Of all of life’s greatest mysteries, the question of whether or not extraterrestrial life exists is among the top for me. In a vast and limitless universe, it doesn’t seem plausible that Earth is the only planet that contains life. However, with the overwhelming number of hoaxes, faked footage, and cases of mistaken identity, it’s also hard to take folks who claim to have experienced ETs themselves seriously. Here are a few books, though, that’ll really make you give the “ET” question some deeper thought.
1. UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean
Military officers, Air Force Pilots, and government officials relate their own personal encounters with extraterrestrials in this read; Kean also includes photographs which she studies in detail and offers her own opinion regarding their veracity.
2. The Day After Roswell by Philip Corso
Corso, a high level army officer, reveals that he possessed some of the artifacts from the Roswell crash and used them to develop advanced technologies for the U.S. government. He offers government documents that back up his claims as well.
3. The Invisible College: What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race by Jacques Vallee
In the mid 1970s, a small group of researchers began investigating claims of alien encounters, interviewing the involved, reviewing documents, photos, and other data, and commiserating together regarding their findings. Over time, this “invisible college” has grown and so has its research; Vallee, one of the pioneers of the group, shares his thoughts on these unexplained phenomena.
4. The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller
Fuller examines the alien abduction story of Betty and Barney Hill in 1961. Basing his research largely on transcripts of their interview with a psychiatrist, Fuller puts forth a relatively convincing case that the Hills were, in fact, taken by extraterrestrials.
5. Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident by Nick Pope, John Burroughs, and Jim Penniston
This book offers the story of Penniston and Burroughs, two military officers who were present at the landing of an extraterrestrial spacecraft in 1980. Recently declassified documents, which they include, add further credence to their story.
6. Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government’s Biggest Cover-up by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt
Carey and Schmitt record a detailed examination of the spacecraft crash that allegedly happened in Roswell, NM. From eyewitness interviews to declassified documents, they review the evidence and offer conclusions. This book is also heavily footnoted and full of additional reference material.
7. Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber
Strieber offers his own story of alien visits and abduction in this book; since it is a personal narrative, you may feel like disregarding it as simply another “crackpot” telling a crazy story, but Strieber’s reputation as a respected nonfiction writer who specializes in well-researched articles may have you rethinking whether or not alien abduction seems plausible.
8. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen
Jacobsen’s examination of the military base that houses Area 51 is informative and interesting. She intertwines America’s experience with extraterrestrials and the Cold War itself, documenting each through interviews and declassified documents.
I don’t know if any of these books will leave you more of a believer, but they’re fun and interesting reads, and they’ll definitely leave you thinking maybe…just maybe…the light you see darting across the sky is actually “someone” out there.
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