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

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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 the CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army--and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now, for the first time, 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. A riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.-- adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316349369
Branch Call Number: 133.8 JACOBSEN
Characteristics: viii, 527 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Feb 09, 2018

Staying focused on only U.S. government projects to investigate and utilize ESP and psychokinesis created a page-turner. All the events visited are front-pagers, from WW2 to the moon landing, to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to hostage crises, etc. Pulitzer Prize nominee Annie Jacobsen combed a myriad of declassified material and gives us a balanced history of material that tends to polarize nearly everyone who hears about it. The events often create only believers and non-believers, but this book stays balanced. We get as complete a tour as possible unless some material still classified could be added. In the conclusion, the present years, Annie Jacobsen manages to wrap it up with a convincing conclusion.


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