Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base

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Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base

by Annie Jacobsen

Little, Brown And Company | May 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Area 51

It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn't exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada's desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades.

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

Annie Jacobsen had exclusive access to nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of whom lived and worked there for extended periods. In Area 51, Jacobsen shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.

This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area 51 history, which makes it the seminal work on the subject. Filled with formerly classified information that has never been accurately decoded for the public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top-secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316202304

ISBN - 13: 9780316202305

Found in: History

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secretly Good!!! Finally, a realistic investigation of the history of Area 51 and it's connections to Cold War dynamics and innovative technology and military testing. The cult of secrecy and the multi-layered facet of the US security apparatus is investigated through the journalistic lense. This book is less about UFOs and more about the aftermath of the post-WWII scramble for ex-Nazi scientists and the battle for supremacy against the former Soviet Union. Jacobsen's hypothesis about what really crashed in 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico is mind-blowing. Long book but worthwile reading with amazing photo montage.
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing to Placate Mulder Here Firstly: put away that tin-foil hat, Clarence, this has nothing to do with telling you about the bodies of alien visitors. The Roswell, NM 'incident' is debunked in this book as being nothing more than a demented attempt by the then Soviet leader Stalin to create panic among the American public akin to the 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. Had the original USAF Press Release not been replaced in a matter of hours, he might have succeeded. The craft was a crescent-shaped wing and created by two former Nazi scientists, and the bodies of two deformed children were inside to resemble 'pilots', the craft being actually controlled as drones are today. So that's that. Now: Area 51, however, DOES exist. It's been used since the early '50s as a testing location for a stream of planes being developed by both the CIA and the USAF for reconnaissance and combat purposes. The U-2, then the A-12 / SR-71 were both developed there, as was the F117 'Stealth Fighter'. Most recently they've used the area to develop military drone technology without the public being aware of things until they've been deployed (although the CIA will neither confirm nor deny anything about the devices). The history of the development of the facility, the reasons therefore, and the various political and national influences on its continued use is fascinating and far more interesting than any "my sister was abducted by aliens" theory spouted by a fictional FBI agent might be. The final chapter and epilogue declares what the actual answer to the 'alien body' question might have led to, and — to be frank — it's hoped that the author has been sold a tissue of lies by an old man. Were the matter as terrifying as is claimed (no, still no aliens; it's all human), it's no wonder no one wants to open that Pandora's Box. While not convincing in its arguments, the real project resulting from Roswell would make the Iran / Contra affair, the Pentagon Papers, and Nixon's recordings together look like harmless, week-end pranks. I don't WANT to believe the answer.
Date published: 2011-05-31

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Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base

Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base

by Annie Jacobsen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown And Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316202304

ISBN - 13: 9780316202305

About the Book

Located 75 miles outside of Las Vegas, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government--but Area 51 has captivated imaginations. Jacobsen had exclusive access to 19 employees, which makes it the seminal work on the subject.

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Area 51

It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn't exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada's desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades.

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

Annie Jacobsen had exclusive access to nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of whom lived and worked there for extended periods. In Area 51, Jacobsen shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.

This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area 51 history, which makes it the seminal work on the subject. Filled with formerly classified information that has never been accurately decoded for the public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top-secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.

About the Author

Annie Jacobsen was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine and is the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers Operation Paperclip and Area 51. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Editorial Reviews

"An informative history...about the creativity, political acumen and courage of the high-flying Cold Warriors who sought to protect the free world in the decades after World War II."-Andrew Dunn, Bloomberg