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Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: A Reporter's Notebook on Alien Abduction, UFOs, and the Conference at M.I.T.

Bryan, C. D. B.

ISBN 10: 0140195270 / 0-14-019527-0
ISBN 13: 9780140195279
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Softcover
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Recounts the cases presented at the conference on UFOs held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992, in which ordinary men and women reported being taken aboard extraterrestrial spacecraft and examined by aliens. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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Inspired perhaps by this summer's blockbuster film adaptation of Carl Sagan's Contact, a handful of nonfiction works have been reissued, all of which explore the possibility that we are not alone. C.D.B. Bryan's Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind--an engrossing work written for those skeptical about extraterrestrial visitors--is a compilation of testimonials and interviews about alien abductions. Bryan's sources, interviewed at a five-day academic conference held at M.I.T., include psychiatrists, researchers, science writers, "ufologists," and abductees, including John Mack, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard and author of Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens. In addition, Close Encounters includes transcripts from hypnotherapy sessions with self-described "abductees." Bryan, journalist and author of Friendly Fire (1976), blends a reporter's objectivity with great compassion for the traumatized victims of these mysterious and horrific violations.

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