From the Publisher
"Richard Belzer is one of the funniest black men in America!"
"Belzer is my biggest comedy influence. He is the Tigris and Euphrates of cool."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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)