The Roswell Bookshelf--"UFO Crash at Roswell: The Genesis of a Modern Myth" (Part 2) - Journal of a UFO Investigator

David Halperin continues his review of the 1997 book by Benson Saler, Charles A. Ziegler, and Charles B. Moore. Halperin here focuses on the chapters written by the two main authors, who are anthropologists. Ziegler's "central motif of the Roswell myth" sounds more like a glamorized "take" on the UFO Disclosure movement than the traditional version of the early summer of 1947 events. Halperin remarks trenchantly that Saler "shows no sign of having actually read any of the Roswell literature." A characteristic weakness of non-ufologist scholars who venture into ufology is unfamiliarity with the better research in the field. However, ufology needs attention and thoughtful insights from other disciplines, and Halperin suggests a takeaway from Saler's contribution. (WM)

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