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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base (original 2011; udgave 2012)

af Annie Jacobsen (Forfatter)

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Presents a history of the most famous secret military installation in the world, assembled from interviews with the people who served there and formerly classified information.
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Titel:Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
Forfattere:Annie Jacobsen (Forfatter)
Info:Back Bay Books (2012), Edition: Illustrated, 592 pages
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Area 51 : an uncensored history of America's top secret military base af Annie Jacobsen (2011)

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  vorefamily | Feb 22, 2024 |
Interesting and scary book with lots of declassified information regarding Area 51 history. I liked it but I had a hard time getting through it...was expecting it to be a page turner and was disappointed that it wasn't. Wished it had been in chronological order...felt like the stories were all over the place in terms of when they happened. But I still liked it and found the events the author related fascinating. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
I was drawn to learning more about Area 51 for a couple of reasons. First, I have an innate curiosity to know about places that are restricted, abandoned, or off limits to the general public. When I see a “keep out” sign, I automatically want to know more about that place and to find out what someone doesn’t want me to know. Books and television documentaries have been a great resource to gain at least some knowledge to satisfy my curiosity. Secondly, my husband, an Air Force veteran, views the world similarly to Fox Mulder. He 100% believes in aliens, which has me wanting to believe as well.

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen is incredibly well researched and well written. I commend the amount of time and energy Annie has put into this book. The length alone is a huge feat, but to collect the amount of documentation, the time spent interviewing people, and the effort to compose this book is unimaginable. Honestly, I was primarily hoping to learn about the Roswell incident and the truth about J-Rod. I ended up learning SO MUCH MORE!

Annie starts at the beginning of Area 51’s development; back when there was only the Nevada Test Center out in the desert. If you’re interested in learning about spy planes, this is the book for you. Annie thoroughly describes the progression from the U-2, to the Oxcart, and the SR-71. As I was reading this book, I kept sharing information I learned with my husband. Of course, he already knew most of what I relayed. He was kind enough to dig out a picture of a U-2 that had landed at the Air Force base he was stationed. We have visited the Air Force Museum in...

I have photos, videos, and additional information that I'm unable to include here. It can all be found on my blog, in the link below.
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  NatalieRiley | Aug 17, 2023 |
This was a well written book, style-wise, and filled with many photo illustrations but overall, not what I was expecting at all. The author is a graduate of Princeton which is a major socialist indoctrination hub among the Ivy League. She then went on to write for (as editor) the Los Angeles Times Magazine when it was still something people bothered to pick up. The Los Angeles Times is now editorially a subsidiary of the NYT. Given these two strikes against her the book is either a flat-out product of CIA propaganda or she was duped by all her friends at the CIA to print all their “stories” as if they were unquestionably true.
This book links several US Presidents, CIA, US military, and US Atomic Energy Commission’s actions together under the genus of Area 51. The subtitle indicates it is uncensored, but only uncensored in the sense that some things have been recently declassified while much more remains classified from Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA) requests. Basically, Jacobsen says that there are no aliens at the Roswell, NM crash site, that alien remains were not moved to Area 51 and that aliens have no business there anyway since it is off limits and partially contaminated by nuclear fallout. In my reading this is an apology for the CIA for all their past bad actions. Because this is a Princeton alumna writing, the CIA and the Russians are both trying hard to stop WWIII from commencing. This book is really something else and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else except maybe for laughs. This list of absurdities is amazing: Francis Gary Powers was a bad pilot who should have killed himself after he was shot down, Bissell (maybe with a sliver of blame to General LeMay) alone was responsible for the Bay of Pigs fiasco, John F. Kennedy just died one day, President Johnson got caught red handed spying by the USS Pueblo getting boarded and seized by the North Koreans, President Johnson had a great idea out of nowhere to escalate the Vietnam War after the so called “Gulf of Tonkin incident”, Russian MIG designs were able to materialize out of thin air to challenge US Air Force fighter jets in Korea, CIA chief Angleton became demented looking for a way out of his own "wilderness of mirrors", the Space Race was an American reaction to Russian rocket satellite superiority after Sputnik. This book has lots of notes which are good have in one place and a decent index. Jacobsen burned a lot of midnight oil to assemble this unorganized hunk of the book. I’m not sure if Jacobsen felt she found her purpose at the conclusion, but I was sure ready to end this saga after 384 pages. Whew!
  sacredheart25 | Feb 24, 2023 |
Annie Jacobsen takes a journalistic look at the history of Area 51 in the Nevada desert using declassified documents, Freedom of Information requests, and interviews. Well, it is mostly journalistic and mostly history, avoiding many of the well-worn conspiracy theories. There is at least one outlandish claim that cannot be proven.

I enjoyed the history of the Cold War, nuclear testing, military vehicles, espionage, pilots and their various experiences, and disputes between the CIA and the Air Force. Where it falls down is the sensationalistic inclusion of the Roswell Incident and an account from one of her interviewees. Since there is no way to corroborate his statements, one questions the advisability of including it in a journalistic account, though it probably helps sell books.

The audio book is read by the author. Her pronunciation is occasionally off. I liked some parts of the book, primarily the history, and rolled my eyes at others.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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Area 51, a U.S. military installation in the Nevada desert about 75 miles north of Las Vegas, has attracted rumor and speculation for decades, fed largely by the government’s refusal to discuss exactly what goes on there. In “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” journalist Annie Jacobsen tries to get to the bottom of these secrets. What she comes up with is an informative history of Cold War spy planes sandwiched between an outrageous -- and thinly sourced -- tale involving Josef Mengele, Josef Stalin and flying saucers.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerBloomberg News, Andrew Dunn (May 18, 2011)
 
Armed with numbingly intensive documentation, Ms. Jacobsen has put together a set of strong allegations about Area 51’s covert history... “Area 51” is liable to become best known for sci-fi provocation. But the book is noteworthy for its author’s dogged devotion to her research.
 
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