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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160163157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nick Redfern is the Brit with a knack for ferreting out

all the dope on outrageous subjects."
--Jim Marrs, best-selling author of Alien Agenda

About the Author

Nick Redfern works full-time as an author, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. He writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Fate, Fortean Times, and Paranormal Magazine. His previous books include The NASA Conspiracies, Contactees, and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter, all published by New Page Books. Nick has appeared on numerous television shows, including the BBC's Out of this World; History Channel's Monster Quest and UFO Hunters; National Geographic Channel's Paranatural; and SyFy Channel's Proof Positive. He lives in Arlington, Texas and can be found online at

More About the Author

Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, UFO sightings, government conspiracies, alien abductions and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for the London Daily Express newspaper, Fortean Times, Fate, and UFO Magazine. His previous books include Three Men Seeking Monsters, Strange Secrets, Cosmic Crashes, and The FBI Files. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of lake monsters in Scotland, vampires in Puerto Rico, werewolves in England, aliens in Mexico, and sea serpents in the United States. Redfern travels and lectures extensively around the world. Originally from England, he currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Harrison Koehli on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm kind of ambivalent about this book. First of all, Redfern does a great job introducing the topic. He tells the history of the MIB mythos, introduces the key players and personalities (Bender, Barker, and Keel), the most famous (and not-so-famous) case studies, and interviews some great researchers on their thoughts on what is behind the MIB phenomenon. He even includes what could be the only photographs snapped of these strange, darkly clad dudes. So if you want to immerse yourself into the history and research of the MIB, the book is pretty good.

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.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Godfrey on June 2, 2011
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Men in black, mysterious figures in black suits that pop up at UFO sighting scenes like mushrooms after a spring rain, have become so solidly entrenched in pop culture that very popular - and imaginative - movies have been made about them. Nick Redfern's new book tracks their history from the days when MIB were esoteric lore known only to UFO geeks, to today's guys with cool shades who show up on your local theater screen. The real Men in Black are far more sinister than I had guessed.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on July 24, 2011
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Since the 1997 film Men in Black, the MIB have largely, in the public consciousness, been seen as being as the movie portrays them--secretive cosmic cops, for want of a better term. However, those who have an interest in both UFO lore and paranormal history know them to be quite something else. They have appeared throughout paranormal history as sinister, confusing, and intimidating. Redfern's book, while far from definitive, brings back the paranoia about the Men in Black, restoring them to their proper place.

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.
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