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BOOK REVIEW:
THE GLENN MILLER CONSPIRACY
BY HUNTON DOWNS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Allen Hott.





Why did it take Hunton Downs sixty years to write The Glenn Miller Conspiracy? That is exactly how the book starts. Downs explains immediately that gathering the evidence was much like digging diamonds out of a deep pit. Not only was the evidence in very small pieces but also it was hidden as best as it could be by the United States government. That is in fact the assumption that Downs illustrates in his book.

Downs was a Glenn Miller fan for many years and he could never understand the “Missing in Action” tag that the government stuck on the Glenn Miller case. Glenn Miller in the late 1930’s and early 40’s was the big name in music. His band was heard over the airwaves constantly and people were really into Pennsylvania 6-5000; Little Brown Jug; Chattanooga Choo Choo; and especially In the Mood. Those songs were all Miller hits and everyone knew them and danced to them. Jukeboxes played these as much as did the radio and as a matter of fact Miller’s recording of Jukebox Saturday Night was another of his mega hits.

Miller’s music meant home to many GI’s who were away from home fighting in the Big One as it was called at the time. And Miller in fact was one of them as he joined the military in 1942. By the end of the war he had risen to the rank of Major and he was traveling to England and Europe playing his music either live with his band or over the air via his records. Downs has researched in all possible places to come up with his theory as to what happened to Glenn Miller. His claims appear to have much credence and he presents them in a manner to not only tie them together but to also put much doubt into the way that the government continually states it happened.

He disputes the statement that the then Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau made that “We are going to level Germany to the ground, burn it up, and let any body left be potato farmers”. Rather Downs claims that Ike, Allen Dulles, and other U.S. leaders were in fact putting together a plan that would allow the Germans to surrender and basically keep their country in tact while getting rid of the Nazi element. And Downs also puts forth the idea that Glenn Miller was to be an important part of that plan reporting directly to Ike. Exactly what happened to ruin that plan is what Downs purports is what happened to Glenn Miller and what the U.S. government is still covering up today.

The book is somewhat hard to read because of the evidence that Downs has to bring forth from previous conversations, books, and other documents. However it is an intriguing look at what possibly could be one of the strangest cover-ups of the disappearance of one of America’s most noted and beloved musicians.

REVIEWED BY ALLEN HOTT

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