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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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  • Steven J. Gelberg
  • 28-07-21

First-rate study of a truly fascinating man.

Dr. John Mack was a man of deep sincerity and intelligence, a Harvard professor of psychiatry, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and an original thinker, who had the courage (some of his academic peers claimed recklessness) to devote his considerable talents to a serious, prolonged study of the abduction phenomenon -- by spending time, and offering an empathetic (yet appropriately critical) ear, to those claiming to have had such extraordinary experiences. This book is, I think, worthy of the man - a well-researched, thoughtful and sensitive study of this complex character -- interesting from beginning to end. The narrator is very well suited to the subject.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-21

This will be a first for me in Life

Never have I ever listened to a book and it’s been over 10 years since I’ve picked up a book. But this book has sparked something inside of me to want to keep reading. In this new day everything is broken down and crammed into 1-10 minutes information bombs. Easy to forget but books open your mind and always have more information then anyone could tell you in a quick video. Book was awesome and I am happy to have learned about John Mack. And he has made me a believer. Thanks to the author. You’d be surprised who your book has reached. Thank you

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  • 17-09-21

Blumenthal's critique of Mack ins in the title

Blumenthal's title best expresses his evaluation of Mack, both the good and the bad. This was a fascinating and balanced look into the trials and triumphs of Mack and his work, which Blumenthal aptly wraps up likening unto the Campbellian/ Jungian Hero's Journey. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to likewise soaking in the inevitable, fantastic film adaptation sure to result.