By Annie Jacobsen
It is the main well-known army set up on the earth. And it doesn't exist. positioned a trifling seventy-five miles open air of Las Vegas in Nevada's barren region, the bottom hasn't ever been stated by way of the U.S. government-but region fifty one has captivated imaginations for many years.
Myths and hypotheses approximately quarter fifty one have lengthy abounded, because of the serious secrecy enveloping it. a few declare it's domestic to extraterrestrial beings, underground tunnel platforms, and nuclear amenities. Others think that the lunar touchdown itself used to be 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. beforehand.
Annie Jacobsen had unique entry to nineteen males who served the bottom proudly and secretly for many years and at the moment are elderly 75-92, and extraordinary 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 51, Jacobsen exhibits us what has relatively long past on within the Nevada wilderness, from trying out nuclear guns to development super-secret, supersonic jets to pursuing the battle on Terror.
This is the 1st booklet in keeping with interviews with eye witnesses to quarter fifty one historical past, which makes it the seminal paintings at the topic. jam-packed with previously labeled details that hasn't ever been appropriately 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 usually extra exceptional than fiction, in particular while the excellence is sort of most unlikely to make.
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