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Author: Annie Jacobsen Narrator: Annie Jacobsen Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781478907503
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For more than forty years, the US government, through various military and intelligence agencies, has invested millions in classified programs that study the role of mental telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and other forms of extrasensory perception as a means of intelligence collection for military and defense purposes.

Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these programs, using interviews with the core group of individuals—including former Defense Department scientists, military officers, CIA analysts and researchers, an Apollo 14 astronaut, government psychics, and members of the Aviary—who ran these phenomena programs at the highest level of government.

Phenomena is a quest narrative—a story about how far man will journey in search of improbable and mysterious things—with documentation showing which of these improbable things might actually exist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A nonfiction story with a sci-fi feel.”


  • “Richly researched…Jacobsen shows that, in the face of inexplicable events, even ‘the most pragmatic, commonsense thinkers found themselves uncertain.’"

    New Yorker

  • “Should entice anyone who doesn’t mind thinking outside the box; or as referenced in her book, as if there is no box…Not only is it a well-researched and fascinating tale but there are some lessons for anyone wanting to truly break the mold in business.”


  • “An entertaining narrative of the many salaried people in our government who have supported the exploration of psychic phenomena….Much of the information presented is already known, but Jacobsen has accomplished the gargantuan feat of bulldozing it all into one place. She has a keen eye for amusing anecdotes, and writes them up with convincing detail.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Pick of Six New Paperbacks to Check Out This Week
  • A USA Today Pick of New and Noteworthy Books

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About the Author

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain. She is a graduate of Princeton University and a former contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine.