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Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of Ufo Abductions [Hardcover]

David M. Jacobs , John E. MacK
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Mar 1992
In "Secret Life", Professor David M. Jacobs of Temple University takes us into the private world of those abducted by aliens, letting them describe in their own words what it is like to be abducted. Based on interviews with sixty individuals and more than 300 independently corroborated accounts, "Secret Life" presents the most complete and accurate picture of alien abductions ever compiled.

Dr. Jacobs takes the reader on a minute-by-minute journey through a typical abduction experience and describes in detail the bizarre physical, mental and reproductive procedures that abductees claim have been administered by small alien beings. Jacobs draws from these interviews a profoundly unsettling reason behind the abductions: aliens are conducting a complex reproductive experiment involving the conception, gestation, or incubation of human and alien hybrid beings.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Printing edition (Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671748572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671748579
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Dr David Jacobs is a serious-minded history professor (not a crank as you might expect), and uses his sober academic skills, particularly at evaluating evidence, to examine the superficially unbelievable possibility that a small but growing proportion of people are abducted by aliens. His conclusion that this is probably happening is very carefully argued and evaluated and, though incredible, follows almost inescapably from the (circumstantial but compelling) evidence.
If this sounds all too weird, please read the book. I like to think I'm an intelligent reader (university educated and all that) and though initially sceptical I was convinced by his arguments.
You may also (or instead) like to read the successor to this book, The Threat, which adds more recent evidence and draws some very disturbing conclusions about just what the aliens' ultimate reason for the apparent abductions might be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best on the subject 30 Nov 2009
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Most other reviewers deservedly give this book a five-star rating, and many say that if you only ever read one book about the bizarre and improbable subject of alien abduction, then it should be 'Secret Life.' I agree.

David Jacobs is Associate Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia trained in the rigorous analysis of data to form cautious but credible hypotheses on historical events. His first book 'The UFO Controversy in America' was his doctoral thesis slightly extended for mass publication, a classic if conservative examination of the evidence for the reality of UFOs and the political and military response to the phenomenon in the USA.

In 'Secret Life' Jacobs brings his considerable academic and forensic skills as a historian to the alien abduction phenomenon. His conclusions were formed after many years' continuous investigation and work with a sizeable number (about 300) of people who had suffered the experience. Most want complete anonymity and are anything but happy about what happened to them. The title precisely sums up in two words what these people have to deal with: a secret life they can't or have no wish to discuss in public.

The resulting book is a meticulously documented, startling and convincing hypothesis about the reality of the alien abduction phenomenon, which Professor Jacobs came to with some reluctance. He describes the process of abduction as reported, the idiosyncratic details repeated through many abductee accounts and the impersonal and work-like attitudes of the abductors. One factor new to me when I first read this book was the common 'intergenerational' aspect of the abductions, and the conclusion that the abductors are primarily interested in human genetic material, family ties and emotional bonds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced, comprehensive, intense. 19 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I managed to read it in four days, and I couldn't put it down.
Jacobs is unbiased and balanced in his summary of what is happening, and his presentation of an abduction scenario is beatifully done.
Secret Life is in a sense better than Jacobs latest book, The Threat. Every American should read this book, and then make their own conclusions on what is happening. Secret Life gives an excellent overview of the abduction phenomena.
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