Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret by Annie Jacobsen

By Annie Jacobsen

Area 51

It is the main well-known army set up on this planet. And it doesn't exist. positioned a trifling seventy-five miles outdoors of Las Vegas in Nevada's wasteland, the bottom hasn't ever been stated via the U.S. government-but zone fifty one has captivated imaginations for many years.

Myths and hypotheses approximately region fifty one have lengthy abounded, because of the serious secrecy enveloping it. a few declare it truly is domestic to extraterrestrial beings, underground tunnel platforms, and nuclear amenities. Others think that the lunar touchdown itself was once filmed there. the superiority of those rumors stems from the truth that no credible insider has ever divulged the reality approximately his time contained in the base. earlier.

Annie Jacobsen had particular entry to nineteen males who served the bottom proudly and secretly for many years and at the moment are elderly 75-92, and unparalleled entry to fifty-five extra army and intelligence team of workers, scientists, pilots, and engineers associated with the key base, thirty-two of whom lived and labored there for prolonged classes. In Area fifty one, Jacobsen exhibits us what has fairly long past on within the Nevada wilderness, from checking out nuclear guns to development super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the conflict on Terror.

This is the 1st booklet in response to interviews with eye witnesses to zone fifty one historical past, which makes it the seminal paintings at the topic. packed with previously labeled details that hasn't ever been safely decoded for the general public, Area 51 weaves the mysterious actions of the top-secret base right into a gripping narrative, exhibiting that proof are frequently extra marvelous than fiction, specifically while the excellence is nearly very unlikely to make.

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The Japanese battleship Nagato, formerly the flagship of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the man responsible for planning the attack on Pearl Harbor, was thrown four hundred yards. The retired USS Arkansas, all twenty-seven thousand tons of it, was upended against the water column on its nose. Eight mighty battleships disappeared in the nuclear inferno. Had the armada floating in the lagoon been crewed to capacity, thirty-five thousand sailors would have been vaporized. From up in the air Colonel Leghorn considered what he was witnessing in the exact moment that the bomb went off.

Neatly typed and intricately detailed summaries of hundreds of interviews with the Horten brothers’ colleagues and relatives flooded the CIC. Army intelligence officers spent months chasing leads, but most information led them back to square one. In the fall of 1947, prospects of locating the brothers seemed grim until November, when CIC agents caught a break. A former Messerschmitt test pilot named Fritz Wendel offered up some firsthand testimony that seemed real. The Horten brothers had indeed been working on a flying saucer–like craft in Heiligenbeil, East Prussia, right after the war, Wendel said.

The Russian army must have gotten its hands on German aerospace engineers more capable than Ernst Steinhoff and Wernher Von Braun—engineers who must have developed this flying craft years before for the German air force, or Luftwaffe. The Russians simply could not have developed this kind of advanced technology on their own. Russia’s stockpile of weapons and its body of scientists had been decimated during the war; the nation had lost more than twenty million people. Most Russian scientists still alive had spent the war in the gulag.

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