The cold war pushed American institutions to strange places and had them spend money on questionable projects. This books brings us a thoroughly researched history of its most esoteric projects like esp, remote viewing, telepathy, and more! As a skeptic I was surprised by some of the stories in this book and I am still not sure what to think.— Drew
This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances.
For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army-and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never before seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than fifty of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers, as well as the government psychics themselves.
Who did the U.S. government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.
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Praise for Phenomena
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"With Phenomena, Annie Jacobsen has once again produced an utterly absorbing and brilliantly reported chronicle that truly breaks new ground. This is a boundary-breaking story of mental phenomena-extra sensory perception techniques-that is truly a pleasure to read. A mind-bending triumph!"
"In her latest eye-opening work of investigative journalism, Jacobsen digs deeply into the rich vein of information gleaned from declassified U.S. government documents that catapulted her previous books, Area 51 (2011) and The Pentagon's Brain (2015), to best-seller status.... Jacobsen offers a smorgasbord of captivating and often-surprising facts unearthed from more than four decades of secret investigations... A fascinating peek at a little-seen side of national security."—Carl Hays, Booklist
"Compelling....This is an excellent read that gives evidence on both sides of the argument that extrasensory perception (ESP) and psychokinesis exist, complementing suchworks as W. Adam Mandelbaum's The Psychic Battlefield and Ann Finkbeiner's The Jasons. Highly recommended for those interested in the military and the paranormal."
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Journalist Jacobsen continues her disturbing excavations of the inner workings of the American defense and intelligence establishment in this fascinating exposé of governmental research into 'anomalous mental phenomena'....Jacobsen artfully deals card after dutifully researched card in her enthralling reportage on one of America's most curious defense endeavors."—Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Pentagon's Brain
"Annie Jacobsen's considerable talents as an investigative journalist prove indispensable in uncovering the remarkable history of one of America's most powerful and clandestine military research agencies. And she is a great storyteller, making the tantalizing tale of The Pentagon's Brain -- from the depths of the Cold War to present day -- come alive on every page."—Gerald Posner, author of God's Bankers
"A fascinating and unsettling portrait of the secretive U.S. government agency....Jacobsen walks a fine line in telling the story of the agency and its innovations without coming across as a cheerleader or a critic, or letting the narrative devolve into a salacious tell-all. Jacobsen's ability to objectively tell the story of DARPA, not to mention its murky past, is truly remarkable, making for a terrifically well-crafted treatise on the agency most Americans know next to nothing about."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Operation Paperclip
"The most in depth account yet of the lives of Paperclip recruits and their American counterparts.... Jacobsen deftly untangles the myriad German and American agencies and personnel involved...more gripping and skillfully rendered are the stories of American and British officials who scoured defeated Germany for Nazi scientists and their research."—New York Times Book Review