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"I'm not asking you to believe every conspiracy theory you'll find in this book. . . . I didn't write this book to give you all the answers. The Warren Commission did that, and the answers were all wrong. I wrote this book to inspire you to do what the powers that be wish you wouldn't:  to question authority . . . and to keep an eye out for Elvis."
--RICHARD BELZER

In UFOs, JFK, and Elvis, the distinguished statesman of stand-up comedy tackles some of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups this side of ...

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Overview

"I'm not asking you to believe every conspiracy theory you'll find in this book. . . . I didn't write this book to give you all the answers. The Warren Commission did that, and the answers were all wrong. I wrote this book to inspire you to do what the powers that be wish you wouldn't:  to question authority . . . and to keep an eye out for Elvis."
--RICHARD BELZER

In UFOs, JFK, and Elvis, the distinguished statesman of stand-up comedy tackles some of the biggest conspiracies and cover-ups this side of Roswell. Just what is it that they don't want you to know about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Area 51, and what the American astronauts really found on the moon? The unexplained crash at Roswell and the mysterious "face" on Mars? The link between the Nazis and the U.S. space program? Evidence of extraterrestrial experimentation?

Finally, one lone "nut" exposes the conspiracy to keep conspiracies a dirty little secret, standing up to the shadowy forces that would have us believe that Oswald acted alone, those lights in the sky are weather balloons, and fluoridated water is good for you (yeah, right). "Some of the smartest people I know . . . find it easier--and certainly more comforting--to believe that America is the only country on earth with no conspiracies at all." Just remember: do not ask on whom The Belz has told--he's told on them.

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The Power of Positive Paranoia

Richard Belzer shares at least one trait with Detective John Munch, the character he plays on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street": They're both more than a little leery of official explanations of such matters as the JFK assassination, Area 51, the UFO "crash" at Roswell, and the "face" on the planet Mars.

In his new book, UFOs, JFK, AND ELVIS, Belzer sounds the clarion call, in his inimitably assertive yet entertaining fashion, urging us all to wake up and smell the coffee on these topics of controversy and many others.

Dozens of books have been published on the Kennedy assassination, but none are perhaps quite as forcefully to the point as Belzer's. He's clearly been thinking about and researching the events of that day in 1963 for some time, and if you harbor any doubts at all that the Warren Commission was a work of fiction-by-committee, you'll likely find yourself swayed to at least a certain degree by Belzer's barrage of facts and wisecracks.

If you've ever asked yourself why every American president since 1840 elected in a year ending in a zero has died in office (except President Reagan, and as Belzer points out, "John Hinckley did what he could"), if you've ever wondered whether J. Edgar Hoover really died of natural causes, if you harbor the sneaking suspicion that the government is covering up knowledge of life on other planets, if it's ever occurred to you that the surface of the moon, as seen in footage of astronauts strolling the lunar landscape, looks an awful lot like the Arizona desert, you've got a friend in Richard Belzer. View the world through his eyes for a couple of hours, and you may never again enjoy a restful night's sleep.

From the Publisher
"Richard Belzer is one of the funniest black men in America!"
--CHRIS ROCK

"Belzer is my biggest comedy influence. He is the Tigris and Euphrates of cool."
--DENNIS MILLER
   Author of Ranting Again

"ALWAYS A HOTBED OF SEDITION, BELZER COMES AT YOU LIKE A HANDFUL OF FLUNG GRAVEL. After all these years, it's a treat to have his insanity in book form."
--Bill Maher
   Host of Politically Incorrect

"A MUST-READ . . . YOU GOTTA LOVE THE BELZ. . . . His sharp sense of humor doesn't allow him to miss an opportunity for laughs."
--Playboy

Library Journal
Best known for his role as Detective Munch in the TV police drama Homicide, Belzer was originally a stand-up comic. Here he confronts the two biggest conspiracy theories of our time, JFK's assassination and UFOs. Elvis is mentioned only in the context of George Bush's response when asked if there might have been a conspiracy involved in the JFK assassination: "There are some people who still think Elvis is alive." With a deft and entertaining combination of satire and in-your-face facts, Belzer challenges his audience to accept the extent of alleged government cover-ups. The first half of the book on JFK is more interesting than the second half on UFOs, but seasoned conspiracy theorists will find no new revelations in either case. Belzer tries to goad casual skeptics into becoming more passionate about their doubts over "official" explanations such as the Warren Report. Even the veracity of NASA's lunar landings are once again called into question. The bibliography is a welcome and useful addition. Popular fare for public libraries.--Joe J. Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Belzer, a veteran comic and a versatile actor best known for his role as Detective Munch in the television series , is also a student of the media and conspiracy theories. He re-examines received wisdom fed to us by government officials and the media, revealing evidence behind controversial cover-ups and unexplained anomalies. In between the sobering and macabre facts are rants, factoids, side bars, and quotes from historical figures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345429186
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 673,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Belzer
Richard Belzer is perhaps best known today for his starring role as Detective Munch in the TV police drama Homicide. Before joining Homicide, The Belz was a popular stand-up comedian, who came up with Jay Leno on the club circuit. He is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and has appeared on Tonight and Politically Incorrect and in other major national media.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Impossible to put down

    Not much into conspiracies but after reading this book i cant help but wonder if all the misinformation in the jfk assination leads to a blatent coverup by the feds.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    it's all true...

    the belz tells it like it is - awesome book -

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Where

    Shadowwolf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Firesteel to All

    "Go to Wolf woods for the battle!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Rainbowdash

    I can get the Wonderbolts air force to join the fight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Jaystar - Announcement

    Jaystar jumps up onto Wolf Rock and looks around his clanmates. "Some of you have been asking about the Shadow Hounds." He looks pointedly at Firesteel. "I think we've done enough waiting. If they have not attacked in two days time we will take the fight there. No more waiting tensly, no more jumping at every sound. Soon we will put an end to this constant fight, eniugh is enough." He growled, his blue eyes detirmined.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    As the blurb on Richard Belzer's book, "UFOs, JFK and Elvis

    As the blurb on Richard Belzer's book, "UFOs, JFK and Elvis," says, "you don't have to be crazy to believe ..." But it helps. I love Richard Belzer's cynicism, snarkiness, and fresh insight into controversial issues. As I read his book, more than once I thought, "He's got a point worth considering." I think his book is enlightening, intriguing, and gives a fresh perspective on these topics..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    This book is outstanding!

    In a perfect world Richard Belzer would be president. He would move back from France and take over. Unfortunately, that probably won't happen. So instead we must be grateful for this insightful, hillarious, and extremely thought provoking masterpiece. This is such an important work for so many reasons. He not only provides his readers with facts that are virtually unknown, but also the sources to verify. He answers and shoots back all of the naysayers who previous to him tried to cover-up or lie their way into making JFK's assassination look like a one-man show. If not for his wit, intelligence, and charm, read this book to call into doubt everything that the powers-that-be want us to blindly take foregranted. To quote a genius, 'don't go by me.' Read the book!!

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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 August 2, 2001

    MAKES YA THINK

    I Have been a fan of the Belz for a few years now. I was 16 when I read the book. The day after I heard him talking about it on a talk show I ran out and got it. This book not only made me laugh. It made me think AND it taught me what the public school systems don't want me to know

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Very funny and INTERESTING book!

    I read this book a few months ago based on the fact that it was written by Richard Belzer alone. Well, he's done it again. Richard Belzer finds ways of combining his hilarious personality with some level of seriousness. I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    THIS IS A GREAT READ and INTERESTING!

    I have met Richard Belzer on more than one occasion and find him extremely intelligent and articulate. As an aclaimed comedian and actor, most wouldn't know that this man is brilliant to the extreme. I'm not a conspiracy buff, but when the author of 'Alien Rapture' mentioned this book to me as a must read, I bought it and finished it in two days. I'm really impressed with the writing and so is my wife who also couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2000

    IM 16 AND IF I COULD ID GIVE IT MORE THAN 5 STARS I WOULD!!!!

    ya although the man IS my favorite actor so- the bok was educational yet VERY entertaining it tells me stuff my history book dont like WHo shot JFK and where and who shoot THAt man the names JJack Rubinstein or jack ruby and Lee harvey Oswald are none existent n my history book but Belzer tells it ALL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    It's a thinker

    You'll never think of the JFK asassination the same way again, I promise! Belzter has done his homework and added a twist to your every day conspiracy theory books with his own brand of humor and synicism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Hillarious Semi-non-fiction

    This is one of the funniest, yet serious, most convincing, conspiracy book I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

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