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

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

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

Area 51

It 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 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 super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.

This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses 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 facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316193856
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 75,719
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Annie Jacobsen was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine and is the author of the instant New York Times bestsellers Operation Paperclip and Area 51. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 297 reviews.
ScarlettJP More than 1 year ago
Area51 has long been the subject of UFOlogy speculation..Now we know, from Mrs.Jacobson's truly exhaustive research, that it is not a haven for UFO research..It is a laboratory for the CIA,Pentagon, and Atomic Energy crazy&I mean, often bizarre experiments....She applies Occam's Razor to the events veiling the famed "Roswell incident".....The saucer landing was a Stalinist plot to create panic in the U.S. during the Cold war...She fails to realize that the crash of an Alien Spaceship, provides a simpler answer than the one she has uncovered(You have to read this one)...The true value of the book, lies with the ethical questions it raises..ex....Can the United States continue to live on the edge of humanity, without a moral compass insofar as military research is concerned?....This book will make you think about that issue,& others, and that makes for a terrific read!
deesy58 More than 1 year ago
An interesting history of the development of the U-2 and A-12 Oxcart spy planes by the CIA at Groom Lake, Nevada. The book includes information about the Nevada Test Site and the U.S. Atomic testing program. Unfortunately, the book is rife with technical errors (confusing feet and meters, miles per second with miles per hour, gallons of fuel with pounds of fuel, oscillators and oscillographs in aircraft cockpits, etc.) that detract from the authenticity of the book. In addition, the author presents some really lunatic conspiracy theories as being plausible (children genetically modified by Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele for Joseph Stalin and trained to pilot flying saucers that, subsequently, crash in Roswell, New Mexico). Some really off-the-wall claims detract greatly from the legitimacy of the book. Needs editing work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book totally fascinating. Lots of info that filled in several holes from other books I have read about the same historical periods. Whoever complained about the info about the flying saucer and "creatures" who make up the Roswell Incident being so non-credible, and giving the book such a low rating because of it, neglected to mention that it was maybe 5 or 6 pages of info at the end of more than 300+ pages. All the rest of the book was totally discarded because they didn't believe one section?! What a travesty. This book is thoroughly worth reading for so much good stuff you never will learn in history class.
Ace_Of_Hearts More than 1 year ago
Most if not all info in the book can be found on the internet. Some of it being word for word THE SAME. No mind blowing secrets uncovered. A lot of the book has nothing to do with Area 51. Goes off subject quite a bit. Spent good bit of ink on JFK's older brother getting killed in WWII flying drones, and the Navy drone program. Who cares!!! Nothing to do with Area 51. Kind of figure it would end up like this but there were quite a few good reviews. Guess those readers have spent little if any time online reading about Area 51. I know I haven't spent a lot of time myself, but enough to know I wasted $15 bucks on this. Glad I didn't buy the hard cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doc parker and blake. If u dnt use these im done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the scariest book I have ever read. It is basicaly the history of nuclear reseatch and weapons development in the US. I wasn't a believer in cabals or conspiracies running the country until I read rhis well researched and documented book. It can read dry and be a bit confusing, but you won't forget it.
Willis_Shirk More than 1 year ago
A well written but deeply flawed book based on recently declassified files on the U-2 and A-12 Oxcart programs and enriched interviews with more that 30 individuals who have worked at Area 51. It is unfortunately deeply marred by shoddy research on any topic outside that narrow focus on which those named interviewees kept her grounded. Her unnamed source at contractor EG&G sets her spinning wild tales about Russian flying discs crashing at Roswell that is even loopier than the extraterrestrial aliens story was. Her sections on the NERVA nuclear rocket test experiments at Jackass Flats (Area 25) are nearly totally wrong. She betrays a negligible understanding of science and engineering and appears to exhibit a knee-jerk reaction against any form of atomic energy. This could have ben a great book, but it falls far short of that mark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Don't lissen to the pepole who say it is a bad book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the X-Files this is a great work of fiction, yes- FICTION! I worked at the base for 2-years and my position there gave me unlimited access to the highest level projects taking place. Admittedly, this does not mean that I saw, reviewed or inspected EVERY project on the facility. As a senior inspector, though, I saw enough to know that what goes on there has been blown out of proportion. Do you really believe any nation is devoid of its national security secrets? I read the book for enjoyment and laughs. The reviews are correct, the author tells a good story then debunks her own writings! Please read with an eye for logic and common sense....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected, but not bad! A lot of info to absorb.
Russell_Kirk More than 1 year ago
Fact based on documents and interviews; author flows back and forth and piques interest of reader. Great read.
RomeoMontague More than 1 year ago
It is wonderful to finally have a book that explains what happened and not what could have happened. It was a fun and educational read and I hope she publishes more like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and informative. A lot of information for further study. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in the subject.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Jacobsen pulls together several related events which occurred after World War II. The "Paperclip" negotiations to bring German scientists to America, the Roswell "UFO", atomic weapons testing during the 1950s, development of the U2 and SR71 spy planes, astronaut training for landing on the moon plus many other Area 51 operational revelations. Two facts surprised me. The amount of nuclear testing done during the 1950s and we didn't get all the best German scientists from "Paperclip". Remember Russia beat us to space with Sputnik in 1957!
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Very interesting.
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Dei3Nascar88 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful explanation to the many facets of Area 51. I enjoyed the history and back story of one of America's dirty little secrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been an avid reader of cold war technology topics for some time, this book brings to light lots of the things that were only rumors before. If you've even been to Vegas, it's hard to believe that Area 51 is a mere 75 miles away! Also, on the road to Death Valley from Vegas, you drive along the southern boundary of the test range and pass the turn off to the town of Mercury. I'm looking forward to my next trip so that I can visit some of the sites mentioned in the book. Highly recommended reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read but probably doesnt belong in the nonfiction section. Everything about the Oxcart and U2 was interesting but some of the author's sources must be a little out there.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And eye opening to boot. Read it twice and time I caught something I missed the first time. Being prior military I can see all of this happening. A friend of mine actually worked at Tonapah; still can't say anything about it... :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. Thank you!!!! Dont tell anyone!!!! You will see soon!!!