Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie JacobsenArea 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen

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

byAnnie Jacobsen

Paperback | May 1, 2012

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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. InArea 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 51weaves 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.
Annie Jacobsen was a contributing editor at theLos Angeles Times Magazineand is the author of the instantNew York TimesbestsellersOperation PaperclipandArea 51. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Title:Area 51: An Uncensored History Of America's Top Secret Military BaseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 1.5 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316202304

ISBN - 13:9780316202305

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it A well written and well documented book which focuses largely on facts and keeps theory to a minimum.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Area 51 Gee how truthfull is this could be another way of white washing this drain on taxpayers
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Area 51 Very informative and a new spin on what was going on at area 51. Well researched and plausible. Not for the conspiracy theorists. Makes sense as to the conclusions reached.
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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.
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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