Philip J. Corso

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Where there's smoke[edit]

After a distinguished, if not uncontroversial, military career, Philip J. Corso (May 22, 1915 – July 16, 1998) landed on the N.Y. Times best-seller list with The Day After Roswell. An astonishing work and provocative, to say it is under-supported in the consensus view is quite the understatement.

"By the summer of 1949 it was obvious which side had won the UFO war."[1] This seems to be the case: by 1949, the seeds of divisions among humans--UFO believer vs. skeptic, government cover-up, denial of cover-up--were sown and well on their way to becoming entrenched. Five decades later, Philip J. Corso published a memoir seeking to establish the definitive reality of Roswell, based on his eyewitness testimony for the presence of extraterrestrial beings on Earth and reverse engineering of alien technology. While it is not necessarily true that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof," claims without corroboration and replete with error do generate noise that could overwhelm the truth being signified. The effect contributes to the entrenched oppositional attitudes on the subject of what happened at Roswell and the larger questions of disclosure and co-optation.



  1. Michael D. Swords. "A Different View of 'Roswell: Anatomy of a Myth,'" in Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 103-125, 1998 .

Further Study[edit]

Kevin Randle factchecks The Day After Roswell