Area 51 -- better known as Dreamland -- is the location in the Nevada desert where the Air Force develops its covert aircraft and where suspicious Americans feel that the Pentagon is hiding UFOs and extraterrestrial life forms. Interestingly, Dreamland does not officially exist. On the base near Groom Lake -- a tract of land the size of Belgium that cannot be found on any map -- photography is prohibited, as well as sketching or drawing of any sort. And those determined enough to climb the ridge that overlooks the "black spot" are greeted by signs that read "Deadly Force Authorized."
In the recently published Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51, veteran journalist Phil Patton takes readers on a guided tour of this officially nonexistent place. He recounts the countless theories and folklore relating to the most secret place in the United States, as well as tales of spies and counterspies. Dating back to the alleged 1948 Roswell incident, wary citizens have speculated that the government has been hiding something in the desert. Since then, countless conspiracy theories and government cover-up suspicions have hit the mainstream and made their way into popular culture in movies like "Independence Day," "Men in Black," and "The X-Files." Just how justified are these theories?
Patton delves deeper into videos of flashing lights while further examining evidence of aircraft flying at speeds no human could possibly withstand. He talks to people like Kathleen Ford, who takes pictures of mysterious entities around the perimeter of Dreamland; test pilot Bob Gilliland, who flew the CIA Blackbird spy plane from the dry lake inside the base; and Glenn Campbell (a.k.a. PsychoSpy) the self-appointed watchdog who created the Area 51 research center.
The result is a comprehensive tour of the secret world of Roswell and Area 51. Patton provides a breathtaking view of the mysteries of all things that fly.
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About the Author
Phil Patton is a contributing editor of Esquire, Wired, and ID, and writes the "Public Eye" column for The New York Times. His previous books include Made in USA: The Secret Histories of the Things That Made America, Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway, and Voyager (with Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager). He has been a commentator on the CBS news show "Up to the Minute" and several public television series. Phil Patton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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This is not your typical UFO/Roswell/Govt-in-cahoots-with-extraterrestrials/freaks-and-weirdos book. This is a relatively well-researched discussion of secret aircraft and the places where they are designed and built. The 'alternative' viewpoint 'of the abduction-victim freaks-and-weirdos' is presented, as it is part of the lore and is one way that those who accidentally come in contact with secret aircraft may decide to explain the encounters. But the basic intent of the book is to discuss the use of these 'black' aircraft and relate interesting and amusing stories about them. It is a highly readable book and may serve as a reference for those interested in the matter.
Phil Patton delivers an outstanding book that tells everyone what the government wouldn't want you to know. Dealing with the massive topic of Dreamland, he pinpoints your thoughts and explains the many possibilities. If you don't believe yet, wait till you read the book. He discovers the vast topics of the history, witnesses of events, and the people that know too much. Complete with a photo insert of intriguing pictures, it makes you think about what's going to happen next.
The title of this book is a bit deceiving because the reader never actually gets inside Area 51, nor is much detail given about the Roswell Crash of 1947, as is seemingly promised by the subtitle. But this is the most comprehensive account of the development of Area 51 that I have read to date. Phil Patton clearly and thoroughly identifies all the people involved in the history of the non-existent base, from Bob Groom to the Sheahans to Tony LeVier to Glenn Campbell. He gives incredible detail of all facets of the base, describing the surrounding area and former vantage points, and discussing the base's sometimes exciting and sometimes gloomy past. The author literally leaves no stone unturned, and makes you 'feel like you're there,' as you read. (The pictures help, too!) Though Mr. Patton doesn't satisfyingly unshroud any of the mystery surrounding Area 51, the reader is left with a better and hopefully more educated understanding of the seriousness of the facility and those involved. Thus, this book is a must for anyone considering a trip to the region.