Throwback Thursday book review: 'The Day After Roswell'

"The Day After Roswell" by Col. Phillip H. Corso (with William J.Birnes) is an audacious and must-read book regarding one of the most compelling UFO incidents in history-Roswell.

Corso was a former official of the pentagon, a past member of the National Security Council and former head of the Foreign Technology Desk  of the army's research and development (R&D) department. He was privy to classified information (copies of some of the official documents could be found in the appendix) about the Roswell crash, and the book chronicles how some of our technological advancements like fiber optics, lasers, super-tenacity fibers, night vision, integrated circuit chips were all reverse-engineered from the alien tech found at the Roswell crash site.

Corso has the credibility with those credentials, but his high-profile position can poke skeptics to question if this is a part of a misinformation campaign, which Corso details in the book how the government covered up the Roswell incident and created "camouflage through limited disclosure"

The book does carry a mix of insider information with pro-U.S. military propaganda by claiming we've developed enough space defense to compete and deter the aliens from any hostile threats, which like the book itself, is debatable. 

"The Day After Roswell" does a lot of things well. It covers a lot of bases from the political climate of the time, how these government agencies worked and the politics involved, international espionage, and the narrative that branches out from how we took the alien artifacts from the Roswell crash site and transformed via science and heads of industry to modern day innovation. It's a compelling read and the amount of evidence makes the book an easy page-turner that feels like you are right in the middle of a Hollywood political thriller.



The book offers a look into the cover-up and aftermath of Roswell. (Handout)

The book offers a look into the cover-up and aftermath of Roswell. (Handout)