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Cosmic Crashes Hardcover – April, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 1st edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684870231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684870236
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,980,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world. Originally from England, he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Format: Paperback
With this book, prolific writer reveals himself to be a firm believer in the notion that physical UFOs exist and have crashed on earth. He states at the end, "I closed my four-inch-thick file titled 'UFO Crashes - Worldwide'. The evidence was incontrovertible: the recovery of alien spacecraft was a global phenomenon." But what is the evidence? Not very much, from this book. One case that does appear genuine, from reading about it in Tony Dodd's book and in Len Stringfield's Status Report 6, a reported crash on the South African/Botswana border is dismissed as "a cover story for illegal transfer of nuclear technology from U.S. authorities to the South African government." I question Redfern's judgment when he states that Jenny Randles is a "respected researcher". This is someone who stated in her books that UFOs are holograms and/or a form of atmospheric phenomena. Redfern quotes Randles on the Rendlesham Forest incident: "a smokescreen for something else - possible a nuclear missile or a Russian satellite". Anyone who thinks that can't be considers a respected researcher, in my opinion.

The book features too much of Redfern interviewing Nick Pope. In my opinion, Pope had nothing interesting to say whatsoever. Towards the end, Redfern discusses the Ray Santilli "Roswell" footage and states that if it was a hoax then "it was a damned good one". I suppose he might have been young and impressionable when he wrote this book, but I don't see how the unconvincing, supposed alien autopsy footage can be considered authentic.

To his credit, it is a well written book. He states that he read several of Len Stringfield's Status Reports and that he considered Situation Red and Inside Saucer Post 3-0 Blue to be two first class books.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book, it is clear that the author Nicolas Redfern has spent a lot of time doing research for it by taking eyewitness accounts, riffling through documents recently declassified as part of various countries' Freedom of Information laws and subsequently writing this book. That is as far as this publication can be commended.
The problem with this book is that it neither satisfies the skeptic or the believer.
The book makes claims of mainly UK military and government involvement in the recovery of crashed or landed UFOs - however, nothing is substantiated here. The author uncovers vague government documents that don't prove anything. The first hand witnesses don't have any evidence to speak of besides their accounts. The strongest "evidence" is usually pure speculation of why the military apparently lied about events. Often the best or most interesting sources of information are hearsay (second-hand interviews from someone else). If you look at the photos in the middle of the book, you don't see anything of importance or proof. There are no photos of scorched landing marks, no pictures of unknown metallic objects and not even a blurry photo of something in the sky.
As far as caterring for the believer, the accounts are very superficial - for whatever reason - and only go so far as accusations about where the crashed UFOs and alien bodies are kept. We don't learn anything new about these aliens or their reason for being here. Subsequently, the accounts are boring, unexciting and unenlightening.
The first chapter are allegations that one of the reasons Marilyn Monroe and JFK were murdered was their desire to spill the beans on the UFO phenomenon. The substantial lack of proof in this chapter sets the tone for the rest of the book.
Overall, I was bored by the lack of depth to the extent of the alleged events disclosed by the author and disgusted by what the author considers quality journalism.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookster on January 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I fell asleep five pages into the book. Leave it to the British to make a book about UFOs butt-numbingly boring.
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