“The Best Book on the Earhart Mystery by Far”

This reviewer has covered most of the voluminous output on America’s greatest heroine, but nothing comes close to this, the most exciting and scholarly read since the late Thomas E Devine’s compelling “Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident.”  Clearly, Mike Campbell is the leading authority on all things AE, and this book must now be considered the recognised masterclass and essential go to handbook on what really happened to Earhart and Noonan. The author’s brilliant grasp of his subject is truly astonishing, and the sheer depth of his research is a marathon achievement. … The truth is there to be had — right here, right now – in the revealing pages of Mike Campbell’s incredible book. — Roger Hopkins, United Kingdom, reviewer.


“A Cornucopia of Forbidden Truth”

No one has ever written more comprehensively on the subject of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance than Mike Campbell, and no one is more trustworthy on the subject. That last point is not a small one, because the Earhart mystery continues to be a hot topic, and there are still an ample number of shills for the government who would lead one astray.

The very best evidence that Campbell is the man to be trusted on this subject is the fact that, as of the date of the writng of this review, both this book and the earlier book that Campbell wrote with Thomas E. Devine are blacked out at the very large Amelia Earhart Wikipedia page.

In a nutshell, what Campbell has given us is an absolute cornucopia of forbidden truth. Read it and you will know far more than it is safe to know in 21st century America.  — review by David Martin, Dec. 22, 2014. (See also Martin’s “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up,” from Veterans News Now, below.)


There have been many books written about the mysterious disappearance of famed flier Amelia Earhart in the 75 years since she vanished on a world-record trans-Pacific flight. We can absolutely say, without equivocation, TRUTH AT LAST by former Air Force civilian public affairs officer Mike Campbell is the best by far.

We don’t want to spoil it for our readers, but by the time you finish this masterful work, you will agree. Campbell has solved the mystery of Earhart’s tragic fate. The disinformation attempts and crackpot theories of those approved of by the government don’t even come close to TRUTH AT LAST.

A copy of this book belongs in every military post and civilian library in America. You can make that happen, dear readers. Just go to your librarian and ask for it. Tell you local bookshop to stock it, and pass the word on to friends. Let’s make this one a best-seller!

Campbell’s book presents many stunning new findings and revelations, eyewitness accounts and analysis that leave no question about the presence and death of Earhart and Fred Noonan, her navigator, on the Japanese-held island of Saipan in the days and months following her July 2, 1937 loss during the second last leg of her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world. — MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret),


I received [Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last] yesterday and it is superb. One of the most interesting aspects of it is the additional, previously unpublished info Mike provides on various previously published accounts, especially on Fred Goerner’s investigation. It is clear that Fred learned far more than he published. The book also reinforces my own [long]-held belief that AE ended up on Saipan, indeed makes it seem incontrovertible. Moreover, Mike’s book seems to be the most significant one published on the subject in an extremely long time.

I am currently feasting on it in every spare moment. — Dave Bowman, author of Legerdemain: Deceit, Subterfuge, and Political Sleight of Hand in the Disappearance of Amelia Earhart (Saga Books, 2007).


Everybody must get a copy of Mike Campbell’s just arrived book AMELIA EARHART: THE TRUTH AT LAST. It’s a fascinating, scholarly book digging like no researcher has even done before, over 100 credible witnesses strongly supporting the Saipan-Mili answer to the mystery. Mike has included some research I have never released before. A must read for AE aficionados. — Bill Prymak, founder and former president of the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers, Broomfield, Colo.


“A wonderful book, a must read for all fans of the Earhart matter.”

I waited a long time for this book to come out, and it was well worth the wait! If one is a serious student of the Earhart matter, you must have this book in your library. When I opened the package, I said, “Wow!” This is a thick book!” Its 460 pages long, and is packed with interesting information that will wet anyones appetite. Inside you will find an interesting narrative of the Earhart disapearance, step by step as it goes along. This is no cursory look at the events, but an exhastive treatment of what really happened to Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan.

This book should be a “must read” book at all high school American History classes. This is an alternative view about what happened to our flyers, but I believe is is the correct view. Mike Campbell has searched far and wide to develop this analyses, and has done Earhart fans a great service, by digging deeply into the Freg Goerner files at the Nimitz Museum in Texas. There are many new developments given that probably would have been in Fred Goerner’s new book, had he lived to publish it. The Saipan Scenario is more than a scenario. This book will show you that it’s a fact that Earhart and Noonan met their demise at the hands of the Japanese, on Saipan. Mike Campbell backs this up with many, many, eyewitness accounts in both the Marshall Islands, and on Saipan. Its time the truth be let out about what ACTUALLY happened to our two flyers, and this book does the best job of it. — Rob Ellos, Earhart performance artist and researcher, Stillwater, Minn., Amazon review, Aug. 19, 2012.


The first thing that one discovers when looking into the contrary eyewitness evidence related to the Earhart disappearance is that Campbell sits at the peak of a rather impressive pyramid of citizen evidence gatherers on the subject.  Beneath him on the pyramid, among others, are a number of veterans of the U.S. military. 

Preeminent among them was the late Thomas E. Devine, author of the 1987 book, Eyewitness: The Amelia Earhart Incident. Devine, a twenty-eight-year-old Army sergeant at the time, was among the troops who captured Saipan from the Japanese in July of 1944. While on Saipan he had a life-changing experience. He saw what he is certain was Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra. He wrote down the “NR 16020” written on the plane and remembers wondering what the “NR” meant. He also witnessed the burning of the airplane upon the orders of American government officials in civilian clothes. 

. . . Don’t expect any of our mainstream press to be directing you to Campbell’s book, though.  If he is to be ignored, it will not be because the case he makes for the capture of Earhart and Noonan by the Japanese is too weak.  It will be because it is too strong. — From David Martin’s “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up,” Veterans News Now, Aug. 9, 2012. 


Roosevelt wanted to maintain the myth that Earhart and Noonan disappeared in the Pacific Ocean. Our government has continued to perpetuate this myth. Campbell calls this deception “the establishment’s contempt for the truth.” He concludes, “Despite the massive and compelling body of evidence attesting to the fliers’ cruel and ignominious ends on Saipan. Amelia Earhart’s fate remains, in the popular culture’s wisdom and in the history books, as much a mystery now as in the first desperate days following their disappearance.”

Goerner’s widow [Merla Zellerbach, of San Francisco], after reading “The Truth at Last,” wrote to Campbell, “You have done a magnificent job of recording and recounting Fred’s obsession, as well as turning your own obsession into an amazing book.” She expressed her hope “the government will relax its hold on the story of Amelia Earhart’s fate and corroborate the facts as you tell them.”

I also hope this will happen. Knowledge about Earhart’s life and death should be based upon “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” — Joel Freedman, “Truth at Last” shatters Earhart myths,” August 16, 2012, Books Section of the Finger Lakes Times, Canandaigua, New York.

13 responses

  1. What is the source of your quote from General Erskine? And to whom, by name, did he state it to? It would seem this statement would have ignited a firestorm, yet it appears not to have done so.


    1. The source is Fred Goerner’s letter to Theodore Barreaus, February 19, 1988, from the Goerner Collection at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas. See page 365 in Truth at Last. Apparently Erskine did not tell Goerner what he told Jules Dundes and Dave McElhatton at the KCBS studio, and it was only later that they told Goerner. That’s the best I can do with the information I have. The general knew that the truth about what happened to Amelia was still top-secret and he wasn’t about to risk government reprisal by announcing it on the air with Goerner, but, like Nimitz and Vandegrift, he admired Goerner’s persistence and wanted to encourage him to continue his efforts. Thus his revelations to Goerner’s KCBS associates.

      You wonder why no “firestorm” results from Erskine’s comments? Well, few ever learned about them. But why was there no firestorm when the July 1, 1960 edition of the San Mateo Times announced in 100-point headlines: “Amelia Earhart Mystery Is Solved”; “Famed Aviatrix Died on Saipan”? For these and other answers, I suggest you invest in a copy of Truth at Last, if you haven’t already. Thanks for your interest.


  2. Mr. Campbell, I am searching for your email address in order to send you a pdf file of the November 6, 2014 letters to the editor page of the Philadelphia Inquirer, where I attack the “absurd, self-aggrandizing claims” and questionable “fund-raising activities” of Ric Gillespie. The Inquirer printed an Earhart photo with it.


  3. Just clicked on this for fun and because I have been to Saipan and walked in the Japanese prison that had the remains of the cell Amelia Earhart was supposed to have been kept in. I am not an expert on the history of Amelia Earhart, but what most people don’t know is that the entire Island is considered a monument to those who died during WWII. I was introduced to a man whose job had been diving off shore and defusing or bringing up live bombs for safe removal. He described the mines that were anchored and floating beneath the surface that endangered any boat or ship that might have run across them decades later. The ocean around Saipan was littered with live bombs for many years. I was there in about 1973.

    When you walk through the jungles you are literally treading on history. Nothing is allowed to be removed from it’s spot where it landed during the war. You walk past U.S helmets, and pieces of planes, rotting military objects like canteens in shredded canvas, parts of equipment every soldier would have carried in the exact position they had crashed in or died on so long ago. There were so many different objects. It felt as if I was walking in a cemetery with those items as the monuments to those to whom the items had belonged. The people of Saipan at least at that time treated it as holy ground . They respected it as the place of death for many, many, souls.

    I know Americans are quite used to making money from tourist traps, and Saipan certainly uses their history to draw in money, and it is a fantastic resort area. But at least back when I was there they were not jaded enough to tell tall tales about Amelia Earhart. They would have considered it a curse upon them to do so. They did not take lightly the sacrifices of those who died there. Far too many people were still alive who had seen all that was done there during the war. They honored the dead and they said Amelia was among them, alive for a while. There was little food given to prisoners, and just damp open barred windows, no glass. It was a small building with just a few cells. I will always consider it a holy place and I am grateful for the people of Saipan still honoring our dead.

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  4. Protecting FDR’s legacy?

    He allowed Pearl Harbor to happen in order to garner national support for the entry into war with Japan. Americans wanted no part of war so Pearl Harbor proved to be a pretty strategic way to rally the nation together.

    The book” DAY OF DECEIT( OR DAY OF DECEPTION) ” covers this in detail.

    With that being said, I have to wonder about the YOUTUBE VIDEO about the teen girl( at the time of 1937) who supposedly caught 2 hours of radio communication from Earhart’s plane after it was on land.

    Is she a fraud?
    What teenager would make such a thing up?

    Sitting by her radio listening to top songs of the era in order to write their titles and lyrics down, only to get this bizarre transmission coming through her radio.

    She was given some kind of an award about 2 yrs ago- I think she is in her 90’s& may still be alive.

    But what is odd, is that while she was in St. Petersburg Fla hearing the transmission through her radio- many others in the USA- across the nation in varied states,also claimed to pick up Earhart’s radio transmission of asking for help.

    Amateur radio operators. Or in the case of the girl- a fluke signal coming through her home radio?

    ( It was stated that to read her transcript is to read something akin to a modern 911 call)

    Are these tales legit? And if that many amateurs heard her- what about anyone who professionally worked with radios and also got the SOS transmissions?

    Some authority debunked this idea that regular people across the USA could pick up her signal due to AE’s distance. He said the signal would never carry that far.

    But then it was explained that harmonics is what allowed the signal to travel even further than normal.

    I am gathering from description given, that harmonics acts sort of like an echoing of a radio signal- thus letting it radiate further than the general range?

    Do we give credence to any of this?

    As for FDR : he would definitely look to cover his butt in the event that, he had to hide the horrible story behind AE & her flight’s ultimate conclusion.( Murdered in a horrible way by the Japanese, for example)

    Or, possibly, the truth is, a great effort was not actually expended to save her-which also makes him look bad.

    (The 2nd possibility makes him look far worse.)

    Especially, if she was requested to fly as a unofficial, but” official”, spy detail.

    The govt/military seems to find those who fight their wars and such, as quite disposable.

    AE would fall into that category like any other soldier of war.

    I could see the govt/military decide that finding her would be too costly and not worth the effort.

    Why else are all the records missing?

    If she was simply a pilot with a mishap that was murdered by the Japanese, should this have not come out to the public now?

    In his quest to get an isolationist nation into war- FDR could have usefully trotted out the death of AE by the Japanese, as a earthshaking revelation.

    He could have stated that the info was originally with held from the American Public because of its gruesome nature; but once Pearl Harbor was attacked, the govt finally realized the nation must know what Japan did to their beloved AE.

    Especially when FDR seized on the Pearl Harbor bombing as a way to declare war.

    I do not believe there is anything ordinary about what happened to EA. In fact, the feeling I get is one that says something extremely sinister happened 😦


  5. Just a note about receiving weak, far away signals. As a Radio Ham and also holder of an FCC 1st license I believe it was very possible. A condition called skip happens when radio waves are bent or reflected by ionized layers of air and follow a different path. Some time they bounce from the surface of the earth, especially from salt water and repeat the process. Skip is more prevalent during sunspot activity which varies over an 11 year cycle. 1937 was at the peak of the cycle!

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  6. Concerning Goerner letter to Life:


    What can I say, other than I understand the depth of your frustration over this story. How so much evidence can be ignored, is beyond me. I still find it incredible that not one established, credible journalist in some form of media has not dug into this story and presented the real facts. Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins in today’s media? Every time I read your blog, I wish I were a wealthy man so that I could fund a one hour documentary(running on a major network), that would have you collating all this evidence and presenting the truth to the public. I think the uproar and outrage would finally force the media and our government to come clean. Naive, maybe, nice to think about. Thanks, again.



  7. I am 100% in agreement as to the most likely outcome of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan. It certainly wouldn’t be the first or last time that governments in power have lied and/or covered up their actions; supposedly in the name of public protection. I have not yet purchased your book but did read Lost Star by Randall Brink, published in 1994, in which he covers all the various scenarios. The most interesting facet of this book were several photos. One shows Amelia being sworn in by an unnamed officer of the Army Air Force while Major General Westover (commander of the USAAF at that time) looks on. The other pic was taken of Taroa Island in 1944 by a surveillance plane and clearly shows the outline of a twin-tailed monoplane missing its left wing sitting on a revetment. As the author states, Japan did not build any twin-tailed monoplanes. In spite of the frustrations and obstacles that you have encountered, it is much appreciated by individuals such as myself who do not have the ability to do such in-depth searching to find the truth.


    1. Jerry,
      Thanks so much for your kind message. The photo of the alleged Electra in Brink’s book was later revealed to be a Jap Betty Bomber, Amelia’s alleged “swearing in” by Westover was ceremonial only and had no bearing on her actual civilian status, and many other claims by Brink have been exposed as false. Do yourself a favor and get Truth at Last, Jerry, and you won’t find any false claims for sensation value. The Truth itself is quite sensational enough. If you don’t find Truth at Last to be far better than Brink’s book, I will personally refund your money!



  8. Hi, just found an interview on you tube which you did a few months ago, regarding your new book The Truth at Last. As a pilot and someone that has followed the Amelia Earhart story for some time, i was very interested in your lifes work and all of the information you have collected. As I’m not a US resident and Earhart is not one of our historical heroines, it is sometimes difficult to follow the story. I found your interview by Shere accident after reading a post on twitter by fake tighar. Needless to say, I will be buying your book, and i’m sure i can spread the word via social media on this side of the pond.

    Kind regards, and i will be following your story.
    Very best of luck Robin.


    1. What part of the world are you in Robin? I too am not a US resident, however being from New Zealand and on the door step to the Pacific it has always held interest to me and I find 1st and 2nd Edition of Mikes book to be a game changer of information and credible sources to what happened. All of my family have read the books – and even the most sceptical has to concede defeat that there’s been more to the story than the “the flyers got lost and went down” theory/sweep under the rug. Thanks again Mike for all your hard work – as a fan in his 20’s this story will be put in every library I can find and for years to come be kept alive. AE deserves to be better remembered and recognised!


      1. Thanks NZFly, you and Robin are rare birds. In the states, selling a single book is becoming even more difficult each day. It’s quite discouraging, but nobody said it would be easy.


  9. I stumbled onto this subject by accident, but found it fascinating to say the least. My question would be why is this such a taboo subject even now?? Why the cover up so many years later? This was pre world war 2 after all. I believe the evidence you laid out and it ties a lot of loose ends together on this story. Thank you for all your hard work in finally answering what happened here.



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