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Area 51 : The Graphic History of America's Most Secret Military Installation - Dwight Zimmerman

Area 51

The Graphic History of America's Most Secret Military Installation

Paperback Published: 3rd November 2014
ISBN: 9780760346648
Number Of Pages: 96

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The actual history of the United States' worst-kept military secret revealed in graphic format.Though nearly everyone has heard of it, almost no one has known anything about it . . . until now. Located in the remote Nevada desert near the dry bed of Groom Lake, Area 51 is the most famous military installation in the world that doesn't officially exist. In Area 51, author Dwight Zimmerman and artist Greg Scott unravel the real history - minus the aliens and sci-fi movie plots - revealing in detail how for more than 60 years, the CIA, the U.S. Air Force, and aerospace company Lockheed Martin have all used Area 51 as a staging ground for test flights of experimental or highly classified aircrafts. Scott illustrates the Archangel-12 as well as follow-on aircrafts, such as the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, while author Zimmerman tells the history of how they sprang from the research and development conducted at Area 51. This first-of-its-kind graphic history strips away the fantastical aspects of this mysterious location and establishes the actual, significant history made there.Zimmerman packs a ton of information into a book that helps explain and understand one of America's worst kept secrets about one of it most vital technological national assets. Area 51, while Black for years, has been the focus of crazy legends and conspiracies and Zimmerman helps demystify the legends and put things in perspective in a unique, highly readable format. A must read for those interested in Cold War history and future aerospace technology development. - Richard L. Weaver, Colonel, USAF, (ret) Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (Retired) Former Director of Security and Special Program Oversight, USAF and Author, The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico DesertZimmerman's rendition of the Area 51 story is a walk down memory lane for this former USAF insider. It superbly captures the history, mystery and folklore of one of America's best-kept secrets. Riveting, accurate, and thought-provoking for anyone with - and even those without - a Need-to-Know! - Michael Angley Colonel, USAF (ret) Special Agent, OSI (ret)This is NOT just a book for young people--this is a serious, information-packed illustrated book. Amazing and entertaining; it debunks lots of rumors and misinformation about Area 51. I am impressed with all that it delivers. Not just a comic book, it resonates with adults as much as it should with younger readers. A great read! - W. H. McDonald Jr. Founder of The American Author Association & The Military Writers Society of America Author and documentary film consultantDwight Zimmerman has done an outstanding job tracking the history of one of the most intriguing enigmas of our age--the ultra secret and ever mysterious Area 51. The graphic novel is absolutely perfect for a serious disposition on a topic that has generated so much controversy. The drawings truly help the reader visualize the importance of Area 51 and go a long way toward helping debunk the many myths surrounding this fascinating place. Conspiracy theorists will not likely embrace this book, but anyone who wants a serious, scholarly, accurate picture--an entire set of pictures, in fact!--of what Area 51 has been about will be very happy to have this material in hand. Dwight's writing is crisp, fast-paced, entertaining and-above all-accurate. The story of Area 51 finally has a complete and factual telling. Amazingly, the truth is, indeed, stranger (and more tantalizing) than the fiction that has previously surrounded this out-of-bounds desert enclave. - Phil Keith, award winning author of Blackhorse Riders and Fire Base Illingworth (and the soon-to-be-released Stay the Rising Sun, a novel of the Battle of the Coral Sea)

Industry Reviews

"In the pop culture consciousness, Area 51 is a secret government base in the deserts of Nevada, housing everything from crashed UFOs to live extraterrestrial beings to ancient magical artifacts. With this book, Zimmerman (Uncommon Valor; The Vietnam War: A Graphic History) pulls back the curtain to reveal the true story of this cutting-edge aerospace research and testing complex. Spy planes flying on the edge of outer space, radar-defeating stealth technology, and even today's deadly strike drones can all trace their origins to Area 51 and the teams of designers, engineers, and pilots who served there through decades of total secrecy. Apart from a few brief asides, little mention is made of the facility's role as the Shangri-la of UFOlogists, and the well-known conspiracy theories regarding the facility are ignored, much less refuted. Scott's illustrations do a fine job of conveying the seriousness and tension that permeated every aspect of the base's many projects, but confusing page layouts disrupt the flow of the narrative in a few places.Verdict The history-heavy, conspiracy-light treatment may disappoint some readers initially, yet those who stick with it should enjoy the fascinating true-life tales of espionage, diplomacy, and high-tech aerospace innovation. Recommended for Cold War history buffs and aviation aficionados." - Library Journal


"This is NOT just a book for young people--this is a serious, information-packed illustrated book. Amazing and entertaining; it debunks lots of rumors and misinformation about Area 51. I am impressed with all that it delivers. Not "just a comic book," it resonates with adults as much as it should with younger readers. A great read!" - W. H. McDonald Jr. Founder of The American Author Association & The Military Writers Society of America Author and documentary film consultant


"Zimmerman packs a ton of information into a book that helps explain and understand one of America's worst kept secrets about one of it most vital technological national assets. Area 51, while "Black" for years, has been the focus of crazy legends and conspiracies and Zimmerman helps demystify the legends and put things in perspective in a unique, highly readable format. A "must read" for those interested in Cold War history and future aerospace technology development." - Richard L. Weaver, Colonel, USAF, (ret) Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (Retired) Former Director of Security and Special Program Oversight, USAF and Author, The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert

ISBN: 9780760346648
ISBN-10: 076034664X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 3rd November 2014
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 22.9  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.22

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