If [Kennedy] can die of a frontal head wound inflicted from a sniper shooting from behind, if UFO's can exist in the opinions "of virtually every culture" but not in any official capacity, Elvis might be coming to a location near you.So, what can Belzer provide that thousands of other books can't? Well, no concrete answers, but his format of underlining the lies with the facts and their often laughably logical conclusions is supremely effective, leading you to wonder how such a modern, savvy culture can be so utterly gullible. In this stripped down way, Belzer makes these labyrinthine issues far more palatable, giving scepticism a far more direct outlet. Does Belzer have a point or is this just an extended comedic rant? Certainly, he wants to inspire people to question authority and independently interpret the constant avalanche of media, and here, he makes the process both funny and desirable. Eruditely observed, this is a welcome antidote to the legions of po-faced theories, proving that winners may write history, but liars have the better imaginations. --Danny Graydon
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.