was mum at the time (and still is) about its "shoot to kill" orders.
Haines, Richard F. Melbourne Episode: Case Study of a Missing Pilot. Los Altos, CA: L. D. A. Press, 1987. 275pp. ISBN 0-88229-540-3. A study of the famous 1978 case of Frederick Valentich who disappeared (along with his plane) while flying over the Bass Strait south of Victoria, Australia.
Hynek, J. Allen, Philip J. Imbrogno, and Bob Pratt. Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings. New York: Ballantine Books, 1987. 208pp. ISBN 0-345-34213-5. About the early 1980s boomerang UFO flap involving thousands of sightings.
Kitei, Lynne D. The Phoenix Lights: A Skeptic’s Discovery That We Are Not Alone.Charlottesville, NC: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, 2010. ISBN 252 1-57174-377-4. A medical doctor sees the famous March 13, 1997, Phoenix Lights and decides to investigate and speak out.
Ledger, Don and Chris Styles. Dark Object: The World's Only Government-Documented UFO Crash. New York: Dell, 2001. 168pp. ISBN 0-4402-36479-0. Proof of a Canadian effort to recover an underwater UFO in the Shag Harbor UFO Incident in Nova Scotia in 1967.
Pope, Nick, John Burroughs, and Jim Penniston. Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2014. 311pp. ISBN 978-1-250-03810-4. Another contribution to understanding what happened in the Rendlesham Forest (Bentwaters-Woodbridge RAFB) case. New information from two servicemen on the scene is documented.
Randles, Jenny. From Out of the Blue: The Incredible UFO Cover-up at Bentwaters NATO Air Base. New Brunswick, NJ: Global Communications, 1991. 192pp. ISBN 0-938294-08-3. Randles treats us to the latest, updated information on the Bentwaters RAFB, Great Britain, landing of December 1980.
Salisbury, Frank B. The Utah UFO Display: A Biologist's Report. Old Greenwich, CN: Devin-Adair, 1974. 286pp. ISBN 0-8159-7000-5. Straightforward recounting of UFO events in Utah 1966-1973 with some intelligent speculation about what it might mean.
Torres, Noe and Ruben Uriarte. Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter. Edinburg, TX: RoswellBooks.com, 2011. 186pp. ISBN 978-1-467945554. A recounting of the famous 1964 California Cisco Grove case in which some men on a camping trip had a bizarre "battle" with UFO aliens.
Warren, Larry and Peter Robbins. Left at East Gate: A First Hand Account of the Bentwaters-Woodbride UFO Incident, Its Cover-up, and Investigation. New York: Marlowe and Company, 1997. 490pp. ISBN 1-56924-759-5. One of the military personnel involved writes a nicely readable book about Britain's most important UFO case.
UFOs are a worldwide phenomenon. Many countries have their own UFO researchers and literature. The UFO literature in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian, and some other prominent languages is extensive, but, probably, English claims the most books.
Colombo, John Robert. UFOs Over Canada: Personal Accounts of Sightings and Close Encounters. Willowdale, Ontario, Canada: Hounslow Press, 1991. 221pp. ISBN 0-88882-138-7. A nice book by a famous Canadian compiler of Canadiana of short UFO accounts mostly in the words of the witnesses themselves.
Stonehill, Paul and Philip Mantle. Russia’s Roswell Incident and Other Amazing Cases From the Former Soviet Union. Edinburg, TX: RoswellBooks.com, 2012. 288pp. ISBN 978-1-475230154. Yes, it happens all over the world. Here's another book by different researchers just in case you thought Vallee was blowing smoke about the Russians.
Vallee, Jacques. UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat. New York: Ballantine Books, 1992. 212pp. ISBN 0-345- 37396-0. Vallee turns away from excessive American ufologist bashing to give us a reasonable rundown on the latest in Russian UFOs and ufology. It's been as bad over there as it has been elsewhere. The aliens seem to be equal opportunity abusers the world over.
Butler, Dermot and Carl Nally. Conspiracy of Silence: UFOs in Ireland. Douglas Village, Ireland: Mercier Press, 2006. 240pp. ISBN 1-85635-509-8. Nice summary of UFO cases in Ireland.
UFOs, Government, and Politics
In the 1990s, some people started thinking about politics and the alien presence in the sense of diplomacy and official government policy once the ET presence is openly acknowledged. An interesting idea. Maybe it is a case of getting the cart before the horse, or maybe it isn't. You be the judge.
Dolan, Richard M. and Bryce Zabel. A.D. After Disclosure: The People's Guide to Life After Contact. Rochester, NY: Keyhole Publishing Company, 2010. 321pp. ISBN 978-0-9677995-3-7. Informed speculation about how the UFO secret might be disclosed to the public and its aftermath implications for human society.
Komarek, Ed. UFOs: Exopolitics & the New World Disorder. Cairo, GA: Shoestring Publishing, 2012. 372pp. ISBN 978-1-470077822. Some speculations about what all this alien business might mean for society, governments, the science establishment, etc., from a long-time UFO researcher and activist. He campaigned against UFO secrecy and even picketed at the White House in the 1990s, I believe. A fun read after you've done your reading in the scholarly and scientific part of the UFO literature.
Salla, Michael E. Exopolitics: Political Implications of the Extraterrestrial Presence. Tempe, AZ: Dandelion Books, 2004. 309pp. ISBN 1-893302-56-3. This Australian Ph.D. in government studies lost his job as a lecturer at American University after he started talking about his ideas on politics and the ET presence. He talks in his book about possible ET involvement in the affairs of humankind from the beginning to the present. He speculates about ET infiltration into our clandestine intelligence organizations and the influence the ETs might wield in public policy. Is Salla loony? Or is he on to something? When the media, government, and academia gang up to keep the incontrovertible ET evidence from us, then unfortunately the sky is the limit when it comes to speculation. And when our own government is documented to be disinforming the public with extremist stories of aliens underground fighting with government forces, the public is completely justified in looking at the "far out" stuff. Caution is the watch word here.
Taylor, Travis S. and Bob Boan. Alien Invasion: The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Ultimate Attack. Riverdale, NY: Baen Publishing Enterprises, 2011. 225pp. ISBN 978-1-4391-3442-9. This book gives you some sense of the military planning response for a possible hostile UFO/ET invasion. This is how your military would think if they thought ET was real and hostile. (Hint: They have certainly gone through this kind of scenario if they have been responsibly doing their job these last 65 plus years!) Read Dolan's A.D. book noted above along with this one.
Webre, Alfred Lambremont. Exopolitics: Politics, Government, and the Law in the Universe.Vancouver, BC: Universebooks, 2005. 133pp. ISBN 0-9737663-0-1. Webre is a former Stanford Research Institute scholar who undertook a study for the Carter White House at their request. He makes his research and thoughts public here. Take a look at how things might be if your government didn't insist on lying to you about UFOs.
Wood, Robert M. with Nick Redfern. Alien Viruses: Crashed UFOs, MJ-12, & Biowarfare. Rochester, NY: Richard Dolan Press, 2013. 311pp. ISBN 978-1490929149. A fascinating book speculating about the possibility that crashed UFOs could have brought alien viruses to Earth and what the government's response to this possibility might be.
Of Historical Interest
Books written in the 1950s are few compared to later decades. These books are by journalists, "contactees" with a New Age bent, and a couple of ex-military people. Too little is known in the public domain at this time for these books to even begin to help with understanding the core of the phenomenon. This comes later in the 1980s and 1990s. Also, here are books treating the history of UFOs before the modern era from the 1940s on.
Danelek, J. Allen. The Great Airship of 1897: A Provocative Look at the Most Mysterious Aviation Event in History. Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited, 2009. ISBN 160 1-935487-03-6. Nice treatment of the strange airship stories of late 19th century America.
Newman, Bernard. The Flying Saucer. New York: Macmillan, 1950. 250pp. No ISBN. The very first book published about flying saucers—a novel. Newman was a retired British spy and prolific author of spy and travel novels and non-fiction. Was he doing his patriotic spy duty by "fictionalizing" this subject for the British and Americans?
Scully, Frank. Behind the Flying Saucers. New York: Henry Holt, 1950. 230pp. The first book in English about UFOs. Scully, a Hollywood reporter, talks about crashed discs that have only become plausible to mainstream investigators again in the 1980s.
Official establishment investigations do exist. And they tell an interesting tale. If you study the data within them, they say essentially the same thing that the citizen-generated data do: there is a core of sightings rich in detail that defy prosaic explanation. Just don't rely on the summaries and conclusions of these official studies to give you a clear picture of the actual data.
Condon, Edward U. and Daniel S. Gillmor (ed.). Final Report of the Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects (Conducted by the University of Colorado Under Contract to the United States Air Force). New York: Bantam Books, 1968. 965pp. After close, competent study of over 100 UFO sighting reports, 30% couldn't be identified! Read Condon's prejudiced introduction only after you have looked through the rest of the study. The National Academy of Sciences rubber-stamped Condon's recommendations that no public funds be devoted to the study of UFOs.
Curiously, academically trained folklorists have stayed away from UFO study as have the vast majority of psychologists and sociologists. This is true even though most academics would say that UFOs are a psychological phenomenon and should, therefore, be studied only by psychologists, sociologists, historians, and folklorists, and not physical scientists. There definitely is a purely cultural aspect to UFOs, but this is not related closely to the phenomenon of the genuine UFO. The two are distinct.
Curran, Douglas. In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space. New York: Abbeville Press, 1985. 132pp. ISBN 0-89659-523- 4. Valuable photographic presentation of UFO folklore.
Standish, David. Hollow Earth: The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous Machines Below the Earth’s Surface. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2006. 303pp. ISBN 978-0-306-81373-3. Nice history of the kinds of strange things people will believe. You need to know this to understand how some parts of the UFO and paranormal are actually different from much of the myth, folklore, legend, etc., out there. Your judgment needs to be built up so that you can tease out what is probably true from what is probably false. Here's a hint: pay attention to phenomena rather than lore, doctrine, theory, etc., at first. Then move to lore, doctrine, theory, etc., after you've got that thorough grounding in phenomena. Actually investigating paranormal phenomena leads you much quicker to the truth than listening to what educated people say about it all. Ask first: "How many firsthand witnesses have you interviewed in their homes?" If they say, "Uh, none." Move on.
Vallee, Jacques. Messengers of Deception: UFO Contacts and Cults. Berkeley, CA: And/Or Press, 1979. 243pp. ISBN 0-915904-38-1. Just what the title says. Vallee adds to our understanding of the cultural effects of UFOs.
Vallee, Jacques. Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1969. 372pp. ISBN 0-8092-8330-1. A study of the surprising parallels between fairy lore and modern accounts of UFO beings.
The UFO phenomenon is so rich and complex that it is too early to rule out much of anything as being completely unrelated to the genuine part of the phenomenon. Thus, the "wacky" parts of the overall phenomenon must be looked at by prudent students in the field. Here are some serious books about the interesting world of "contactee" style UFO experiencers.
Deardorff, James W. Celestial Teachings: The Emergence of the True Testament of Jmmanuel (Jesus). Tigard, OR: Wild Flower Press, 1990. 323pp. ISBN 0-926524-11-9. An analysis of some of the collateral material from the extensive Billy Meier contact case. See Jim Deardorff's research site for more information.
Crop circles do have some small connection to UFOs. Many sightings of luminous orbs flying around above grain fields associated with crop circles have been reported during the 25 plus year history of modern crop circles.
Andrews, Colin. Government Circles. NY: Archive House Publishing, 2009. 193pp. ISBN 978-1-44213-855-1. Andrews talks about his interactions with the UK government over his 30 years of crop circle research. As you might imagine, the UK government wasn't entirely supportive and cooperative.
Delgado, Pat and Colin Andrews. Circular Evidence: A Detailed Investigation of the Flattened Swirled Crops Phenomenon. London: Bloomsbury, 1989. 190pp. ISBN 0-7475-0357-5. The first of the picture books about crop formations. It's a very good presentation of the facts and their investigative methods. Some investigators believe UFOs may produce the formations.
Howe, Linda Moulton. Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles. New Orleans, LA: Paper Chase Press, 2000. 342pp. ISBN 1-879706-91-1. Nice compilation of facts about crop circles and associated phenomena including UFOs.
Noyes, Ralph, ed. The Crop Circle Enigma: Grounding the Phenomenon in Science, Culture and Metaphysics. Bath, UK: Gateway Books, 1990. 192pp. ISBN 0-946551-66-9. More facts and speculation about the "agriglyphs."
The UFO/animal mutilation connection is well established by simply making a good survey of the newspaper articles covering this subject for the last 40 years. Many times, but not always, where there are animal mutilations, there are UFO sightings.
Howe, Linda Moulton. An Alien Harvest: Further Evidence Linking Animal Mutilations and Human Abductions to Alien Life Forms. Littleton, CO: Linda Moulton Howe Productions, 1989. 455pp. ISBN 0- 9620570-1-0. Best book of surprisingly few considering the 40 year history of animal mutilations.
Photos of UFOs
Photos of UFOs are fun to look at, but don't prove much without the all important supporting story and investigation that should go with every alleged photo of a UFO, but too often does not. Some great "UFO" photos got published in Oregon's The Dalles Reminder newspaper, but they were a hoax uncovered by Oregon MUFON.
Knight, David C. UFOs: A Pictorial History From Antiquity to the Present. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979. 192pp. ISBN 0-07-035103-1. UFO photos galore. Some are real, some are not. Good luck picking out the genuine ones!
UFOs are odd. It pays to survey the whole of the field and not be too quick to discard speculative ideas that at first glance seem pretty far out. Take it easy if you want to get the best understanding you can today.
Holroyd, Stuart. Alien Intelligence. New York: Everest House, 1979. 231pp. ISBN 0-89696-040-4. An excellent book by a student of the paranormal that compares the different kinds of intelligence, including ET intelligence and "disembodied" intelligence.
Kerner, Nigel. Grey Aliens and the Harvesting of Souls: The Conspiracy to Genetically Tamper with Humanity. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company, 2010. ISBN 470 1-5914-3103-9. A journalist and screenwriter does some provocative speculation about what the ET/UFO/alien evidence might mean: ETs are manipulating humanity for their own purposes. Does Kerner go too far? You be the judge. When mainstream academics abandon a subject all manner of speculative hell breaks loose, but some of it is informed speculation like this book.
Schwarz, Berthold E. UFO Dynamics: Psychiatric and Psychic Aspects of the UFO Syndrome.Moore Haven, FL: Rainbow Books, 1988. 560pp. ISBN 0-935834-64-8. A psychiatrist deals with the psychic components of the UFO phenomena.
Sims, Derrel W. with Patricia Gray. Alien Hunter: The Evidence in Light. Houston, TX: Self-published, 2006. 274pp. ISBN 978-1-884298-88-2. A UFO investigator with previous experience in the CIA and military police describes his "UFO career" investigating abductions, cattle mutilations, plain, old UFO sightings, etc. Is Sims being straight with us (once CIA, always CIA)? I'm inclined to think so because Sims doesn't go too far beyond what many non-CIA UFO investigators think if they've been around the phenomenon for a while. Anyway, there's plenty to chew on here. It shows you how bizarre UFO things can get.
Sitchin, Zecharia. The 12th Planet. New York: Avon, 1978. 436pp. ISBN 0-380-39362-X. This lay scholar/journalist presents the best documented ancient astronaut evidence in his series of books — this being the first one.
Religion and UFOs
UFOs have two main aspects related to religion. One is the New Age-oriented one and the other is what abductees have to say. In the 1950s, the excitement over UFOs seen in the "heavens" inspired a few folks to connect New Age/occult ideas with them. These people came to be called "contactees" by ufologists. Later, in the 1980s and 1990s, many New Age authors also began to contact, always through automatic writing or telepathy, beings who said they were connected with UFOs. However, beginning in the 1960s, ufologists slowly uncovered the abduction phenomenon. Strangely, sometimes abductees said that the aliens communicated religious ideas to them. Only Lewels below begins to address the implications of god talk among the abductees. Mainstream scholars love to study the New Agers and contactees because to them this group is obviously wacked out and not to be taken seriously. So, UFO reality can be ignored. Abductees might be another matter, however.
Denzler, Brenda. The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of the UFOs. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2001. 295pp. ISBN 0-52022432-9. Another somewhat confused scholar tries to sort things out. She tries hard but stumbles on that reality thing. Valuable for the discussion of UFO subculture.
Isaksson, Stefan. New Religious UFO Movements: Extraterrestrial Salvation in Contemporary America. Sala, Sweden: UFO-Sweden, 2002. 120pp. ISBN (none).
Lewis, James R., ed. The Gods Have Landed: New Religions From Other Worlds. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995. 343pp. ISBN 0-7914-2330-1. Surveys the field for you.
Lewels, Joe. The God Hypothesis: Extraterrestrial Life and its Implications for Science and Religion. Mill Springs, NC: Wild Flower Press, 1997. 331pp. ISBN 0-926524-40-2. A thoughtful addition to our understanding of the implications of abductee god talk for our notions of science and religion. He has spoken at UFO conventions.
Palmer, Susan J. Aliens Adored: Rael’s UFO Religion. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004. 226pp. ISBN 0-8135-3476-3. Another cowardly scholar thinks you can talk intelligently about UFOs without facing the dreaded "Is it real?" question. She avoids the topic, probably because to her there is no reality to paranormal phenomena except psychological reality.
Peters, Ted. UFOs: God’s Chariots? Spirituality, Ancient Aliens, and Religious Yearnings in the Age of Extraterrestrials. Pompton Plains, NJ: New Page Books, 2014. 319pp. ISBN 978-1-60163-318-7. Here is lots of intelligent discussion from an author with full academic credentials and real experience as a UFO investigator. He was a State Director for MUFON. Most academics are pretty much your average aloof, ivory tower types. Maybe he might know something in contrast to most ivory tower academics. You'll never really "get" UFOs unless you engage the subject as an investigator for a while — the longer, the better.