Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of the things that fascinates me about history are the stories
of people and the decisions they make based upon their world-view at
the time. Area 51 is compelling for that very reason: the stories of the
people who were involved with the beginning (and continuation) of
America's military complex. Our current military presence in the world
is due, in large part, to the technology, experimentation, and ingenuity
of the people situated at the military base.
The only reason
this book exists is because quantities of once top-secret, classified
documents were finally released due to the passage of time and the Freedom
of Information Act. What took place at Area 51 is fascinating, years
ahead of its time, and (some of it) quite frightening.
first-hand accounts of the people in this book are what weave together
the timeline of events and bind together the trajectory of where we are
today with our military weapons systems in the United States.
Additionally, the book provides perspective on some behind the scenes
decisions and power-plays to serious events such as the fear of
communism, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and World War II.
recommend this book to anyone who wants perspective and a unique view in
understanding our United States spy programs and military: the extreme
endless government spending, our role in escalating and deescalating
international situations, and our leadership in cutting edge military technology.
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