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Area 51

It is the most famous military installation in the world. And it doesn't exist. Located a mere seventy-five miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada's desert, the base has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government-but Area 51 has captivated imaginations for decades.

Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems, and nuclear facilities. Others believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. Until now.

Annie Jacobsen had exclusive access to nineteen men who served the base proudly and secretly for decades and are now aged 75-92, and unprecedented access to fifty-five additional military and intelligence personnel, scientists, pilots, and engineers linked to the secret base, thirty-two of whom lived and worked there for extended periods. In Area 51, Jacobsen shows us what has really gone on in the Nevada desert, from testing nuclear weapons to building super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror.

This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area 51 history, which makes it the seminal work on the subject. Filled with formerly classified information that has never been accurately decoded for the public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious activities of the top-secret base into a gripping narrative, showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction, especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make.

Annie Jacobsen
hr min
May 17
Hachette Audio

Customer Reviews

ChadMarkley ,

Loving this book

Maybe im just a sucker for a good story but I'm really dogging this book. I'm half way through and I can't stop listening. Its making my wife crazy :)

Allen Coppock ,

WOW! an amazing well thought out explanation of the history of Area 51.

I actually couldn't stop listening to the audio book. I had to pry myself away to go get some sleep. Annie has an amazing voice and her writing style makes it easy to comprehend and remember the thought provoking facts surrounding the history of Area 51. I'm glad it wasn't just about test planes and the like. AND YES she finally gets to the Aliens!!! But to understand THAT part of the book, it's also necessary to understand the history of area 51 from it's inception. It's also probably the most comprehensive look at top secret and black projects known and unknown with help from recently released documents that have become unclassified AND interview from persons who actually worked there. This book will be HIGHLY recommended by me for anyone who wants to understand Area 51. Way to go Annie!

the_anomaly_2006 ,


i was going to give it 1 star but it FINALLY got interesting at the end.
Sounds like they fed her a ton of information that THEY wanted everyone to hear. Still doesnt explain much at all. Then again she was only given a tiny fraction of information.

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