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Nick Redfern began his writing career in the 1980s on Zero -- a British-based magazine devoted to music, fashion, and the world of entertainment. He has written eight books, including Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story, and has contributed articles to numerous publications, including the London Daily Express, Eye Spy magazine, and Military Illustrated. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743497538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743497534
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors aim was to offer a prosaic explanation for the Roswell UFO crash. However, the author creates or hangs his explanation on a maze of speculation and hearsay, best summarised in two parts.

[1]. CAUSE: Four Chinese or Japanese midget prisoners with progeria are transfer from the Japanese 731 Unit (Japan's Secret Biological Warfare Unit) in Manchuria to the United States (all secret). These progeria midgets are taught to pilot a Japanese version of the German Horten glider suspended below a Fugo balloon hybrid type flying device. The midgets on this occasion are sent up by the US to study something, in the upper atmosphere, nuclear energy for propulsion aircraft, radiation experiments, I don't know? But the hapless crew are sent up by the US Army (more secrets), their glider starts to spin and breaks up, one of the Chinese/Japanese progeria midgets is sucked out of the glider and... Oh I have to stop!!!!

[2]. SOURCE - Well would you believe 4 anonymous people. The primary tail tellers are called the "Black Widow" and an army "Colonel"? That's it!

The author attempts to link the whole scenario with official documents but fails badly. I wonder how the editor of this abomination kept a straight face. In fact the `crash alien space craft' story had a better chance of being real than this account. Look for better sourced material on the Roswell incident.

Down in flames. Save your money.

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First of all, a disclaimer: I'm something of a fan of Mr. Redfern's work. I think he's fun to read, and he must be a brave man to go monster-hunting in creepy places all over the planet. Besides this book, I've read "Keep Out," "Three Men in Search of Monsters," "The NASA Conspiracies," and "Strange Secrets."

I understand why the other reviewers criticized his use of unnamed sources: "the Colonel," and "the Black Widow." But from my experience as a newspaper report for a number of years, sometimes a promise of confidentiality is the only way to get a source to share information. And Mr. Redfern works hard to corroborate the secret sources. He has done a massive amount of research into the Roswell Incident, and although it's controversial, his theory about American use of human test subjects in nuclear research needs to be part of that extended conversation

I do wonder, however, how any policy-maker, civilian or military, could in in the shadow of World War II and of Nazi atrocities, order human tests while the Nuremberg war-crime trials were filling the headlines. It seems like the risks would have far outweighed the benefits.

One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 14, "The Crashed UFOs that Never Were." Mr. Redfern details a number of U.S. government operations to spread bogus UFO reports to confuse the Soviets, or to distract public attention from U.S. weapons research. This part of the book relies little on confidential courses and seems to be taken mostly from declassified public-domain materials.

Please note. this is a serious book, unlike some of Mr. Redfern's monster-hunting volumes, which contain a considerable amount of humor. So, in summary, I enjoyed "Body-snatchers" cover to cover. even though I'm not 100 percent convinced.
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The title was so upsurd and the synopsis so laughable that I ended up taking this book home from the library. And I have to admit, I'm quite surprised.

If you have the ability to sustain a bit of belief that the folks interviewed in this book were actually telling the truth, then the stretch about the progeria-ridden Japanese folks doesn't seem all that strange anymore, especially if you understand the mechanics of Progeria as a disease.

As a former student of psychology, I find the theory that Roswell had much more to do with government embarassment and human cruetly than with outer space aliens as very plausible. I cannot say that in any regard the people he's interviewed could ever be trusted 100% without being able to check their background information, but the theory in and of itself is not completely unrealistic. Nick Redfern even goes into the technological and historical reasons why these experiments would have been carried out, how they got there in the first place, and of course the 'moral atmosphere' at the time that would have allowed such events to occur. This was, after all, during psychology's dark days in experiments, when syphillis was unknowingly injected in folks for experimental purposes, and there were no ethical guidelines that experimenters had to follow. Who is to say the military would have stopped short at such research as well?

However, without witnesses of credible origin, this book remains just a theory.
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The book answers the question: Why would the military want to keep the UFO story alive?

Nick Redfern does a great job of recapping the history of the famed Roswell UFO crash of July 1947, reviewing the documentary evidence and leading theories, and then quickly moving into what he believes to be the most plausible explanation. This was not a theory he came up with on his own, but was suggested to him by several sources who approached him after various speaking engagements.

Redfern sets the events in the context of the post-war military experiments being carried out at the time. And the rush to complete cruel and unethical medical tests before the outrage created by the Nuremburg trials could shut them down.

Thoroughly researched and well-documented, the book is interesting from beginning to end.
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