Apr. 8th, 2016

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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military BaseArea 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Science is not everything but science is beautiful" J. Robert Oppenheimer

Annie Jacobsen truly starts her book with this quote and leaves it up to the reader to decide what Oppenheimer meant by that quote at the end. Jacobsen's history of Area 51 is by far better than any UFO theory out there because it speaks of truth and of history. Like anything that is in the dark, the reader is the only one who can decide if what Jacobsen is writing is truth or not. I for one believe it is the truth. My whole life, I have been fascinated with things like Area 51, aliens, and UFOs and I thought perhaps that is what I would be in for when reading this book. I was wrong.

Science is not everything, yet science is what drives our society in making great leaps in today's growing world. Science is what keeps militaries a head of their foes. Science, got us to space and science can take us beyond. Yet, science has a darker side, an inhuman side that makes a person cringe but I suppose that is why those kinds of things are kept in the deepest, darkest pits where no one can look.
However, this book is not just about science and the evolution of our military strength. It is the history of the people who created these secrets, who worked at Area 51. There is a human aspect to this book and not just things and science. Annie Jacobsen shows an evolution to our country and politics all thanks to science and to the second world war.

Take a word of caution though before diving into this book. It isn't for the those who cannot accept what America has done in the dark. The truths that should be brought out to the public are ones that perhaps say that science is not beautiful but terrifying and down right ugly. There is a bit in your stomach when you reach that conclusion (if you reach one as I did) that science can be so dark and what we have moved towards for the safety of our country and for peace may just be better left in the dark to hide the ugliness away for the beauty that is science.


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