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Next time you glance at your watch and find a few minutes missing, better rush to your local hypnotist--you, too, might have been unwittingly kidnapped by a UFO. So Jacobs seems to suggest, estimating that over a million Americans have been abducted in recent years. ``We have been invaded,'' he proclaims, warning that ``the aliens have powers and technology greatly in advance of ours.'' Odd words, coming from a professor of history at Temple Univ., and a sign of the extreme oddity of the phenomenon, which Jacobs explores through extensive structural analysis. Each stage of a typical abduction, including the most sensational--the sexual encounters and reproductive experiments found in nearly all cases--are scrutinized through firsthand transcripts of hypnotic-regression interviews with more than 60 victims. The conclusion? That aliens are impregnating earth women in order to create quasi-human ``hybrids'' for some unknown purpose. The mind reels, but the sober, obviously terrified abductees make a strong case for the veracity of their experience. Jacobs's own presentation is a mixed blessing: His scholarship is punctilious, but he reveals the zeal of the converted in his debunking, after slight analysis, of all earth-bound explanations for UFO abductions (hysterical contagion, psychogenic fugue states, temporal-lobe dysfunction, and the like). By bringing solid scholarship to the pioneering efforts of Bud Hopkins and the hot prose of Whitley Strieber, this marks the next stage in UFO abduction research--and is just as likely to fly off the supermarket bookracks. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In Secret Life, Professor David M. Jacobs of Temple University takes us into the private world of those abducted by aliens, letting them describe in their own words what it is like to be abducted. Based on interviews with sixty individuals and more than 300 independently corroborated accounts, Secret Life presents the most complete and accurate picture of alien abductions ever compiled. Dr. Jacobs takes the reader on a minute-by-minute journey through a typical abduction experience and describes in detail the bizarre physical, mental and reproductive procedures that abductees claim have been administered by small alien beings. Jacobs draws from these interviews a profoundly unsettling reason behind the abductions: aliens are conducting a complex reproductive experiment involving the conception, gestation. or incubation of human and alien hybrid beings.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (April 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671797204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671797201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Reticuli on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is no other book which so properly recounts reliable eyewitness testimony of this nature. Even Hopkins' "Intruders" doesn't quite reach this level. Mack's "Abduction" has too many new-age laced accounts. The conclusions and theories of Strieber's "Communion" *are* new-ageism, which he appears to now regret. This is the one to get if you wish to hear accounts of level-headed abductees who, I can guarantee, aren't going to turn around and say they made it all up, as happened in the case of Mack's.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Packo on September 21, 2005
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This is one of the very few truly essential UFO abduction studies.

Dr. Jacobs' research was methodical, his reasoning is

uncluttered by any sort of cant or intellectual bias,

his presentation direct and concise. Studious without being

dull; quietly, thoughtfully provocative.

No dramatization was necessary in these accounts;

no New Age meanderings intrude.

Historical and cultural and social context

is always explored objectively.

An absolute requirement for anyone at all curious about the abduction phenomenon.

Likewise, a must-read for anyone considering delving into Dr. Jacobs'

even more provocative, intellectually rigorous

and carefully presented sequel to this book:

The Threat.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2003
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While some books center around a person or group of individuals from a specific area, this one concerns a variety of people and experiences. It provides a summary of various stages of abduction, and is easy to read. If I could only have one book in my UFO library, this would be it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 30, 2009
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Review updated December 2014.

Most people who have studied the bizarre and improbable phenomenon of alien abduction say that if you only ever read one book on this subject, then it should be 'Secret Life.' Having just read SL for the third time in ten years, I concur.

Dr. David Jacobs is a recently-retired (in 2011) Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia where he ran courses on 20th century American history. As a tenured academic historian, he's trained in the gathering and rigorous analysis of data to form cautious but credible hypotheses about historical events. His first book 'The UFO Controversy in America' (pub. 1975) was his doctoral thesis slightly extended for mass publication, a classic if conservative examination of the evidence for the reality of UFOs and the official political/military response to the phenomenon in the USA, described by the late Arthur C Clarke as "...one of the few books ever published on the subject which is worth reading".

In 'Secret Life' Dr. Jacobs brings his considerable academic and forensic skills as a historian to the alien abduction phenomenon. His conclusions as described here were formed after five years' continuous investigation and work with about 150 people who had suffered the experience. Most want complete anonymity and are anything but happy about what happened to them. The title precisely sums up in two words what these people have to deal with: a secret life they can't or have no wish to discuss in public.

The resulting book is a meticulously documented, startling and convincing hypothesis about the reality of the alien abduction phenomenon which Dr. Jacobs came to with some reluctance.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
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I highly recommend this book to everyone.
I managed to read it in four days, and I couldn't put it down.
Jacobs is unbiased and balanced in his summary of what is happening, and his presentation of an abduction scenario is beatifully done.
Secret Life is in a sense better than Jacobs latest book, The Threat. Every American should read this book, and then make their own conclusions on what is happening. Secret Life gives an excellent overview of the abduction phenomena.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JGC on August 11, 2009
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I read this book very objectively and frankly I did not want to like it because it's a very unusual topic. But the author, Dr. David M. Jacobs has made a believer out of me. His writing is both detailed and descriptive as well as compelling and thought-provoking.

As the cover of the book states, "Secret Life" is the story of "firsthand documented accounts of UFO abductions." This book actually takes the reader inside that hidden world and uncovers a horrifying truth that very few people know, let alone even wish to discuss in a rational way.

Like many people I find the study of UFOs (also known as UFOlogy) perplexing. There is so much to think about in "Secret Life." Dr. Jacobs writes about alien creatures who use telepathic, supernatural powers to control every single human being that they wish to come into contact with. He writes about the "breeding program," describing how aliens use people to manifest a new race of beings for some unknown purpose. He also describes how aliens abduct their victims, by walking through walls and windows. Perhaps the most shocking, Dr. Jacobs even details how some women have been implanted with embryos by the aliens.

But what is equally fascinating and terrifying about "Secret Life" is that there is virtually nothing an abductee can do to protect himself or herself. If an alien wants to make contact with someone they are going to do it. But to me that is not even the most scariest aspect of the entire experience; instead, it is the fact that these victims cannot even tell anyone. If they did they would be called crazy and put in a straightjacket (that is why Dr. Jacobs used pseudonyms for all of his interview subjects).

The book includes several firsthand transcripts from more than 35 different people that Dr.
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