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

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by Richard Belzer
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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

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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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345429186
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
279,429
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

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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