Area 51

Area 51

An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

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Area 51It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn't exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada's desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades. 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 itself 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 nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780316193863
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mndavids
Dec 17, 2015

Wonderful investigative reporting. I listened to the audio CD version read by the author. I think reading the book would be even better as I often had to rewind and re-listen to a section to make sure I comprehended what was occurring. Compelling story telling about the secret activities at Area 51 and what was/and is being hidden from our view

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PearlyBaker
Oct 17, 2015

It was a decent, if not too in depth and detailed a history of CIA skunkworks at area 51. The history of Operation Paperclip and Russia and America splitting Nazi scientists was interesting. That Korea was basically these two factions battling and testing each other's technology was interetsting. The history of the cold war was interesting to me beause I have not read that much about it. The progression of technology from spy plane to stealth to drone technology was interesting. I reckon why I did not give this more stars is because as Frank Zappa said, "So many books, so little time."t The old I get the more important concision has become to me and I feel this book could have easily have said twice as much in half the pages.

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orange_chicken_252
Oct 02, 2015

Loved it!!!!!

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dionyzus
Sep 20, 2015

An entertaining read. The most noteworthy aspect is that the author interviewed dozens of former Area 51 government and subcontractor employees, who were finally free to speak after decades of their work being classified top secret. Most of the book details nuclear testing and advanced aircraft development in the Nevada desert. And as for the admittedly far-fetched finale about what "really happened" at Roswell.. you didn't think you'd get through a book about Area 51, which has spawned all kinds of conspiracy theories over the years, without at least one fantastic story, did you? Whether all true or not, it was again entertaining.

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StarGladiator
Dec 10, 2013

The Publishers Weekly review is completely spot on as is greg9959's comments below! Jacobsen completely demolishes any credibility with her outrageous, patently unbelievable nonsense on the Roswell "incident" at the end of her book (real and abundant circumstantial evidence suggests David Rockefeller helped Josef Mengele establish a clinic down in Chile, where Rockefeller would summer every year for decades thereafter). Such lowgrade jerk nonsense I would expect from a Princeton grad, but investigative reporter Jacobsen most certain ain't!!!!!

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loyats
Dec 10, 2013

Very good and well researched history of the factual history of Groom Dry Lake Air Force Base.

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johnsankey
Aug 27, 2013

This book revives the nightmares I lived through as a child, of US bomb makers who were totally out of control and of John Foster Dulles who boasted of his red button that would destroy the world. It's far more about the details of bomb testing and the attitudes of bomb makers than about Area 51 per se. It shows most of all how horrifyingly similar top US generals of my childhood were to the man who two decades previously had promised to "leave a world in flames" if he didn't get what he wanted, Adolf Hitler. A terrible book to read, but you must if you're to understand the period.

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coastalkate
Jul 12, 2013

Interestingly, I actually thought she did a lot to put to rest the UFO and alien conspiracy theories.

Very well written, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the details. No where near as dry as I had expected, and I wanted to finish it. Lots of science and first-hand accounts, which lend it authenticity.

flash2121 Jul 12, 2012

when a UFO ship fell from the sky in UFO's and Fighter Planes in the Skies over Roswell, New Mexico, it a good book to read...

greg9959 Jun 22, 2012

She does have some interesting comments on the Oxcart, U2 and nuclear testing programs, and downplays the popular UFO conspiracy theories. But when she does address the Rowell crash in 1947, she posits the most outlandish theory I've ever heard. Talk about paranoid conspiracy!
If there ever was a book of disinformation, this is it - I wonder which government agency paid her to write this book?

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Jun 07, 2017

An interesting ending, to say the least.

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