"Cauldron-stirring. [AREA 51] is not science fiction. It is an assertive account, revelatory ... Ms. Jacobsen has put together a set of strong allegations about Area 51's covert history ... Her research into the world of 'overhead,' the aerial espionage that needed to be developed in extreme secrecy, is compellingly hard-hittting ... the book is noteworthy for its author's dogged devotion to her research."—The New York Times
"A compelling narrative of 50 years of covert operations by the CIA, the U.S. military, and the mysterious "Atomic Energy Commission".... Her meticulous research makes for a fascinating read, as it intersperses the accounts of secret government projects with anecdotes from the people who made those projects happen."—Rachel Larimore
"An informative history...about the creativity, political acumen and courage of the high-flying Cold Warriors who sought to protect the free world in the decades after World War II."—Andrew Dunn
, Bloomberg"Jacobsen's take veers from the standard conspiracy narrative in just about every imaginable respect."
, Popular Mechanics
"What Jacobsen believes happened in the New Mexican desert is more frightening than UFO conspiracies..."—Elizabeth Bair
, Dallas Observer
About the Author
Annie Jacobsen was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine
and is the author of the New York Times
bestseller Area 51
. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.