UFOs, JFK & Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe
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 ELV...more
Hey, so Belzer here thinks that that dude, what's-his-face, didn't kill JFK. No lone gunman theory for him. He posits all kinds of other theories and gives well-thou ...more
This book isn't a new release by far---it was published in 1999---and it feels like its been on my Amazon Wishlist for nearly as long. It wasn't really a top priority for me in a sea of so many other awesome paranormal and weird history books, but it was on Book Outlet during their mega Black Friday sale, so I added it to the cart.
It turned out to be a good purchase!
It was a good purchase for me, but I should preface this by saying ...more
As it happens, the book is not very funny. Indeed, the fact that its author disbelieves the government both as regards the JFK assassination and as regards UFOs works against the possibility of humor. The jokes are strained, out of place in what is basically a serious effort.
The greatest v ...more
SUMMARY: Belzer recounts various conspiracy theories
REVIEW: Even though I was not predisposed to conspiracy theories - many just seem cuckoo, I figured I might learn something new. Sometimes Belzer's wise-acre delivery was funny but sometimes it was just irritating. The part about JFK was the more interesting part. I certainly have questions about the official story. But some of the the ...more
Update: I finished the book & found it somewhat funny & entertaining. The JFK conspiracy stuff was mostly nothing new to me; I'm ...more
The first half of the book focuses entirely on the JFK assassination. At times, it felt like I was reading a high school term paper, lots of referencing what other people have said/written without providing any really new insight. The one interesting part of this section was Belzer's analysis of why some of the conspiracies are more implausible (ie how would the KGB or a Cuban hit squad been able to pull of such a conspiracy in the US).
The remain ...more
I say "most effective" because it doesn't consider any counter-counter-arguments to JFK/UFO conspiracies — All of it is hogwash. It makes me think he's doing a send-up/satire of anti-Warren Commission/Roswell-coverup material.
If so, I'm not sure if I like that more, or less.
"But don't go by me."
Final verdict? Take a pass if you come across this book.
Like all conspiracy theorists, he doesn't exactly back up his facts like any proof. But it is an entertaining read, most definitely.