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.
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1 . fascinating and has a ring of truth
Posted June 09, 2011 by Peter , AkronThe best thing about this book is that its sources are people who worked at Area 51 or on projects that were connected with Area 51. Much of the information has been declassified, and the people interviewed seem to be intelligent, honest and reasonable. There are no claims that are too bizarre to be believed, and the only conspiracies involve keeping secrets. Some of the secrets needed to be kept, some are still secret, and some probably shouldn't have been secret to start with. The book is thoroughly documented and some of the information, particularly about tests of nuclear weapons, is startling to say the least. I can recommend it highly.
2 . Poorly Researched - Rambling
Posted May 24, 2011 by Mot , PasadenaThis book rambles around evey conspiracy theory since WW-II and attempts to tie them all to Area 51. It is very poorly researched and edited. The errors are very distracting and call into question even some of the things she gets right. Someone with a fascination for conspiracy stuff might find it enjoyable, but anyone with the slightest knowledge of aviation, geography, or the Skunk Works will be disappointed.
Little, Brown and Company
May 16, 2011
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