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Against the Odds
Major Donald E. Keyhoe and His Battle to End UFO Secrecy: A Biography

by Linda Powell

Trade Paperback, 486 Pages, 7 Illustrations

$24.95, ISBN: 978-1-949501-32-2

Genre(s): UFOs

One man is largely responsible for the twin pillars of current UFO belief:
that UFOs represent extraterrestrial technology

and that the government is hiding this truth from us.

His name is Donald E. Keyhoe. He was a 51-year-old retired Marine Major when his own investigation of a famous 1948 flying saucer case led him to believe that the US Air Force and the CIA knew the Earth was under surveillance by beings from other worlds and were keeping it secret from the public. For the next 21 years, he devoted himself, at great personal cost, to exposing the official cover-up of what he believed was an alien visitation.

Thanks to his highly-placed contacts in the military and secret informants in the Pentagon, Keyhoe became the first major figure to truly challenge the official view that UFO reports belonged in the domain of “kooks and fuzzy thinkers.” He eventually led what became the world's most powerful civilian UFO organization, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). In this, the first biography of Donald Keyhoe, his public and private life before and during his time as the world’s best-known UFO advocate is revealed.

About the Author:

LINDA POWELL is an English writer with a decades-long interest in mid-20th century America. Since 2015 she has been a news editor for The Anomalist. She lives near England's east coast and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.

Chapter 1: Roots
Chapter 2: Service
Chapter 3: Changes
Chapter 4: Home and Away
Chapter 5: Flying with Lindbergh
Chapter 6: Moving On
Chapter 7: From Pulp to Propaganda
Chapter 8: The Shape of Things to Come
Chapter 9: Lift-off
Chapter 10: Friends, Flaps, and Flimflam
Chapter 11: Lifting the Lid
Chapter 12: Elation and Deflation
Chapter 13: A Friend Among Foes
Chapter 14: A is for Adamski
Chapter 15: APRO Accord
Chapter 16: Biters Bit
Chapter 17: The Merry Widows
Chapter 18: Ruppelt’s Ruminations
Chapter 19: Strange Bedfellows
Chapter 20: The Grandiose Plan
Chapter 21: The Iceberg
Chapter 22: NICAP
Chapter 23: The “Real” NICAP
Chapter 24: A Motley Crew
Chapter 25: Strong-Armed by Armstrong
Chapter 26: Annus Horribilis
Chapter 27: Cleaning House
Chapter 28: Ruppelt’s Reversal
Chapter 29: The Feud
Chapter 30: Et Tu, Ruppelt?
Chapter 31: Tacker’s Tack
Chapter 32: Forwards and Backwards
Chapter 33: Staggering On
Chapter 34: A Gas Explosion
Chapter 35: Keel and Jacks
Chapter 36: Condon’s Low Trick
Chapter 37: Fiasco Fallout
Chapter 38: The Bitter End
Chapter 39: After the Fall
Chapter 40: Aftermath

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What they're saying:

“As a journalist, I have spent twenty-three years advocating for government transparency on UFOs. Donald Keyhoe, the first to hold the Air Force accountable some seventy years ago, devoted decades of his life to pursuing that effort. Against the Odds is a fascinating, in-depth biography about an extraordinary human being and courageous pioneer who could not be deterred. An inspiring work.” — Leslie Kean, author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record


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