Ancient Aliens: Close Encounters with Human History

9781477781579. ea vol: 250p. (Conspiracies and Cover-Ups). further reading. glossary. maps. websites. Rosen Young Adult. 2015. lib. ed. $38.25.
Gr 10 Up—These dense accounts all emphasize the ways government, military, and science fields ignore or destroy evidence of long-standing activity of extraterrestrial beings on Earth. The broadest look at truth suppression, Top Secret Government Archives, explores how individuals "secreted within the highest echelons of government" have expunged material on many events and individuals often considered infamous, including the 1947 UFO crash at Roswell, NM. The books draw on copious writings, opinions, and extensive interviews with individuals who have personally interacted with aliens. The discussion of the disclosure movement among ufologists hypothesizes numerous ways history and society might be changed if the information were all made public. The layout may put off readers: few black-and-white photos break up the long blocks of text. The glossaries and some items in the lengthy bibliographies are the only real young adult material here.
VERDICT There's worthwhile information, but it's likely that only very committed adults will slog through the reading.

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