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UFO CRASH AT ROSWELL (1997)

by Benson Saler

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Instead of the standard book looking at the evidence of Roswell (there is some of that), this book examines the growth of the myth of Roswell, tracing it to the anti-government sentiment that took off in the late 1970s following Watergate, Vietnam, and a lot of other government cover ups. They trace the evolution of the myth itself, showing how it wasn't originally tied to aliens, and in fact, flying saucers weren't initially meant to mean aliens. This book is probably more valuable as a psychological examination of myth creation than as an evaluation of the Roswell event itself, though there is plenty of information on what we know and when we knew it. The authors make some semantic errors that weaken the book, but otherwise, it's a decent work for people interested in why people believe weird things. ( )
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In the summer of 1947 something mysterious crashed in the New Mexican desert near the town of Roswell. Whether it was an alien spacecraft manned by tiny humanlike beings or—the US government's official explanation—a scientific research balloon has long been a subject of passionate debate. Transcending the believer-versus-skeptic debate, anthropologists Benson Saler and Charles A. Ziegler contend that the Roswell story is best understood as a modern American myth. They show how the story—and its continual retelling—tap into modern fears about the power of technology, the duplicity of the government, and the power of the media. UFO Crash at Roswell also includes physicist Charles Moore's meticulous account of how 1947 experiments to launch balloon-borne radar reflectors may have led to the Roswell UFO myth.
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