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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful storytelling! Highly Recommended Summer Read!, 15 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base (Hardcover)
I read this book in 3 days flat. Annie Jacobsen debuts as a masterful storyteller and "Area 51: An Uncensored History" is a vivid, fast-fueled, mind-blowing narrative that is chalk-full of incredible characters who do unbelievable things in a location that, before this book, I had had absolutely no idea really did exist.

The details of American espionage and secret nuclear weapons tests are endlessly fascinating, made human by the military men who bravely told their stories to Annie Jacobsen before they passed on. From atomic bomb security guard Mr. Mingus who patiently warms up his soup up on his truck's engine block to pass the time after a nuclear mushroom cloud explosion, to the heroic CIA pilot Mr. Collins who had to eject from his crashing Mach 3 spy plane during an Area 51 training mission...You can't make this kind of thing up! Jacobsen's book has been called "The Right Stuff" meets "The X-files," which it really is, and then some.

This is a larger than life book from a lady with hutzpah. Women were not allowed at Area 51 and now a woman (who went to Princeton University maybe one decade after women first were even allowed to go there) has written its definitive history.
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