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The Roswell Incident Hardcover – July 1, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Communications (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567311326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567311327
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The crash of a flying disk near Roswell, New Mexico is the landmark event in UFO history, yet there is no concrete proof of any extraterrestrial presence at the site. Charles Berlitz and William Moore adamantly maintain that the evidence does exist, but is buried under lies and threats from the United States government. While I have to reserve judgment, I am fascinated by the chain of evidence presented in this book, which is something of a sacred text in UFOology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alain Lipus on October 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Both authors have done splendid work in research of the most notorious UFO accident. The fact that it was the very first explains several "errors" that were made by the Army during processing. But because all artifacts have been securely removed, no one can really verify the existence of aliens in military labs or any detail about the vessel. Everything is spread by words of eyewitneses and through some inconsistence in Army documents.
Nevertheless have authors very carefully examined every document, picture and word avalaible and put it together into very understandable and also probable form. With such events happening you really cannot expect proofs flowing around, because this is too volatile topic to be publicly disclosed (due to various governments, of course). So for us it remains an entertainment through such books to enjoy the topic and think about in the "what if..." manner.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The facts are unbelievable.Why do not the people in U.S. have a concensus on this issue.I mean force the government to comeout with everything about the classified information which concerns the public.But the fact which leaves a reader to think why all the ufo sightings are made in US or russia why not elsewhere?? Any work on other parts of the world. I congratulate both the authors for this excellent work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Robinson, Jr. on October 18, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first publication devoted to the Roswell Incident. It is compiled from the early research of Stanton Friedman, Len Stringfield, Berlitz and Moore. Several photos of people mentioned. Many more books out there which tell more of the story, but it's nice to have this one to say. "I've got the first book about it". that is, if you don't count "Behind the Flying Saucers" by Frank Scully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JQ on September 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Well, fellow UFOers, this isn't a great book, unfortunately. Although there was a lot of information in it, the book jumped around a lot making it hard to follow. On the other hand, I did learn a few new things, so I'll call it "worth the price I paid" but I wouldn't recommend it. I would say that it might be good for someone just getting into UFOlogy, to learn some basics, some old news about Roswell (I guess it's all old news about now, isn't it :)
If it were better written and stayed on topic from paragraph to paragraph it could be good, but it doesn't do that. Most of the pictures were hard to see, too.
Certainly isn't Amazon's fault, though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. K. Goldsmith on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My review originally published in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, November 30, 1980. I have shortened it here for considerations of space.

The authors .... state unequivocally that "the Army Air Force came into possession of a bona fide UFO together with the remains of its crew. And apparently since that time the Air Force and U.S. Government have been trying to decide what to do about it."

The gist of this book is an attempt to demonstrate, through interviews with"witnesses", fragments of documentation out of context, hearsay, and a series of poor quality photos apropos of nothing, that (a) a UFO crashed in 1947; (b) it was recovered; (c)it contained, among other things, the bodies of several aliens (maybe even a live one); and (d) the entire U.S. government conspired to keep it from becoming public knowledge.

Aside from the obvious fact that the Washington sieve has leaked everything from the Pentagon papers to top secret aircraft in the interim, the book is filled with dozens of other weaknesses. The authors frequently confuse Langley AFB, Va. with the CIA headquarters near D.C. Surely no serious researcher would make such an error unless it was a not-too-subtle attempt to link the CIA with the USAF in the cover-up.

Berlitz and Moore provide a vague and poorly linked series of rationalizations to support their thesis. And their "fully documented story of a manned UFO landing in New Mexico", so baldly announced on the dust jacket, never materializes. That an author such as Berlitz (known for his "Bermuda Triangle") would be involved in this kind of book is not surprising. But how he found someone to publish it is even a bigger mystery than the UFO.

Kent Goldsmith
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By Johns on December 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jesse Marcel was named in Len Stringfield's The UFO/Crash Retrieval Syndrome Status Report II, and in that Stringfield mentions, "Bill Moore, persuasive and methodical in his probing skills, told me during a private meeting in Cincinnati in July 1979, that he had uncovered some good firsthand data about the 1947 crash. In trust, he related some of his material and if his informants are as reliable as he alleges, then the Air Force long ago had evidence to back up and make policy about the incursive UFO." Evidently various people were interviewed and some background information to the alleged crash was provided, for example, there was the worst lightning storm rancher Mac Brazel had ever seen on the night of the incident.

That data is presented in this book, the first mass-printed paperback to mention the incident seriously since Harold Wilkins' 1953 book, Flying Saucers on the Attack, provides background to the Roswell story and suggests that there was another UFO crash at Aztec, New Mexico.

On page 108 it is stated that, during a train journey, a soldier told an employee of a radio and TV services company that he was one of three drivers who took the remains of a UFO from Aztec to Fort Riley in a convoy of three trucks. Bill Moore interviewed Frank Scully's widow. She told him that Edward Ruppelt had confided to her, "Confidentially, of all the books that have been published about flying saucers, your book was the one that gave us the most headaches because it was closest to the truth."

Despite this, Moore and Berlitz claim that Scully's Behind the Flying Saucers was "highly inaccurate" and "poorly researched" and that he made a mistake by claiming the crash scene was Aztec, not Roswell.
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