The Believer is the weird and chilling true story of Dr. John Mack. This eminent Harvard psychiatrist and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer risked his career to investigate the phenomenon of human encounters with aliens and to give credibility to the stupefying tales shared by people who were utterly convinced they had happened.
Nothing in Mack's four decades of psychiatry had prepared him for the otherworldly accounts of a cross section of humanity including young children who reported being taken against their wills by alien beings. Over the course of his career his interest in alien abduction grew from curiosity to wonder, ultimately developing into a limitless, unwavering passion.
Based on exclusive access to Mack's archives, journals, and psychiatric notes and interviews with his family and closest associates, The Believer reveals the life and work of a man who explored the deepest of scientific conundrums and further leads us to the hidden dimensions and alternate realities that captivated Mack until the end of his life.
"This extraordinary biography reads like a fast-paced thriller. It deftly weaves the detailed richness of John Mack's genius and complex life through the historical backdrop of the alien-abduction phenomena. Ralph Blumenthal has so beautifully captured the essence of Mack's soul and his relentless curiosity that by the end of the book I mourned that Mack is no longer with us."--Trish MacGregor, coauthor of Aliens in the Backyard: UFO Encounters, Abductions, and Synchronicity
"As a person sane enough to hold a driver's license, I say, what are we to make of Mack's findings? Read this gripping, factual account of a mental-health pioneer and truth-seeker by a soundly accredited successful author, veteran New York Times foreign correspondent, and reporter. Decide for yourselves and then tell me!"--Dan Aykroyd
"Anyone who is intrigued by the involvement of John Mack, a psychiatrist on the faculty of Harvard, or by the interest of psychiatrists in the anomalous in general and UFOs in particular, should not miss reading this book! It is filled with details on the topic, both pro and con, that are not publicly available in any other place that I know."--David J. Hufford, author of The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions
"John Mack was one of the few prominent American intellectuals who saw and said what was, and still is, really at stake in the UFO phenomenon--reality itself. And Ralph Blumenthal is the perfect biographer to take up Mack and bring him to life, in all his humanity and complexity, on the page. A major achievement."--Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge
"Ralph Blumenthal's definitive biography is beautifully written and impeccably researched, providing fascinating new insights into the professional and personal life of John Mack. What drove the Harvard psychiatrist to take alien abductions seriously? This question has never been addressed as brilliantly or as deeply as it is in The Believer--a must read!"--Leslie Kean, author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record
1. "They Are Telling the Truth"
2. Terror in the Night
3. This Budd's For You
4. The Mystery of Anomalous Experience
5. "Have We Visitors from Space?"
6. The Sources of Suffering
7. Mack the Knife
8. A Prince of Our Disorder
9. "UFO Chiller"
10. "The Interrupted Journey"
11. The Peacemaker
12. Danny's Gift
13. "More Activist than the Movement"
14. "They Put a Hole in My Psyche"
15. The Turquoise Maiden
16. "Sane Citizen Sees UFO in New Jersey"
17. Mack's Secret
18. "He's Got This Glass Jar . . ."
19. "The Abduction Syndrome"
20. Aliens at Harvard
21. "You Cannot Go Ahead!"
22. Iron John
23. Hello, Dali
24. Aliens at MIT
25. "Good Evening, Doctor"
27. "The Whole Bloody Snowsuit"
28. PEER Pressure
29. Aliens in Brazil
30. The Time Bomb
32. "The Man from Outer Space"
33. "A Review of Your Work"
34. Not an Inquisition
35. "What if You're Wrong?"
36. Aliens in Africa
37. "Have Good Manners!"
38. "Oh God!"
39. "We Watch The X-Files"
40. The Lighthouse
41. Abduction and Divinity
42. "Passport to the Cosmos"
43. A Cosmic Marriage
44. The Holy Grail
45. The Rune of Doom
46. "I Never Knew It Would Be So Easy"
47. "John Mack Now Knows Everything"