Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us

Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us

by Whitley Strieber
     
 

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Strieber first reviews all the evidence for UFOs - including the remarkably dramatic and repeated sightings over Mexico City filmed by so many people - as well as the testimony thousands have given about their close encounter experiences, before turning to shocking new physical evidence: five implants surgically removed under controlled and documented conditions from… See more details below

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Strieber first reviews all the evidence for UFOs - including the remarkably dramatic and repeated sightings over Mexico City filmed by so many people - as well as the testimony thousands have given about their close encounter experiences, before turning to shocking new physical evidence: five implants surgically removed under controlled and documented conditions from the bodies of people who have reported contact with aliens. The study of these "implants" - what they are made of, how they function, and what their ultimate purpose is - holds the final answers to this whole puzzle. In addition, in a remarkable appendix, Monsignor Corrado Balducci of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples and Propagation of the Faith discusses the perspective of the Catholic Church on the whole matter of alien contact and what it means within a religious perspective.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Are they mass hallucinations or have a quarter of a million people experienced a paralyzing possession of their bodies by aliens? Most alleged abductees suffer from severe post-encounter trauma, and Strieber writes that, for them, "to ignore the challenge to look at self and life in a new way is to descend into total psychological and spiritual chaos." In fact, overcoming their fear is, he contends, an opportunity for spiritual awakening. In this latest follow-up to Communion, the mega-bestselling account of his own abductions, Strieber reports on recent amateur film and video footage that allegedly show unknown spacecraft flying at extraordinary speeds with unheard of aeromechanics. Cogent testimonies drawn from interviews with seemingly sane and normal people reveal detailed accounts of levitation, sexual molestation, time travel and ongoing relationships with aliens that induce perceptual disruption to their lives. The most convincing of his evidence are the bizarre implantsslivers of silicon and tiny t-bars of metallic composite believed to be transmittersthat, Strieber says, have been removed from abductees' ear canals, calf muscles and nasal passages. While it's not conclusive that these implants are alien artifacts, their sophisticated composite and their manner of forced entry into the body demonstrate uncommon technical skill and cast doubt on accusations of self-mutilation. Strieber makes a strong case for a serious commitment from science and government to investigate abduction phenomenon, be it real or psychological dysfunction. Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
The author of several popular sellers on close-encounter experiences (e.g., Communion: A True Story, Morrow, 1987), Strieber focuses on mysterious implants found in many people who reputedly have experienced a close encounterincluding himself. These implants are the so-called hard evidence referred to in the book's subtitle, though Strieber admits that "the conclusive evidence has not yet been gathered." He doesn't even claim that his experiences are real, only that they felt real to him. Although Strieber tries to sound skeptical and maintain a degree of scientific objectivity, his New Age philosophy becomes clear in the last chapter. Basically, he views close-encounter phenomena as something for humans to embrace and not fear. If we are being visited by highly evolved aliens, Strieber believes they may be trying to help us evolve as well. Web addresses of six "best UFO sites" are included, as well as a short list of "classic" UFO books. Recommended for public libraries, especially where Strieber's other titles have proved popular. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/98.]Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
School Library Journal
YA-Reports of UFOs and accounts of abductions by aliens have been the subject of public fascination for half a century. In Confirmation, Strieber speaks for many when he complains that "The lack of authoritative answers has meant that hucksters and false experts have been exploiting public ignorance." Pointing out that concerned laypeople such as himself are not qualified or equipped to study the subject under acceptably rigorous scientific protocols, he argues that it is the responsibility of the scientific community to carry the issue beyond its present state of fraud and urban folklore. The book is organized into three sections, describing the three types of "hard" evidence Strieber feels most warrant scientific study: UFO sightings (unfortunately, the usual fuzzy UFO photos detract from his argument); close encounters; and implants that seem to have been placed in people's bodies during the close encounters. In an appendix, a Vatican representative discusses "Extraterrestrials and Christianity" in the context of recent scientific inquiry. "Further Reading" lists Strieber's recommended "classics" in UFO literature, as well as the Internet sites he finds to be the most trustworthy. Confirmation offers startling stories, fascinating speculations, intriguing questions, and clear explanations of new scientific theories.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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"Strieber makes a strong case for a serious commitment from science and government to investigate abduction phenomenon." —Publishers Weekly

"In 1957 I commanded the Army's missile firing range at White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico. During an 'alien encounter' the message that they were offering mankind, 'a new world if you can take it,' was conveyed to me. For forty years, I mulled what it meant. Finally, it took an intellect like Whitley Strieber in his new book Confirmation to give its meaning to me and the world." —Col. Philip J. Corso (Retired), United States Army Intelligence and author of The Day After Roswell

"This book is an important wake-up call for scientist and nonscientist alike. Whitley Strieber has carefully and objectively shown that reliable evidence supports the strong possibility we are being sited by some sort of nonhuman intelligence. Scrupulously staying within the limits of reasonable interpretation of the data, he makes a solid case for the urgent need for a deeper investigation into all aspects of the UFO phenomenon by competent professionals in many different fields." —Jack Kasher, physicist, the University of Omaha

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312967048
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Communion 2 Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.81(d)

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