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The Real Men In Black: Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and their Connection to UFO Phenomena Paperback – June 15, 2011
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My qualms about the book are twofold. First of all, I don't care for Redfern's style. It's half pulp-paranormal-mystery-expose, with just a hint of tabloid fluff. In other words, he's not a very "serious" writer, but that's just my taste. My real problems with the book come in part 2: "The Theories". I don't think Redfern shows very much imagination here. For example, his explanation for Bender's experiences is pretty lacklustre, and ignores possibly overlapping reasons (kind of like those who dismiss all abductions as "just" sleep paralysis, neglecting to propose that sleep paralysis may be an integral part of the abduction phenomenon, or somehow induced). My margin notes often read "not mutually exclusive!", especially next to the quotes from Greg Bishop, who I also think tends to use the "juvenile dictionary" a bit too much when doing his theorizing. The chapter on "Tulpas" was the worst for this type of wiseacring.
That said, there are some interesting ideas in Part 2, but none of them quite hit home. I think John Keel, about whom Redfern quotes some unsubstantiated criticism, got closer to truth about these phenomena than the majority of others in the field over the last 60 years.Read more ›
The book was especially persuasive to me personally since it includes the experiences of colleagues I've come to know and trust over the years including Brad Steiger, Marie D. Jones and Raven Meindel. The terror they and many others experienced was subtle - compared to sightings of, say, Bigfoot or werewolves -- yet very traumatic.
Sporting black suits and hats some have compared to those of the Blues Brothers, Men in Black started showing their pale and unexpressive faces in the middle of the 20th Century, around the same time flying saucers entered the public consciousness. Witnesses and researchers of the UFO phenomenon found themselves threatened and harassed - often in unexplainable ways - by the lurking strangers who usually drove shiny black cars. Scarily, MIB continue these terror tactics to present day, sometimes updating their transportation to black helicopters or other vehicles.
In my book, Strange Wisconsin, I reported an incident told me by a farmer in western Wisconsin who was deer hunting with his children when the three saw a UFO rise from a nearby tree top and then shoot off over a field.Read more ›
The book is divided into two parts: Cases and Theories. The paranoid among us will have the most fun with the first section, which gives a good overview of some well-known cases as well as updating the lore to bring more recent cases (even into this century) to light. While it's true that the reader can sometimes (not always) deduce plausible, less conspiracy/paranormal-minded explanations for some of these (in particular a case in London in Chapter 10, which Redfern spends quite a bit of time discussing), they all prove fascinating.
Theories, on the other hand, is where much of the value of the book lies. Most books or articles on the MIB take one theory for their existence (or lack thereof) and run with it. Redfern, to his credit, supplies us with many of the available theories, making certain to state that all or none of them could be responsible for the phenomenon.
In addition, the extensive bibliography he includes will help the true armchair researcher to delve more deeply into these mysteries, should he or she desire.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book, entertaining, informative and as much as I thought I would of preferred Nick Redfern's Men In Black Personal Stories, I liked this one better.Published 1 month ago by Whitedove
A collection of crazy but true tales about folks being accosted by the infamous MIB's. Fun to read.Published 2 months ago by Violet Bunny
If you liked the movie, you will like the book. Actually there is no relationship between the book and the movies. Read morePublished 4 months ago by alman5555
I had a run in with Men in Black in the 70s in Nebraska. I write about in my book Buddha Everywhere and Nowhere. This is an important book to read about this phenomena.Published 4 months ago by Klatu
I thought that it was good but not outstanding. I don't feel like I learned anything new. For someone who didn't read and view television shows about UFO's and alien abduction... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lynn
I really love men in black stories and this book covers the men in black from just about every angle possible. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Blake
I could not get into this book. It scared me and was confusing.Published 6 months ago by Molly Iovino
Nick has an encyclopedic knowledge of practically every paranormal encounter that has been associated with the mysterious and sometimes deadly MIB. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chris Stratton