by Annie Jacobsen
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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.
12 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
May 2, 2012 Next week, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol finally arrives in paperback, along with Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton's memoir, journalist Fareed Zakaria's update on the post-American world, journalist Annie Jacobsen's look inside a top secret U.S. military base, and journalist Mitchell Zuckoff's true tale of the survivors in a WWII plane crash.
Area 51, seen from above, in 1968.
U.S. Geological Survey
May 17, 2011 Area 51 is classified to the point that its very existence is denied by the U.S. government. Journalist Annie Jacobsen says it's not because of aliens or spaceships — but because the government used the site for nuclear testing and weapons development.
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