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Phenomena Audiobook

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international best seller Area 51.

This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances.

For more than 40 years, the US government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the navy, air force, and army - and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, for the first time, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs using never before seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than 50 of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers as well as the government psychics themselves.

Who did the US government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers, and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.

©2017 Annie Jacobsen (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest expose from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date...Jacobsen persuasively shows that it in fact happened and aptly frames the dilemma.... Rife with hypocrisy, lies, and deceit, Jacobsen's story explores a conveniently overlooked bit of history." (Publishers Weekly)

"With Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen has once again produced an utterly absorbing and brilliantly reported chronicle that truly breaks new ground. This is a boundary-breaking story of mental phenomena - extra sensory perception techniques - that is truly a pleasure to read. A mind-bending triumph!" (Alex Kershaw, best-selling author of The Liberator and Avenue of Spies)

"Chilling, compelling, and comprehensive accounting...Jacobsen's impressive book plumbs the dark depths of this postwar recruiting and shows the historical truths behind the space race and postwar US dominance. Highly recommended for readers in World War II history, espionage, government cover-ups, or the Cold War." (Library Journal)

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    Jeremy tokyo 04-20-17
    Jeremy tokyo 04-20-17 Member Since 2011

    There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...

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    "Very Dissapointed - favorite author messes up"
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    This book is scattershot and unscientific. Jacobsen seems to have run out of ideas and she's really taken a very uncritical look at pseudoscience, clearly swayed by the pseudo-scientists more than the scientists.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Annie Jacobsen again?

    Yes, of course. She usually does solid work, but this book was a miss for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scene? There aren't really scenes in a non-fiction book. I guess I like the factual and historical information, but I'm really not a fan of Uri Geller and his frauds.


    Could you see Phenomena being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I really couldn't. There are way too many characters, and the plot jumps around.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually Annie Jacobsen is a historical journalist, this time it seems like she ran out of ideas...

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    philip HARAHAN, LA, United States 05-18-17
    philip HARAHAN, LA, United States 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Phenomenally mediocre narration of a good book"
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    I have listened to 3 annie jacobsen books. I listen to well over a hundred books a yr. and have come to believe that the narration is as important as the information. I have struggled through very poor narrations that has made me want to give up or nod off to sleep, but struggled through to get the story. I have also discovered with few exceptions (Malcom Gladwell being the only one that readily comes to mind) that the author make the worst narrator. I loved all three stories in the Jacobsen books, but was very put off by her breathy pronunciation, badly acted and badly paced narration. I know I could never do better, but I have heard many professional narrators that can. Please get one. I almost stopped listening several times and I'm glad I didn't, but it was a struggle. I'll have to get any other books she does on Kindle and forgo the audible. The story was worth the pain, but please try out some other options. Love the story, the narration not so much.

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    "An amazing eye opener"

    Very intriguing. The book brings the reader closer to understanding who we really are or could be.

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    mrsmuggy LEWISBURG, PA, US 04-21-17
    mrsmuggy LEWISBURG, PA, US 04-21-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Wow!"

    Fascinating. this story makes you rethink the stuff that had already rethought. there may be "More to us then surgeons can remove."

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    "Another captivating read by Jacobsen!"

    Though I always have to speed Jacobsen up to 1.15x speed, I love her style. Coupled with the fascinating topic, this is a great listen!

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    Amazon Customer Midwest 04-16-17
    Amazon Customer Midwest 04-16-17 Member Since 2015

    We Rock

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    "Fascinating Subject!"

    For anyone who's heard or wondered what "Remote Viewing " is, and how it's accomplished, this is a great place to start. Ms Jacobsen has done a great job presenting her research, and leaves no stone unturned.

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