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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (April 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671797204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671797201
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The back cover of the book almost makes it sound like Dr. Jacobs is writing about how aliens are coming to take over the world.
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At the end he discusses the explanations doubters use to try to explain away these accounts and he makes some very good points as to why these explanations are wrong.
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If the subject interests you, and you are thinking about buying your first book on the subject, 'Secret Life' is the one to read first.
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37 of 42 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Packo on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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17 of 18 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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12 of 13 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 7 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 30, 2009
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Most other reviewers deservedly give this book a five-star rating, and many say that if you only ever read one book about the bizarre and improbable subject of alien abduction, then it should be 'Secret Life.' I agree.

David Jacobs is Associate Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia trained in the rigorous analysis of data to form cautious but credible hypotheses on historical events. His first book 'The UFO Controversy in America' was his doctoral thesis slightly extended for mass publication, a classic if conservative examination of the evidence for the reality of UFOs and the political and military response to the phenomenon in the USA.

In 'Secret Life' Jacobs brings his considerable academic and forensic skills as a historian to the alien abduction phenomenon. His conclusions were formed after many years' continuous investigation and work with a sizeable number (about 300) of 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 Professor Jacobs came to with some reluctance. He describes the process of abduction as reported, the idiosyncratic details repeated through many abductee accounts and the impersonal and work-like attitudes of the abductors. One factor new to me when I first read this book was the common 'intergenerational' aspect of the abductions, and the conclusion that the abductors are primarily interested in human genetic material, family ties and emotional bonds.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
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I loved this book! It's good to see someone approach the subject of abductions analytically. After having read so many overly emotional, or new-age type books on the subject, it's nice to read something that just says, "Hey, this is what I've found again and again, in numerous investigations. This is how it seems to happen. AND this is what we may be able to expect next, based on what we've seen so far." He also wrote The Threat-
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John A. Handley on August 1, 2005
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I found that David Jacobs really did not speculate to much and let the Hypnosis sessions speak for them selves. It was fascinating. I never knew what was next. I highly suggest this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Prendergast on August 6, 2009
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I first read 'Secret Life' back in the early 90's. It was the first book on UFO abductions that I read at the time. After reading it, my interest was captured enough to read several other books on the subject (including Budd Hopkins's 'Missing Time' and 'Intruders' - both excellent books). Lately, I've started reading more recent books on the subject (including Jacobs's 'The Threat' - an even more disturbing book). Having just read 'Secret Life' for the second time, I think it is one of the finest books on UFO abductions that has ever been written.

Admittedly, in spite of all that I've read on the subject, I'm still a bit of a skeptic. But if there is even a remote possiblity that the UFO abductions presented here (and in other books) are really going on, it paints a most disturbing picture indeed.

If the subject interests you, and you are thinking about buying your first book on the subject, 'Secret Life' is the one to read first. Jacobs's academic background shows through with a meticulously researched and well written book.
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