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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (October 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684819953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684819952
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,392,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to believe...but this book didn't make me.
Annie Erlandson
When the title of your book is "Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us" it would probably be a good idea to produce some hard evidence.
David R. Poole
I would recommend this book for a believer in extraterrestrial life, or a skeptic.
A. K. Berger

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By George A. Ramos on September 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some reviews on this page miss the point: Whitley has always only told us what HIS understanding of things are. He is not trying to tell you The Absolute Truth. In this excellent book, he soberly describes some well-documented events, each of which would be a "smoking gun" if only the public knew of their occurrence. Each case is presented in a non-sensationalist manner, logically and clearly. He describes any debate surrounding the anomalous event fairly. And best of all, he is reluctant to jump to conclusions. I think Whitley would the first person to admit he was wrong in the past, or is wrong right now.
This book can be read by "believers" (whatever that means) or scientists or even the uninitiated layperson. The facts of the case are presented, with a minimum of speculation, and with no concrete conclusion drawn in stone. The book achieves its only purpose: to publicize some extraordinary events that have happened and are happening right now. What is their implication? Whitley eventually spends a few pages on his personal ideas, but concludes that NO ONE knows yet. It is up to all of us to reach that conclusion together.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David R. Poole on August 12, 2005
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When the title of your book is "Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us" it would probably be a good idea to produce some hard evidence. This book is the loosest of innuendo; the shakiest of suppositions; and probably hurts more than helps the UFO movement. The so-called "hard evidence" - the shards of foreign materials found in a few people are classified as alien, even though not one of them is of a foreign substance not found in nature. I love a good UFO tale, but this book proves absolutely nothing and isn't even a provocative read. Whitley has completely milked the alien abduction genre, and I'm sure he's not done... It's been too profitable!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Fox on September 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Whitley Strieber continues his series of books about human interaction with the "visitors". This time out, however, he tries to offer up "proof" of visitation by aliens in the form of videos, letters and medical evidence. The result is quite lacking.
Let me first state that I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Strieber's book, Communion. This was an excellent book documenting one man's experience with something real to him. It offered no definitive answer and was more of a quest for the ever elusive truth. With each succesive book about the phenomena that he has experienced, his interepretations get more far out. The other main advantage that Mr. Strieber has over other authors on similar material, such as Budd Hopkins, is that Mr. Strieber is a professional writer and his books are very well-written.
Back to Confirmation, the first third of the book discusses video evidence of UFOs. It would have helped if Mr. Strieber had given readers some suggestions as to where they might find copies of the footage he is describing. (I did see one of the videos he was descibing on Larry King, so at least that one should be available somewhere.) He describes the movements that the UFOs make, and how they would be difficult to falsify - not impossible, just difficult. Now without being able to view the footage, it is very difficult to come to your own conclusion about the said footage. It is also very difficult to evaluate video footage from a written description.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Erlandson on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I want to believe...but this book didn't make me. I personally am open-minded on the subject of extraterrestrial life. I believe the possibility exists, but I've never had an encounter or seen any really convincing evidence of intelligent alien life. I bought "Confirmation" because I've heard Whitley Strieber often on the radio, but had never read any of his books. The subtitle is "The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us?" and the question mark is definitely the most appropriate part of the subtitle. Strieber offers the usual abduction reports and implant evidence, but more or less discredits all the evidence he presents. If this is the best evidence he could find in all the narratives he has studied, the case for alien life seems shaky indeed. The best case in here is that of Jesse Long. In fact, it almost seems the rest of the book was intended only to lead up to this one chilling, unexplainable case. Despite its failure to convince me, I give "Confirmation" three stars for being entertaining, thought-provoking, and hard to put down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William J. Tychonievich on April 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one book that shouldn't be judged by its lurid, tabloidesque cover. Strieber's approach is honest and evenhanded, and, unlike the back cover with its screaming red warning that "AFTER YOU READ THIS BOOK YOU *WILL* BELIEVE IN ALIEN LIFE," he never makes any over-the-top claims of conclusive proof. Critical of both debunkers and believers, Strieber argues simply that the UFO and close encounter phenomena are genuine unknowns that deserve serious scientific attention. Nothing more.
While it's a decent introduction to the field, though, Confirmation is definitely not Strieber at his best. What Strieber really has to offer is his own close encounter experiences, documented in Communion and its sequels, and the thousands of letters he has received from other close encounter witnesses, many of which are published in The Communion Letters. But when it comes to a general overview of UFO sightings, implants, etc., he has no particular credentials. The result is that Confirmation is mostly a rehash of evidence published elsewhere. Strieber is a storyteller, not a scientist, and is probably better off sticking to fiction and autobiography and leaving the "hard evidence" to professional UFO researchers.
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