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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books; 1St Edition edition (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665416
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665412
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 25, 2009
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The title 'Art, Life and UFOs' sums up the interweaving themes in this autobiography of what by any standards was a unique and extraordinary life. The life experiences the late Budd Hopkins (who I knew well personally in his later years) relates here in his warm, humorous and literate style makes for an absorbing and enjoyable read both for those who know his work and those less familiar with it.

Outside the art world Budd was best known for his work focusing on the mind-stretching and paradigm-challenging area of alien abduction. Starting with 'Missing Time' in 1981, through 'Intruders,' 'Witnessed' and finally the co-written 'Sight Unseen' in 2003, he set the standard of how to approach this superficially outlandish subject matter with meticulous analysis and scientific rigor, by focusing on multiple cases displaying near-identical features and characteristics (including similar physical traces)to build a conservative hypothesis of the phenomenon which lights the way for all serious international investigation into the subject. Even if you have never read Hopkins' books (and you should) then see the movie version of 'Intruders' starring Richard Crenna and Steven Berkoff et al. It's extraordinary.

However, Hopkins had other, parallel, lives. Art was his first passion, and the discovery of the wonderful world of color and artistic expression as a young man at university in the 1950s started a lifetime love affair which propelled him forever away from his provincial, conservative middle-America upbringing in Wheeling, WV. The discovery of art as vocation is beautifully told, such that the reader who has not so far shared a passion for the French impressionists might be motivated to look at the works of Monet, Van Gogh and the rest to see what they have missed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By peggysou on July 30, 2009
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Nicely done. A little too much information at times. I could have gladly skipped the childhood memories of toy blocks and toy soldiers.
It was interesting to peek into the lives of many of the artists who crossed his path over the years.
Having met Mr. Hopkins through his Intruder Foundation, I had a quite different take on him than this book reveals. Turns out he is not the quiet, kind of shy, humble guy I saw at those meetings.
Here's a man who was at the center of the Abstract Expressionist movement, who moved easily among the renowned artists of those times. A man who led a free wheeling, open marriage, four wives sort of life. Then we add in the UFO mix, international acclaim for his work in that field. Rubbing shoulder with the rich and famous in the art world and the UFO community. A pretty fascinating life I would say.
It will be interesting to see what stands out as his greater accomplishment in the coming years. His art, or his effort to get the truth out about the alien presence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Andrews on July 27, 2009
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Most people have never heard of Budd Hopkins, which, in all honestly, is quite baffling, considering his long and incredible career as an artist, writer, and speaker. If you're looking for sensational UFO fare, I'd suggest his other captivating books: Missing Time, Intruders, Witnessed, and Sight Unseen. Art, Life & UFO's showcases Mr. Hopkins as a well respected artist, golden age Manhattan scenester, and abduction investigator. Very candid and introspective, Budd reveals much of who he is, his passions, flaws, and how he ended up on the varied paths that he took. Highly recommended, especially to his detractors and the skeptics who know nothing of the real Budd Hopkins.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Bybell on August 6, 2009
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An excellent, aptly title memoir. Finally, after books focusing on people and ideas outside himself, he's written one about himself. Sprinkled with the likes of Hitler, Shirley MacLaine, and Carl Sagan, it doesn't fail to inform and entertain. Quite interesting for those interested in the history behind alien abduction research as well as those who are into American AbEx art and the cast of characters behind it like Pollock, Kline, et al. This is a fun book--and here's to wishing Budd a very long and happy life. Great work, and thanks to your contributions to modern art, UFO research, and ... life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randall on May 20, 2010
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It was great to read about such a fascinating person from a behind the scenes perspective. His interactions with the famous to the less reputable members of our world gave new perspective on Whitley, Carl, Shirley, and others. Things that one rarely hears about unless in a memoir. Having read nearly all his previous books, this was very enlightening about the man behind the work and the man behind the research. What strikes me is that the book is profoundly personal and I always think no matter what work it is, whether it be a painting or a piece of music or a piece of literature, it always makes it better. Well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BCP on September 30, 2010
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Budd Hopkins has been the single best author on the subject of UFOs since I began delving into this topic after reading Communion in 1988 by Whitley Strieber.
While Communion was difficult to believe and Whitley's books became further and further out, Budd's books, though even more unbelievable in many ways were written with no agenda. Budd was an artist who fell into the subject and was just an honest guy who could not turn his back on a phenomenon that was the greatest story in our time or ever on this planet. It started innocently enough by chance with his liquor store curmudgeonly owner talking of seeing beings digging samples in a park at night and entering a UFO. Budd goes and checks the area with him and sure enough there are holes there and others had witnessed a craft in New Jersey in Fort Lee, ironically at a building he had months earlier delivered a large painting to with the help of the doorman--now a witness to the sighting. Now 2 people he knew and a place he had been linked him to the story-synchronicity seems that Budd was hand picked to help these people-this was not pure chance or dumb luck. So Budd does what Budd does, he persues it with the intellectual vigor of a skeptic and an astoundingly articulate and liberally minded man who shows in every sentence in his memoir (this is not a UFO book) why Budd remains the most credible voice of UFO investigators today. Sadly Budd is getting old and is ill with lymphoma that he is fighting with his typical understated nobility. Budd is an American Treasure like Mark Twain. He is the most unassuming man and I grew to feel my own grandfather was telling me his life story.
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