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

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Synopsis: This 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 expose 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.

From the Inside Flap: From Roswell to "The X-Files," UFO tales litter the landscape of modern popular culture. But what about the characters behind the scenes--and in front of the cameras--the people who make up the worldwide UFO subculture?

SHOCKINGLY CLOSE TO THE TRUTH! is the first-ever insider social history of ufology. Here, the amazing world of serious UFO sleuths and wigged-out "saucer fiends" is laid bare by two men who know where the bodies--alien and otherwise--are and are not buried. James W. Moseley has been at the center of "The Field" almost from the beginning. He tells all in the wry, lively, ironic style that has been the hallmark of his UFO commentaries and reporting since the early 1950s, when he stumbled into the world of flying saucers--a stranger in a very strange land. Moseley and his coauthor, Karl T. Pflock, an accomplished UFO hunter in his own right, take readers on an amusing, revealing, and entertaining romp through the confused and controversial history of UFOs and those who chase them.

For Moseley it all began in 1953, when he drove across the country and interviewed almost a hundred UFO experts and eyewitnesses, even speaking privately with former president Harry S. Truman about what he knew. At long last, the story of this amazing odyssey is published here for the first time, a gold mine for anyone interested in modern social and UFO history. Moseley also talks candidly about his encounters with and assessments of leading UFO personalities, including John Keel (THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES), Budd Hopkins, Philip Klass, Gray Barker, Donald Menzel, George Adamski, Donald Keyhoe, and J. Allen Hynek. In addition, he reveals the whole truth behind the infamous Straith letter hoax, the real origins of the Men in Black, and the inside scoop on Adamski's alleged 1952 encounter with "a Space Brother from Venus." Along the way he recounts his incredible adventures as a robber of pre-Columbian graves in Peru, to which there is also an amusing UFO connection. Complementing the exuberant narrative are fifty-one fascinating photos of famous and not-so-famous ufological persona and events, many never before published.

In SHOCKINGLY CLOSE TO THE TRUTH! Moseley and Pflock reveal the truth--or shockingly close to it--of a half century of ufology and "ufoology," from the innocent early days of 1950s Space Brother contactees to the paranoid present filled with government cover-ups and alien abductions--as lived, observed, interpreted, and to a considerable degree influenced by Jim Moseley himself.

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