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In fairness, I must agree with reviewers who note that Mike Campbell does not come across as objective. In fact, he rants here and again and has no patience with some of the other Earhart researchers. But as to the evidence, Campbell seems to me a man who has been convinced by the preponderance of evidence he presents. That's far different from someone who starts with a pet theory and then cherry-picks evidence to support it, which is how some critics paint him.
I won't put "Spoiler Alert" in all caps as usual because it seems Mr. Campbell's opinion on the Earhart disappearance is known. What he does here is an excellent job of supporting his opinion with a mountain of information that is extensively discussed. The evidence presented convinced me, and any objective observer who weighs what is known about Earhart's ill-fated flight has to at least entertain the notion that she and Noonan died on Saipan.
There are too many first-hand accounts from different people, told to different interviewers at different times, many with no or little knowledge of others' statements that ended up corroborating their own stories, to ignore. From natives to U.S. military veterans, multitudes of people with nothing to gain - and some, at least in their own minds, with something to lose (natives still fearing the Japanese) - came forward with statements about two Caucasian fliers, one a woman, being in Japanese custody on Saipan in 1937.
Most of these sightings specify Saipan, not anywhere else in the extensive Japanese-controlled territory in the pre-war Pacific. Such a happening would, in the context of an isolated island in that era, be something so momentous and unusual that it's no wonder many people would remember it. Also understandable is the natives' fear of the Japanese long after the war was over.
While it seems a stretch that none of the photographs mentioned by so many witnesses have ever surfaced, that's the only major curiosity I was left with. Well, and whether the witnesses who stated they saw the Electra were asked whether the plane they saw had any unusual or interesting features. Surely at least some would have mentioned the huge circular antenna protruding from its roof.
What I think would be very helpful in a future edition would be for Mr. Campbell to create a timeline showing the what, where, and when of significant events, the evidence and testimony supporting each, the number and names of witnesses, and a few snippets from their statements.
If you're interested in the Earhart mystery, read this book and make up your own mind.
The conclusions drawn from such extensive research lead one to see what truly makes the most sense for the time period. It is an amazing book and one I highly recommend. Please know though that this book is so full with each and every detail that you must be ready to focus on the extensive disclosure of names, dates and military data. Not wanting to leave one detail out he has been thorough but that much detail can be challenging to comprehend and facilitate in your mind. So be ready to pack your brain full! Worth every jot and tittle!!