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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Amazing book but it's incredibly technical

This book tackles the mother of all conspiracy theories - that aliens may in fact, have been on the Moon and Mars - and presents a compelling case that NASA is controlling sensitive information to support this. But this book is not an easy read as it is incredibly tech...
This book tackles the mother of all conspiracy theories - that aliens may in fact, have been on the Moon and Mars - and presents a compelling case that NASA is controlling sensitive information to support this. But this book is not an easy read as it is incredibly technical and would probably be more interesting to an astrophysicist than a casual fan of The X-Files. But this book makes a very compelling case that there is much more going on at NASA than the public knows.

posted by kidhell on December 3, 2011

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This book is rubbish

This entire book is a paranoid fantasy, expressing nothing other than the authors' bizarre hatred of NASA and utter ignorance of science. Neither of them has any training in science, and neither of them has ever conducted a scientific experiment in his life. On page 224...
This entire book is a paranoid fantasy, expressing nothing other than the authors' bizarre hatred of NASA and utter ignorance of science. Neither of them has any training in science, and neither of them has ever conducted a scientific experiment in his life. On page 224 Richard Hoagland describes himself as a scientist, but this is, in common with most of its context, arrogant nonsense.

If you, too, are a NASA-hater, you'll probably enjoy this book and you probably won't care that it is factually wrong at every turn. If you're a more moderate observer of spaceflight and planetary/lunar science, you can most likely guess that this would be a waste of your money.

The corner-flash on the front cover proclaims this second edition to be "REVISED & EXPANDED," but this is an empty claim. None of the many, many errors of fact in the first edition of this wretchedly-edited work have been corrected -- on the contrary, a few have been added in the new introductory passages. The 48 introductory pages are the only part of the edition that is in any sense "expanded" -- the body of the book is exactly as the first edition. Shameful.

Disregarding the many, many errors committed by the authors, I have a bone -- a whole skeleton -- to pick with its publisher, Adam Parfrey of Feral House.

* In the book's announcement on Amazon, we are told "Authors Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara include a new chapter about the discoveries made by ex-Nazi scientist and NASA stalwart Wernher von Braun regarding what he termed 'alternate gravitational solutions.'" There is no such chapter, and that's perhaps a blessing since the mathematics underlying Hoagland's thesis he calls "Von Braun's Secret" is hopelessly, irretrievably, fatally, WRONG.

* Also in the announcement, we are told "Buyers of the new edition will be provided a code that will enable them to log on to DarkMission.net to download hundreds of images discussed within the book." Well, I'm a buyer and I've been given no such code. We wuz robbed.

It would have been welcome, since the quality of monochrome photo-repro is only marginally better than that of the first edition. That is to say, it has improved from abysmal to unacceptable.

* In the publishing world, I think we can all accept that there's a good economic reason for inserting color art as a separate signature, a practice that Parfrey follows here. But why did he find it possible to use inline monochrome illustrations in the Introduction, yet pushed all other art to the end of each chapter, forcing the reader to flip forward at every figure reference?

* Errata are inevitable in publishing -- they happen to the best of us. After the first edition, an official list of errata was provided -- 29 items, not too bad for a work of over 500 pages. But second editions are the opportunity to make these good, and in this respect Adam Parfrey is a dismal failure. There are uncorrected errata on pages 131,145,178,215,278,286,312,320,386(2),430 (all using 2nd edition pagination.) This is inexcusable.

* There is still no index, in a book with tortuous references to many individuals who are important in the long history of NASA's conspiracy against Richard Hoagland. Indexing would have cost about $2000. Considering the 1st edition sold over 50,000, Parfrey could have afforded it.

posted by Gavin_F on September 23, 2009

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Amazing book but it's incredibly technical

    This book tackles the mother of all conspiracy theories - that aliens may in fact, have been on the Moon and Mars - and presents a compelling case that NASA is controlling sensitive information to support this. But this book is not an easy read as it is incredibly technical and would probably be more interesting to an astrophysicist than a casual fan of The X-Files. But this book makes a very compelling case that there is much more going on at NASA than the public knows.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    the past, it's current impact

    very informative. sharing with friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Jack-ass

    Science is based on ever changing theories. Just becauuse you can't accept new theories (even with evidence and mathematical support) doesn't make it wrong. If we all thought that way we'd be a bunch of dumb, ignorant, stubborn jack-asses using words like factual when discussing a subject such as science. A subject that's facts change repeatedly.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Compelling evidence on ET buildings on the moon and Mars

    Lots of compelling evidence, especially NASA photos about ET buildings on the moon and Mars. However, the book fails to conclude what it means by presenting all these facts to the readers. Sometimes it is a little too boring with some technical analysis. What the authors should do is just to present the facts and draw conclusion. Then leave detailed technical analysis in a separate volume for professionals to determine its value. For general readers, what we want to know is just facts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    A reviewer

    Richard Hoagland and Mike Bara presents a series of answers for questions the mainstream press apparently does not even know how to ask! When the exploration of the moon was stopped by Richard M. Nixon, the question of 'why now?' was never answered satisfactorily, especially for space travel fans. Now there is are answers. Not answers everyone will like nor even accept, but answers that ring of truth. From the beginning of NASA as a 'civilian' agency to 'Where In The World Is Neal Armstrong?', this book does not turn you loose. Captivating, if technical, and well illustrated, it is an enervating read. Thanks for the information, Richard and Mike. Keep up the good work.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    Not an easy read, but exhaustive

    This is mostly exhaustive photographic analysis of footage from the moon missions. One aspect not covered in its 'secret history of NASA' is what happened in Woburn, Massachusetts in the 1960s.A mystery radioactive object was found and a pattern of predictable missing microfilm copies of the local newspaper on its non-indexed reels suggest either coverup or classified status nearly 45 years later as to what happened there.Voyager,Apollo and much more was being worked on in the area within a 5-20 mile radius. It has been suggested an alien craft crashed in the woods in Woburn and that it was analyzed by a radiology facility still secret to this day in the area.JFK signed authorization for a new $50-60 million NASA advanced research facility right in Woburn before he was shot.It has also been speculated that the outbreak of cancer among its residents was a distraction to the monumental happenings in the area. An individual delving into the local history was monitored openly in the local library and since been completely destroyed financially,career-wise, made homeless, and even set up for arrest under suspicious circumstances while being put under surveillance by individuals posing as coworkers, roommates, and more.All of this following research that any high school kid could do without fear of reprisal! Hoagland is most impressive when you hear him on Coast to Coast and was a CBS science advisor during the Cronkite years.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 25, 2010

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