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Author: Leslie Kean Narrator: Heather Henderson Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781483059433
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An Air Force major is ordered to approach a brilliant UFO in his Phantom jet over Tehran. He repeatedly attempts to engage and fire on unusual objects heading right toward his aircraft, but his missile control is locked and disabled. Witnessed from the ground, this dogfight becomes the subject of a secret report by the US Defense Intelligence Agency.


In Belgium, an Air Force colonel investigates a series of widespread sightings of unidentified triangular objects, sending F-16s to attempt a closer look. Hundreds of eyewitnesses, including on-duty police officers, file reports about the incident, and a spectacular photograph of an unidentifiable craft is retrieved and analyzed.


Here at home, a retired chief of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Accidents and Investigations Division reveals the agency’s response to a thirty-minute encounter between an aircraft and a gigantic UFO over Alaska, which occurred during his watch and is documented on radar.


Now all three of these distinguished men have written breathtaking, firsthand accounts about these extraordinary incidents. They are joined by Air Force generals and a host of high-level sources who have agreed to write their own detailed, personal stories about UFO encounters and investigations for the first time.


They are coming forward now because of Leslie Kean, an investigative reporter who has spent the last ten years studying the still unexplained UFO phenomenon. Kean reviewed hundreds of government documents, aviation reports, radar data, and case studies with corroborating physical evidence. With the support of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, Kean draws on her research to separate fact from fiction and to lift the veil on decades of US government misinformation. Throughout, she presents irrefutable evidence that unknown flying objects—metallic, luminous, and seemingly able to maneuver in ways that defy the laws of physics—actually exist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “At last, a serious and thoughtful book about this controversial subject. Skeptics and true believers will find a treasure trove of insightful and eye-opening information. This book is bound to set the gold standard for UFO research.”

    Michio Kaku, PhD, author of Physics of the Impossible and host of Sci Fi Science on the Science Channel

  • “I was astonished by the care and precision of Leslie Kean’s research in this terrific book. Her analysis is carefully reasoned and to the point; her craftsmanship in organization and writing is superb.”

    Rudy Schild, PhD, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

  • “Like me, Leslie Kean is an agnostic on the issue of UFOs. Her book is a fine piece of journalism—not about beliefs, but about facts.  Kean presents the most accurate, most credible reports on UFOs you will ever find. She has fought long and hard to discover the facts and let the chips fall where they may. She may not have the final smoking gun, but I smell the gunpowder.”

    Miles O’Brien, former CNN space/science correspondent 

  • “The fascinating firsthand accounts make this a thought-provoking book, even for those of us who don’t know much about UFOs.”

    Neal Lane, PhD, Rice University, and former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • “In these pages we are confronted head-on by the UFO phenomenon as revealed firsthand by highly credible government officials and military aviation experts. Their credibility and integrity cannot be questioned, and their firsthand observations cannot be ignored.  Leslie Kean provides a challenging analysis and she writes with penetrating depth and insight. The revelations in this book constitute a watershed event in lifting the taboo against rational discourse about this controversial subject.”

    Harold E. Puthoff, PhD, director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin

  • “In an area of study where there aren’t many, this is a serious book. It is credible, clear, and compelling, without any far-fetched jumps in logic and assumption…Leslie Kean not only makes the case for, but calls for, a whole new concrete and realistic perspective on UFOs that has more honesty and integrity than any other that I have read.  This is a book for anyone with an open mind.”

    John L. Petersen, founder and president of the Arlington Institute

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 2/7/2014

    " One of the best, most highly researched books ever written on the subjects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/2/2014

    " One of the most well researched and credible UFO sighting books available. All reports are by top ranking military officials, airplane pilots world-wide and Government Officials. Details about specific popular sightings from reliable sources. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/6/2014

    " I have no idea whether UFOs are real or not. (That is to say, something otherworldly or what-have-you.) I very much enjoy reading about them, but am frequently irritated with the goofy, new-agey approach many authors use. This book, however, presents its case in a very no-nonsense, believable manner. Since I read books about UFOs mainly to be creeped out by them, this one was thus a goldmine of creepiness. I found the discussions of the UFOs over Arizona and the O'Hare Airport to be particularly compelling, and am hopeful that I will someday come across a thoughtful, serious book about these events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting book that was maybe a little too long for the subject. The book surveys many of the most interesting UFO incidents seen by government officials like pilots and police. The accounts were interesting and generally believable. The book did spend an inordinate amount of time asking why the U.S. doesn't take UFOs more seriously. The last 2 chapters should have been 2 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mack | 1/2/2014

    " Right off out of the gate in the introduction Kean sets the tone for how the reader is to examine the presented material. She does so by setting out in in simple and clear terms exactly what informed skepticism is. There are few books that cover this topic with the proper, honest, serious tone that it deserves. Kean does her profession and this much maligned area of study credit by approaching it with skepticism, rationality and with the facts. I personally am very picky when it comes to purchasing books in this genre, there is short list of authors who have published honest educated literature on the topic. Kean is now on that list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vera | 1/2/2014

    " An excellent anthology of comments from those in positions to know concerning the 5% of UFOs which can't be explained by conventional reasons. It ends with a request that the US get involved in some way, as other governments have done, and see if more understanding of what is going on can be found. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 12/29/2013

    " lots of information but something was missing. Very dry, like eating crackers without a drink, good up to the point its not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mphoff | 12/8/2013

    " Very thoughtfully put together, with a lot of intriguing investigations. The book represents those 5% of cases which have multiple sources and can not be explained. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 11/10/2013

    " It is unlikely that there is not something to the UFO question. The actual interviews were very interesting, but the writer's ongoing commentary was redundant and tedious and so it was a difficult read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milkman3367 | 6/3/2013

    " A well-researched introduction to some of the most famous UFO cases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mlg | 12/1/2012

    " Surprising thoughtful analysis of the small handful of military and commercial pilot sightings of UFO's in the past 20 or so years. Some of the stories are right out of Men in Black, but they are interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 9/19/2012

    " Leslie Kean has done a wonderful job laying out the facts as they stand and avoiding rampant speculation. I would have given it 5 stars but I thought it was fairly conservative.. could have went further in stating what might be behind the phenomena. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 9/14/2012

    " Little speculation, just very convincing testimonies of what these very credible witnesses saw. Asks why aren't the governments of the world investigating this phenomenon officially. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 3/12/2012

    " This book is 95% surely going to change my life. I'm not kidding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 1/9/2012

    " If you have any interest in UFO's this is a must read. Lets just say I let my brother borrow it, but took it back before he finished reading it, because I did not want to lose it. Very factual information, no weird stuff.I doubt there is a better UFO book out there, but let me know if there is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/22/2011

    " Lots of interesting casefiles here, gave me plenty of research material for my own book and short story series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton | 12/14/2010

    " One of the best, most highly researched books ever written on the subjects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 10/31/2010

    " Scholarly. Well researched. Frightening.

    If you need proof we are not alone, then this is it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 10/19/2010

    " Way back when I was in Sixth Grade, a good friend and I did a Science Fair project on what was then called U.F.Os. Fascinating. "

About the Author

Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist and author of the New York Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Her work has been published nationally and internationally, including in the Nation, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newark Star-Ledger, International Herald Tribune, Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Bangkok Post, Irish Independent, and the Journal of Scientific Exploration, among many others. Her stories have been syndicated through Knight Ridder / Tribune, Scripps Howard, New York Times wire service, Pacific News Service, and the National Publishers Association. She is cofounder and director of the Coalition for Freedom of Information.

About the Narrator

Heather Henderson is a voice talent, theater critic, and dramaturg. In addition to narrating audiobooks, she has voiced hundreds of commercial and educational projects, and her arts reviews and poems have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. She holds MFA and DFA degrees from the Yale School of Drama. She lives in Oregon.