Everyone, unless you have been living under a rock, has heard of Area 51. The conspiracy theorists and tin foil hat folks have been talking about it for decades. Annie Jacobsen, a New York Times best selling author, conducted interviews of over 70 men who worked on the top secret base.
The book’s sub-title is “An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” and it lives up to the name. Yes, she does go off into the “tin foil hat” realm a few times, but who doesn’t love a good conspiracy?
The bulk of the book covers the nuclear weapons testing programs, along with the development of many top secret aircraft. She covers the U2 program, the SR-71 program, the relatively unknown A-12 Oxcart which was the CIA’s version of the SR-71 prior to the development of the SR-71, along with others.
It is a fascinating read covering over 50 years of activity at the secret base, and extending out to operations world wide.