History of America's Top Secret Military Base
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
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.