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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345353358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345353351
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The arrival of extraterrestrial visitors is one of the most momentous events of our time. In Intruders Budd Hopkins explored the shocking truth about the contact between earthling and alien: that human beings are temporarily abducted and taken aboard UFOs. But Hopkins could not have told the stories of those victims without first having discovered the one experience common to all who report alien encounters -- the phenomenon known as "missing time."

Missing time tells how the people who have experienced abductions retained no memory of them -- all traces of the trauma were effectively erased from their memory. Yet, under hypnosis, many abductees were able to recall in vivid, convincing detail, the harrowing experiments that left mysterious scars on their bodies, the eerie interiors of UFOs where they were held captive, and the astonishing faces of their alien hosts.

The stories of seven victims of these otherworldly intruders are told her -- in detail at once dispassionate and dramatic, fully supported by scientific documentation. They are stories that could belong to anyone: your neighbors, your loved ones, even you.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nate on March 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Missing Time, by Bud Hopkins is not only mind boggling, and intelligently written, but it also speaks to both minds, the skeptic, and the believer. Bud Hopkins backs up his research and his theories and is clearly passionate about his work. I myself being a believer find this a must read,
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading this I felt like a first year med student that diagnoses themselves with every disease. Do I have any missing time in my life? Of course not, THANK GOD! Whew!
For the people in Budd's book, I can't imagine having to learn where that time really went. What they went through. And how they could move forward after discovering what happened.
I get scared on roller-coasters, but I can decide NOT to go on them. The people in Budd's book had no say. There is no free will. And nobody can help them. I get caught up with these facts. Great reading!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Missing Time is arguably the most important book on alien abductions ever written. While other accounts such as The Interrupted Journey (detailing the 1961 abduction of Betty and Barney Hill) and Raymond Fowler's The Andreasson Affair had previously been published, this book, published in 1981, was the first to look for patterns and consistencies across a spectrum of different abductee reports. While Missing Time now seems almost quaint and reserved in its observations and conclusions, it was incredibly bold for its time. Budd Hopkins is truly one of the preeminent men in the field of UFOlogy today, and his earnest attempts at objectivity and scientific problem solving have long provided a blueprint for serious investigators working to discover the truth about the almost unbelievable phenomenon of alien abduction. As one might naturally wonder how a very successful artist came to be an authority on a subject of this sort, Hopkins begins by giving you the background of his life and the sequence of events which led to his becoming a leading researcher in the field of alien abduction. Having established his own credentials of a sort, he then proceeds to describe seven abduction stories that he has investigated, augmenting the narrative with small bits of information from cases still under study at the time of writing. Comparing and contrasting these individual accounts, Hopkins draws several reasonable conclusions and then wraps the book up with his own theories and ideas about the truth of this serious matter.
There are several fascinating accounts presented in these pages, with most of the imparted information originating in hypnotic regression sessions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Jonnes on December 10, 2000
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In Missing Time, Budd Hopkins does something more writers on the subject of UFOs should do: he considers evidence rather than just rant about aliens and flying saucers. He investigates a phenomenon common to a number of people, why they seem to black out for hours at a time and later find themselves safe and sound with no recollection of how they got there or what they'd been doing. These are average people with no other apparent similarities.
When Budd employs hypnosis to enhance memory recall, shocking details and incredible similarities of the events that occur during these "missing time" episodes is revealed. Believe it or not; it's up to you. But the subject is fascinating, the evidence compelling, and Budd Hopkins does a fine job of reporting the mystery. This book is a must read for all UFO buffs and debunkers alike. --Christopher Bonn Jonnes, author of Wake Up Dead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 1998
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This book makes you wonder what truly strange things exist in our world of X-Files and horror films. If you take what you read as truth, it is more scary that the best Stephen King book. Two thumbs up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2009
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This was one of the earliest works published in modern times investigating the bizarre and outlandish subject of alien abductions. The 1957 Villas Boas case had been publicised, and Fuller's `The Interrupted Journey' on the Hill case published as early as 1966. The MA MUFON team had investigated the 1967 Betty Andreasson case and the 1975 case of the Allagash Four, and these case studies were subsequently written up and published by Raymond Fowler. There were books on the Hickson-Parker abduction in Mississippi (the Pascagoula case) and the abduction work of Leo Sprinkle and Ann Druffel had also been published.

`Missing Time' however, published in 1982, was groundbreaking in that Hopkins revealed the persistent and repeat-nature of this phenomenon (first seen in the Andreasson case, but the significance was missed by Fowler and the other investigators) and its seeming prevalence in certain family lines, the result of rigorous application of scientific methodology to this terrifying and extraordinary phenomenon.

The seven cases investigated in MT seem rather 'tame' when laid alongside later revelations uncovered by other investigators, but the reader needs to constantly remind him/herself how revolutionary this material was in 1982, and how it revealed the scale of a `hidden epidemic.' Hopkins was not the first to grapple with the subject, but was the first to uncover the repeat and intergenerational nature of this phenomenon and to document the persistence of scoop-mark and straight-line scarring on abductees, many photographs of which are printed in the book. The recovery of suppressed memories in all seven cases was undertaken by qualified psychiatrists utilising hypnosis, and not by Hopkins himself, who took no part in the proceedings. These practicing psychiatrists like Dr.
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