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Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up | [Thomas J. Carey, Donald R. Schmitt]

Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up

The best-selling UFO book of 2007/2008 is revised and updated with even more hard-hitting eyewitness testimony of one of the most important events of all time: the actual recovery of a UFO outside of Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. For more than 60 years, government authorities have led us to believe the wreckage was merely a very conventional weather balloon - but the witnesses who were there continue to tell a different story.
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The best-selling UFO book of 2007/2008 is revised and updated with even more hard-hitting eyewitness testimony of one of the most important events of all time: the actual recovery of a UFO outside of Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

For more than 60 years, government authorities have led us to believe the wreckage was merely a very conventional weather balloon - but the witnesses who were there continue to tell a different story.

Witness to Roswell once again takes you on a "can't put down" written account of what really transpired in Roswell, 61 years ago. It pries loose the truth the government doesn't want us to know.

©2009 Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Witness to Roswell is a well-researched, well-documented, and well-written account of a very important issue." (Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Capt. USN [Ret.], Apollo astronaut)

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    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 01-13-11
    Noe Edinburg, TX, United States 01-13-11 Member Since 2006
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    "The best book on the world's most famous UFO case."

    I had just finished reading the print edition when I saw the audio version available, featuring one of my favorite narrators, Eric Summerer. I immediately bought it, and I listened to it straight through. WOW - it is immensely enjoyable and definitely the best book ever written about the world's most famous UFO case - the reported crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. It contains the eyewitness testimony of hundreds of persons living in the Roswell area at the time, and the tale they tell is amazing. I cannot envision anyone reading or listening to this book with an open mind - and still thinking the Roswell case is untrue.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-22-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Made me a believer!"

    Although I have had an interest in UFO stories since I was a pre-teen, it was more wishful thinking than anything. As far as Roswell stories, I was puzzled as to why they just didn't fade away. After listening to this book, I truly believe the Roswell incident did involve a crash of an extraterrestrial vehicle. Everything rings true including the government coverup and particularly the death threats to keep witnesses quiet. I do believe this is just how our government would act once they convinced themselves it was a matter of national security.
    The information in this book speaks for itself. It makes me really angry that a handful of people can decide to keep this information from the rest of the world.
    If you are at all curious about this subject, give this book a try. It is well-written and expertly narrated. Then, decide for yourself. Make an informed decision.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jeanne SWANSBORO, NC, United States 10-22-11
    jeanne SWANSBORO, NC, United States 10-22-11
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    "a lot more than i imagined"

    i thought i knew the story, but i was mistaken. it was very well put together, and the narrative quality was superb. i could not have been more pleased. it has been well documented, names, places, rank. a very in depth story and explanations i never thought of. this book is most certainly a must have for anyone even slightly interested in the roswell story.

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    Calvin 07-30-12
    Calvin 07-30-12

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    "The Most Careful and In-Depth Report on Roswell"
    What did you love best about Witness to Roswell?

    The solid journalistic and investigative research that supported every statement in the book. Remember, the authors originally initiated their investigation in order to DEBUNK the Roswell UFO incident once and for all. But the more they investigated, the more that creepy evidence for the event itself, and its shockingly brutal coverup by the U.S. government, became clear, until their finished product (the first version of this book) ended up being 180 degrees different in its findings and conclusions, from what they expected when they began. I also appreciated their "trial of the facts to a jury" approach: what is the evidence on each side, and who has the preponderance of the evidence? Finally (finally!), someone has called the debunkers on their claims of "it's just circumstantial evidence" and "it relies only on eyewitness testimony." These are perfectly valid forms of evidence in any court of law - people have even been sentenced to death based on this very type of evidence! What makes this evidence so flimsy in the minds of the debunkers? Hmm? True, the Roswell incident does not rise to the level of "scientifically-established fact" (and how very many things we all routinely rely on in our day-to-day lives which do not), but the "alien theory" would actually be the hands-down winner in any court of law that heard all the available evidence. And this book, more than any other available on the subject, presents ALL the available evidence.


    What other book might you compare Witness to Roswell to and why?

    "The Roswell Legacy," by Jesse Marcel's son, Jesse Marcel, Jr., for further support that what the highly-trained Major Jesse Marcel originally found and reported was not the "foil, balsa wood and string" of a weather balloon, but materials never before recorded as having been encountered. The focus of that book is tighter, not as panoramic, focusing more on Major Marcel's discovery, the unique materials found at the impact site, his initial report and subsequent coerced "retraction" news conference, and the effect all this had on him and his family for the rest of his life.


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely perfect narration and emphasis for this book.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The horrific, unconstitutional and illegal treatment of private citizens (such as death threats to a 12-year-old girl, among many others!) by the military, in order to silence any talk about -- a crashed weather balloon??


    Any additional comments?

    For the listener (as no doubt for the reader), this can get to be dry, stale and repetitive in places. Despite my intense interest in the subject, I found myself glazing over at several sections. (That may have had as much to do with the time of day and the low caffeine level in my bloodstream, I don't know.) That said, for its sheer comprehensive treatment of the subject (and it's many startling and engaging sections), this book deserves no less than all 5 stars. With the many first-hand and even second-hand witnesses starting to pass away, this book may (sadly) represent the "final, best record" on the Roswell UFO incident (much as I believe "Columbine" by Dave Cullen is going to represent the "final, best record" for the Columbine massacre).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-01-11
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 11-01-11 Member Since 2010

    I love learning, teaching, and exploring!

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    "Interesting evidence"

    Any conspiracy theorist would love to read this book. The information presented is interesting and leads one to believe there was some kind of cover up. Whether or not it was aliens is still undetermined in my eyes.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Leblanc San Diego, CA 12-20-11
    Pat Leblanc San Diego, CA 12-20-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Well written account with good research."
    What did you love best about Witness to Roswell?

    Its seems that the author was dedicated to doing extensive research on this book. Claims weren't


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interviews with eye witnesses weren't embellished to make the story better. Many of the accounts, ironically, produced more believability by exposing emotions of a nature of what you'd expect from normal people. Some people had nothing to say. Thats normal. Sometimes the message is in the way you completely change your life to cope. That also speaks volumes.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Especially interesting and eyeopening is the testimonial of a career officer who reveals his story in a notarized letter to his family after his death. I don't know of many respected souls who would work their whole life to build respect so that it could be thrown away in one instant. I suppose the military and government


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't expect much from this book after reading reports in the last 15 years, that the USAF had re-evaluated Roswell and come up with findings that showed no new evidence proved anything but that a weather balloon crashed and that

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley J. Reynolds Albuquerque, NM USA 10-28-14
    Shelley J. Reynolds Albuquerque, NM USA 10-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The Most Researched Book on Roswell"
    Would you listen to Witness to Roswell again? Why?

    I have listened to this audio book twice. Carey and Schmitt have interviewed over 600 people to get to the real story of Roswell. IMHO it is the most comprehensive book on Roswell.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Witness to Roswell?

    By far the most memorable to me is Walter Haut's written testimony. I meet Walter years ago (I live in ABQ, NM) and asked him about Roswell. I always felt he knew more than what he was saying but after listening to Witness to Roswell I understand why. He did us a great service by revealing the truth in his letter. FYI, when I did ask Walter about Roswell back in the 80's he did say he believed everything that his fellow officers told him, i.e. an alien space ship crashed with beings in it.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job.


    If you could give Witness to Roswell a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The real truth; we have never been alone.


    Any additional comments?

    To those with an open mind will love this book. I felt the evidence and testimonials were consistent and left no doubt in my mind on what really happened. The evidence provided is deep and people have been convicted of murder on less evidence than what is presented in this book.

    Those who are skeptical will probably not be convinced until the aliens come. If you have been paying attention there have been more and more sightings. They are preparing us for a visit. They are not gods or demons just other beings who are technologically more advanced than us. The universe is teaming with life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-13-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-13-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Roswell in focus"

    This was an enjoyable read for a fellow Roswellite who grew up in Roswell hearing the stories all my life. So many hear say evidence in Carey's work by someone who knew someone who saw something mixed in with a few death bed confessions that build a house of cards. There is certainly some truth to the story but it is hard to pick out with the multiple sites and multiple deviations in the stories of what must be the truth. No wonder there are so many conspiracy theories out there with this level of evidence and speculation. I suppose we will never know until someone truly does find the Holly Grail of UFO nirvana for certain.

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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-11-14
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 02-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Little People Have Arrived"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Witness to Roswell is just that, they did their research and interviewed witnesses, and tried to interview many, who wouldn't talk. The big point the book makes is if this incident was just a weather balloon then why threaten witnesses with loss of pension, prison and even death. Clearly the government was trying to keep thing under wraps. It you are a skeptic then this book should change your mind or give you more understanding. The narration was perfect in my view as he sounded like a radio broadcaster of that era.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 02-04-14
    Carol LOWELL, IN, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "If you witnessed 9/11, this book is a must read."

    Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up

    On September 11, 2001, TV news reported on the attack on America 24/7. Like the majority of Americans, I was glued to the images. Two buildings stood apart, in that the facts, as reported, did not match the pictures that were being shown on TV and YouTube. The WTC Building #7 fell hours later and had fire on just a couple of the top floors. It looked like a demolition. The other building that just didn’t reconcile pictures and facts was that a jet had crashed into the Pentagon. There were no jet parts, no ball of fire, no live TV cameras showing the interior of the building. In fact, looking at the Pentagon on YouTube, one can see clearly that a jet’s wingspan is wider than the “hole” in the building, and the exposed part of the building shows minute details of rooms unburned by jet fuel. The official government position is that a jet went through it yet the evidence says something different. Unaware citizens will stand firm in what was said, not what the evidence says. I was a witness to this cover up because it happened during my lifetime and I saw a live feed of the events; and because the news isn’t as restrained now as it was when a UFO, with life-forms aboard, crash landed in Roswell, NM after lightning struck its 14 foot long ship.
    Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up exposes a government cover up of an event that occurred in a rural area of New Mexico on July 3, 1947. The president Ok’d the plan and the military bullied civilians and military personal into denying what they saw by telling them that they and their children would be killed if they spoke up. Many deathbed confessions and one signed affidavit from a high military officer admit to seeing two sheep ranchers’ fields strewn with “magic metal” and a teardrop shaped flying object. Most shocking were the three dead bodies of a form “not of this earth” that had a large egg-shaped head with almond-shaped eyes and a slit for a nose and a mouth, upon a scrawny, milky white alien body. Oh, and there was one that was still alive. If only those witnesses had smartphones and could upload onto YouTube faster than the military could get to the scene and shut it down. Most of them didn’t even have electricity and phones in every house.
    This book meticulously considers the evidence. It takes the point of view of anyone involved, e.g., those who guarded the field, the tent, the crated bodies, those who loaded the bodies, those who flew the bodies on each leg of the journey to Ohio, the doctor, the mortician, and the chaplain. The site of the living alien so affected the local sheriff that he never ran for office again. Most of the witnesses have passed away now and some have taken their secrets to the grave; but others have spoken. This book is a must read – especially if you don’t believe.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Burnley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    1/2/11
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    "Roswell - The Answer?"

    Having read and listened, on podcasts, to an awful lot about Roswell and the UFO subject I decided to give this audio book a go because it was recommended to me, as a book, by another enthusiast. What can I say, an awful lot of information, well linked together and seemingly leading to the direction people want, UFO landings/crashes and a government cover up. There's a lot of info here that I'd never heard of before and I'd like to have it confirmed by other sources but in general, is this the truth, because its certainly thorough and full in depth and detail. The final part had me gripped and I must admit a shiver went up my spine and a big smile emerged on my face. You listen, You decide.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    spalding, lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    10/15/10
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    "Makes you think"

    Just finished and have to say that this makes you think.......very well investigated and interesting all the way through. A highly recommended audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. J. Brown
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    3/11/14
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    "Comprehensive account of a mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to Witness to Roswell the most enjoyable?

    Something significant happened at Roswell. There is no doubt about that. Recent accounts suggest it was a deliberate and perverse hoax in an effort by Stalin to cause panic in America in revenge for the US sheltering Nazi war criminals responsible for slaughtering and conducting inhuman experiments on Russian soldiers and civilians. The US military was well versed in cover ups for similar events on the west coast during WW2 (Japanese balloon bombs) However the scale of effort in keeping this event quiet and covering it up really does suggest something different. Witness to Roswell describes the scale of the cover up really well. You have to remember though it was 1947, the start of the UFO phenomena and at a time when captured Nazi weaponry and technology was being tested by the US military. This technology itself was 'alien' in the skies over the US but not necessarily from another planet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The style was very good, not too sterile or self important. Can reach a broad audience.


    What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

    Good pace, well narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Descriptions of 'Aliens', goosebumps...


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable and thought provoking. But please remember the Occams razor principle before reaching your own conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Wigan, United Kingdom
    1/22/13
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    "Excellent book"

    This is an excellent book that has been narrated well. The voice of Eric Summerer lends itself fittingly to the subject matter. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    12/30/10
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    "Fabulous, loads of facts"

    This book is a huge mass of facts and witness reports. IS was amazing that all those people saw all those things and the government covered it up - why?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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