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4.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS NOT A HOAX
I cannot Stress this enough, this book is not a HOAX! This idea was perpetuated by the CIA. The book was initially intercepted in some States and was originally published with a forward stating that it was all entirely fictitious. Obviously the cover up still continues. I have heard an Interview with Colonel Philip Corso on ART Bell Radio show ( check it out on YouTube,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars How the USA, the planet and the human race were saved by the intrepid Philip Corso
This potboiler of a book, co-authored by Bill Birnes and the late Lt. Colonel Philip Corso (US Army, retired), was a big seller in the populist middle-market and for thousands of readers the only thing they have ever read about the Roswell incident. For these reasons `The Day After Roswell' has had a disproportionate influence on popular culture and attitudes, so is in a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS NOT A HOAX, 22 Jun. 2011
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I cannot Stress this enough, this book is not a HOAX! This idea was perpetuated by the CIA. The book was initially intercepted in some States and was originally published with a forward stating that it was all entirely fictitious. Obviously the cover up still continues. I have heard an Interview with Colonel Philip Corso on ART Bell Radio show ( check it out on YouTube, highly recommended ) he explains all this. Also he initially started writing the book as a memoir for his Grandchildren so they would have something to remember him by. He wonted to write about what he was involved in during the Cold War. Therefore I doubt he would make a mockery of them or his memory. Those who say there's too much history and other stuff and the like should get a reality check. This man had a long history in the Military and was actually highly respected. If we can't take disclosure seriously from respected Military Personnel whom are approaching the end of their days then who can we trust? Too many high ranking people from all walks of life are now coming forward to say all this stuff is true. I hardly think by the way that Corso would have testified in front of congress for America Computer Company ACC, stating under oath that he was responsible for shipping out of Extraterrestrial artifacts to Bell Labs and IBM ( biggest giants of computer software and hardware in the US ) which they could then back Engineer. This has huge implications for Bell Labs, IBM etc, if this really is true? After the Transistor was first discovered in 1947 ( same year of Roswell crash? ) Nobel Prizes were awarded, Billions of Dollars have been made by Patents therefore fraudulently obtained. Anyone interested in this should google ACC, Jack Shulman, Lab Shop Keepers Notebook. "The Lab Shop keepers note book" is positive proof. It contains detailed information by someone who recorded a lot of information regarding the back engineering of the Transistor from Alien Artifacts back in 47. There are a lot of other exotic Technologies that ACC wont's to patent hence the law suite. The book by the way has been authenticated beyond doubt and is authentic. The Day after Roswell has it faults like any other book, but for a man of 82 at the time I think it's highly interesting and well written with a bit of poetic License. It's a great read for the open minded, skeptics don't bother. Back this book up by reading Witness to Roswell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How the USA, the planet and the human race were saved by the intrepid Philip Corso, 1 May 2010
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This potboiler of a book, co-authored by Bill Birnes and the late Lt. Colonel Philip Corso (US Army, retired), was a big seller in the populist middle-market and for thousands of readers the only thing they have ever read about the Roswell incident. For these reasons `The Day After Roswell' has had a disproportionate influence on popular culture and attitudes, so is in a small way important.

The cover blurb from the original hardback copy claims "As chief of the Army's Foreign Technology Division in 1961, Philip J. Corso stewarded the Roswell...alien artefacts in a reverse engineering project that led to today's integrated circuit chips, fiber optics, lasers, super tenacity fibers and `seeded' the Roswell alien technology to giants of American industry." Here is problem number one: Corso was never "Chief" of the Army's Foreign Technology Division in 1961, or any other time. The US Army's Foreign Technology Division at the time was very small with only two officers, and Corso was the junior of the two. The USAF's Foreign Tech Division was by contrast much larger and contained some 40 commissioned officers, and this is where all hi-tech stuff went for analysis.

Bill Birnes would have us believe that in 1961, Corso was handed a box of "space junk" from the July 1947 Roswell crash by General Trudeau, his boss at The Pentagon. Trudeau was conveniently deceased at the time of writing, so can't corroborate this story - and neither can anyone else. Now, were these precious items of alien technology stored in highly secure, climate- and temperature-controlled conditions while being worked on by the greatest scientific brains available? Well, no. For the previous 14 years, all these priceless examples of ET-tech - the greatest prize in the whole of human history - had been shoved in an old box in a filing cabinet just awaiting the arrival on the scene of the intrepid Philip Corso, who would then set the world of hi-tech R&D aflame with his brilliant initiatives.

The claim is that Corso, with no technical or engineering background or education, then single-handedly seeded the contents of this old box of crash-recovered alien items into American industry to ensure the development of new wondrous technologies and so, to quote Corso on p299: "won the cold war...and saved the country, the planet and our species at the same time." Any evidence offered to substantiate this extraordinarily claim? No. Any other confirmatory witnesses? None.

Corso describes detailed fly-on-the-wall scenes with dialogue from Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter and the like reported verbatim in florid and melodramatic prose, despite the fact that Corso himself was never present at these meetings. A particularly memorable example of this sensationalist style:

"Chairman Josef Stalin was furious. Red-faced and not even trying to hide the rage that erupted like an exploding volcano, Stalin held up a copy of the Roswell Daily Record for Tuesday, July 8, 1947, and threw it out onto the center of the table..."

How credible is this? You decide, dear reader.

So was Corso really single-handedly responsible for ensuring alien tech was reverse engineered by American industry, so saving the world, the planet, the human race? Or did he simply take material already in the public domain and claim it as his memories? There is nothing about the Roswell incident in this book not already unearthed years before by other researchers such as Don Berliner, Stanton Friedman or Don Schmitt. Details about the so-called "Project Horizon" - a planned Moon base - were released in full under FOIA decades ago, but are reproduced in this book in a lengthy appendix as a new and Earth-shaking revelation.

Corso died some years ago but until the end was evasive about details, dates and awkward questions about his claims. `The Day After Roswell' reads like a cheap, sensationalist schlock novel and seems to be more about book sales to a mainstream market than revelatory truth about the Roswell incident and its aftermath. Not one single witness testimony to corroborate any of Corso's claims, and not one solitary credible document as evidence that these alien artifacts were seeded into US industry by Corso in the manner claimed has ever been produced by the authors in support of their preposterous assertions. In fact, the development tracks of technologies such as night vision, lasers and microcircuits are very well documented over decades and require no additional input from fantasy alien artifacts to explain. This is not to say such alien artifacts have not been recovered or don't exist: just that Corso's claims are at variance with documented facts and unsupported by witness testimony, documentation or corroborative evidence of any kind.

Postscript April 2011.

In Col John Alexander's new book `UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities' a useful appendix contains a 10-page letter dated 9 September 1997 from the author to Phil Corso, whom Alexander met several times and knew well. The letter raises some 120 questions and points of accuracy from the text of `The Day After Roswell' which Corso is asked to address. If you've read Corso's book, or intend to, it's definitely worth reading Alexander's far superior and more convincing book too, and studying these points of detail he raises. As a senior career US Army officer with a lifetime interest in UFOs, involved in covert ops and in the development between the 1950s and 1980s of some of the technologies Corso claims were the result of alien artifacts reverse-engineered from the Roswell crash, Alexander's inside knowledge and cool, intelligent and perceptive input is interesting to say the least.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Cold War?, 5 July 2004
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This review is from: The Day After Roswell: A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Government's Shocking UFO Cover-up (Mass Market Paperback)
Following the recent untimely demise of both the editor and the magazine itself,UFO mag.readers have had no real forum for discussion. Yet, when this astonishing book appeared, even UFO Magazine reviewers seemed to overlook the importance of Philip J. Corso's nicely crafted account of what really went on at the heart of the US military and intelligence departments, during the 'Cold War'years.
It is so full of facts, names, and incidents (most of which are surely verifiable)that I simply can't believe that this dedicated old soldier would invent such a fantastic tale as he neared 80 years of age. I have read a great number of books on this general subject and I believe that this is the one to make sense of it all. It contains so much to digest and think over that I've just read it for the second time!
Don't be put-off by the vehemence of some (anonymous) critics: buy a copy and make your own mind up. I do believe that the truth really is there to be uncovered, but many with vested interests would rather you didn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Col. Corso is a credible ex-military counter intelligence of, 15 May 1998
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This review is from: The Day After Roswell: A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Government's Shocking UFO Cover-up (Mass Market Paperback)
In his book, Col. Corso gives an interesting account of our government's possible involvement with UFO's, particularly with regard to the alleged Roswell incident. He relates his 1960's Pentagon assignment to "seed" industry with items found at the crash site, and the resulting development of various technologies including micro circuitry, night vision goggles, surgical and weapons grade lasers, fiber optics, etc. Col Corso offers tantalizing information suggesting that with this alien technology SDI was developed and deployed long ago as a defense against intrusions into our air space by extra terrestrials (as well as to deter the Soviets) and the purpose of our moon missions was to establish a defensive military presence on the moon. He does not tell us whether these things actually happened. He suggests these events occurred over 30 years ago, and this makes me wonder what else could have been happening in the interim? The book is extremely interesting but I am left wondering whether it could be an experienced counter intelligence officer's (Col. Corso) attempt to gived new life to the Roswell myth for the same unknown reasons the original storey was told.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read and important if true, 10 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Day After Roswell: A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Government's Shocking UFO Cover-up (Mass Market Paperback)
Col. Philip J. Corso's book is an excellent read.
One other reviewer stated it was a "hoax" according to an unidentified "abduction investigator" but provided no evidence to substantiate this claim.

Corso's Military credentials by contrast are impeccable and his evidence is detailed and compelling. Corso's service history is available online (released under Freedom of Information-Google it!) and confirms that Corso was indeed a highly decorated officer who headed up the "foreign technology" section of the US army at the times he specifies in his book. Corso claims in his book that "Foreign technology" was a cover-all for any technology that fel into US hands, including everything from captured MIG fighter jets to captured Alien craft!

In this context of his impeccable military credentials we have to ask ourselves why the Colonel would make this story up and thereby damage his reputation among many of the conservative, rigid-thinking people who would have previously respected him for his military career? The book is full of facts, figures, names, dates times and places. The Colonel describes in detail the construction of the crashed UFO craft and the biology of the alleged extraterrestrial occupants. His detailed descriptions of the technology which he claims was located in the Roswell crash and later "reverse engineered" by the US Army and civilian industrial complex is incredibly detailed and compelling.

Contemporaneous accounts at the time of the 1947 Roswell crash described wafer-like objects with strange metallic etchings on them. This was well before the development of printed circuits. Corso claims that it was these artifacts that led to the development of human printed circuit technology. Night vision goggles were developed from other technology gleaned from the Roswell crash, according to Corso, along with many other innovations now in daily use such as fibre-optics and kevlar.

It would be easy to dismiss the Colonel's book, written in 1997, as a post-retirement money making scheme or even as the ravings of a once-great man turned senile, were it not for the recent (2007) amazing "deathbed confession" of another well respected former US military officer, Liutenant Waler HAUT.

HAUT (not featured in Corso's book directly) was the army intelligence officer at Roswell who first released the news to the media that the army had captured a downed flying saucer, in 1947. Shortly after, HAUT released a second press release stating that the downed craft was nothing more than an experimental weather balloon. And there the controversy may have laid to rest, with only 'conspiracy theorists" believing there had been an army cover-up was it not for the recent "deathbed confession" of HAUT. HAUT recanted posthumously and stated that the original news report was actually true, a downed alien craft WAS captured at Roswell, and that he had personally seen the alien technology and alien bodies from the crash at Roswell! The artifacts described by HAUT sound very familiar when you read CORSO's book.

So what are we to believe? That both these respected military men were mad? That CORSO lied in this book and swore Affidavits after his retirement, writing a tissue of lies to make money and gain fame on retirement? If so, how do we also explain HAUT, who remained loyal to the US military to the end, denied the UFO story until after his death but effectively arranged coroboration of the facts referred to by CORSO in his book...AFTER his (HAUT's) death? HAUT obviously would gain nothing from his "deathbed confession." Certainly neither HAUT or his family would have benefitted financially. Had HAUT also written a book in his lifetime he could have written another best seller. SO what was his motivation? We have to accept that HAUT's only credible motivation could have been that he truly believed in what he saw and that there had been a "cover-up." Troubled by guilt over his part in the "cover-up" and perhaps about to "meet his maker", HAUT felt the public should know the truth as he saw it, at least once he had died.

In this context I believe that we need to re-evaluate CORSO's book.
On the balance of probabilities, bizarre as that sounds given the incredible nature of CORSO's claims, I believe that CORSO and HAUT are probably telling the truth about their parts in the Roswell cover-up and what they saw. These men in my opinion truly believed that the craft at Roswell was a downed extra-terrestrial saucer-shaped craft containing a technology far superior to our own at that time.

Once we accept this possibility, CORSO's clams do not appear so outrageous after all. I believe that Phillip CORSO was most probably a hero, not only an American hero but a hero to the entire human race. His Service to humanity included helping us to use the Extra-Terrestrial's own technology to build a credible defence against them (CORSO believed that the extra-terrestrials were not "friendly", he cites evidence to substantiate this opinion and whilst he could not be sure of their intentions he basically considered the "Extraterrestrial biological entities" as he caled them, hostile. He also believed they were genetically engineered beings, more like androids adapted for space flight - more like the artificial creatures featured in the movie 'Blade Runner' than naturally evolved life forms.)

CORSO's work, if this book is to be believed, also gave us a massive technological boost enabling the tapid development of the hightechnology we are using today, including the computers and internet that we are using right here and now. If CORSO is right, his work changed the world and this was all due to the Roswell crash and what was recovered from it. Even Amazon wouldn't exist without CORSO. If CORSO is right, this truly is "the Day after Roswell" and we partly have CORSO to thank.

If this book is viewed as a work of fiction it is a well thought out science fiction story of the highest order, reflecting scientific theories that would only be matched in fiction by the likes of the greatest Scientists to ever write Sci-Fi, such as Arthur C CLARKE or Isaac ASIMOV. If this book is factual, it surely qualifies as the most paradigm-shifting and explosive book in human history.

In either case, I highly recommend this book. 5 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Day After Roswell, 13 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Day After Roswell: A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Government's Shocking UFO Cover-up (Mass Market Paperback)
I have read a number of books on and about the Roswell incident and must agree with many of the reviews on here regarding how good this book is.

Phillip Corso calmly and matter of factly explains how many things we take for granted such as the laser, transistor, etc, were seeded from what was recovered in New Mexico in 1947 from a craft or crafts that fell to earth.

With reference to Walter Haut, in other reviews on this book, we must not forget that Corso and Haut were 'old school' military personnel and the enormity of what they saw for themselves has to be taken into consideration, they did not want to betray the secrets that they were privy too. They came from a different age and of course in 1947 the Cold War was a hot potato, technology as came from the Roswell craft was literally the Holy Grail, and whoever managed to understand it and manufacture and use it would be the king of the heap.

However, with time, Philip Corso has put his thoughts on paper, I would say now when he wrote the book, he believed that our race can comprehend and deal with the ramifications of what he has known of since 1947.

The book is a very informative read and certainly is a good argument for release of more information on this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real and complete Disclosure. Unmissable., 5 Dec. 2012
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The uniform of Colonel Corso has a medal patch a size of A5 sheet of paper. He fought at Anzio, Monte Casino and in Rome. During the Cold War he was a commander of an anti-aircraft brigade stationed 5 miles from the East Germany border. Later in his carrier he served in White House and he was intelligence adviser to MacArthur, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. His credentials are highest so far, out of all UFO witness.

By reading this book you'll actually get a complete picture of what happened with saucer after Roswell and what policy was formulated by US government. That policy is still in place today. Everything I read so far about Roswell, all the disparate rumors and documents, now fall in together to create a big picture. Most importantly I now understand a government's policy on saucers and what to expect in future.

An unexpected bonus is a detailed explanation of the inner working of a government's machine. Actually, at least 2/3s of the book is about how policy makers make national policies. One can immediately recognize that Corso is not a very technical person, but a sort off a skillful political animal who spent carrier in corridors of White House and Pentagon.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Corso's Roswell: The Handy Alien Parts Store?, 8 Feb. 1998
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I've read several sections of this book, and I have serious doubts about the claims he is making. Being involved in the publication of archaeological textbooks, I have some knowledge about the care and forethought taken in preserving relics from the past. But, according to this story, very little care, respect, and preservation is shown towards Corso's "alien" artifacts. Consider this for a moment: Suppose you are a major world power, with numerous scientific and military resources at hand, and you have found objects that are some of most significant and valuable ever: actual technology from an alien world. Now what would you do with it? Store it in a box in a Colonel's office, without any climatic, chemical, biological, or atmospheric controls? Very, very unlikely!! First, scientists would want to preserve these artifacts from reaction to the atmosphere, so they would be stored in inert gas or a vacuum. Secondly, they would control temperature and humidity for the same reasons. And thirdly, they would quickly isolate any truly alien artifact out of fear of spreading some foreign contagion. Objects of such compelling evidence, undoubtedly great treasures for mankind, would be under the highest security, and the best methods of preservation for the time. Why is that so different from Corso's story?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun book to read - but is it true?, 15 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: The Day After Roswell: A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Government's Shocking UFO Cover-up (Mass Market Paperback)
UFO, extraterrestrial beings (EBE), Roswell, reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology, star wars (SDI), anti missile missiles, extraterrestrial lunar base on the far side,KGB, CIA, JFK, MI19, WWII, the silicon industry, lasers, fibre optics, irradiated food preservation etc... etc... it is all there, the answers to life the universe and all the questions you ever asked yourself about the conspiracies. This was written before 9/11 otherwise that may have figured somewhere in the book too. Joking apart Col Philip Corso has excellent credentials as an Intelligence officer - trained by the British in WWII. In the John Knapp interviews he comes over as very credible. The book is a great read but leaves me wondering how much is factual vs extrapolation! After all, being an intelligence officer, Col Corso was provided with a grain of truth from which he had to extrapolate numerous scenarios for his superiors to determine future policies. It appears from reading this book that Col Corso did that very well. Even today, intelligence officers are still doing the same - look at the WMD and the justification for the Iraqi war to depose S. Hussein, the report turned out to be somewhat stretched and no WMD's were ever found. Go back 50 years when Col Corso was working with Roswell information and the same could be said for the conclusions he drew...
If it is factual - and only time will tell - then this is an explosive book that changes everything, otherwise it is still a great book and enjoyable reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!, 11 July 1998
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This review is from: The Day After Roswell: A Former Pentagon Official Reveals the U.S. Government's Shocking UFO Cover-up (Mass Market Paperback)
A truly thought-provoking work! This book will lend a much needed credibility to a genre suffocating in rumor, misinformation, and overactive imagination. Supported by recently declassified documents, Col. Corso reveals the truth about the Roswell Crash and how the technology recovered from the craft, has given mankind`s technological progress an immeasurable boost.
Unfortunately, truth being ever so relative a term, Col. Corso can relate the facts about events surrounding the Roswell Crash only sofar as they concern the United States Army. He alludes to this fact himself several times in the book. The Air Force and the Navy were both independently involved in their own research and more than likely, each of these branches has access to information which the others lack. I do not doubt that Col. Corso`s story is true, but it is certainly not the whole truth. I would be more than interested to hear a version of this story as told by equally knowledgeable people from the other two services, especially the Air Force.
One criticism I have is the decidedly "hostile alien" theme which pervades the book. I don`t think that there is any convincing evidence provided in the book which supports the idea that these aliens are hostile towards us. If they were, then I`m sure we all would have known about their presence long ago and in ways that would have made H. G. Wells look like a prophet. What invading force do you know of that, after their technology is compromised, would postpone an invasion until their own technology could be used against them? Surely a race intelligent enough to discover a means of traversing the vast regions of space would be more intelligent than this!
Before reading "The Day After Roswell" I came across an interview with a certain Dr. Michael Wolf who claims that it was co-author William Birnes who added the "anti-alien gloss" to Col. Corso`s manuscript. He also claims that Col. Corso never personally thought of the aliens as hostile. (Nexus New Times Magazine, Ap! r.-May 1998, pg. 55).
Criticisms aside, this book is a very important piece of an immensely larger puzzle, and will be an invaluable addition to the library of anyone interested in the question of UFO`s.
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