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Unrigorous assessment of the evidence,
This review is from: The Real Roswell Crashed-Saucer Coverup (Contemporary Issues (Prometheus)) (Hardcover)
It's easy to prove any hypothesis if you only screen for evidence that supports your hypothesis. But this is not how one follows the scientific method. Klass fails in this book because he did not evaluate all of the evidence available to him, just the evidence that supported his thesis and a few bits of info that was shown to be bogus by others. He ignored the plethora of eyewitness testimony as detailed in the very compelling book "Witness to Roswell". He ignores the documents released by the US government under the Freedom of Information Act, which while they do not mention Roswell by name, they do contain several mentions of "flying disks" in the months and years immediately post-Roswell.
At least the author admits to a coverup. An example of his lack of rigor is that he questions how an advanced aircraft could crash on its own anyway, suggesting this as evidence of a bogus story. He fails to mention the thunderstorms over Roswell the night of the alleged crash, and that several eyewitnesses claimed to have seen something get struck by lightning in the sky and explode. While I would find it hard to accept that our military could shoot down a true alien spacecraft (their tech would be too far advanced for that to occur), or that an equipment failure on board would cause a crash, a lightning strike knocking out a UFO is something that I can wrap my head around as plausible.
Besides "Witness to Roswell", Philip Corso's book "The Day After Roswell" provides a pretty intriguing story of how the military recovered technology from the craft, and gave small samples to its defense contractors claiming they were recovered from a downed Russian jet, and asked the contractor to reverse engineer the material for use in the US defense program. These contractors proceeded to develope lasers, fiber optics, kevlar, microwaves, high strength titanium alloys, and semi-conductors via reverse engineering the materials. The book points out that the contractors were all allowed to file patents on their insights that they would be allowed to exploit commercially in parallel to the defense purposes they were being paid to develop. Corso points out that the first publications anywhere on these subjects, and the first patent filing for all of these technologies, were all in the first two years post-Roswell. He also provides a compelling story of why and how the military chose to cover up Roswell. Forgot to mention, Corso was a retired Army Colonel who was in charge of Foreign Technology R&D, precisely the group that reverse engineers and assimilates technology from capture enemy craft and weapons. Corso released this book in his 90's as he was nearing the end of the days by the way.
For any of you skeptics that consider yourselves open-minded and logically disciplined (like I do), I suggest you read one or both of these books I mentioned as they are not of the tin foil hat conspiracy monger variety, but are pragmatic fact based articulations of what has been uncovered by each author. These two books flipped me from a 5% to 95% belief that Roswell involved a UFO crash.