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The Uninvited: An Expose of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon Hardcover – June 1, 1998

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Although hardly original in interpretation or in unearthing new material, this chronicle of the UFO phenomenon from its earliest days to the latest theories about alien abductions has the understated authority a reader would expect from the man who, from 1991 to 1994, acted as the official investigator into UFO sightings for the British Ministry of Defense (on the front of the galley jacket he's identified as "the government's UFO expert"). But anyone sitting through Pope's (Open Skies Closed Minds) detailed recountings in hopes of finding extracts from hitherto secret documents or evidence of government conspiracy will be disappointed. The truth, it seems, is still safely "out there." Pope does describe some extraordinary sightings?one of the most fascinating of which involves a William Morrow editor who spied two aliens browsing a copy of Whitley Strieber's Communion in a New York City bookstore. Thankfully lacking the hysteria of so many other books on the genre, Pope's report takes the high road theoretically, adopting the view that UFOs are perhaps either evidence of inter-dimensional travel or an event "so strange that it will always lie beyond human comprehension." Editor, Martin Fletcher; agent, Andrew Lownie.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Often referred to as "the real Fox Mulder," Pope summarized his investigative work on UFOs for Britain's Ministry of Defense in Open Skies, Closed Minds (S. & S., 1996). Here he turns his attention to the alien abduction phenomenon. Originally skeptical, he now believes that there is substance to many of the reported abduction cases and calls for national governments to investigate the matter actively. Pope includes some new case studies in this book, along with ones with which UFO buffs will be familiar. He views all abduction experiences as real, "in the sense that they are perceived as such by the majority of those involved." Pope is particularly interested in whether abductees viewed their experiences as psychologically positive or negative. While Pope offers no new insights, his book provides some historical background for those unfamiliar with the field. A brief bibliography includes books by skeptics such as Carl Sagan and Philip Klass. Recommended as an optional purchase for public libraries.?Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879518782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879518783
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government's UFO project and is now recognized as one of the world's leading experts on UFOs, the unexplained, conspiracy theories, fringe science and sci-fi.

Nick Pope is a best-selling author who has written non-fiction books about UFOs and alien abductions, and science fiction novels about alien invasion. He works with various Hollywood film companies on PR campaigns to promote sci-fi movies.

Nick Pope contributes regularly to various TV chat shows and documentaries, with appearances including Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, Geraldo at Large, The Joy Behar Show, Campbell Brown, and Ancient Aliens. He's been interviewed on TV news shows on ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, and numerous other networks all around the world.

Nick Pope lives in America.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nick Pope's "The Uninvited" - apart from having a great title - is an excellent overview of the abduction phenomenon and especially good as a primer for those with little knowledge of the subject outside the occasional lightweight History or Science Channel TV documentary. It's intelligent, deeply considered and contains a lot of original source material investigated by the author which you won't find anywhere else.

Pope first became acquainted with the abduction issue after being parachuted into the MOD's UFO desk job in 1991 and facing the responsibility of responding to numerous letters received from people all over the UK reporting UFO sightings and accompanied by the usual missing time episodes, disorientation, partial memories and odd body scarring. To his credit, he got out into the field and investigated many of these cases personally, only to discover the reporters to be on the whole responsible, level-headed and functional members of society in no way welcoming any publicity or exposure, just wanting to know what had happened to them. Pope gradually became persuaded by the near-identical narratives and markers in all these cases that this was some kind of real phenomenon, and decided to study the subject.

The book is in two parts, well-organised and written in a highly readable, literate style spiced with frequent good-natured humour. Nick pushes no particular agenda but looks at all the evidence in the round. He investigated individual cases, read extensively on the subject and took the trouble to contact and interview both abductees and prominent researchers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on February 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
From 1991 to 1994 Nick Pope was posted as the British MOD investigator of UFOs. That means he worked for the Ministry Of Defense. Pope believes that UFOs are real and explains what he discovered while working for the MOD in his book "Open Skies, Closed Minds". Although a lot of the information in that book is known to most UFO researchers he does uncover some new UK material and it is a good book about UFOs from an MOD insider. A worthy addition to any UFO book collection.
In this book he goes into detail about what he learned about Alien Abductions while working for the MOD on this topic. So it is pretty much as good an insider look at the MODs take on this whole issue as you will likely find anywhere.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stanly Hutchison on October 28, 2000
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I personally thought that this book was quite interesting. The author seemed to be very scientific and impartial, and gave everything an open mind. Further, the analysation of childhood fairies, etc. as possible aliens was very intriguing. His book was gripping, and I couldn't put it down, and I thought the detailed description of some of the abductions was chilling.
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A great read and hard to put this book down. Nick Pope guides the reader through the entire alien abduction phenomenon and concludes that the phenomenon is real. He does not assert the extraterrestrial hypotheses but concludes that is the most likely correct theory. Pope is very rational, logical, and scientific which is one of the great things about this book. There is no airy, fear based speculation that you find in so many books in this genre. Enjoyed this book and you will too.
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This is an excellent book for anyone who is new to the subject of UFOs, and a good read for those already fairly well versed. His writing style is easy to read, his cases interesting, and his discussion intelligent and logical. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking into the UFO subject.
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This is the second book by Nick Pope I have read. Mr. Pope writes with eloquence and clarity on the strange and disturbing subject of abductions. He explores this topic with an open mind and shows that he truly cares about the people being affected by this phenomena.
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