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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base [Kindle Edition]

Annie Jacobsen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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It is the most famous military installation in the world. And no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside of it. Until now. This is the first book based on interviews with scientists, pilots, and engineers - 58 in total - who provide an unprecedented look into the mysterious activities of a top-secret base, from the Cold War to today. With a jaw-dropping ending, it proves that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.


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"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."--Bloomberg "Andrew Dunn "

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"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."--Bloomberg "Andrew Dunn "

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7491 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (17 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00518VUSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UFOs exposed 26 May 2014
By Taiga
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4 stars here. Inevitably, Area 51 drives conspiracy nuts crazy and anyone with more than half a mind knows that secret aircraft have to be developed somewhere and a secret airfield in the middle of the desert is a good place to do it ! SO it should be no surprise that someone has written a book to tell us that that is precisely what has been happening ! Year by year, the last "UFO wave" turns out to be the latest military stealth machine ... And I am sure this will get worse as unmanned aeroplanes are becoming more common and an unmanned plane can turn 90 degrees at MAch 7 without flattening the pilot because he's ensconced in a comfortable chair in an office somewhere and not in the plane at all ! A good read but rather disappointing as I was expecting to learn something about REAL UFOs and all I got was secret military developments !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on Area 51 25 Nov. 2012
By Troy Tempest VINE VOICE
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This is an interesting book written using a more pragmatic research based approach than many. As with other reviewers I was surprised to see Mr Lazar's name appear in the text, however if you read to the end of the book it does become clear why Ms Jacobsen included this part of Area 51s history. As with other books researching the UFO phenomenon, there are many unnamed sources and areas of grey that make you wonder whether this is true or disinformation. Piecing together other elements of research helps. Particularly the Roswell incident mentioned in the book. Ms Jacobsen's theory seems far fetched - but no more far fetched than thinking aliens were visiting - in fact the explanation here seems more plausible though lacking in corroboration. To expand on the theory (once you've read this) go to Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story, which is a further exploration of this theory.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Bill D
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I wish I'd tried the free preview with the Kindle. Then I'd have known that the author's first primary source (of the 70 or so people she claims to have interviewed) was (in)famous conspiracy theory superstar Bob Lazar. She glosses over most of his claims and outright ignores his most outlandish ones while playing him up as an authoritative source on this most secretive of places.

I'd have also noticed some of the quite bizarre and jarring factual errors/typos (claiming the CIA had no idea what the USSR was up to "west of the Volga, let alone west of the Urals" when she surely meant "east" being the most egregious example).

At this point I abandoned it as a serious work of research (try Trevor Paglens excellent book Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World if you want that). Instead I pressed on with it as a sort of techno/conspiracy thriller and actually it works really well in that genre - and as such I won't spoil the twist.

Fans of the X-Files might like this book (and people who think the X-Files is a documentary definitely will), just don't expect a serious academic work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars secrets 23 Sept. 2014
Format:Hardcover
This book presents itself as an expose of Area 51 a Region in Nevada which the U.S. government has never acknowledged as existing. With all exposes there is no confirmatory evidence as is the case in this instance.
The author maintains the area is used for nuclear explosions,development of nuclear weapons,stealth planes,satelites,predators and human engineering and experimenting.
The Rosewell incident in 1947 when a unique plane manned by deformed children was said to have crashed at Rosewell is dealt with in detail.
There are 85 pages of notes andc 22 pages of bibliography.
The research undertaken by the author is formidable but you must make up your own mind on this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent informative book on Area 51! 2 Oct. 2012
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This is a superbly written, well-structured and informative book on Area 51. Anyone who is remotely interested in the top secret military base that is located out in the middle of the Nevada desert should read this book! It contains the facts and the history and is thankfully devoid of a lot of the storytelling and fictitious material that is contained within many of the books in this genre. If you want to read about aliens and how alien spacecraft were reverse engineered for military purposes then you will sadly be disappointed!

A brilliant read and I thorughly recommend it to all people genuinely interested in the real "truth" and history about this top secret base!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 2 May 2014
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A really fascinating orgy of background information on events that 'old fogies' like me can remember. once started, hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Area 51 book review 2 Dec. 2013
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Excellent book - covers in much more detail than any otherbook Recommend!!! Read this you will not regret it at all
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing! 9 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant book well written and factual!
The ordinary people of the world should read this and find out just what a lying bunch of scumbags the Americans are,
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