Shockingly Close to the Truth!: Confessions of a Grave-Robbing Ufologist
James W. Moseley & Karl T. Pflock
Prometheus, 2002 (2002)
Reviewed by David Pitt
ere is the most lively, most entertaining, most thoroughly mesmerizing history of the UFO movement you're ever likely to find. James Moseley joined the movement on the ground floor -- in the early fifties, not long after the alleged crash-landing at Roswell, when nearly everybody was seeing strange lights in the sky. Moseley, looking to make a name for himself, drove cross-country, interviewing scores of UFO witnesses and self-proclaimed experts; caught up in the excitement, he became one of ufology's most outspoken proponents.
ver the years, Moseley met most of the movement's famous names, believers and skeptics alike, and was privy to many of the true stories behind well-known incidents and hoaxes. Here, he and co-author Pflock (a noted investigator of UFO incidents) lay it all out for us: the personalities, the rivalries, the truth and lies. This isn't a book about UFOs; it doesn't matter whether or not you believe in them. This is a book about the people who devote their lives to them, about the movement itself in all its wacky, wonderful glory. Hugely enjoyable.
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