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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.

©2021 Ralph Blumenthal (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Michael Patterson
  • 07-24-21

Solid and balanced survey of Mack’s life and influences

A very sound handling of a complex theme and the account of John Mack’s fascination for the abduction phenomenon. This is a sensitive review of the influences on Mack’s life on a personal as well as professional level. Mack is not protected from criticism here - but the account reflects what did happen rather than the author imposing his opinion.
Well written and absorbing. So good I had finished in 2 days.