Shockingly Close to the Truth!: Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist

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Prometheus Books, Nov 2, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 371 pages
If you have any interest at all in the UFO phenomenon...or you just like reading about the very, very strange belief systems and adventures of very, very strange humans, youĂll find this book a non-preachy, nonjudgmental hoot. --San Diego Union Tribune SundayFifty years of UFO sightings and alien obsession is amusingly documented --Publishers WeeklyAt a time when so many UFO books are not worth buying, this autobiography by one of the long-time players in the ufology game is a welcome addition. Your ufological library will not be complete without [it]. --MUFON UFO JournalThis amusing, revealing, and entertaining romp through the confused and controversial history of the UFO craze is a must for believers and skeptics alike. Shockingly Close to the Truth! is the first and only comprehensive tell-all history of ufology from two men who have been at the center of this cultlike movement for close to half a century. James W. Moseley conveys the fun he has had over the years pursuing tall tales and purported evidence of visitors from outer space. As the creator of the newsletter Saucer Smear--the source on the follies, foibles, fads, and feuds of ufology--Moseley has the inside scoop on the amazing world of serious UFO sleuths and wigged-out ˘saucer fiends. His co-author, Karl T. Pflock, has been tracking reports of unidentified flying objects for close to half a century and has written the most thorough investigation of the Roswell incident ever done.For Moseley it all began as a lark in 1953 when he drove across country and interviewed almost 100 UFO experts and eyewitnesses, including former president Harry S Truman. After all these years, his account of this journey is here published for the first time, a goldmine for anyone interested in modern social and ˘ufological÷ history. He also talks candidly about his encounters with and assessments of leading UFO personalities, including Budd Hopkins, George Adamski, J. Allen Hynek, and many others. In addition, he reveals the whole truth behind the infamous Straith letter hoax, the real origins of the Men in Black, and the true story of George Adamski's alleged 1952 encounter with a man from Venus. Along the way he recounts his incredible adventures as a grave robber of pre-Columbian artifacts in Peru (Move over Indiana Jones!), to which there is also a bizarre UFO connection. Complementing the exuberant narrative are many original photos of famous persons and events from Moseley's private collection, plus facsimile reproductions of the Straith letter and the complete October 1957 special Adamski exposT issue of Smear's predecessor, Saucer News.A feast for UFO buffs this book will also interest students of popular culture, social trends, and the psychology of belief.James W. Moseley (Key West, FL) is the Permanent Chairman (since 1971) of the National UFO Conference, the creator and editor (since 1954) of the newsletter Saucer Smear, and the author of UFO Crash Secrets at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.Karl T. Pflock (Placitas, NM), a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and intelligence officer for the CIA, is the author of the highly acclaimed Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Prologue The Truth Is Out There Maybe
15
Prologue The Time Machine
21
S A U C E R
60
Attack of the Saucer
89
The Straight Straith and Other Mysteries Revealed
129
11
141
Adrift in a Saucering Sargasso
155
13
259
Roswell MJ12 and All That
261
Conned Again and Other Follies
269
15
285
16
299
Millennial Musings and Parting Shots
323
Appendix The Straith Letter December 1957
331
Sources of Further Enlightenment
353

I Become an Expert
178
The Great Con and the Morning After
194
Were Baaaaaaack
221
Greetings Again Fellow Saucer Fiends
234
Ufology Snatched Crashed and Mutilated
249

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James W. Moseley (Key West, FL) is the Permanent Chairman (since 1971) of the National UFO Conference, the creator and editor (since 1954) of the newsletter Saucer Smear, and the author of UFO Crash Secrets at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Karl T. Pflock (Placitas, NM), a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and intelligence officer for the CIA, is the author of the highly acclaimed Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe.

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