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 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 20 men who served on the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92; she also had unprecedented access to 55 additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, 32 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 supersecret supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror. This is the first book based on interviews with eyewitnesses 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 fact is often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.
©2011 Annie Jacobson (P)2011 Hachette
My mother has a picture of the moment she "got" cancer. An adolescent, standing on the beach of a Pacific island, she watched a cloud rise on the horizon and the ocean raise one wave before going still...for an hour. It was Bingo...the hydrogen bomb that spit an isotope found in Lymphoma patients exposed to radiation.
There were points of detail in this book that touched on that. There were moments I was so angry I damn near threw my tablet against the wall.
To be honest, I could care less about the "UFO" conspiracies. I was fascinated by the early history of Area 51 and the decisions made by so few that altered so many. That part of the story is well supported and well documented, presented and displayed like a tumor in our Nation's history.
Painful to hear, good to know.
Such a fantastic book! Everything is unbelieveable! I just can't stop getting more info about it! I've wanted to know about this very subject even as a kid growing up! If you want to know more about this uncensored history than this is the book for you! Every single detail is spectacular! Awesome!
This book is very interesting. If you want an idea of how dark our Government can be, then you need to listen to this. It gives a great history of Area 51 and keeps you intrigued with all the information. Definitely a buy.
Well written, well read - I highly recomend Area 51 .... -- I learned so much about things I had not idea that took place even though I consider myself well read on such topics. The things I learned made me angry and I would like to shout out - How do we get this secret stuff stopped. I was shocked to learn that even the president is denied information on many secret goings on and this should not be. I think there should be new strong and agressive policies that change the way we do business. Thank you Annie! Well done
I first heard an interview on NPR and was intrigued. My first comment is on the author's narration of the book. She speaks in a clear voice but I find myself nodding off because her voice is so soothing. I have not completed the book and am not sure that I will. It is not at all what I expected. I am about half-way through and have yet to have one moment that made me sit up in my seat. "Uncensored"? I feel like she give too much background information on some of her sources, it feels like filler.
I've listened to about a half hour so far. I have to say that the information provided is compelling. My problem is that I have a hard time focusing on Annie Jacobsen's voice. It seems to go on an on without any kind of emotion, it makes the story sound long-winded and honestly boring. It actually reminds me of Ilyana Kadushin narration (from Twilight series). Snore. I wish i could return the audiobook and get a paper copy.
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