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Das Bermuda Dreieck by Charles Berlitz

Das Bermuda Dreieck (original 1974; edition 1978)

by Charles Berlitz (Author), Barbara Störck (Translator), Ursula Tamussino (Translator), J. Manson Valentine (Contributor)

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Since 1943 hundreds of plane and ships, and thousands of people, have disappeared in the ocean between Bermuda and the Florida coast, the Bermuda Triangle. Charles Berlitz set out to investigate and has spoken to numerous people who have escaped the terrifying forces of the Bermuda Triangle.
Title:Das Bermuda Dreieck
Authors:Charles Berlitz (Author)
Other authors:Barbara Störck (Translator), Ursula Tamussino (Translator), J. Manson Valentine (Contributor)
Info:Droemer Knaur (January 1978), Taschenbuch, 215 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Bermuda, Bermuda Triangle, mysteries, unknown, UFO

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The Bermuda Triangle by Charles Berlitz (1974)

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I can't give this the one-star it deserves, despite it being throughly saturated with stupid. It's actually a great illustration of the kind of crap that 20 million bought into, and are still buying into today (think Fox"News", Breitbart, Alex Jones, and even more from an unfortunately lengthy list...). Why read it now? Well, not all of my Year of Nostalgic Re-reads are fiction. I read this back in 1974 or 75, which put me at 13 or 14. I was intrigued, at the time. Of course, while on the path of future skepticism, I had less than no resources in south-eastern Connecticut to check anything, so just read it out of curiosity and while with a critical eye, no means to counter.

Now, 40 years later, and with access to lots of resources via the internet, Berlitz's embellishments, fabrications, outright lies, distortions and tabloid imflammatory style are so easily debunked. And yet, this book is still shoved incorrectly in the nonfiction section.

First example: from the actual transcript and circumstances of Flight 19 (December 5, 1945), any idiot can see that Berlitz not only misrepresented the story, but made up his own parts to go with it (the corporal asked to be excused because he had his required hours, and not because he had a bad feeling).This is the style throughout:
Large aircraft which have also disappeared since the Star Ariel have generally followed the same pattern - that is, normal flight procedures, then - nothing [...]
ooh. Eerie. Right?


Of the bioluminescence of the Sargasso Sea: "...it was also the last light from earth the astronauts saw on their way to space." Apart from the fact that the likely source of light comes from mating of fireworms near the surface and that such grouping are small, Berlitz never names his sources and I found no record of such Apollo astronaut claims. Easy to dismiss but all part of the catastrophe that is Berlitz.

The first paragraph of Chapter 5 shares this gem: "...where the Gulf Stream flows at four knots per hour" ... um, a "knot" is already a unit of speed. Nitpicking? Sure, but that's because on every page there are so many unverifiable claims that stupid stuff like that stands out.

Or page 86: "First, the 'Devil's Triangle' is one of the two places on earth where a magnetic compass does point to true north. Normally, it points to magnetic north." Only two places, eh? The truth is there are an infinite number of places along the agonic line. A magnetic compass still points to magnetic north...it just happens to be on the imaginary line where it also points to true north (zero declination). Hokum likely intended to distract from the shoddy sensationalist writing.

In chapter 6 (with the lovely title of "Time-Space Warps and Other Worlds"), Berlitz talks about Ivan Anderson's 12 Devil's Graveyards quackery. Burger and Simpson had fun with that in their 1978 book Ghostboat. And because these "give considerable evidence of magnetic space-time anomalies", nut cases perpetuate Berlitz's crap.

And it continues... But I'm unfair. This is too easy.

I've read enough Martin Gardner and James Randi since I first read this, and I've engaged in enough debunking and red herring debates to know that trying to pick apart everything on every page would result in half a Wikipedia of debunkery. I didn't NOT like it...I do like it to give amateur skeptics for a challenge. (Lots easier nowadays!)
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1 vote Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
Very entertaining but presents some things as facts on very flimsy evidence and not much analytical thought. ( )
  wrichard | Sep 11, 2014 |
This was the first book of this ilk I read, and I read it while still in college, so I was enthralled by it. I would have given it 5 stars had I reviewed it in those days! But since then, I have come to realise that most of these "conspiracy theories" are based upon very nebulous evidence at best, and out-and-out hoaxes at worst.

Still, giving it 3 stars for entertaining me. However, I would recommend it only if you enjoy crackpot theories.
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2 vote Nandakishore_Varma | Sep 28, 2013 |
Berlitz must have made a billion from this one. It was all the rage for awhile, much in the way that The Amityville Horror was a few years later. Amityville is still a riveting horror novel, passed off as a true story, but this book needs a few counter-arguments! ( )
  datrappert | Apr 28, 2013 |
Yes, they're hokey. But the genre is fun, and you will learn of mysteries nobody else will talk about.

One debunker said 'this particular ship was never in the triangle. She was far north, made a successful run, and what was heard was a skip transmission - that had bounced off the clouds and down to receivers in the Bermuda area.
This then gave the impression of a ghost ship - one from whom transmissions were heard - but there were no ships there to account for the transmissions, and no debris found.
Personally, I would consider this a legitimate solve - but those famous jets have yet to reappear...they found a formation underwater BUT... the serial numbers on the engine blocks were wrong.
Either more jets were lost then we realized or a manufacturer has a lot of explaining to do.
But the genre is fun - and every once in a very great while, you DO get an explanation of a mystery. ( )
  dragonasbreath | Oct 26, 2011 |
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To the sea and its mysteries - 
whose solutions may tell us more about ourselves...
To the sea and its mysteries -
whose solution may tell us more about ourselves.
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There is a section of the Western Atlantic off the southeast coast of the United States, forming what has been termed a triangle, extending from Bermuda in the North to southern Florida, and the east to a point through the Bahamas past Puerto Rico to about 40º West longitude and then back again to Bermuda.
There is a section of the Western Atlantic, off the southeast coast of the united States, forming what has been termed a triangle , extending from Bermuda in the north to southern Florida, and then east to a point through the Bahamas past Puerto Rico to about 40º west longitude and then back again to Bermuda.
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Since 1943 hundreds of plane and ships, and thousands of people, have disappeared in the ocean between Bermuda and the Florida coast, the Bermuda Triangle. Charles Berlitz set out to investigate and has spoken to numerous people who have escaped the terrifying forces of the Bermuda Triangle.

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Things are happening in the Bermuda Triangle even as you are reading these words. For over five years, Charles Berlitz has been observing, and making startling discoveries about, this controversial region. and here, at least, he reveals the results of his research.
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