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4.5 out of 5 stars

on 19 July 2014
Fundamental book for the study of the phenomenon of alien abductions, a text to read absolutely inevitable.
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on 18 August 2015
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on 12 May 2015
A very gripping read, you will really start to understand just how fascinating these abductees experiences are. This has to be the holy grail book on this subject.
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on 15 January 2013
its well written, well researched and tackles this quite unbelievable phenomena of "alien abduction" from a professor of psychiatry, it calls in to question it is happening but it is no one seems to be able to define exactly
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VINE VOICETOP 50 REVIEWERon 17 August 2013
This was the first book on the superficially improbable 'alien abduction' phenomenon written by the late Dr. John Mack, the respected psychiatrist from Harvard University Medical School.

Mack had, when he wrote 'Abduction', already been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for 'A Prince of Our Disorder', a best-selling biography of T. E. Lawrence.

On becoming acquainted with the evidence of many thousands of people reporting these extraordinary but similar experiences, Professor Mack initially suspected that they might be suffering from a mental illness. However when, as a professional psychiatrist, he found no pathologies were present he decided to look deeper. Mack decided not to adopt prevailing materialist or conventional pathology-psychosis explanations as they just did not fit these individuals, and began in-depth investigation and interviews.

Each of the 13 chapters in the book takes a separate case and examines the experiences of a different individual. This format does not always lead to an easy read, as the 'abductees' speak for themselves and much of the text is in quotation marks. One common factor he uncovered at an early stage was that those interviewed reported their experiences had produced greater environmental regard for the Earth and a heightened sense of personal spirituality. Mack does focus on this aspect more than most researchers.

When it was suggested that Mack was 'inclined to take these abduction reports at face value' he responded: "Face value I wouldn't say. I take them seriously and don't have any way to account for them." In an extensive interview with the BBC Mack cautiously said: "I would never say 'yes, there are aliens taking people.' There is a compelling powerful phenomenon here that I can't account for in any other way, that's mysterious. It seems to me that it invites a deeper, further inquiry."

Professor Mack's follow-up book on the subject, 'Passport to the Cosmos', is in many ways a more enjoyable page-turning read in that it takes the form of a discourse on the abduction subject and argues for a greater and more encompassing world-view than that normally accepted by the academic-materialist mindset. 'Cosmos' is an essay rather than a documented and episodic research paper as is 'Abduction'.

For an informed critique of Professor Mack's approach, see the chapter in Professor David Jacobs' book 'The Threat' focusing on Mack's methodology and conclusions. Jacobs is yet another high-level academic (Professor of History at Temple University - now retired) who has made a detailed study of the abduction phenomenon over 30 years, a great personal friend of John Mack whilst not seeing eye-to-eye on all the latter's conclusions.

The depth of content and the academic rigour of 'Abduction' deserves five stars, but I give the book four stars because it's not an easy, flowing read and is rather hard-going at times.
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on 4 August 2014
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by the late John E. Mack. He was an amazing man who took a risk in saying the truth of what he encountered in his investigations - "authentic experiences" by abductees. Absolutely loved the book and can't wait to read "Passport to the Cosmos".
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