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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Absolutely perfect narration and emphasis for 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??
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).
Its seems that the author was dedicated to doing extensive research on this book. Claims weren't
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.
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
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
This in itself was an interesting subject, as we all would like to know what really happened at Roswell. However, it seems to me that the Authors could have done a better job to keep me interested until the end. The repetition of facts or information over and over again was crazy and made things confusing, not an easy read.
It is apparent to me that a lot of research was done, but better collaboration on the parts of the writers could have made this a better read. I had to stop the book, and go back to re-read on many occasions just to keep on track and stay with them in their presentation.
I enjoy this reader, and had no problem with his style, voice, or enunciation. He is very good at his job.
I was disappointed with this book, because clarity was not its most outstanding feature. Again, I was very interested in the subject but came out disappointed and feeling it was a waste of my time.
Like a lot of authors doing these sorts of books, collecting and keeping to the facts is most important and often left wanting. I felt that even these authors were swayed by bias media thinking and did not stay on track to collect information and sort it out through local discussion. They did not pursue some very important leads in a very urgent manner taking into consideration that time was moving on and witnesses were passing away. Also, if they really cared about getting it right, could they not have been able to find out why the families were still scared of government retaliation and punishment and fear of loosing earned pensions? Could they not have found the means to identify why this community were threatened in such a way and find out if this is really standard operational practice both with the military and politicians? Also, to give their story and coverage of it more credibility, seeking a public admission of harassment and wrong doing toward the citizens of this community on the part of the officials and government or at least attempting to hold someone's feet to the fire would have made them seem to be more honest as authors.
yes, there is alot to learn and many facts to make note of to get others interested in learning.
based on what people saw
makes you wonder why the coverup for so long.
anybody wanting to learn about how we are not alone in the universe should check it out.
I have listened to "Witness To Roswell' after listening to "Area 51". I am not a UFO fan but I have to say I was quite disappointed. The authors set the case "UFO" vs " Weather balloon" and on their presentation and probably on any other presentation case for a "Weather balloon" has to loose. Of course no one would believe in a "Weather balloon" explanation but it does not mean that it was an "UFO". I can't say that I am very good listener but I haven't noticed one line of trying to explain why the government would try to cover-up and I believe that it is cover-up. I have got feeling that authors add rather to cover-up than to resolve the mystery. I would rather go for "Area 51" theory.
Richard Kowalczyk, Sydney Australia
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