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UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2010

    An enlightening and eye-opening book that explores the unknown

    Richard Belzer's UFOs, JFK, and Elvis is an astounding collection of ideas and possibilities that are sure to open any reader's eyes. It proposes and discusses fascinating conspiracy theories based on the mysterious assassination of JFK and the authenticity of UFOs; whether seemingly outrageous, or disturbingly possible. The book elaborates on the possibilities of the unknown, and explores those possibilities with a combination of evidence and slight imagination. Its main focus is not, however, on the the specific conspiracy theories. The author's main message instead encourages awareness and individuality. Regardless of whether or not his audience chooses to believe these conspiracies, Belzer strives to inspire them to become self-discerning and questioning of what they may hear, read, and even see in the future. The author's objectivity was also admirable in the many theories that were suggested. Although all of the facts and information were compiled to support each theory rather than oppose it, the author showed little to no personal bias or stance in his writing. Conspiracies were always proposed, rather than forced upon the reader. The range of diversity in theories for each category was also quite impressive. When discussing the authenticity of UFOs, the author first implements simple theories simply suggesting that life forms exist somewhere in our universe. As the chapter progresses, he begins transitioning to alien encounters on earth. These include UFO sightings, UFO crashes, extraterrestrial bodies, and even extraterrestrial kidnappings. After conversing these mysterious events, Belzer goes even further to introduce the more radical beliefs such as government cover-ups, government communication with UFOs, and lunar buildings that are said to travel up to two miles off of the moon's surface. Even when discussing the JFK assassination he presents multiple opposing conspiracies; first the unpopular single-bullet theory and later combinations of theories based on multiple assassins. In addition, the author's constant and brilliant humor is sure to keep his audience interested and anxious to read on (as though UFO conspiracies aren't enough). However, the book was slightly disappointing in its sources of evidence. A minute amount of evidence presented in the book seemed unreliable and almost as though it had magically appeared. Some evidence was solely attributed to a single person's opinion of the theory. On the other hand, the greater bulk of evidence was well cited and came from respected figures or witnesses. I would suggest this book to readers that enjoy extreme and thrilling ideas, regardless of whether or not they require a little stretch of imagination. A reader should not read this book if the idea of UFOs and government conspiracies disturbs them in their otherwise normal and oblivious lives. I would also suggest the book "Who's Watching You?: The Chilling Truth about the State, Surveillance, and Personal Freedom" for its similar discussion of conspiracies. Overall, this book deserves a high rating for appealing to even the most down-to-earth readers by using some of the most radical and fascinating conspiracy theories ever imagined. It captivates the most insipid reader's imagination as it explores the possibilities of the unknown and suggests the reality of conspiracies in their own everyday life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2002

    A Noble Effort

    I applaud Belzer for using his celebrity to question government involvment in the JFK assasination, UFOs and the Right Wing Conspiracy. However, I cannot use his book as an effective research tool. Belzer presents several "facts" throughout the book to raise his own questions. However, he does not document each text and accompanying page numbers where he got the information. This may seem nit picky but it really would help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    A Slightly Different Twist

    Richard Belzer's JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theory is quite believable. He puts forth good ideas about a number of people and groups who had motive, opportunity and method to murder the President. I just wish that were some way to prove it all because, to me at least, we'll never who killed the President or why because the conspirators appear to have covered their tracks superbly. On the UFO matter, Belzer loses credibility because what he says is nothing more than what other UFO/ET Believers have been saying since the early 1970's. The First Men to Land on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, did not find an underground UFO hanger in a crater wall, nor was there a gust of wind blowing the Flag around as they set it up. NASA has not edited anything out of the audio or video tapes of the mission and people who claim to have been abducted by ET's frequently turn out to be people with deep set problems in their lives who need help in finding a way out. As for extraterrestrial sexual experiments on humans, I digress. Belzer does have a writing talent that he should exploit and utilize more often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Not What I Was Expecting...

    It was better. Rather than taking jabs at conspiracies, Belzer embraces them. This book is funny and reminds us to question.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    MUNCH ON THIS

    THE SLEEPER HOLD FROM HULK HOGAN MUST HAVE KNOCKED SOMETHING LOOSE FROM RICHARD BELZERS HEAD, BECAUSE HE WRITES A DAMN GOOD BOOK. I'VE READ ABOUT OTHER JFK CONSPIRACY THEORIES BEFORE, BUT THIS ONE KEPT ME INTERESTED. HE DIDN'T KEEP REPEATING THE SAME IDEA OVER AND OVER, BUT HAS NEW ANGLES AND INFO TO ADD. HIS THOUGHTS ON ALIEN SEX AROUSED AND FRIGHTENED ME. A MUST READ FOR FANS OF BELZER AND CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ALIKE.

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