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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base Hardcover – May 17 2011


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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316132942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316132947
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, Slate

"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."Earl Swift, 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Magic Marker on May 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the first reviewer, Foster, VS: I'm sorry I wasted time and money on this book. It's not just Jacobsen's breathless, sophomoric, 'Gosh-I-bet-you-didn't-know-that!' style that's irritating, there are, as Mr. Foster says, factual errors as well. I can't add much to what he has to say, because I doubt I am as well-informed on Area 51 literature as he is, but at least a couple of Jacobsen's arguments struck me as based on incomplete, biased or ignored information. One, on P. 72, is where she characterizes Capt. J. Edward Ruppelt (not 'Lt. E. J. Ruppelt' in her rendering) as an air Force stooge sent to rebuff ufologists and keep them away from the USAF's own UFO-related research in Project Blue book. In fact, Ruppelt was a much more complex personality than portrayed here and was genuinely concerned with developing objective, scientific criteria for evaluating UFO sightings - a fact that left him deeply disappointed with the dismissive attitude of the 1953 CIA-backed Robertson Panel - referred to by Jacobsen on P. 207, but without any cross-reference to Ruppelt. She also claims, on P.376, that 'Stalin had spies inside the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory who had been providing him with bomb blueprints and other information since 1941,' implying that the Soviets had methodically planted agents there, whereas David Greenglass, Klaus Fuchs and Theodore Hall acted at least partly on their own volition, approaching Soviet representatives as much as they were themselves approached - Stalin just got lucky. These and other misrepresentations make 'Area 51' a pretty frustrating read - and, as Mr. Foster points out, the final hypothesis (because that's all it is) about the debris at Roswell being a Russian flying-saucer containing the bodies of child-pilots developed by Nazi eugenicist Josef Megele is total nonsense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By myra lopez on Nov. 15 2013
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Ms. Jacobson really seems to have done her homework on this book. A very enlightening read about how the what was done in Area 51 and how the top secret organizations that operated there came to be. It can be slow reading because there are so many names and facts involved but those tend to make every thing written in this book entirely creditable.
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The book, as a work of research and writing, was wonderful. The physical book listed as "New", however, was a little damaged. There was a bizarre slice in the bottom of the spine (through the dust jacket and the actual binding both) almost but not quite trimming about 1/8 to 1/4 off the bottom straight across. I separated the 2 slices the rest of the way off and kept the book, but this was a little disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ray on Aug. 10 2012
Format: Hardcover
full of crap if what she says about the 1947 roswell crash is true it would not still be classified
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By W Smith on Feb. 6 2014
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The tilte of the book caputured my attention. The book itself was boring and read more like a history lesson.
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By Werden203 on Nov. 26 2014
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Good info, just don't get carried away with it.
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