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2.0 out of 5 stars Questionable sources and research, but interesting for conspiracy theorists, 24 May 2011
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This review is from: Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base (Kindle Edition)
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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Initial post: 5 Jun 2011 19:14:11 BDT
a Stockdale says:
This book is laughable, to try and blame the Russian s for what happened at Rossell seems to me a very weak argument.The story of the guy who was looking after the 2 atom bombs was very funny it could of been from a movie, then they sent him to set up a road after they had just set of a bomb five time s as powerful as the one they used in japan and he lived .

Posted on 7 Jun 2011 10:30:01 BDT
Thanks for the heads-up. I saw the book in my local bookshop, thumbed through it and while it looked interesting, I thought it couldn't be trusted. So I didn't buy it. I'd never heard of the author anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2011 14:04:11 BDT
a Stockdale says:
Try David Icke he s the man, though I ve have nt read his new one

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2014 01:48:28 GMT
kindler says:
David Icke is a ridiculous conspiracy theorist. If you want fiction and drama and ridiculous Sci Fi then go for it, look up David Icke.
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