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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique View of Dreamland...
A few months ago, after seeing Phil Patton on a television program, I knew that I had to read his book, Dreamland. He takes a unique look at Area 51, focusing on the cultural, sociological, and psychological aspects that bring people together at this location--from the dedicated searchers for black world military projects to those who avidly search for extraterrestrials...
Published on 16 Sept. 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars A dated compilation that doesn't live up to expectation
This book appealed to me, being heavily involved in aerospace as a day job. In 2005 I was interviewed for a job within a large defence programme at, quote: "an undisclosed location within the Nellis Test & Training Range Complex" (I didn't get it, in case you ask). I also have been fascinated by the history of the old days of Area 51, along with with the Lockheed family...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique View of Dreamland..., 16 Sept. 2001
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This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
A few months ago, after seeing Phil Patton on a television program, I knew that I had to read his book, Dreamland. He takes a unique look at Area 51, focusing on the cultural, sociological, and psychological aspects that bring people together at this location--from the dedicated searchers for black world military projects to those who avidly search for extraterrestrials. Along the way, Patton introduces characters the reader will long remember. Don't judge this book by its cover! I highly recommend Dreamland for a totally different look at one of the most fascinating places on Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book on Area 51 that is not full of speculation, 24 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
This very easy to read book is full of factual (did you hear that - factual) information about the history of Dreamland and a LOT more. It puts the whole UFO/Alien base/secret aircraft/etc. topic in a rational perspective. Even for those not interested in the topic, there is a lot of interesting history in this quick read...enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Content is good. Quality is bad., 18 July 2005
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A.J. Machielsen (Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona Spain) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
As said before, one of the best books about Area 51 out there. Unfortunately my book is physically falling apart while i'm reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A dated compilation that doesn't live up to expectation, 9 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
This book appealed to me, being heavily involved in aerospace as a day job. In 2005 I was interviewed for a job within a large defence programme at, quote: "an undisclosed location within the Nellis Test & Training Range Complex" (I didn't get it, in case you ask). I also have been fascinated by the history of the old days of Area 51, along with with the Lockheed family of black jets - probably from a family connection within the US Air Force test community, who worked at many facilities in the desert West, until he passed away recently. I chose this book over others, as it seemed to be less 'sensationalising' - I was wrong!!
Patton's book is dated (published in 1996/98?). It only skims over Roswell, despite it being part of the title and I found is rambling off into many 'thin' and scantly connected side shoots and with a frankly dull and 'author ran out of steam' ending. One redeeming point though; it poses the question of whether 'Area 51' has oulived its usefulness - perhaps what did go on at Groom Lake, is now going on elsewhere, as it has become no longer the secret base it was. Some of this concurs with recent aerospace reality - much military UAV testing occurs in Australia now. The book was a good summer holiday read, but not good enough to stay in my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fearless Musings on Trespass, Privacy, and Certainty, 17 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
Less a book than a collection of impressionistic musings, Phil Pattoon's "Dreamland" is magnificent stuff. He dives deep inside the great, dark pool of post-war American military secrecy, and returns to the surface festooned with strange and startling stuff.
While those wishing for bodies being snatched, circles being made in the crops, and things that generally go swish in the night will almost certainly be disappointed, a more savvy and accurate tour guide through the cross-connected synapses of Cold War America -- and its consequences -- you will be hard-pressed to find.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST DEFINATELY THE BEST BOOK OF ITS KIND, 15 April 2000
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chris@milgate.fsnet.co.uk (SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
THIS BOOK IS DEFINATELY THE BEST AREA 51 BOOK AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT. I HAVE APPROX 25 BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT AND THIS ONE GIVES YOU ALL THE FACTS THAT YOU NEED WITHOUT TO MUCH OF THE OVEREXAGERATED NONSENSE A LOT OF THE OTHER BOOKS GO ON ABOUT. A VERY ENTERTAINING READ FROM START TO FINISH. I PERSONALY READ THE BOOK IN TWO DAYS AND WAS HOOKED THE MOMENT I TURNED THE FIRST PAGE. IT INCLUDES TEXT ON AURORA THE SR71, B2, AND THE EXTREME NUCLEAR TESTING THAT WENT ON THROUGH THE SIXTIES.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patton creates a fantastic sense of place., 15 Oct. 1998
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Reading Dreamland is like entering into a dream. Fact, fiction, speculation and fantasy are all comingled into one amazing sense of a floating world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars easy of understandig, very interesting, 9 Jun. 1999
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This review is from: Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 (Paperback)
This was my first english book about this theme. It is so interesting that I read it twice. Very good and many information about A51.
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