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The Day After Roswell Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1998
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If you've ever wondered what crashed into the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, this book will give you some startling answers. While the first version was published in hardcover in 1997, Corso provides new evidence for the presence of alien intruders in this pocket paperback edition. Whether or not you believe his contention, the sheer weight of governmental sources and documentation presented by the former Army intelligence officer is not easily dismissed. Once you understand the historical context (in the midst of the Cold War soon after World War II, with Orson Welles having recently inspired panic in citizens with his fictional War of the Worlds radio broadcast), the military deciding to cover up a real-life alien ship becomes more credible. Corso also gives a convincing explanation of why reports were so multi-various and conflicting. Even if you believe the book is utter fiction, it's still a compelling read. --Randall Cohan
From Library Journal
As the 50th anniversary approaches of the crash of a so-called extraterrestrial craft near Roswell, New Mexico, the UFO conspiracy theory is getting more attention. These latest books approach Roswell from different perspectives but identical agendas. Hesemann and Mantle are young UFO researchers who have visited Roswell and spent several years collecting documents and eyewitness testimony from people reputedly involved in either the crash recovery or its cover-up. (Most of the eyewitnesses turn out not to be.) The authors trade off chapters, with Hesemann using his anthropologist's training not only to tie the Roswell crash to Native American legends but to claim that Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Greek alphabet are directly related to the characters said to have adorned the crashed spacecraft's exterior. Corso, a career military intelligence officer, claims to have managed myriad research projects throughout the 1950s connected to recovery of the Roswell craft. Like Hesemann and Mantle, he asserts that the Cold War was a cover to develop "alien technology" that superpowers USA and USSR could not only use against the other but against the threat of extraterrestrial invasion. The most memorable passage in either book, however, is Hesemann and Mantle's suggestion that President Clinton induced the warring parties to make peace in the Bosnian war only by showing them proof of that alien menace. For public libraries convinced that pro-UFO books are needed for balance, the Hesemann and Mantle may be appropriate. The Corso is only for the few special libraries that have made documenting the unconventional a collecting priority.?Scott H. Silverman, Bryn Mawr Coll. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This book went well beyond my expectations. The amount of depth, dates, locations, and documents included in this book are second to none. Col. Corso reached back to many of his contacts, and much of the information is well documented. It paints a wonderful picture from the late 1940's up through the early '80s. The lengths that everyone went to for the cover up are truly fascinating.
I am a huge technology nerd, and I was always curious to how so much technology was produced in such a short time period. From the Night Vision, to printed circuit boards, to processors in computers, to kevlar vests; all this technology kind of came out of no where in a very quick time. Col. Corso breaks down each one of the above mentioned topics in multiple sections and explains the R&D side all the way up to how contracts were given out and how they kept it under wraps. He mentions many documents that can be found all over the Internet. There is no way to dispute the moments he refers to as having taken place at those locations. That is all clearly documented.
In the end, it certainly had a ton of great information. I decided to read it again just to see if I missed any good research points. It can be kind of dry, and more toward a text book type read at moments. This is necessary to show the factual side and everything that took place through the time period and the push back from some gov agencies and other governments. I read a few books a week, but this one is a must read, even if you are not that interested in aliens, or EBE's as Colonel Corso refers to them.
This is an important piece of the puzzle, provided by another REAL insider, with real front line experience extending from WW2 into the 50s and 60s and offers insight into what was going on inside the Government and the concerns about infiltration and moles who were shaping U.S. policy from within! It is VERY relevant to today's issues surrounding "Fake News" and Russian interference in U.S. politics. And, it is a useful reminder that this problem has existed for a long time and has been ongoing and is not a new development.
It also helps remove some of the stigma around the "UFO and Alien" subject and in my mind gives me a new respect for the serious military and intelligence people who are dealing with the very real threats in that realm.... as opposed to the typical sneering by know nothings and skeptics and those who want it all "disclosed" or think it should all just be "outed". Perhaps some of it should in responsible ways, but this book makes it clear that it is far more complicated and requires a much wiser and considered approach than your typical "conspiracy theorist" is likely to give it.
As an aside, this book makes me re-consider Tom DeLong's effort to help give credit where credit is due to military and government types who are real patriots and hero's and working in this behind the scenes black area. I think the Government SHOULD seriously consider more efforts like this book. And actually, given the date this book came out (1997, end of Clinton Presidency) and the Panetta/Clinton interest in disclosure, I'm not so sure this isn't a form of official disclosure ;) This type of thing can certainly help Americans and people of the world understand the true heroism and patriotism of those who have had to work behind the scenes and without acknowledgment for their efforts for the world and country.
My only criticism of this book is that the co-author at times puts a bit too much "story telling" into it. I understand the need for some of it, but I much prefer the clear, precise writing of the military mind of Corso when it shows through. Then the book is more like Gen. Lesly Groves book "Now it can be told" (another great). But, all in all this really is a must read for anyone who wants a full and clear picture of what has been going on since the end of WW2.