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Is there anything you would change about this book?
This book is scattershot and unscientific. Jacobsen seems to have run out of ideas and she's really taken a very uncritical look at pseudoscience, clearly swayed by the pseudo-scientists more than the scientists.
Would you ever listen to anything by Annie Jacobsen again?
Yes, of course. She usually does solid work, but this book was a miss for me.
Which scene was your favorite?
Scene? There aren't really scenes in a non-fiction book. I guess I like the factual and historical information, but I'm really not a fan of Uri Geller and his frauds.
Could you see Phenomena being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No. I really couldn't. There are way too many characters, and the plot jumps around.
Any additional comments?
Usually Annie Jacobsen is a historical journalist, this time it seems like she ran out of ideas...
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I enjoyed this book even though it took me a long time to finish. I was aware of the US governments research into ESP but this book went to another level of research. The author did a good job maintaining an objective narrative, not openly trying to sway the reader either way. This book was just a detailed review of the facts of US governments ESP programs. However, the greatest let down about this book compared to Jacobsen's other books is that unlike in her other books, there is no real definitive evidence that the research topic really exists. This hasn't been a problem in Jacobsen's other books as they are about well defined topics or institutions which have become declassified. This book follows that general narrative but the topic itself is up for debate, not only by the reader but the people involved in the story itself with testimony by former remote viewers, physics, magicians, scientists, and government officials. Some of which are true believers, some are confidence men/women, and some skeptics. If you are a fan of Jacobsen, interested in ESP, or a fan of detailed investigations of declassified programs, this is a good addition to your library.
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Excellent account of events that took place over the 60's to today. Loved hearing the people that were at the forefront of the paranormal and the Author has done a fantastic effort in telling the story...... Very much worth the purchase.
The book was dry and factual ( which I liked ) . My trust of the author from previous books gave me permission to change the way I think about my life, past, and future.