David M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

David M. Jacobs, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of History at Temple University specializing in twentieth century American history and culture. Dr. Jacobs began researching the controversy over unidentified flying objects in America in the mid 1960's, and has amassed over 35 years of primary research data and analytical hypotheses on the subject. Since 1973 Dr. Jacobs has continued to devote most of his professional and personal energies to researching the UFO phenomenon in general, and the abduction phenomenon in particular. Having conducted over 750 hypnotic regressions with over 125 abductees, Dr. Jacobs is one of the foremost UFO abduction researchers worldwide. As a result of his extensive primary research, he has developed the first scientific typology of the abduction experience.

From an interview with David Jacobs On "The Threat" By UFO Journalist Sean Casteel



UFOs and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge

ISBN 0-7006-1032-4 (Hardcover); September 2000; Publisher: University Press of Kansas

David M. Jacobs, Editor


This book contains ten original essays on UFOs and abductions by some of the world's leading experts including: Stuart Appelle, Thomas E. Bullard, Jerome Clark, Don Donderi, Budd Hopkins, David M. Jacobs, John Mack, Michael Persinger, Michael Swords, and Ronald Westrum. UFOs and Abductions


This is one of the few books treating the subject matter as primarily anomalous to be published by an academic press.

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The Threat The Threat

ISBN 0-6848-1484-6 (Hardcover); 0-6848-4813-9 (Paperback)
January 1998 (Hardcover); March 1999 (Paperback)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Fireside (Paperback)
288 pages

The Threat was published by Simon & Schuster in January 1998.  It contains the first comprehensive evidence-driven hypothesis about the meaning and goals of the UFO and abduction phenomenon.  No other hypothesis has included all of the evidence as we have learned it since the mid-20th century.  This book is a logical extension of Secret Life and answers many of the "why" questions that have puzzled UFO researchers for decades.

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Secret Life Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions

ISBN 0-6717-4857-2 (Hardcover); 0-6717-9720-4 (Paperback)
March 1992 (Hardcover); April 1993 (Reprinted Paperback)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Touchstone Books (April 1993 Reprinted Paperback)

The book was the most complete exposition of the structure and meaning of the abduction phenomenon yet published. Based on over 300 accounts of abduction events, Dr. Jacobs outlined a typical abduction experience using the most complete and current information available. This was the first UFO book ever published by Simon & Schuster. 

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