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UFOs and Government
A Historical Inquiry

by Michael Swords and Robert Powell, with Clas Svahn, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Bill Chalker, Barry Greenwood, Richard Thieme,  Jan Aldrich, and Steve Purcell

Trade Paperback, 590 Pages, 350 Illustrations

$39.95, ISBN: 1933665580

Genre(s): UFOs

Governments around the world have had to deal with the UFO phenomenon for a good part of a century. How and why they did so is the subject of “UFOs and Government,” a history that for the first time tells the story from the perspective of the governments themselves. It’s a perspective that reveals a great deal about what we citizens have seen, and puzzled over, from the “outside” for so many years.

The story, which is unmasked by the governments’ own documents, explains much that is new, or at least not commonly known, about the seriousness with which the military and intelligence communities approached the UFO problem internally. Those approaches were not taken lightly. In fact, they were considered matters of national security. At the same time, the story reveals how a subject with such apparent depth of experience and interest became treated as if it were a triviality. And it explains why one government, the United States government, deemed it wise, and perhaps even necessary, to treat it so. Though the book focuses primarily on the U. S. government’s response to the UFO phenomenon, also included is the treatment of the subject by the governments of Sweden, Australia, France, Spain, and other countries.

This book is the result of a team effort that called itself the UFO History Group, a collection of veteran UFO historians and researchers who spent more than four years researching, consulting, writing, and editing to present a work of historical scholarship on government response to the UFO phenomenon. 

About the Author:

Michael Swords, who was a professor of Natural Science at Western Michigan University for 30 years, is the primary author of the United States chapters. The work was coordinated and edited by Robert Powell. Clas Svahn, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Bill Chalker, and Robert Powell contributed country chapters. Jan Aldrich was the primary content consultant, with additional content consultation and writing coming from Barry Greenwood and Richard Thieme. Steve Purcell was the primary photo illustration editor.

We have now produced an ebook version of UFOs and Government. The ebook is available for Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Google Play. The retail price of this huge ebook is $19.95. The trade paperback edition is $39.95, and the beautiful  laminated hardcover editon is $49.95. (Get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.)


Foreword by Jerome Clark vii
Preface x
Prologue xii
Chapter 1. World War II and the Immediate Post-War Era 3
Chapter 2. Ghost Rockets 12
Chapter 3. The Flying Disks and the United States 30
Chapter 4. A Formalized UFO Project 48
Chapter 5. Grudge 71
Chapter 6. Duck and Cover 90
Chapter 7. Transition 112
Chapter 8. Tacking Against the Wind 139
Chapter 9. The CIA Solution 170
Chapter 10. Intermission 204
Chapter 11. A Cold War 208
Chapter 12. Something Closer This Way Comes 238
Chapter 13. Battle in the Desert 271
Chapter 14. The Colorado Project 306
Chapter 15. After the Close of Blue Book 336
Chapter 16. The Swedish Military’s UFO History 361
Chapter 17. The Australian Military and the Official Government Response 373
Chapter 18. UFO Secrecy and Disclosure in Spain 423
Chapter 19. UFOs and France—Beginnings of a Scientific Investigation 439
Chapter 20. Glimpses of Episodes in Other Countries 456
Epilogue 468
Appendix 472
Illustration and Photography Credits 530
Bibliography 540
About the Authors 559
Name Index 561
Subject Index 569
UFO Event Index 577

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What they're saying:

“While UFOs and Government revisits an often unhappy history, the reading of it is far from an unhappy experience. The authors, eloquent, intelligent, sophisticated, and conscientious, provide us with the first credible, comprehensive overview of official UFO history in many years… Most of the current volume deals with U.S. military and intelligence responses to the UFO phenomenon, but it also features richly informative chapters that expand the story across the international arena. If you’re looking for an example of a nation that dealt productively with the UFO reports that came its official way, you will take heart in the chapter on the French projects… From here on, every responsible treatment of UFOs and government will have to cite UFOs and Government prominently among its sources… this is the real story as accurately as it can be reconstructed in the second decade of the new century. I expect to keep my copy close at hand and to return to it often. While it cannot be said of many books, UFO-themed or otherwise, this is among the essential ones. Stray from it at your peril.” — Jerome Clark, from the Foreword

"The bibliography of the UFO phenomenon is vast but often deeary. This straightforward study of the limited topic of government responses to sightings of UFOs--unidentified flying objects--is an exception...Although the nine authors are part of the UFO community, they are not advocates of fringe theories. Their narrative is firmly based on the available sources...A useful resource of the study of a controversial topic. Summing Up: Recommended." —R. Fritze, Choice

"UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry is a well-researched and highly regarded book about the history of UFOs and their interactions with government agencies in the United States. The author, Michael Swords, is a respected researcher and scholar in the field of ufology, and the book is based on extensive research into government documents, historical archives, and other primary sources. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of UFO sightings, investigations, and government responses, including the famous cases such as Roswell and Project Blue Book. It also explores the political and cultural context of the times, providing insights into the attitudes and beliefs of government officials and the public. Overall, UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry is a highly recommended book for anyone interested in the history of UFO sightings and government responses, and it provides a valuable resource for researchers and scholars in the field of ufology." — ChatGBT


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