Glenn Miller Declassified. By Dennis M. Spragg. Lincoln NE: Potomac Books, 2017. Maps. Tables. Photographs. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Pp. xviii, 386. $34.95 ISBN: 978-1-61234-895-7
Glenn Miller Declassified tells the story of one of America's most beloved musicians of the first part of the 20th century including his life, wartime service, and eventual disappearance over the English Channel while travelling from England to Paris for a Christmas concert. Spragg is the Senior Consultant for the Glenn Miller Archive in the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. The title of his book leads one to believe that he has uncovered some previously classified information that will shed light on Miller's disappearance. What he provides is a plausible and entirely likely explanation primarily based on known facts, but there appears to be little contribution from previously hidden information.
Unfortunately Spragg's explanation of Miller's disappearance is almost lost in a narrative full of unlikely possibilities and detailed explanations of things having little to do with the facts. Further, he asserts his final conclusion as definitive--something that can never be proven, even if the wreckage of Miller's plane is ever found.
The book was the subject of a segment on the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum television series. During the show's interview, Spragg presents his central theory that Miller's...