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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449007464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449007464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One day in 1943, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, something happened . . .
Suddenly the U.S.S. Eldridge, a fully manned destroyer escort, vanished into a green fog, within seconds appeared in Norfolk, Virginia, and then reappeared in Philadelphia!
For over thirty-six years officials have denied this, have denied any experimentation to render matter invisible -- have denied the reality of THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT.
If so, why --
* were all the men aboard ship who survived discharged as mentally unfit?
* did a scientific researcher on the project meet a mysterious death?
* were identities hidden, documents lost, and amazing connections between UFO sightings and events in the Bermuda Triangle denied?
THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT -- the first full-length documented report on a chilling unsolved mystery that's been discussed for years. Now, official documents and first-hand stories have been revealed. Here is the truth in a report so shattering it is difficult to believe it's NOT fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Or even be able to finish the book.
Duke 1968
The authors add to the puzzle, but never actually establish that the Philadelphia Experiment actually occurred.
Rottenberg's rotten book review
I would recommend it for those interested in finding out the truth.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Because the navy officially denies that any such experiment ever occurred, there is virtually no information available about the experiment. Therefore the authors rely on second-hand accounts, hearsay, and the recollections of some individuals long after the alleged experiment occurred.
Some of these accounts may or may not be true. The problem with this however, is that the authors do not attempt to document their sources. This means they are either unable or unwilling to document these sources. All of which means many or all of these sources or accounts could either be true or false.
Basically, nobody will ever know, and the authors may have wanted it that way. Admittedly, the book IS interesting, as long as the reader takes in the material with a certain amount of cautious skepticism. But there doesn't seem to be anything here that is strongly substantiated. That doesn't prove it's NOT true, it only proves that it cannot be proven to BE true.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1999
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I have read many articles and books about this philadelphia experiment...and i have to say this book is one of the worst. The author claims he has so much new information about this incident..but in actually he doesn't. I found he repeats alot of his arguments and statements alot throughout his chapters.There is better material than this. This book has nothing to do with the philadelphia experiment itself,just about theories if the experiment did actually happen. There is nothing about what actually occured during the experiment, his research is grade D. I suggest reading other books about the philadelphia experiment.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
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The so-called Philadelphia Experiment, the actual rendering of a navy destroyer invisible to the naked eye but having its crew suffer horrible effects, has been a fascinating ghost that roams on the realm of believability. The authors of this book make a good case for there being an actual experiment conducted in the Philadelphia Navy Yard under the auspices of Albert Einstein during 1943 to render a U.S. destroyer invisible to radar. However, the reader must beware of believing too much data form "scientists involved in the project yet wanting to remain anonymous". People, for whatever reasons, can and do lie. This could be no exception. With that being said, though, it appears that there WAS some kind of strange experiment that occurred. What that experiment exactly was and what the effects were on the crew of the ship will doubtless remain a mystery until whatever government files on the project are released. Do read the book if you have any interest at all in the possibility of humans vanishing from existance or burning for 18 days.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nairos on February 1, 2000
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I myself have done much research into the validity of the PX (Philadelphia Experiment). I should probably mention that I did this research before reading the book.
This book is interesting indeed, but you can find out as much, if not more, from websites alone. Marshall Barnes (a private investigator) has also done a considerable amount of research on this subject, and I suggest you try to find transcripts of any interviews he has been in.
So, will this book give you the secrets that the military so dearly holds? No, it won't, but it is worth the read.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rottenberg's rotten book review on August 22, 2004
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Caveat - I wasn't exactly expecting to finish PE a die-hard believer. That said, I was unprepared for how much of my skepticism stemmed from the authors' willingness to believe anything, and mask their suspension of disbelief as objectivity.

According to legend, the US Navy conducted invisibility experiments on one of their ships during WWII. Not simply invisible, the ship actually teleported from its berth in Philadelphia. However, the little-understood process played havoc with the crew - even after the experiment's end, some crewmen would "blink" in and out of existence, become frozen in time or catch fire. One man walked through a wall, never to be seen again. Of course, the Navy denies the whole thing....

While the legend places the story during the dark days of WWII, the legend itself began in the mid 1950's, with the publication of "The Case for the UFO" by Morris Jessup. (Aknowledging that Jessup is no scientist, Berlitz & Moore nevertheless refer to him as "Dr. Jessup".) Believing that propulsion of UFO's (and perhaps future human spacecraft) lay in solving Einstein's "Unified Field Theory", Jessup encouraged readers to press for research in that area. Jessup's book caught the attention of Carl Allen (AKA Carlos Allende), who spent the war in the Merchant Marine. In a series of rambling letters Allen insisted that Einstein had solved UFT, and the solution was successfully used to cloak a USN warship in wartime experiments.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Richard on January 6, 2000
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I liked Berlitz's books in young childhood, and have a certain fondness for them now. I appreciate them as purveyors of modern legend, since Berlitz never did any hard research, like looking in archives, official documents, etc. He would just repeat credulously what others had told him or written. But as for the Philadelphia Experiment, Moore and Berlitz fell far short of proving their case. Their star witness, Carlos Allende, is clearly insane and unreliable. Their other chief witness, Dr. "Rinehart," is quite paranoid and possibly insane as well. There really aren't any more witnesses, just a little innuendo. Furthermore, Allende's stories just don't check out when they can be checked out. He says there was a brief article about the experiment in a Philadelphia newspaper about that time - can't be found. Neither Allende nor his ship can be definitely placed in Philadelphia when the experiment supposedly took place. Allende identified the U.S.S. Eldridge as the test ship. There is no evidence of that, and besides, Allende's ship was being escorted a few weeks later in convoy by the Eldridge. To this observor that explains where Allende got the name of the ship - Allende had contact with the Eldridge in the Atlantic, not in Philadelphia, in other words. To sum, there is no hard evidence that the Philadelphia Experiment ever occurred.
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