If only a handful of people had ever encountered the Third Man, it might be dismissed as an unusual delusion shared by a few overstressed minds. But over the years, the experience has occurred again and again, to 9/11 survivors, mountaineers, divers, polar explorers, prisoners of war, sailors, shipwreck survivors, aviators, and astronauts. All have escaped traumatic events only to tell strikingly similar stories of having sensed the close presence of a helper or guardian. The force has been explained as everything from hallucination to divine intervention. Recent neurological research suggests something else.
Bestselling and award-winning author John Geiger has completed six years of physiological, psychological, and historical research on the Third Man. He blends his analysis with compelling human stories such as that of Ron DiFrancesco, the last survivor to escape the World Trade Center on 9/11; Ernest Shackleton, the legendary explorer whose account of the Third Man inspired T. S. Eliot to write of it in The Waste Land; Jerry Linenger, a NASA astronaut who experienced the Third Man while aboard the Mir space stationand many more.
Fascinating for any reader, The Third Man Factor at last explains this secret to survival, a Third Man whoin the words of famed climber Reinhold Messnerleads you out of the impossible.”
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Mr. Geiger's book is a highly readable, often gripping, collection of survival stories, alongside a survey of theories that attempt to explain the third-man phenomenon...Ultimately Mr. Geiger's search for answers is inconclusive. His optimism, however, never wanes.Read Full Review of The Third Man Factor: Survivi... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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