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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annie Jacobsen Narrator: Annie Jacobsen Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 US 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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Quotes & Awards

  • An informative history...about the creativity, political acumen and courage of the high-flying Cold Warriors who sought to protect the free world in the decades after World War II. Andrew Dunn, Bloomberg
  • "Jacobsen's take veers from the standard conspiracy narrative in just about every imaginable respect."Earl Swift, Popular Mechanics
  • What Jacobsen believes happened in the New Mexican desert is more frightening than UFO conspiracies... Elizabeth Bair, Dallas Observer
  • “A highly readable history that is a dream for aviation and military buffs…an engaging look at the secret world in the Nevada desert.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Cauldron-stirring. [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 into the world of 'overhead,' the aerial espionage that needed to be developed in extreme secrecy, is compellingly hard-hittting ... the book is noteworthy for its author's dogged devotion to her research. The New York Times
  • A compelling narrative of 50 years of covert operations by the CIA, the U.S. military, and the mysterious "Atomic Energy Commission".... Her meticulous research makes for a fascinating read, as it intersperses the accounts of secret government projects with anecdotes from the people who made those projects happen. Rachel Larimore, Slate
  • “A cross between The Right Stuff and The X Files.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “More than enough to convince the listeners that there’s more in this desert country than sand and scorpions.”


  • “An endlessly fascinating—and quite scary—book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dean Sundmark | 1/24/2014

    " History of area 51 based on declassified materials. Mostly a history of the development of spy planes, addresses CIA, cold war, Cuban missile crisis and culture of secrecy. Not much on paranormal in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don | 1/23/2014

    " Long on history; short on sensationalism at least until the very end; this book tells us the story of various government efforts, primarily by the CIA, to perfect the art of spying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Socrates | 1/18/2014

    " It was interesting and filled in some gaps of knowledge. I didn't know about some really cool technology that was purposely left behind (like at jackass flats) because of politics. Hopefully someday we'll go back and dig up the tech specs and use it for something good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dooley | 1/11/2014

    " Enjoyed this book. It provided plausible answers for questions I thought I would never know. "

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