5 Annie Jacobsen Books That Any History Buff Will Adore
Attention history lovers!
Books By Annie Jacobsen
If you're looking for meticulously written and researched history books, government conspiracies, and edge of your seat thrillers, why not try reading one of Annie Jacobsen's books because they're all three rolled into one!
Along with writer incredible nonfiction history books, Annie Jacobsen also works on television. She's a writer and producer for Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, and her book, Phenomena, has been optioned into a TV show with Jacobsen servicing as executive producer.
That's all pretty cool, but it's Jacobsen's books that truly sing. Many people are already rightfully skeptical of the U.S. government, but even just ready the synopsis of her books will have you begin to question what you've learned in history class. Crack open her books, and you'll soon realize just how much you don't know about what the government does behind the scenes and what they get away with. Once you finish one of Jacobsen's books, you'll eagerly want to move on to the next!
1. Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
Everyone was heard of it, but according to the U.S. government, it doesn't exist. Just seventy-five miles from Las Vegas in the middle of the Nevada desert, we're talking about Area 51. All sorts of theories about Area 51 exist from aliens being held there to the fact the lunar landing was filmed there. The government's secrecy only helps perpetuate these theories.
Area 51 is the subject of Annie Jacobsen's Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base in which she talks to nineteen different men, now ages 75 to 92, who served there, also with access to fifty-five more military and intelligence personnel, pilots, scientists, and engineers who were linked to the base. Jacobsen delves into what was really going on at Area 51 all these years, releasing information never released to the public.
Purchase Area 51 here.
2. Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins
In Annie Jacobsen's latest book, Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins, she digs into the CIA's Special Activities Division, a group that gets utilized by the president when "diplomacy fails and war is unwise." SAD is the most effective black ops force on the planet, used to "conduct [legal] sabotage, subversion, and, yes, assassination."
For the book, from interviews with forty-two different men and women who worked on CIA covert ops from the Cold War to present day and deep research, Jacobsen weaves together a complex look at the people in our own backyards. The books blurb has be coming back to the question: Is the CIA's paramilitary army America's weaponized strength, or a liability to its principled standing in the world?
Buy Surprise, Kill, Vanish here.
3. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
After World War II ended, one of the dilemmas the United States governments was left with was what to do with the scientific minds from the Third Reich, thus putting Operation Paperclip into action. Despite the fact that many of these scientists were accused of war crimes and had stood trial at Nuremberg - one had even been convicted of slavery and mass murder - they and their families were brought to the U.S. Many of these scientists were later responsible for medical treatments, major advances in rocketry, and work in the U.S. space program.
In Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America, Jacobsen interviews many family members of Paperclip scientists, interrogators, and colleagues. She also utilizes German archives, files available from the Freedom of Information Act, and government archives found at Harvard University. Following more than twelve different postwar Nazi scientists in the United States, what Jacobsen uncovers is "startling, complex, nefarious," proving just how far the government will go to get what they want.
Find Operation Paperclip here.
4. Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis
Annie Jacobsen's Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis is a look into some of the governement's controversial methods. Trying to find hostages and fugitives, to find secret bases, located downed jets, and even predict the future, the U.S. government has done research into extrasensory perception for more than forty years. It has even spanned many different government agencies and the military, including CIA, NSA, DEA, Air Force, Army, Navy, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and more!
Jacobsen uses declassified documents that have never been seen before, along with interviews with more than fifty people, including former CIA and Defense Department program managers, analysts, scientists, and even psychics, to uncover perhaps more questions than answers.
Find Phenomena here.
5. The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
Annie Jacobsen's book, The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency, for which she was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, is a history about the most controversial R&D military science agency, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. Chronicling DARPA's inception during the Cold War in 1958 to present day, Jacobsen uses interviews, inside sources, declassified memos, and private documents to illuminate "the Pentagon's brain," DARPA.
Buy The Pentagon's Brain here.
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