The book by Leslie Kean, UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record was published in 2010 and it is an excellent source for reliable information given by reliable people concerning the controversial issue of UFOs.
The people who were interviewed were not afraid of giving their real name to the author. Many of these people took the chance of facing censure and ridicule in order to tell their stories about their UFO encounters. Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist with a background in freelance writing and radio broadcasting. She has written for the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the International Herald Tribune, and many other reputable publications.
Anyone who is a skeptic or a believer about the subject of UFOs would do well to read this book. It has information given by high-ranking folks in their own words. The author gives the reader a chance to read about UFOs and does not preach acceptance of them and does not give engineering analyses of them. The book stands on its own with the words of the folks interviewed given freely in order to bring the subject of UFOs into the light of reason and put it under the judgment of you, the reader.
I read the book and came across some interesting facts, one being that UFOs are considered a hazard to navigation because they often block the path of aircraft and dart out of the way at the last moment as the pilot takes evasive action and risks life and limb in the process. A UFO does not depend upon airspeed to stay aloft but airplanes do. UFOs have been described as objects that play cat and mouse games with pilots and passengers. They never actually attack aircraft but they intimidate, either by accident or by intention. To me, a UFO had just seemed a strange object in the sky. I never thought of them as a hazard to navigation because I didn’t know just how close they got to aircraft.
I also learned about the personal reactions of pilots, especially fighter pilots, to the experience of being in the proximity of a UFO. My judgment, and I don’t know any more than anyone else does so take it for what it’s worth, is that they are craft with occupants who are studying us. Their reasons are kept within the hulls of their ships.
I liked the vivid and detailed descriptions given by professionals of what they had seen, heard, and recorded via radar plots and the like. The experience of each person was told in such a fashion as to cause me to get a little nervous. If UFOs can dart around in the sky with fantastic acceleration and change of direction, I thought about how powerful their weapons would be. What if they decided to turn them against us? Reference lots of science fiction movies and imagine them to be true. I was glad that UFOs had not decided to attack us.
The only shortfall that the book has, again in my opinion, is that it does not include the best photographs of UFOs that have been examined and pronounced legitimate by photographic experts. There are of course many side issues involving UFOs but the author chose to concentrate on aerial encounters only.
My only recommendation is this. Do not read the book like a novel. Read short sections of it and put it down and let the words roll about in your mind for a while. Then go back and do it again. In that way, you will understand what you read more readily and if you did not you can go back and reread sections until you do.