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The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack

The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack

by Ralph Blumenthal


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The Believer is the weird and chilling true story of Dr. John Mack. This eminent Harvard psychiatrist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer risked his career to investigate the phenomenon of human encounters with aliens and to give credibility to the stupefying tales shared by people who were utterly convinced they had happened.

Nothing in Mack's four decades of psychiatry had prepared him for the otherworldly accounts of a cross section of humanity including young children who reported being taken against their wills by alien beings. Over the course of his career his interest in alien abduction grew from curiosity to wonder, ultimately developing into a limitless, unwavering passion.

Based on exclusive access to Mack's archives, journals, and psychiatric notes and interviews with his family and closest associates, The Believer reveals the life and work of a man who explored the deepest of scientific conundrums and further leads us to the hidden dimensions and alternate realities that captivated Mack until the end of his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826363954
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 03/15/2022
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 227,242
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ralph Blumenthal was an award-winning reporter for the New York Times. He coauthored the Times article in 2017 that broke the news of a secret Pentagon unit investigating UFOs, and he is the author of four nonfiction books including Miracle at Sing Sing: How One Man Transformed the Lives of America's Most Dangerous Prisoners. A distinguished lecturer at Baruch College, he lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1. "They Are Telling the Truth"
2. Terror in the Night
3. This Budd's For You
4. The Mystery of Anomalous Experience
5. "Have We Visitors from Space?"
6. The Sources of Suffering
7. Mack the Knife
8. A Prince of Our Disorder
9. "UFO Chiller"
10. "The Interrupted Journey"
11. The Peacemaker
12. Danny's Gift
13. "More Activist than the Movement"
14. "They Put a Hole in My Psyche"
15. The Turquoise Maiden
16. "Sane Citizen Sees UFO in New Jersey"
17. Mack's Secret
18. "He's Got This Glass Jar . . ."
19. "The Abduction Syndrome"
20. Aliens at Harvard
21. "You Cannot Go Ahead!"
22. Iron John
23. Hello, Dali
24. Aliens at MIT
25. "Good Evening, Doctor"
26. Stuck
27. "The Whole Bloody Snowsuit"
28. PEER Pressure
29. Aliens in Brazil
30. The Time Bomb
31. Oprah
32. "The Man from Outer Space"
33. "A Review of Your Work"
34. Not an Inquisition
35. "What if You're Wrong?"
36. Aliens in Africa
37. "Have Good Manners!"
38. "Oh God!"
39. "We Watch The X-Files"
40. The Lighthouse
41. Abduction and Divinity
42. "Passport to the Cosmos"
43. A Cosmic Marriage
44. The Holy Grail
45. The Rune of Doom
46. "I Never Knew It Would Be So Easy"
47. "John Mack Now Knows Everything"


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