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

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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

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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 06-02-11
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 06-02-11
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    "For especially interested.."

    And for the rest of us Boooring.. and without a professional and good reader
    this is not bearable for many hours..

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    Michael NAPERVILLE, IL, United States 05-31-11
    Michael NAPERVILLE, IL, United States 05-31-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A great biography"

    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.

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    E. Anderson Los Anchorage, AK 05-30-11
    E. Anderson Los Anchorage, AK 05-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Very entertaining"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was worried about the quality of the author's narration but was pleasantly surprised.

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    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 05-24-11
    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 05-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I wanna believe..."

    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.

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    Joseph Hayek Casper, WY, USA 09-04-12
    Joseph Hayek Casper, WY, USA 09-04-12
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    "Most thoroughly Footnoted Book I've ever read"
    Would you listen to Area 51 again? Why?

    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.




    What does Annie Jacobsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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. (-:


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. M. Roberts Southern California 09-21-11
    L. M. Roberts Southern California 09-21-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating"

    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.

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    Dean 08-24-11
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    "Hello darkness my old friend!"

    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".

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    John Saint Louis, MO, United States 07-18-11
    John Saint Louis, MO, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Area 51 Revealed"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Heffley Rockville, MD United States 05-26-11
    James Heffley Rockville, MD United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Ms. Jacobson is out of her league here"

    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.

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    Richard Pascoe San Francisco, CA United States 02-24-15
    Richard Pascoe San Francisco, CA United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Extremely interesting history of Area 51"

    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.

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