This was a great read and fun to listen to. Annie does an excellent job of providing enough detail to make it extremely interesting, but not get bogged down in tiny technical detail. This is not about aliens. This is a history book of declassified US government programs. Annie has really done her homework for this. I highly recommend it!
She writes that the aliens in the Roswell crash were really children surgically altered by Nazi Dr. Joseph Mengele to have big heads, huge eyes and supplied to Joseph Stalin - who had them packed into an electromagnetically-levitating disc hovering saucer that somehow made it all the way through U.S. airspace in 1947.
Otherwise, a well-researched book on the history of the brave spy plane pilots of the U-2 and SR-71 and the incredibly talented engineers who made Area 51 our most valuable military site. It just goes off the skids with that conclusion late in the book.
Buy the Audible book to hear a well-written account with excellent context on the times that necessitated the creation of an isolated place where advanced spy planes could be test-flown. The author narrates and does a good job. I just wish she hadn't gone off the deep end with the Mengele/Stalin flying saucer story.
seems like a well-researched book. it appears she had access to several lockheed engineers during the 50s and 60s and they tell quite an interesting tale. no ufos, no aliens.... but something did crash in roswell. for me the most interesting suggestion is that the crafts that crashed in roswell were russian advanced aircraft. overall its a great book, a little disjointed, but great information.
And for the rest of us Boooring.. and without a professional and good reader
this is not bearable for many hours..
Not what I thought it would be???but still surprisingly better!
I had anticipated a book about UFOs and the secret testing and/or cover up of alien beings. Instead this is basically a biography of Area 51 and its environs. Well researched and documented with people who were willing to talk to set the record straight about what happens there. Some of it more mundane and some scary, but all very interesting.
The stories told are compelling and the narration by the author, professional. It made for a highly interesting and entertaining book. An amazing biography that I highly recommend for UFO buffs and those interested in history.
host of the podcast Not In A Creepy Way, avid audiobook listener
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was worried about the quality of the author's narration but was pleasantly surprised.
A better title for this book would be: "Ox Cart Spy Plane Revealed". Contrary to what Jacobsen's book title says, this book in no way unequivocably explains the Roswell Incident or other conspiracy theories surrounding Area 51. She might try at times but, for me, she doesn't come close to changing my mind or beliefs about UFOs or ETs. Having said that, the book was interesting to me and I learned a lot. However, I am not a person who regularly reads about U.S. military or political history. The book is primarily about the covert CIA project of developing a spy plane after WWII through the Vietnam War. Further horrifying facts are revealed about hydrogen, atom and thermonuclear bomb testing by the U.S. military. Her writing style leaves a lot to be desired. At times it feels as though she's writing to an audience in the 8th grade and she sometimes belabors a point to ensure the reader gets it. I was also not impressed with her narration. If you are a U.S. history aficionado or enjoy reading about U.S. military history, I recommend you stay away from this book. You probably are familiar with the facts she discusses here. If you are reading it out of curiosity about the Roswell Incident then stay away because she hardly mentions it and when she does her explanations are insulting even to a non-believer. It is a good book for the unintiated in U.S. military history from the second half of the 20th century. Do not let the sensational title fool you. Even Jacobsen states that there are hundreds of thousands of pages still classified about Area 51.
WARNING: If you are a deeply entrenched Neo-Conservative,you will not like this book. Ms Jacobsen is a liberal academic who does not hide her distain for the Atomic Energy Commission, General Curtis LeMay, or the disinformation spun by the CIA and USAF to hide their "blackest" projects. As a college educated, liberal thinker myself, I found Ms. Jacobsen's passion (both in writing and reading this book) to be delightful! I actually bought the hardcover book because I wanted to see if she verified her information with her sources in footnotes. There are 384 footnotes in the book. I personally only randomly checked out 8 of them, but they were accurate. This book covers many topics from the early Cold War era, some of which are only remotely connected with Area 51.
Her passionate distain for those leaders who mislead and likely endangered many US citizens in the early days of the Cold War comes shining through in her reading. (-:
I thought the theory that she presents on what really happened at Roswell was a bit far-fetched. But she is clear that this is the story of one man who was a source for her. Sometimes you have to be willing to read things like that account and give it some thought. That is the price of having an open mind. Very enjoyable audio book!
Reader And Listener
It's usually s mistke for the author to read their own book, but it works well in this case. WHile she's not a seasoned actress, she dose know how to pronounce the hard words, and her famliiarity with the material comes through. The book is fascinating, very well developed and fills in a lot of blanks in history while reminding the listener there is a lot yet untold.