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The book includes the claims of the most famous of the Contactees, including George Adamski, who asserted that in 1952 he met human-like aliens from Venus in the deserts of California and George Van Tassel, an aircraft mechanic who asserted that he too had face-to-face encounters with extraterrestrials from our own solar-system. Chapters on the other, major Contactees of the 1950s and 1960s follow, including Daniel Fry, an employee of the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, who claimed to have had repeated encounters with human-looking aliens who took him for flights; Truman Bethurum, who is alleged to have become far more than friendly with the female Space Captain Aura Rhanes, ; George Hunt Williamson, who maintained that he, too, soon became the target of the Space-Brothers' activities; the elderly Maier sisters, whose mid-1950s claims of being contacted by the Space-Brothers led to secret visits from agents of the CIA; George King, who founded the now-famous Aetherius Society and who went from cab-driver to voice of the Space-Brothers practically overnight; and Sir Peter Horsley, a leading figure in the British military, who said he had face-to-face encounters with a human-looking alien. Also investigated in the book are a detailed look at the FBI's secret surveillance files on most of the major Contactees and an examination of several of the intriguing notions that have surrounded Alien visitation cases over the years, such as Government mind-control experiments, secret propaganda plans, whether the contactees can be dismissed as 'hoaxers' and whether the UFO mystery may be the last remnants of an ancient, Earth-based society that move among us masquerading as Aliens.

Biographie de l'auteur

Originally from England, Nick Redfern lives in Texas. He is a full-time author and journalist specialising in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including UFOs, alien contact, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, government conspiracies and paranormal phenomena. He writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Fortean Times, Paranormal Magazine and Fate. His previous books include Memoirs of a Monster Hunter.

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HASH(0x90fc1ef4) étoiles sur 5 "Contactees" Defines this Strangest of American Sub-Cultures 21 décembre 2009
Par Micah A. Hanks - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché

Thus were the words of "Diane," a eight-foot tall alien being "Standing like a sylph-like goddess" after manifesting before Dana Howard, a woman famous for her communications with what she believed to be alien visitors from Venus in the 1950s. Howard's claims certainly represent a fringe element in the history of Ufology, some spectral aspect that can be attributed to the extraterrestrial mystery. As obscure as her story remains in the present day, there is one collaborative aspect to all this that cannot be ignored: she was not alone.

With his book Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction, Nick Redfern has placed himself at the pinnacle of what may be the strangest aspect of modern Ufology. Indeed, many like Howard-famous and flamboyant individuals throughout history-have claimed to possess knowledge of beings from other worlds; although the greatest concentration of contact with "aliens" maintains an epicenter that comprises the last sixty years. This historic period is the focus of Redfern's book, which the author presents for us in the most well-researched and informative presentation available.

The contactee element is so strange, and in many ways distinguishable from all other aspects of the UFO experience. For instance, many contactees claim to have met and interacted with extraterrestrial intelligences without falling victim to popular (and often sensationalized) abduction reports that have become so common. Take George Adamski, "The Ultimate Contactee" (to whom Redfern devotes an entire chapter in his book). Adamski, if his claims of travel to distant planets like Venus are to be believed, seemed to have been a willing recipient. "Someone take me down the road quick," Redfern writes, quoting the famous contactee. "That ship has come looking for me and I don't want to keep them waiting!"

Or consider the backwoods exploits of Ralph Lael, who upon entering caves in the Black Mountains of Western North Carolina began a strange series of communications with aliens from the planet Peewam (fortune smiled upon Lael in the truest sense, as his alien captors closely resembled scantily clad ladies in bikinis).

In addition to providing brilliant, informative first-hand research, Contactees also highlights the work of a variety of other individuals who have staked claims in the field of Ufology and alien encounters. Greg Bishop, Timothy Green Beckley, Joshua P. Warren, Jim Mosley, Regan Lee, are all interviewed within its pages, providing what may be the most diverse argument pertaining to human-alien interaction throughout the ages that has ever been produced. Perhaps, though sadly, one of the book's brightest points of interest involves the discussion of cryptoterrestrials, a sort of last will and testament given by the late (and sorely missed) researcher Mac Tonnies. The inclusion of Tonnies' futuristic interpretations provide icing on the cake to what otherwise would still be by far the best--albeit the strangest--book on UFO contactees to-date.

Indeed, Contactees outlines a peculiar subculture that remains present in the fringes of Americana, and though well known to some, it has received its best treatment thanks to the efforts of Redfern. With the information provided in this book, one may even begin to interpret the manner and appearances of UFO craft throughout the decades... perhaps the next move of the trans-generational "Space Brothers" lies within its very words.

-Micah A. Hanks is a freelance writer and editor of The Gralien Report.
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HASH(0x90fc1f48) étoiles sur 5 Some interesting ideas, but frustratingly unedited 13 janvier 2010
Par Chaosman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
There are some interesting original ideas discussed here, such as the possibility of LSD or DMT explaining some contact experiences; also some newer data from FBI reports. But the book is so fraught with typos, grammatical errors, bizarre uses of apostrophes, indendations, and hyphenated words, tenses that don't agree, confusing switching of timelines and personalities and places, requiring several re-readings to understand where he's heading with a thought; repetition because it's not organized well; over-use of redundant phrases like "close encounter of the Contactee-kind", "close encounter of the sexual kind" or "angelic-like" ad infinitum, well, it's just so frustrating! I'm not sure yet what the author's point is, as he is all over the place - the first stories he concedes were likely people who were faking or hoaxing their experiences, but then later uses them as examples to talk about other topics which we are to take more seriously. I'm confused! He needs an editor, badly. This, especially in a field where this topic is not taken seriously by mainstream thinkers or scientists. (I'm a college professor.) Books on topics like this need to be written that can withstand a higher level of scrutiny, if it is to be taken seriously at all. It doesn't mean this has to be written in dissertation or research style. Basically, I just want to be able to read it! My suggestion to the author is that you've got some good ideas in there somewhere; but get yourself a set of friends and a different editor or two that can help put it into a logical, powerful argument for you.
Oh, there's one thing I do disagree with in one of his basic premises: that the Contactee phenomenon as it existed in the 50s does not exist in that specific form any more. In my journeys I have met many, many people around the world (in Peru, Europe, and the Southwest, especially) who have claimed similar experiences to Adamski and the like. If anything, the phenomena is increasing, a lot (though nobody's claiming to be from Venus these days, it's true; sigh, just a little too hot there)! But I do appreciate his basic sense of open-endedness in asking questions as to what exactly is happening; I enjoy this more than the books which give "the definitive answer" to the alien question.
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HASH(0x90fc539c) étoiles sur 5 Not actually "a history of alien-human interaction" ... 31 août 2010
Par petewhitley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I rarely write reviews for items I purchase from Amazon, but I need to make an exception here in order to warn potential readers. I went into this book thinking (from the product description) that this is a book about the "history of alien-human interaction". What I found was a book by an author who doesn't actually believe that the "contactee phenomenon" represents extraterrestrial encounters.

The book is far from a comprehensive "history" as well. The author has hand-picked some of the more notoriously ridiculous reports of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, while glossing-over many more believable, well-documented extraterrestrial encounters. While this can be rationalized if one looks past the subtitle and product description (the term "contactee" does in fact largely refer to these early, controversial and sometimes outlandish reports), the true reason becomes evident towards the end of the book; the thesis of this book is that the "contactee phenomenon" can be attributed to terrestrial energy sources that intelligently (or possibly unintelligently) interact with the human brain.

It's not that the idea of this is particularly unbelievable or offensive to those of us who believe in the extraterrestrial hypothesis, but the book is marketed and presented in a way that leads potential readers to believe that they are purchasing a comprehensive look at "alien-human interaction". That is most definitely NOT what this book is. It's an alternative look at the "contactee" phenomenon only, from an author who doesn't believe in "aliens" by their popular definition.

Be warned; this book is critical to the point of disbelieving (one could argue that it is even ridiculing at times) the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and does not represent a comprehensive history of "alien-human interaction" in any way, shape, or form. With a shift in tone and a more honest description of the actual contents (to reflect the fact that this is in fact a VERY limited slice of the pie), this book does have the potential to be an interesting look back at a specific segment of the overall UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon.
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HASH(0x90fc5384) étoiles sur 5 Needs better editing, but otherwise very intriguing 1 mars 2010
Par Lotus Girl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I picked this book up today, and though I am thoroughly enjoying the variety of some of the most unusual contactee tales I've ever read, I am more than a little concerned at the editing. Typos, font size changes, date continuity errors, and random grammatical trouble are so common in this book that it becomes a distraction, even in the first few chapters.

HOWEVER, please don't pass over this book if you're interested in the topic. Most of the other reviewers delve into the numerous good aspects of this book, so I won't repeat what they've already excellently written. I am not done with this book yet, but am thrilled with it thusfar.
HASH(0x90fc584c) étoiles sur 5 "We are not alone", the universe if full of Viking space hippies! 15 novembre 2015
Par S. O'Toole - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I'm just going to say it, I don't believe most of the people Redfern discusses encountered oddly-named, Nordic aliens from Venus. I've never believed most contactee stories and I had no intention of reading this book despite the fact I've enjoyed Nick's other works for years. But I did read it and was surprised to find I really enjoyed this book.
I still don't believe the stories, mind you, but they are entertaining. It's odd because I do believe there is something to the UFO phenomena that has been reported over the years but these contactee stories are just too weird for me to buy. That being said, here some of the more high profile cases in history are laid out and discussed as history and, for the most part, without judgment. I'm not sure if Redfern believes them or not, he merely states the facts as reported and leaves it to the reader to decide. It is a testament to his abilities that they are so readable and even, sometimes, believable.
Is this an all-encompassing guide to the history of contact with aliens? Not really. It is a collection of some of the more interesting encounters claimed by folks since the 1950's or so. Believe them or not, they are fun to read and, if so inclined, ponder for deeper meaning. Are we alone in the universe? Probably not, I just have always had a hard time believe intelligent beings from distant worlds would bother coming here to make contact the way it's claimed by many that they do. If you do, I'm not passing judgment; I enjoyed the stories and that, in the end, is all that matters.
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