Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base Hardcover – May 17 2011
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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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While Annie Jacobsen's "Area 51" is an excellent account of what transpires at the world's most secretive base--there is plenty of Cold War espionage talk here--clearly the publisher has an agenda: to attract an audience of another kind. One should be honest: when many think of Area 51, they think immediately of the 1947 Roswell UFO crash and the belief that evidence of that crash is hidden in this famous base. Indeed, the first review at the top of the back side says, "...Just the term 'Area 51' sets UFO theorists trembling with excitement.
There's only one problem, and it's a big one: of the 521 pages that comprise "Area 51," literally about 6 are devoted to UFOs. In fact, that's probably being generous; UFOs and Roswell are mentioned throughout, but that's about it--they are mentioned only, until late in the book when a few pages are devoted to the story of UFOs and Area 51. And it's too bad: Jacobsen offers one of the more compelling descriptions of the Roswell crash and its aftermath I've ever read...albeit briefly. Indeed, as I read, I continuously waited for the copies pages/chapter (s) I was expecting on the subject of the review on the back page, until it began to dawn on me that no real in-depth description would be forthcoming. The back cover review is highly misleading, and its placement--when there are dozens more on the inside the publisher could just as easily have used instead--led me to nothing short of disappointment.
As I said, the book is great in terms of telling us all about Area 51, unless you're looking for aliens. If that's the case, look elsewhere.
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very good book,very well researched,lots of facts and revelations,i would recommend this book to any one remotely interested in area 51Published on Feb. 20 2013 by roger parsons