Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

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Little, Brown, Mar 28, 2017 - History - 544 pages
The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international bestseller Area 51.

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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Looking down through the ratings, I see either really high ones who enjoyed the book for what it was, or a series of one-star ratings by many who want to prove they know more than the author, or ... Read full review

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An extraordinarily well-researched exploration of the US Military’s ESP “eyeless sight” programs that sought to harness the paranormal as a source of military intelligence. Jacobsen maintains ... Read full review


The Puharich Theory
Skeptics Charlatans and the U S Army
Quasi Science
The Soviet Threat
The Man on the Moon
The Physicist and the Psychic
Qigong and the Mystery of H S Tsien
Killers and Kidnappers
Psychic Training
The Woman with the Third
The End of an
Hostages and Drugs

Skeptics versus
Remote Viewing
The Unconscious
Psychic Soldiers
The Scientists and the Skeptics
The Psychic and the Astronaut
List of Interviews and Written Correspondence

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Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain. She was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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