The period that immediately followed the excitement of the war had a sense of anticlimax, and this led to stories about flying saucers being grabbed by “news-hungry writers”. So writes Michael Anglo in his book Nostalgia, Spotlight on the Fifties, from which the following is taken.

Stories about flying saucers not only made good copy but could be slanted with an anti-Russian angle, Anglo points out; it could be asked whether the flying saucers were a new Russian weapon. He says this was “a feasible possibility at the time when the Cold War was hotting up”. Most people believed this theory, rather than that the Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) were invaders from Mars or another planet, he writes...

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