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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.

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Area 51
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Area 51
July 30th, 2016
A book about secret history worth reading. Constructed over the past sixty years, Area 51 is the nation's most secret domestic military facility in Southern Nevada's high desert. First customer was the Atomic Energy Commission, their business was nuclear bombs and atomic energy. The Nevada Test Site, the ideal place to train aerial gunners, for target practice and for landing airplanes. In 1955, the CIA worked in partnership with the Air Force to develop aerial espionage program.
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January 7th, 2015
A well written and well documented book which focuses largely on facts and keeps theory to a minimum.
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March 2nd, 2014
Gee how truthfull is this could be another way of white washing this drain on taxpayers
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January 25th, 2014
Very informative and a new spin on what was going on at area 51. Well researched and plausible. Not for the conspiracy theorists. Makes sense as to the conclusions reached.
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