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Couldn't Put It Down
, July 28, 2007
This review is from: Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the 60-Year Cover-Up (Paperback)
Relying 100% on eyewitness and secondary witness testimony this book weaves together a picture of what the authors believed happened at Roswell back in 47'. If you don't believe the ET craft / alien body hypothesis then the first question that you have to answer about half way through the book is simply this, "Why in the world would these people - quite a number on their deathbeds - make this stuff up?" Fame and fortune? I don't see fortunes being raked in by these supposed witnesses and if fame is having your name written up in book that just might get you weird looks at the church bingo game....well, then I guess it's worth it. Unless of course, the answer is all these people have somehow collaborated together for this story or borrowed from each other's accounts. In other words, they are all bold-faced liars. The fact that 600+ people would randomly do such a thing I believe is a bigger focus of concern than if an actual alien craft did crash near Corona. All the supposed fabrications just don't make sense. And if it does make sense where else in history do we have an example of such a lie that has the same positive benefits for those that perpetrate it? I couldn't think of any.
The authors also mention a number of people who refuse to talk at all about their involvement with Roswell. If these tight-lipped folks are represented accurately by the authors - then one gets the distinct impression that they aren't talking because they are afraid of being associated with the wing nuts who believe in the ET hypothesis - it is because they fear reprisal by the Powers That Be or they feel a duty to keep the secret they were told to shut up about half a century ago. Those that do talk seem to verify this is the reason the others aren't talking. The author's ask the appropriate question repeatedly, "Why would these reluctant participants not want to talk about a weather balloon?" And if it was something top secret other than a weather balloon - it certainly doesn't answer why, according to the witnesses - everyone was scratching their heads trying to figure out what the debris was.
Those of us who have read and thought about what happened at Roswell grow tired of the argument that something extraordinary such as a UFO crash didn't happen because we don't have any physical evidence, pictures, or something else that would hold up in the court of law to prove it. It's ludicrous to suggest that if it was determined that an event of this magnitude would be far too earth-shattering to reveal - particularly on the heals of world war - that a secret of that nature couldn't be kept and evidence erased or locked up. Of course it could. Extraordinary events demand extraordinary measures and if vacuuming a desert floor isn't just that - I don't know what is. The author's outline events in a way that certainly makes one believe this was the Event of the Millennium - and those who were in charge knew it.
I only have a few complaints about the book. While it's obvious the authors have done their research and homework - it's difficult to take them seriously when the book is laced with the perfunctory alien head or outline of the classic UFO on every page. While the UFO enthusiast might understand such graphical enhancements - the skeptic certainly wouldn't. It detracts from the serious subject matter of the book and just might keep me from sending a copy to my Roswell skeptic, Air Force retired Dad.
I'm also disturbed by the author's apparent dismissal of mortician's Glenn Dennis testimony of his encounter with the nurse and further question his voracity as a witness. They have no trouble accepting the testimony from witnesses who lied through their teeth about their participation in the Roswell incident in the past - because they felt an obligation to country or their safety of their family to do so, yet Mr. Dennis says that he lied about the nurses' name because she requested he do so - and the author's cry foul. What's the difference? It suggests a hidden bias against Mr. Dennis that leaves the reader wondering why. By the author's own admission he certainly was a man in position to know something about what was going on.
What? No mention of the testimony of Philip Corso of "The Day After Roswell" fame? It would have been fascinating to know the author's take on his crash testimony. The same holds true of David Rudiak's potentially ground-breaking research on the Roswell memo. It leaves the impression that the author's might be selectively picking and choosing their evidence particularly when Corso's testimony ended up being a New York Time's bestseller and Rudiak's work was highlighted by none other than Jesse Marcel Jr. - who handled crash debris himself. The absence of Corso's testimony - or at least an opinion of his testimony - leaves a hole in their otherwise comprehensive research. The same holds true with the Ramey memo in the famous weather balloon photograph featuring Marcel Sr.
Detractions aside, I agree with other reviewers that this is so far the definitive work on Roswell and for that reason alone deserves 5 stars.
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