Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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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.
But Annie's having none of that - she doesn't believe aliens are involved, and takes us through the fascinating history of this area and the various high tech armoury birthed there. There's also plenty of jaw dropping accounts of deadly A bomb tests that were ill advised at best but potentially planet- destroying at worst.
So far, so good; but any good work is undone by the last chapter where Annie loses the plot in a major way - SPOILER COMING - apparently, a UFO did crash at Roswell, but it was sent there by Stalin, and piloted by genetically engineered handicapped children who just looked like aliens.
Stalin got the technology from - guess who - the nazis, who had incredibly advanced tech but completely forgot to deploy it in any way to help them win the war; oh those crazy National Socialists.
So, in order to scare the Americans into thinking there were aliens, Stalin sends his most precious piece of technology straight into US hands where it can be studied and replicated. He also fills it full of children, making him officially a techno-liability-child-abuser.
WHY Stalin would hand over this tech, and WHY he thought he'd scare the US with his creepy alien children plan isn't really explained to any satisfaction, going, as it does, against any concept of logic or sense.
But Annie tells us that it's so, and that people who believe in UFO's are a bit sad, while she, who believes in Stalin's great Saucer/Handicap plot, is completely on the money. A shame, then, because the rest of the book really is fascinating, if true. But by the time you've read that last chapter, you do find the ground shifting beneath your feet somewhat.
Mind you, Stalin was insane so perhaps.......no. Oops she nearly had me there for a moment.
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very interesting book though i am not sure about the russian starlin theory put forth about roswell, however she's a great insightful writer and pretty cool too.Published 10 months ago by Morrison Stone
This book delivered everything I expected and more! A book in which was very hard to put downPublished 12 months ago by Charlie Partis
This book presents itself as an expose of Area 51 a Region in Nevada which the U.S. government has never acknowledged as existing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by G.I.Forbes