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Trance: Formation of America

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  71 reviews
This book is amongst the most shocking ever to reach this desk. Trance Formation of America is the chronicle of Cathy O'Brien, a recovered survivor of the CIA's infamous MK-ULTRA Project Monarch mind-control operation, and of Mark Phillips, the courageous man who rescued her (and her daughter) in 1988 from certain death and helped her recover her memories and regain some c ...more
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Published September 1st 1995 by Reality Marketing, Incorporated
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عباس العزاوي ان تعليقي هذا اخطر من اقوال كاثي اوبراين الصحيحة تماما لان كل من علق عليه اثبت انه مغفل وجاهل مثل كل الشعوب الغبية عبر تاريخ الكون وخاصة المليارات ممن…moreان تعليقي هذا اخطر من اقوال كاثي اوبراين الصحيحة تماما لان كل من علق عليه اثبت انه مغفل وجاهل مثل كل الشعوب الغبية عبر تاريخ الكون وخاصة المليارات ممن لا يؤمنون بنظرية المؤامرة اذا علموا الان باني ضحية علنية وشاهد على صحة اقوال الضحية كاثي اوبراين كاملة مئة بالمئة والاكثر هناك جرائم اخطر سرية مستمرة عبر الزمن والان ضد اغلب شعوبكم ومن الانظمة والحكومات الارهابية وكل السلطات المؤكدة بافعالهم هذه وغيرها كثير والدليل اني قبل نشر كلام الضحية كاثي ولا زلت نشرت هذه الجرائم الماسونية منها صحيفة الدستور العراقية – العدد 2181في 24/3/2011 - وطالبت كل وسائل الاعلام في العالم لاتكلم عن جرائم الماسونية الاخطر التي حصلت وتحصل معي علنا ومدى الحياة والتي تنفذها اجهزة مخابراتكم المافياتية لوجود منع للكلام بما فيها النت مما يؤكد سيطرة الماسونية على العالم فمتى ستتكلمون ايها الجبناء المختبئون خلف النت واني احد الضحايا لالاف الجرائم ولا زلت والتي تستعمل الاقمار الصناعية فيها وضد الانسانية والاف الابرياء ويرتجف العبيد الخونة وهم بالملايين من كشفها وهم يعلمون بها خلافا لكل الشعارات للضحك على الذقون بالدين والسياسة والوطنية والانسانية وغيرها ولا زلت اطالب كل العالم بالكلام وتقديمي للكشف عن جرائم شيطانية مستمرة واخطر رغم التهديد للحياة فمن الذي يدعي انه ثوري ووطني ومجاهد ومتدين وقائد وزعيم وناشط وحقوقي ورمز الخ ليقدمني للكلام للعالم لانقاذ ما يمكن انقاذه ومن الرجل او المراة الشريفة التي ستفضح ذلك من بين الملايين الذين يعلمون ويعملون بها قبل ان اتكلم انا او قبل اغتيالي مثلما قتل الملايين من الضحايا من قبل و يكشف اسرار الطغاة والمجرمين =عباس عزاوي علي –العراق-009647704270954 -

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Rachel Stephens
This was the most disturbing book I've ever read. Can I vouch for the validity of what was stated? Absolutely not. I hope it's all false. What I can say is that if the outrageous claims made in this book are indeed false, why haven't there been libel suits pouring in against the author? You'd think the very high profile people named in this book would easily win a libel suit if there's indeed no proof.

This book made me physically ill at times and I could only read it in chunks. It's emotionally
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am going to reread this soon since it has been over a decade, but it is very good and eye opening.
L.  Soren Mobley
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bar none this is one of the most incredible true stories I have ever read. I won't even try and explain, just read the first couple of pages of her testimony and you will not be able to put it down. This woman is a true hero, risking all to save her daughter who fell victim to the same CIA torture project. It is as much about her own struggle to survive as it is a story of the lengths a mother will go to to save their child from atrocity. It is also a true love story about Cathy meeting someone ...more
David Nunez
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very fascinating book to read, but I'm not convinced this book is all true. I know and am quite aware this world does not operate the way people think it operates. I've heard stories about mind control, but this book leaves me with many questions.

Yes, I do believe mind control, or influence exists. But, I have a hard time believing that Cathy and Mark were able to run away from the government, or agents and write about their experiences. Not only do they write about their escape, but they don'
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قامت كاثي أوبراين في هذا الكتاب بكشف حقائق مُروّعة قامت بها الحكومة الأمريكيّة مع الإستخبارات المركزيّة الأمريكيّة و وكالة الفضاء الأمريكيّة, تقوم أساسا على برمجة العقل البشري بما يتوافق و أهواء "السّادة" في أمريكا و في غيرها (كالمكسيك, كندا و السّعودية حتّى), إستغلال سادِيّ و تعذيب بمختلف ما وصلت إليه التّكنولوجيا - و الشّرّ- البشريّ في ذلك الوقت, كلّ هذا لأجل أن تُصبح "عبدا" لمملكة "النّظام العالميّ الجديد".

قرأت هذه النّسخة العربيّة و تأسّفت لاقتطاع أجزاء من الكتاب, نعم أتفهّم حذف بعض المُفردا
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the most difficult to read and digest books I ever read. It's about pedophile rings in america, MK Ultra program, mind control etc. It's horrific. And very good for bursting the new age fluffy love is all there is bubble.
The good news is that after the initial shock you are ready to dig deeper for love. it is there, but not in forms of bubbles. And thank you Cathy and Mark. Brave people.
Iona  Stewart
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a shocking, true tale of Cathy O'Brien and her daughter Kelly, who were two of the thousands of mind-controlled slaves subjected to incredible physical, mental and sexual torture. This is a tale of paedophilia, bestiality, DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), which results from "severe and repeated trauma", top-level drug smuggling and revelations about the implementation of the New World Order, involving numerous, named American Presidents and other well-known political figures, includ ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is not what you call a "good book". It's very hard to read and highly disturbing which would be bad enough as fiction, but this is billed as true.

SUMMARY: (from

On August 3rd, 1977 the 95th U.S. Congress opened hearings into the reported abuses concerning the CIA's TOP SECRET mind control research program code named MK-Ultra. On February 8th, 1988, a top-level MK-Ultra victim, Cathy O'Brien, was covertly rescued from her mind control enslavement by Intellige
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Conspiracy theory stuff is fun to read because A) it's fun (like when William Cooper swears that Eisenhower traded human abductions for alien technology & that's why we have microwaves now) and B) it provides easy critical-thinking exercise for your brain. Like, how likely is it that giant overarching conspiracies necessarily involving tons of equipment and employees could be kept a secret for any substantial time?

This book was mostly no fun, though. I had a friend who had a psychotic break
Saddam Bouchaib
الكتاب يحكي سيرة ذاتية موثقة لإحدى ضحايا التحكم الحكومي الرسمي للولايات المتحدة الامريكية في عقول عملاء المخابرات و الشعب الأمريكي بالتعاون مع الإستخبارات المركزيّة و وكالة الفضاء تحت ما يسمى ببرنامج "مونارك" السري
تقوم أساسا على البرمجة والتحكم بالعقل البشري بما يتوافق و أهواء "السّادة" في أمريكا و في غيرها (كالمكسيك, كندا و السّعودية ...),من إستغلال سادِيّ و تعذيب و استعباد جنسي , الى استعمالهم كدمى وواجهة لنشر الإباحية و المخدرات او حتى الاغتيالات.
ما يعاب في النسخة العربية هو اقتطاع أجزاء من ا
Valiant Thor
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is essential reading for anyone wanting a view "behind the curtain". The book is shocking on many levels. Though O'Brien's story may seem incredible, her account is well-documented, and highly corroborated. Brice Taylor, another Monarch mind-control sex slave survivor, wrote a book called "Thanks for the Memories", and her account is extremely consistent with O'Brien's. Kay Griggs, a military wife whistleblower, also corroborates many details in O'Brien's account. The "Franklin Coverup" fur ...more
Dec 18, 2008 marked it as to-read
Found this lady on YouTube -- she is BATSHIT CRAZY.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
So this book is, in a word, and no pun intended, mind-blowing. That being said, I have to admit I believe her. Are there some strange things that have been brought about about her and Mark, yes. BUT I also know it could be someone's attempt to cast doubt and discredit her. Overall, I think she is genuine. I definitely also plan to read other similar memoirs to compare the information/experiences.

If you're not already scared of your government, this will scare you shitless. A must read for every
S.P. Aruna
Sep 21, 2016 added it
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I don't know how to rate this book. My take on this is that Cathy is probably a victim of physical, sexual, and mental/emotional abuse, although there might be some embellishment of her story. I've seen Mark Phillips talk on YouTube videos and I get a feeling that he is a controlling, manipulative man - not sure, but he gives me the creeps for some reason.

Also casting a shadow on both the authors are complaints, such as those of the Miller family, which suggests that O'Brien and Phillips are the
Sheila Kempster
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A real eye opener. The most disturbing part of this description of horrific abuse, is the fact that you simply "know" every word written is true.
Terrifying that world leaders and their political arenas are filled with filthy corrupt, narcissists whose only agender they intend to serve, is their own.
Apr 03, 2014 added it, uh....there is a youtube video or a googleplus video of her mutilated vagina, and it does indeed look like a face has been carved into it.
Becka Burgess
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sep 14, 2012 added it
I'm so tired of going on in circles, it really pisses me off that more people haven't read this and that its all enclosed in a little shell in my consciousness; especially living in Hawaii, this God forsaken place sometimes the only thing I want to do is pick up an ak and shoot up all the stores for selling souls; then killing my Dad, telling my mom to do her own laundry, and finding somewhere off Island to tell everyone how Hawaii is full of nut jobs before I sit next to the president, drop a n ...more
Jeff C
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The people who wrote this book are either stark raving mad which would make this book easier to deal with. Or if it is true we should be VERY afraid. Read it for yourself and make your own decision.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
If even half of this book is true, we're in big trouble. The world as we know it will cease to exist.
Micah Morris Kent Matichuk
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This incredibly shocking and disturbing true account of the abuse and enslavement of a Michigan girl from the 1960s to the 1980s should absolutely be read and thoughtfully considered by every human being, period. Part of living on this earth is realizing what really goes on in it, to not be ignorant of the devil’s devices. Unlike the many would-be “conspiracy theorists” out there, Cathy O’Brien makes it very clear from her own experience what it is we are up against: not aliens, not UFOs, not re ...more
Basim Mahmoud
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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Well- no, there is no any kind of "well" situation here, but, a story of struggle, to restore .. the free will- this is an important dangerous book. It is not the first book to talk about that, but, it's a reveling for a personal experience, a case no one ever wish to experience, or even anyone's enemy. A lot of names, American presidents, who are still alive, I wonder: how could this book be print and their writers still alive till now?. Mind control. The chief of Egyptian Intelligence wrote a
Mikhayla Gracey
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I believe that Cathy O'Brien is the mind controlled slave of Mark Phillips. Mark Phillips received his instruction on how to "deprogram" Cathy from CIA resources, and books by doctors specializing in hypnosis with questionable ethics (See Access Denied). Mark acknowledges being a hypnotist himself. His methods for "deprogramming" Cathy are precisely the methods used for programming; hypnosis, isolation, avoidance of emotion.... I believe that Cathy O'Brien and Sue Ford are victims, but not of th ...more
Cindy Bokma
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure what to believe with this book. It's hard to wrap my head around the idea that President Reagan was into pornography / bestiality or that both Presidents Bush had sex slaves like Cathy service them. Politicians seem to be the most criminal and corrupt group of sickos if what Cathy writes is true.

Also, she mentions Jimmy Buffett, Kris Kristofferson, and Lee Greenwood as working with the much is just hard to even fathom. It seems like all politicians are into really awfu
Ann Diamond
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utterly devastating, unbelievable and yet totally convincing. When I read this in 2002, I was researching the MKULTRA program and had already absorbed hundreds (if not thousands) of pages of testimony corroborating Cathy O'Brien's painstakingly detailed recollections of being sold by her father into a program that turned her into a mind controlled sex slave and "Presidential Model" to a series of world leaders including Gerald Ford, Dick Cheney, GHW Bush, Pierre Trudeau and Hillary Clinton. Not ...more
Crystal Hughes
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If even one story in this book is true..... it's too scary to think about......
محمد عبدو
لست ادري ما قد أقوله عن الكتاب .. رواية أقرب الى الخيال المأساوي .. هل ماذكر فيه حقيقة؟! ..يبقى فظيعا في كل الاحوال
أحمد أبوعرقوب
كتاب مرعب ومخيف ومقرف لكن مهم قرأته
Bon Tom
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know. Just don't know if this is or even could be true. Even with me keeping my mind totally open for business and taking into account extreme traumatization of the victims, those techniques and supposed results they produce are on the verge of believability.

Also, the recollection is derived from hypnosis, if I got it correctly, which is little better than a witchcraft when it comes to reliability of those so called "suppressed" memories. It's pretty much established already, those "mem
Patrick Whitman
Awful. Don't know if any of it is true.
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