Book Review: UFOs and the National Security State by Richard M. Dolan

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Richard M. Dolan, UFOs and the National Security State

Title: UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1941-1973
Author: Richard M. Dolan
Genres: Non-fiction, History, Conspiracy, Politics
Length: 21 hrs, 21 mins (Audiobook)
Published: 2000

My Rating: ★★★★½
Read: 7/4/2023 – 8/1/2023


I’ve been on a major UFO kick lately and this book was a grail of information.

Spanning the years of 1941-1973, this book discusses various documented and undocumented UFO sightings as well as government involvement and denial. A majority of the book consists of eyewitness accounts across the country.

The book’s organization is fantastic. Each event is told chronologically and sorted into sections. The pages are jam-packed with information. It’s easy to see why this is the first of two volumes. Despite the amount of information, it didn’t feel dull or dry.

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • The organization. Even while listening to the audiobook, it was easy to backtrack.
  • The narrator did a good job avoiding a monotone delivery which seems to be an easy trap to fall into in this genre.
  • Consisted of a wide array of POVs.

What I didn’t like:

  • Had a tendency to drift off-topic.


I’m very much looking forward to reading Volume 2!

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