Review: The Day After Roswell

(A 13.5 minutes NBC Clip on the Roswell incident with the late Col. Philip J. Corso)

An astoundingly detailed and engaging memoir, written in a frank, lucid style, one most interesting, especially for an engineer and a researcher. Its complex story, woven deftly through military and political events, and international intrigue, sheds new light upon many confusing aspects that ordinary citizens can hardly, if ever in our humdrum lives, be expected to comprehend. Written and published just a year before the principal author‘s death, this work convincingly represents his eloquent sentiment expressed within: Hide the truth and the truth becomes your enemy. Disclose the truth and it becomes your weapon.

The Day After Roswell (book cover image from Goodreads)

The Day After Roswell (book cover image from Goodreads)

Was Col. Corso describing the strange events and discoveries he was privy to with absolute accuracy and truthfulness? One need look no further than the foreword to this book, written and retracted by Senator Strom Thurmond, to validate the author’s integrity and the highly controversial nature of his disclosure. A provision of an unconditional recommendation, and its retraction because of the appearance of complicity, testify to both the esteem the principal author was held in, and the very nature of the contents of the book. And what can a politician do, but cover up a cover up?

Many of the disclosures within nevertheless beggar belief. Yet, as an electronics engineer, I have always wondered about a very rapid development of electronics miniaturization immediately after 1948, when the first point-contact transistor was invented. Though William Shockley is known to have been working on semiconductor devices before 1948, it is indeed quite curious that integrated circuits combining a number of such transistors and interconnections were invented shortly thereafter, and IC’s and electronic systems based upon them such as personal computers became feasible in about a couple of decades. Rapid technological developments have also been seen in other areas of technology – development taken for granted by consumers, though their derivation in such short time spans remains unquestioned and unclear.

Though the author provides some photographs of himself in the army, and a few documents relating to Project Horizon, a Lunar outpost contemplated, in the Appendix, I felt the absence of any representation of his ‘treasure trove‘ of items, that he was personally responsible for, in his Army R&D role. There are no photographs of the very items he claims to have diligently introduced into the industry…and though this can be understood as his strict adherence to secrecy requirements in his role, absence of even the most basic pictures of his Roswell Junk troubled me in light of his devotion to the task of disseminating the technology to the industry.

Did we have help, intended or otherwise, in the developmental strides we’ve made as a species? Did we gain, however stealthily, from interaction with a hostile culture as Col. Corso asserts? Did the presence of an enemy of humans unite our different human cultures in a joint effort at defending our world? Readers must answer these questions themselves; yet Col. Corso does present a story that, while fantastic, ties together many inexplicable events and experiences of humans all across the globe. If one were to look for hints of what national leaders thought, or knew, one need only listen to President Ronald Reagan who alluded to the possibility of a most unimaginable threat. And, it was during the leadership of Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev, that a defense against such possible threats (SDI, or ‘Star Wars’) was established, and the cold war officially toned down.

An excellent book overall for diligent readers and seekers…one that poses very many intriguing and profound questions to ponder upon. I read this book first almost immediately after it was published, more than a decade and a half ago, and enjoyed my second, detailed reading even more.

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Update (July 13, 2015):  “Rendlesham Forest UFO: New evidence claim” BBC article.

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (http://goo.gl/FKUnCM) is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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