I have told myself that I am not going to review books anymore until I have finished reading them, but here again, I just can't hold back. What a great story. Okay, I grabbed the book because it was about "Area 51"...expecting more crazy stuff about aliens, UFOs and the like. Hello?
To my surprise and DELIGHT, it presents a much more plausible scenario of exactly what is Area 51's purpose. My interests definitely do not include war stories, airplane statistics, or politics, international affairs, etc., all of which take up 90% of this narrative, but I was never bored or put off by the author. Instead, I was thoroughly caught up in the natural unfolding of the story. Ms. Jacobsen delivers a well-researched timeline of the events that have occurred there over the past 60 years. It just makes a lot of sense, what else can I say?
One last thing -- Ms. Jacobsen is reading her own work, and she does it very well. I am always glad when the author does the narration because that person is most familiar with the subject, and the nuances and expressions, pauses, etc. are so natural. I can also sympathize with those folks who have found flaws in her pronounciation of some place names. I, myself, did not realize that she mispronounced anything, so it didn't affect me.
I am having a great time with this book, even though it is not what I expected. Of course, I have not gotten to the epilogue, which I gather from reading other reviews, will be eye-popping. I do recommend this book, no matter what your interests are. Your time will definitely not be wasted, no matter what your tastes in reading material.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Very reveaing history that debunks the UFO people. But the real explanation is more horrible than you can imagine. AN EYE OPENER FOR SURE.
Never believed in Aliens and knowing Stalin is a madman this seems very plausible. Just wish the Government would really say what happened there.
Yes. Despite being in the aerospace business for 25 years and having some exposure to the parts of the SR-71 spy plane, I still learned more than I expected.
I found the descriptions of some of the above ground nuclear weapons testing/methods/clean up surprising. I also found the story of the turf battle between the CIA and Air Force in the 50-60's quite interesting.
One of the most enjoyable and interesting non-fiction books I have ever listened too. If you have ANY interest in Area 51 and the rumours about it, this is an absolute must read. It details everything-atomic testing, spy planes, drones, Roswell, and how each was developed and used-and all the politics and deliberate mis-information attached to each. What, Why, and How they do so many things there, that will amaze, and disturb you.
What you didn't want to know, about what you didn't want to know. There all there, all the famous scientist you've heard about. Makes me wish I didn't live so close.
I loved the story and the mystery of Area 51, but some info from this book clashes with other books. I hope and pray that the mentally handicaped children part isn't true with our great country, USA, if true those people should be faceing the death penalty.
Her devotion to research.
I loved the book and story, well done Annie Jacobson.
This book is not about aliens but classified and declassified top secret programs at Area 51 in Nevada. This includes the staggering number of atomic tests that were preformed there and the agencies involved. Historical research was presented on the U-2, A-12 Oxcart, SR-71 Blackbird, Horten Flying Disk and the Predator and Raptor Drone programs. All of the programs were put into historical context and proved fascinating. A number of the finding were from Freedom of Information requests and released in this book publicly for the first time.
The author weaves an incredible story using interviews, declassified documents and historical narrative to tell the story of Area 51. Her descriptions of the base, and its subsequent evolution throughout the years, took me back to an era that is easy to take for granted these days. This book reads like a Cold War thriller, with Area 51 at the center of the U.S. clandestine quest for military supremacy.
Great book! I enjoyed the author's narration. I was also glad that she wasn't afraid to tackle the topics of UFO's and aliens, which have always given Area 51 its mystic appeal.
Retired RN with 28 years in the operating room. An nurse educator specialized in surgical lasers and high risk equipment. Married for 36 years to my wonderful wife and mother of 3 men. Still waiting on the grand babies! While waiting, love to read & listen to books. I am a HUGE FAN OF AUDIBLE. COM!
Yes, because there is so much information in this book that needs further processing in my mind. The first time I read it, I was shell-shocked and didn't get close to absorbing what needs to be really assimilated.
One of the most memorable moments was when the author mentions that seventy thousand nuclear bombs have been produced by our country alone.
She reads the book with the passion that an author should when they read their own work. It is obvious from the start that this narrator/author really wants to convey her message in a real personal way so that the reader "gets it."
Because of the subject matter, it was amazing that the author was able to inject some humor, here and there. But, for the most part, I would have to honestly say, that the book made me very angry and extremely sad.
People will read this for many different reasons. I believe that it should be read in the interest of national security and to what lengths our government (and others) will go to in the name of secrecy, security, "a need to know" and global superiority. I believe that the author's research must have been exhaustive. To think that the information provided in this book is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, is astounding.