- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Orion; First Edition, First Impression edition (17 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409141128
- ISBN-13: 978-1409141129
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.7 x 23.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base Hardcover – 17 May 2011
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'An extraordinary book ... Discovering what really happened at Roswell is the holy grail of conspiracy theorists ... What if there were not one but two conspiracies involving Cold War propaganda rather than visitors from another planet? ... Based on unprecedented interviews with personnel at Area 51 Jacobsen's argument may not be as outrageous as it sounds' (DAILY EXPRESS)
'Area 51 is not science fiction. It is an assertive account, revelatory ... Ms Jacobsen has put together a set of strong allegations about Area 51's covert history ... Her research is compellingly hard-hittting ... the book is noteworthy for its author's dogged devotion to her research ... it makes an indelible impression' (NEW YORK TIMES)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
But where she comes totally undone is in relying upon one unnamed source to explain the thing we all really want the answer to - the Roswell Incident - and in accepting a single ludicrous account as fact.
In 1951 the Roswell wreckage was moved from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where it had been stored since the crash site was discovered in 1947. It was taken to an as yet unnamed secret facility, where a team of engineers was ordered to figure out how it hovered and flew.
I have to ask at this point, did any Roswell eyewitness ever claim to have actually seen the vehicle in the air, hovering or otherwise?
If the incident was, as Jacobsen asserts, really a Russian hoax designed to strike fear into the average American how did the Soviets achieve this engineering marvel when it's well documented their technology was well behind that of the US. And if they had such technology why would they hand it over to the US military as a gift? It makes America's later procurement of a prized Russian MiG (also covered in the book) at the height of the Vietnam War look like chicken feed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
mainstream garbage by a mainstream writer looking to make a buck. She explains away descriptions of heiroglyphs on craft as "Russian writing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book not your usual ufo stuff from area 51 although that's included. Gets you thinking. Enjoyable read if you like conspiracy theories.Published 6 months ago by Broadmeads
The title is odd because a lot of what's in the early pages didn't need to be censored; some of it is on the CIA website and some is in the public domain. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Island Living
Love this book! I originally borrowed this from the library but I liked it so much I decided to buy it. If you are at all interested in the history of area 51 this is a must-read!Published 9 months ago by loz