Several online retailers posted what they say is the promotional copy for UFO celebrity Lue Elizondo's long-delayed memoir, apparently titled Disclosure. Elizondo signed a deal two years ago with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, to write an account of his time hunting UFOs on the government's dime, and the book has had a couple of potential release dates that never happened, the most recent being October of this year. The new promotional copy suggests that Elizondo won't be bringing much new to the table since the promo copy has nothing to plug but hoary old chestnuts and familiar favorites:
The Roswell crash site. The Phoenix Lights. Area 51. Sightings, conspiracies, glimpses of the unexplained. Decades of questions unanswered.
That's the best he could do? Barack Obama speaking on a late night comedy show? Doubling down on his still-unproven claim that the UFO investigation he supposedly oversaw was an official government program and not, as evidence suggests, his own personal hobby? And that list of questions! Notice that they are presented as queries, with no suggestion that Elizondo has any answers.
The promotional copy is surprisingly weak for such a high-profile book, and it highlights no original evidence or compelling science that would support what seems like it will be a lengthy discussion of feelings and fantasies. Typically, the PR for an "important" book would seek to emphasize the news value of the volume, the original material reported for the first time, and the dramatic new revelations that set it apart from competing titles. This one begins with recycled topics Elizondo had no part in and then becomes progressively more generic and non-specific. Not a promising start, but perhaps it's the best the marketing team could do with whatever Elizondo wrote.
We shall see when the book finally hits shelves, someday.
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