Area 51 - Annie Jacobsen

Area 51

By Annie Jacobsen

  • Release Date: 2011-05-17
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 971 Ratings


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.


  • Waste of

    By INFJ-male
    time and money. If your are looking for real insights this is not the place. Purchased even after reading the poor reviews. Shame on me!
  • Awesome Read

    By Jordan1553
    I loved this book. It was well written and very captivating. This book has me wanting to read more about the subject.
  • Interesting Read

    By BrianJamesH
    Very interesting and informative book. Would recommend to anyone interested in the early years of black projects.
  • Bruin28

    By Florida Bruin
    A great read. Very interesting and factual.
  • Must read about Area 51

    By JosefAK
    From Soviet subterfuge to nuclear testing to modern reconnaissance plus so much more, this book is clearly the most honest and through living history of Area 51. A must read
  • Amazing

    By Jdminix
    The book really had my attention serving in the military since 1976 seen a lot but never had an idea that Area 51 existed very good references for research this is just the beginning thank you CSM Minix
  • Agreed, compelling, but flawed

    By TheBearAk
    I found that there were many minor misstatements that really made be groan about what how it was described. Some things were, like usual, over dramatized and seemed to be there just to satisfy the people that were only marginally interested in such a book. Lots of historical background that often was un-nessessary. One example of a groaner is where the author describes Collin's crash cause as the pitot tube saying something to the effect of: It failed due to the adverse effects of the moisturizer components" More than likely, the moister came from the CLOUD and froze inside the tube. Anyway, just a groaner and really doesn't take away from the book other than there are many more like that. Real sleeper of a book for anyone that is an aviation or area 51 enthusiast. I'll still give it 3 stars because it is not terrible, but it doesn't leave you asking for more.
  • Area 51.

    By TIckelbaum
    For the most part I thought the book was well researched & entertaining. The part I find unbelievable is her Russian flying saucer crash at Roswell with Mengele's experimental children piloting the craft.
  • Great read!

    By Teton Gebster
    Great read and look into the history of the Nevada Test Site, US nuke testing following WW2 and the CIA's development of the U-2 and A-12 spy planes!
  • la basura liberal con mentiras completas

    By MJ in CO
    más tonterías de un liberal idiota, que pasa más tiempo arrojando hechos sesgo a continuación de la escritura.