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If you've ever wondered what crashed into the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, this book will give you some startling answers. While the first version was published in hardcover in 1997, Corso provides new evidence for the presence of alien intruders in this pocket paperback edition. Whether or not you believe his contention, the sheer weight of governmental sources and documentation presented by the former Army intelligence officer is not easily dismissed. Once you understand the historical context (in the midst of the Cold War soon after World War II, with Orson Welles having recently inspired panic in citizens with his fictional War of the Worlds radio broadcast), the military deciding to cover up a real-life alien ship becomes more credible. Corso also gives a convincing explanation of why reports were so multi-various and conflicting. Even if you believe the book is utter fiction, it's still a compelling read. --Randall Cohan

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As the 50th anniversary approaches of the crash of a so-called extraterrestrial craft near Roswell, New Mexico, the UFO conspiracy theory is getting more attention. These latest books approach Roswell from different perspectives but identical agendas. Hesemann and Mantle are young UFO researchers who have visited Roswell and spent several years collecting documents and eyewitness testimony from people reputedly involved in either the crash recovery or its cover-up. (Most of the eyewitnesses turn out not to be.) The authors trade off chapters, with Hesemann using his anthropologist's training not only to tie the Roswell crash to Native American legends but to claim that Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Greek alphabet are directly related to the characters said to have adorned the crashed spacecraft's exterior. Corso, a career military intelligence officer, claims to have managed myriad research projects throughout the 1950s connected to recovery of the Roswell craft. Like Hesemann and Mantle, he asserts that the Cold War was a cover to develop "alien technology" that superpowers USA and USSR could not only use against the other but against the threat of extraterrestrial invasion. The most memorable passage in either book, however, is Hesemann and Mantle's suggestion that President Clinton induced the warring parties to make peace in the Bosnian war only by showing them proof of that alien menace. For public libraries convinced that pro-UFO books are needed for balance, the Hesemann and Mantle may be appropriate. The Corso is only for the few special libraries that have made documenting the unconventional a collecting priority.?Scott H. Silverman, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067101756X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671017569
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very interesting book to read.
Joshua Agee
After growing up with this story and reading many accounts I believe that what's in the book actually happened and most of what's in the book is true.
The author is very credible and made a believer out of me.

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151 of 152 people found the following review helpful By commontone on April 11, 2006
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Before I begin my review, let me clarify that I have only a moderate curiosity in UFO's and such. I'm not a skeptic or a believer, but someone who sees a field of study that's intriguing, impossible to flat-out dismiss, and at the very least entertaining. Nevertheless I did pick up this book and read it. Here are my thoughts:

Many skeptics ask, "If the government DOES know something about aliens and UFOs, why, and how, do they keep it secret from everyone else?"

Col. Corso's book gives a sober and convincing explanation for this. Rather than giving a broad overview, however, he wisely sticks to a specific description of his own hands-on experience and how he did the job he was asked to do. Specifically, as head of the Army's Foreign Technology Desk in the Pentagon, Corso alleges he was in charge of "getting something useful" out of alien artifacts collected from the Roswell UFO crash in 1947.

Corso was faced with a challenge: How do you gather funding and personnel (many of whom are low-ranking) for a US Army R&D project on the Roswell UFO artifacts, while using "normal," visible administrative channels, and keep it a secret from other branches of the government and even many of the individuals directly involved?

In describing how he faced that challenge, Corso gives a thorough account of not only the alien technology he says was discovered at Roswell, but the bureaucratic processes involved in researching it and putting it to use. He describes how artifacts from Roswell gave earthly science a jumpstart on the integrated circuit chip, the laser, and a host of other technologies, and how these technologies were "seeded" outside the military to eventually better life for the public.
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful By M. Bose on March 11, 2000
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I've read literally hundreds of books and articles on UFO's - which I find to be a very serious subject. Unfortunately there are too many "questionable" sources contributing to the subject and many times it makes a mockery of serious contributers. In "The Day After Roswell" Colonel Philip J. Corso provides what I feel is the most detailed, reliable and completely objective account of history's most debated UFO incedent. Colonel Corso is one of a kind - in the right position at the right time to have first hand knowledge of many interesting details, a man of unquestionable integrity dedicated to serving the American people and exposing this incident for what it really is, and a true master of seperating fact from speculation. The truth is completely exposed in this book, more completely than I've ever seen. Everything from what actually happened in the deserts of New Mexico to the political and military scramble to not only cover it up but also to prepare a defense against it. Colonel Corso, I salute you - it takes a man of exceptional courage to jeapordize such an outstanding military career to do what's right.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2002
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Here is my thoughts on this book. This is a fascinating book that is well written, logical, and easy to read. It clearly explains how the great jump in our technology happened in the last 50 or so years. IF it's true. If it's not a true book, then the author is very creative and the book is still a good read.
I for one do not doubt that this whole book might be based on truth. Basically the author recounts how he got a filing cabinet full of information that he had to 'farm out' to companies. The information? technology that was retrieved from a downed space craft (UFO) that crashed in Roswell. The author recounts how he helped share this information with others so that they could use it to increase our technology.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T.C.'s Dad on April 11, 2006
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I bought this book in 1999. It was my first real foray into ufology and it really hooked me. I was working on a "swords to plowshares" program in the R&D dept of BART. We were converting "Black Program" products and interfaced with DARPA. Consequently, I know a little about the DARPA activities over the years. As I see it, Corso DID NOT LIE!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ahee on January 27, 2000
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THE DAY AFTER ROSWELL is the first `UFO book' I've ever bothered to read. I guess I'd never really looked upon the whole `UFO thing' as being all that book-worthy. Granted, I've always seen the subject as an interesting one. Let's face it, thousands of sane, credible people have seen things in the skies that were more than `probably just Venus', but with the very nature of a UFO being `unidentified', any book on the subject would have to bring a uniquely informed writer to the table to keep it from being just another speculative exercise on a highly speculative subject. Which brings us to the author, Col. Philip J. Corso. Say what you want about the subject matter of the book, or the tale the good Col. is telling, at least in Col. Corso, the story is coming from a qualified source. A person who would have known.
So what exactly is the story? Well, it isn't the `UFO agenda' smoking gun the title had me expecting. In fact, it isn't at all what I expected. Whereas I thought the book might be about actual `EBE's'(extraterrestrial biological entities), where they may have come from or what they might be doing here, the book hardly touches on any of that. What it does touch on is how Col. Corso, from his post within the Army's Research & Development program in the early 1960's, went about farming out bits and pieces of technology from a crashed spacecraft found near Roswell in 1947, into ongoing Defense Department development programs. As he tells his story, it was put upon him not only to think up different weapons applications for each little piece of crash wreckage he had at his disposal, but to also put them in the hands of the right contractor, working on the right projects, while at the same time not letting anyone know where the technology was coming from.
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