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Richard Dolan studied history, English, and philosophy as an undergraduate at Alfred University. His deep passion for the discipline of history resulted in a scholarship to study at Oxford University and a near miss for a Rhodes Scholarship.
He chose instead to do graduate work at the University of Rochester, where he focused on German and Soviet studies before moving on to American Cold War diplomacy.
Not wanting to teach, he left academia to write.In 1994 he became interested in the UFO problem, approaching it from the angle of history and politics.He was intrigued by the cultural schizophrenia - the fact that mainstream and academic culture (official culture) continued to treat UFOs as amusement, but that so many intelligent people privately had taken it seriously.
Throughout 1995, 1996, and 1997 he conducted a systematic bibliographic search, hunting down the many out-of-print books and UFO documents released over the years through the Freedom of Information Act.
He found the amount of information nearly overwhelming.
A detailed chronology of relevant events was prepared in advance of writing his critically acclaimed book, UFOs and the National Security State: Chronology of a Coverup, 1947-1973.
This book provides the crucial foundation everyone needs: a clear, comprehensive, but concise historical narrative of the problem. He is completing work on the study's second volume, which will take the story deeper into the 20th century.