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Area 51 : an uncensored history of America's top secret military base /

by Jacobsen, Annie.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York , NY: Little, Brown & Co., 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 523 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780316132947 :; 0316132942.Title notes: $27.99 6-1022 (db)Other title: Area fifty-one.Subject(s): Aeronautics, Military -- Research | Air bases | Area 51 (Nev.) | Area 51 (Nev.) -- History
Contents:
The secret city -- The riddle of Area 51 -- Imagine a war of the worlds -- The secret base -- The seeds of a conspiracy -- The need-to-know -- Atomic accidents -- From ghost town to boomtown -- Cat and mouse becomes downfall -- The base builds back up -- Wizards of science, technology, and diplomacy -- What airplane? -- Covering up the cover-up -- Dull, dirty, and dangerous requires drones -- Drama in the desert -- The ultimate boys' club -- Operation Black Shield and the secret history of the USS Pueblo -- The MiGs of Area 51 -- Meltdown -- The lunar-landing conspiracy and other legends of Area 51 -- From camera bays to weapons bays, the Air Force takes control -- Revelation.
Summary: Presents a history of the most famous secret military installation in the world, assembled from interviews with the people who served there and formerly classified information.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Area 51 <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-505), filmography (p. 505-506), and index.

The secret city -- The riddle of Area 51 -- Imagine a war of the worlds -- The secret base -- The seeds of a conspiracy -- The need-to-know -- Atomic accidents -- From ghost town to boomtown -- Cat and mouse becomes downfall -- The base builds back up -- Wizards of science, technology, and diplomacy -- What airplane? -- Covering up the cover-up -- Dull, dirty, and dangerous requires drones -- Drama in the desert -- The ultimate boys' club -- Operation Black Shield and the secret history of the USS Pueblo -- The MiGs of Area 51 -- Meltdown -- The lunar-landing conspiracy and other legends of Area 51 -- From camera bays to weapons bays, the Air Force takes control -- Revelation.

Presents a history of the most famous secret military installation in the world, assembled from interviews with the people who served there and formerly classified information.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue: The Secret City (p. xi)
  • Chapter 1 The Riddle of Area 51 (p. 3)
  • Chapter 2 Imagine a War of the Worlds (p. 19)
  • Chapter 3 The Secret Base (p. 45)
  • Chapter 4 The Seeds of a Conspiracy (p. 63)
  • Chapter 5 The Need-to-Know (p. 77)
  • Chapter 6 Atomic Accidents (p. 100)
  • Chapter 7 From Ghost Town to Boomtown (p. 124)
  • Chapter 8 Cat and Mouse Becomes Downfall (p. 139)
  • Chapter 9 The Base Builds Back Up (p. 162)
  • Chapter 10 Wizards of Science, Technology, and Diplomacy (p. 176)
  • Chapter 11 What Airplane? (p. 186)
  • Chapter 12 Covering Up the Cover-Up (p. 204)
  • Chapter 13 Dull, Dirty, and Dangerous Requires Drones (p. 214)
  • Chapter 14 Drama in the Desert (p. 229)
  • Chapter 15 The Ultimate Boys' Club (p. 248)
  • Chapter 16 Operation Black Shield and the Secret History of the USS Pueblo (p. 265)
  • Chapter 17 The MiGs of Area 51 (p. 280)
  • Chapter 18 Meltdown (p. 296)
  • Chapter 19 The Lunar-Landing Conspiracy and Other Legends of Area 51 (p. 317)
  • Chapter 20 From Camera Bays to Weapons Bays, the Air Force Takes Control (p. 333)
  • Chapter 21 Revelation (p. 350)
  • Epilogue (p. 375)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 385)
  • Notes (p. 391)
  • Author Interviews and Bibliography (p. 477)
  • Index (p. 507)

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