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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (Jan. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665290
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Vallee, a California astrophysicist, here analyzes UFO sightings that he has investigated personally and concludes that UFOs are real, but that, far from being the emissaries of extraterrestrial civilizations, they represent "a yet unrecognized level of consciousness, independent of man but closely linked to the earth." He argues that we will understand the UFO phenomenon only when we expand our view of the physical universe beyond four dimensions, and he urges scientists to take a greater interest in the subject because certain sightings that he has researched, particularly in Brazil, show that UFOs offer both a complex technology (probably microwave) and a hostile potential. Vallee's ( Dimensions ) theories will doubtless upset conventional ufologists, while nonbelievers will preserve their skepticism.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

The audience for books on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) remains strong--the 1989-90 edition of Books in Print lists over 100 adult titles. Vallee's Anatomy of a Phenomenon ( LJ 6/1/65) helped provide scientific respectability to the study of UFOs. While Vallee stresses the need to maintain scientific objectivity and a critical attitude, he is not afraid to offer theories which go beyond traditional extraterrestrial hypotheses. Among the 100 cases reported here are some in which observers were harmed or died as a result of viewing a UFO. For each case, Vallee visited the actual site, spoke to witnesses, and concludes that "something happened." The Walters' book is a frightening account of 20 UFO encounters occurring near their Florida home. Their position in the community, the collaboration of over 100 other area witnesses, and the authenticated photographs and videotape they took make this account more trustworthy than most. The phenomenon of missing time, described in Budd Hopkins's Intruders ( LJ 6/1/87), is part of this story as well. While neither of the books under review provides firm answers about the reality or intent of UFOs, both can be recommended as above-average entries in the genre. Academic libraries should have the Vallee book, while public libraries will want both.
- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Fox on May 19 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jacques Vallee has produced another thought-provoking book on the U.F.O. phenomena. This is the second book of his "Alien trilogy", and it focuses on research methodology. He is especially concerned about the lax methods being used to investigate claims of UFO encounters, where few investigators bother to visit the actual site or interview the witnesses firsthand.
Mr. Vallee again questions the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and takes fellow ufologists to task for only listing or collecting evidence that supports their hypothesis. He is especially concerned about the use of hypnosis in "abduction" cases, where the hypnotist may be leading the abductee to report activities that easily fall into the extraterrestrial survey camp.
Mr. Vallee offers no conclusive proof or definitive answers, just data and information for the reader to peruse and decide for themselves. This book is a wake-up call to ufologists to strengthen their research methods, and improve the current state of ufology. Perhaps, they should even re-think the questions being asked.
While I may not personally agree with all of Mr. Vallee's opinions, I think that he presents a very needed voice of caution and reason in a field fraught with high emotions. This book would make a terrific text for a class on studying paranormal phenomenon, or gather witness reports.
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A sober warning of the dangers of UFO contact. Nov. 25 2005
By Stephen Triesch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Now retired from the UFO scene, Jacques Vallee was one of the most sober, perceptive, and scientifically astute observers of the phenomenon. "Confrontations" is the second volume of his great trilogy ("Dimensions" and "Revelations" are the other two) which summed up his 40-odd years of research.

As the title suggests, this book focuses on the dangers - physical, psychological, and even spiritual - of contact (intentional or otherwise) between human beings and the energy forms known as UFOs. I say "energy forms" because Vallee discounts the idea that UFOs are spaceships from other planets or other galaxies. Instead, he sees them as "multidimenional entities" - a form of paranormal energy, indeed a non-human intelligence - that has in varying forms interacted with human beings throughout recorded history.

Drawing on his personal files, including numerous black-and-white photos, Vallee describes the debilitating effects that often result from too-close contact - sought or unsought - with the UFO phenomenon. From California to Brazil, we follow Vallee as he interviews the victims of contact and lets them tell their stories.

And they are indeed victims. Vallee's subjects have met neither the benign "space brothers" of the 1950s contactees nor - for the most part - the reptilian, bug-eyed abductors of the 1990s. But they have interacted with powerful, disorienting energies, energies capable of producing harmful mental and physical effects, up to and including death. They have been touched by the paranormal, and most are worse of because of it.

Often reading like a detective story, this book puts you on the ground with a brave and humane chronicler of the unknown. It is a moving book, one of the best ever in its field. If you are new to the topic of UFOs, you could not do better than read Vallee's great trilogy, beginning with "Dimensions," then "Confrontations," then "Revelations." In doing so, you will have gotten to the heart of the phenomenon and spared yourself a lot of nonsense.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Thought-provoking look at UFO research May 19 1999
By Nancy A. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jacques Vallee has produced another thought-provoking book on the U.F.O. phenomena. This is the second book of his "Alien trilogy", and it focuses on research methodology. He is especially concerned about the lax methods being used to investigate claims of UFO encounters, where few investigators bother to visit the actual site or interview the witnesses firsthand.
Mr. Vallee again questions the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and takes fellow ufologists to task for only listing or collecting evidence that supports their hypothesis. He is especially concerned about the use of hypnosis in "abduction" cases, where the hypnotist may be leading the abductee to report activities that easily fall into the extraterrestrial survey camp.
Mr. Vallee offers no conclusive proof or definitive answers, just data and information for the reader to peruse and decide for themselves. This book is a wake-up call to ufologists to strengthen their research methods, and improve the current state of ufology. Perhaps, they should even re-think the questions being asked.
While I may not personally agree with all of Mr. Vallee's opinions, I think that he presents a very needed voice of caution and reason in a field fraught with high emotions. This book would make a terrific text for a class on studying paranormal phenomenon, or gather witness reports.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Very objective perspective Nov. 22 2004
By Rick C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a one of a kind. Vallee does not seem concerned with public opinion of his methods. He has had the most detailed, 1st hand knowledge of UFOs of anyone in the world and provides his assessment of what he has seen.

He discusses little known aspects of the UFO witness experience, such as numerous fatalities, severe beatings by invisible assailants long after the sighting, and other obscure data. He takes the UFO expreience out of the realm of science fiction and restores it to the unknown mystery that it truly is. His belief that these things are not from "outer space" is displayed with outstanding explanation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely interested in UFOs. It has a no nonsense view and is illustrated by ironclad data from the leader of UFO investigators.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A wake up call April 30 2005
By Mister Smyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Confrontations" needs to be read by anyone seriously interested in the subject of UFOs, as -- of the literally thousands of books on the subject in circulation -- there is only a mere handful that have anything meaningful to say. Most books on the subject seemed directed at those with a near infantile mentality -- they insult the reader's intelligence, attempt to sensationalize the subject, and present speculation and falsehoods as fact. "Confrontations" not only presents the subject in a sober, sane, and scientific manner, but it is groundbreaking in it's unique methodology. First, Vallee purports that the UFOs are most likely NOT of extraterrestrial origin, but are most likely "multidimensional". Next, he states that they are not "visitors", but instead seem to have been with us since before recorded History, and indeed, may very well predate mankind. He goes on to show numerous examples of how the government, the media, academia, and the "scientific establishment" all seem to show a pattern of working together to discredit anyone who attempts to study the subject or present their research for review -- this phenomenon is well documented and appears to be widespread throughout the United States, whereas in Europe, Asia, and South America it is treated far more seriously. Conversely, fools who promote "ufology" are encouraged to present their narrow-minded fluff on every available medium for cheap entertainment value -- this serves to further discourage and discredit serious researchers. Finally, Vallee makes the important point that not only do the entities associated with UFOs show a pattern of being deceptive, but they can actually be malicious as well -- and frequently are. No "space brothers" hoping to "illuminate and advance" mankind here! His conclusion? Nobody knows exactly what is going on -- in fact, it is possible that the human mind may not even be capable of fathoming the true nature of this phenomenon -- but something is definitely happening, and everyone knows it, but for some reason the subject is being ridiculed rather than studied. A definitive book -- read it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Rare Order of Research and Insight April 28 2010
By S. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
If you're interested in the authentic phenomena of UFOs & Aliens but are tired of new age quacks and reductionist 'scientist, Vallee is a dream come true. His 40 years of assiduous field investigations are a gift to this field. With painstaking care, he sifts through the distortion and gets beyond sensationalism. It's clear he possesses a rare order of objective sobriety, yet brings a nuanced and profound perspective to this very baffling realm. This umbrella of subjects has been monopolized by sloppy spiritual cults (see Vallee's other book Messengers of Deception) and forfeited by reductionist, flat-land 'scientists'. In contrast to that ridiculous polarity, Vallee's loyalty is to the facts. His offerings are derived from evidence, not a need to reinforce a belief system.

What is needed -and what Vallee provides- is an exhaustive, long-term study of these phenomena, without pre-conceived interpretations. Vallee is one of a very few number of researchers who possess the kind of sophisticated mind that can patiently investigate without caving into the anthropocentric craving to make it 'fit' into a pre-existing mold. Spiritual-New Age-Paranormal types are very intent on confirming their hope the phenomena constitutes contact with extra-terrestrial entities. That we are being visited by Aliens. Reductionist scientists are equally determined to dismiss tens of thousands of unexplained events, observed by the highest caliber of witnesses with documented physical and biological effects. The former is delusional, the latter is dissociative. Neither of these approaches will offer actual understanding.

Vallee's suspicion is that UFOS may be an inter-dimensional order of consciousness associated closely with this planet. UFOs and their occupants may be Reality Modulators, or translators, which approximate a bridge between different levels of consciousness in overlapping space / time locations. In other words, not extra-terrestrials, but extra-dimensionals. However, he leaves plenty of room open for all sorts of possibilities under this wide umbrella. After you read his books and consider his evidence, you may be persuaded (as I was) that the extra-terrestrial hypothesis is not the explanation that best fits the evidence. Neither (by a long shot) can hoaxes, hallucinations, or misinterpretation account for facts.

In the end, Vallee is less interested in providing the 'right' interpretation, and more passionate about providing a clear encounter with the actual evidence. He compliments the reader by emphasizing the evidence, not final interpretations.


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