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.
The most chilling explanation to "Roswell" I have ever heard. What people are prepared to do to each other in order to hold power is horrific. From Nazi medical experiments to Nuclear bombs. Thank-you Annie Jacobsen "We need to Know".
I just finished "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base" by Annie Jacobson. This book lifts the veil of secrecy that has surrounded the Nevada Testing Facility, aka, Area 51, showing what men, wrapped in the flag and in the name of the common good, are capable of accomplishing when they have total secrecy, unlimited budgets, and greatest scientific minds of the 20th Century. What the conspiracy theorist want you to believe is nothing to what the CIA, the Air Force, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the Dept of Energy have hidden in Area 51 for 60+ years. The tools for the War on Terrorism were developed there - the U2, the Oxcart, the Blackbird, the Predator, etc. The atomic bomb and the nuclear rocket for the trip to Mars were tested there. If you enjoy the fiction of a Tom Clancy novel, you will love the true story of "who done it", when and how they did it, and how it remained a secret for so long.
To be fair, Area 51 is my passion. I heard two minutes of this book and stopped listening because I already know more than she does and it was a waste of a credit. I have read several other articles such as her article on the TSA, etc. where she excels.
When it comes to Area 51 and the whole black ops subject, she should have known early in her research that she does not have the time or contacts necessary to tell this story. If you saw the “National Geo Channel” special on Area 51you don’t have to read or listen to this book because she wonders off into too much world history and gets off focus. And, the “National Geo” special was just a rehash of old stuff with some new pictures and brief glimpses from the newly declassified material which she uses quite a bit in her book.
I give her credit for attacking this subject but I have been reading and listening to interviews of retired and ex-employees from and about Area 51 for 5 years now and the story is a huge, multifaceted, highly classified topic and we will never know even one fifth of the story. One of the clues that you have found a dependable and accurate supplier of information is if he or she uses, knows of or refers to the term “UFO fever” regarding a witness or speaker on the subject. Once someone on the inside gets it you can't trust their answers.
If you are just becoming interested in the subject then use the internet and be very selective who you trust there. I finally have about three people I trust after all these years. If you do not become obsessed about the subject you will never get to the level deep enough to find the beginnings of the truth.
Now I know what really happened in 1947 at Roswell. The story in the book makes much more sense than all the previous ones that I've heard over the past many years.
This book's historical account of Area 51 & it's surrounding properties barely scratches the surface of all the highly classified projects both past & currently being researched within that complex. So many people who were involved have already carried these secrets to their graves.
great history and very well told. Story flows very well and is very entertaining
Interesting, Insightful & Informative
Not really a book that gives way to a favourite character as it does the power battles within a country and how it positions itself to the world.
Again, not about the characters it's more a sum of the parts and each like a link in a chain not just of command but one that had the opportunity to conquer and impact the way people thought and science. A religion of military positioning.
Discovering all the secrets of the science movement unfolding under the guise of E.T.
Unable to prove or disprove the content, I'd have enjoyed this if it were fiction and I find little time to indulge in such titles. An excellent book for entertainment, interest and intrigue and caused me to unplug from the car to plug in my headphones and continue. A title worth sharing.
The documentation of the Area 51 history is fascinating.
My favorite character was the personification of evil on this planet. Dr. Joeseph Mangela.
The real story, or is it?
Creepy and disturbing.
Absolutely! While Jacobsen didn't discuss Hangar 18 so much, she surely shed light on much of mysticism of Area 51 and the arms race between us and the (former) Soviet Union. Now I know why all the alien lifeforms resemble human beings (i.e. two eyes, two arms / legs, etc.) because they were human beings. Her research stems from primary sources, people who worked there and of course her sources on the defense contractors are reliable.
I really liked how she exposed just how inept our science was on military technology to the extent that we had a stolen Russian MiG so we could try to match Soviet technology. Also, I liked the behind-the-scenes bickering from top-level military and government personnel. Were personal agendas put in front of budgets and national defense?
Her voice is relaxing and brings the story to life somehow.
Area 51: Uncovering the Cover-Ups
This is a very good book and though I'm sure many will remain skeptical, at some point, when an author uses primary-source information, you gotta adjust your beliefs. As with most books that have a great beginning and middle, the end of this book wasn't so great. Still, I think it was a very well researched and well-written book and the author narrates her work very well. Ms. Jacobsen, you did a damn good job with this book! -Derrick