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The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects

Edward J. Ruppelt

Book Overview: 

'Straight from the horse's mouth', as they say. Edward Ruppelt was the first head of the U.S. Air Force's Project Blue Book, the official project initiated to investigate UFO reports beginning in 1952. This report from 1956 takes us inside these initial investigations, separates fact from fiction, and gives insight into who, when, where, and how sightings were reported and researched in open-minded fashion (for which Ruppelt was renowned), rather than in the typical hushed and secretive (and censored) manner most often associated with government and military reports which are released to the public.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . been doing a lot of thinking about this, they said, and they had a theory.

The green fireballs, they theorized, could be some type of unmanned test vehicle that was being projected into our atmosphere from a "spaceship" hovering several hundred miles above the earth. Two years ago I would have been amazed to hear a group of reputable scientists make such a startling statement. Now, however, I took it as a matter of course. I'd heard the same type of statement many times before from equally qualified groups.

Turn the tables, they said, suppose that we are going to try to go to a far planet. There would be three phases to the trip: out through the earth's atmosphere, through space, and the re-entry into the atmosphere of the planet we're planning to land on. The first two phases would admittedly present formidable problems, but the last phase, the re-entry phase, would be the most critical. Coming in from outer space, the craft . . . Read More

Community Reviews

By age ten I was getting into UFOs. There were stories about them in the papers and in such mainstream publications as Life and Look magazines. Books about them occupied more than a shelf at the Park Ridge Public Library and were prominently displayed on the revolving bookstands at the drugstores...more

This is a most unusual book.

Originally published in 1956 by the former director of Project Bluebook, the U.S. Air Force’s controversial investigation into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO), the first seventeen chapters make the case that the Air Force too easily dismissed UFO reports...more

Captain Edward J. Ruppelt was the first director of Project Blue Book, and the man credited with coining the phrase UFO, Unidentified Flying Object. Anyone interested in the history of ufology should find this book fascinating, as it is a peek behind the curtain at the Air Force's initial attempt...more

I feel that everyone who has an interest in the study of UFOs should read this book for a good grounding.

Too often do you find books with the sensationalist stories of those who want to "force" people to believe in extraterrestrial spacecraft, and on the other hand, there are many books by those...more

When I saw that I could download this classic of Ufology for a pittance on my Nook, I was very excited. Edward Ruppelt was the head of the Air Force's UFO investigation, Project Blue Book, from 1951-1953. After leaving that post and retiring from the Air Force, he wrote a book reviewing his tenur...more

The genuine granddaddy of all UFO books is also, after so many years (it was originally written in 1956), still one of best. But there are frustrating moments. As you read the book, you feel pulled in two directions. Captain Ruppelt's (Project Blue Book) voice is a compelling one, in part due to...more

It really reads more “one man’s oral history” than “report,” and it can be quite tedious times. That said, there’s some good stuff in it as it traces the rise and fall of Projects Sign, Twinkle, Grudge, and Bluebook.

It’s surprisingly lacking in report-like details until you get to Rup...more

This book was written by one of the people who was responsible for reports and investigations in Project Blue Book. In the book, he gives his "side of the story" so to speak, about what went on with the investigations, what criteria were used to sort and categorize each investigated incident and...more

Sometimes you encounter a book that you can't quite classify. A book that would never win any literary awards, yet which is so unique and illuminating and without peer in its subject field that reading it is profoundly satisfying and creates a cherished memory.

What Air Force Captain Edward J. Ru...more

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