A new book by Los Angeles Times journalist Annie Jacobsen, “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” (Little Brown), tells the story of the famous site that has spurred tales and rumors of intrigue and cover-ups.
Jacobsen dove through thousands of recently-declassified documents to reveal what happened in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s at the government-restricted area near Groom Lake, Nevada. She also interviewed a number of military veterans who worked there at the time. They were doing amazing things.
This article features several photos from her book. Jacobsen writes of the picture at left, “A rare perspective on Area 51 looking northeast in 1955. The triangular mountain peak (just right of center in the far distance) is Tikaboo Peak, the single remaining location from where the curious can catch a faraway glimpse of Area 51.”