• Phenomena

  • The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-28-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 (188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 best seller Area 51.
This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances.
For more than 40 years, the US 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 best-selling 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 50 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 US 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.
©2017 Annie Jacobsen (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest expose from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date...Jacobsen persuasively shows that it in fact happened and aptly frames the dilemma.... Rife with hypocrisy, lies, and deceit, Jacobsen's story explores a conveniently overlooked bit of history." ( Publishers Weekly)
"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!" (Alex Kershaw, best-selling author of The Liberator and Avenue of Spies)
"Chilling, compelling, and comprehensive accounting...Jacobsen's impressive book plumbs the dark depths of this postwar recruiting and shows the historical truths behind the space race and postwar US dominance. Highly recommended for readers in World War II history, espionage, government cover-ups, or the Cold War." ( Library Journal)
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By Jeremy on 04-20-17

Very Dissapointed - favorite author messes up

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is scattershot and unscientific. Jacobsen seems to have run out of ideas and she's really taken a very uncritical look at pseudoscience, clearly swayed by the pseudo-scientists more than the scientists.

Would you ever listen to anything by Annie Jacobsen again?

Yes, of course. She usually does solid work, but this book was a miss for me.

Which scene was your favorite?

Scene? There aren't really scenes in a non-fiction book. I guess I like the factual and historical information, but I'm really not a fan of Uri Geller and his frauds.

Could you see Phenomena being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. I really couldn't. There are way too many characters, and the plot jumps around.

Any additional comments?

Usually Annie Jacobsen is a historical journalist, this time it seems like she ran out of ideas...

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By Jeffrey on 10-10-17

Annie Hits Another Home Run!

As with her earlier books, Annie Jacobsen's Phenomena is a virtuoso performance, replete with deep research, smart analysis, psychological complexity, and superb narrative skill. There are a few passages that unsettled me, and I've been studying the paranormal and teaching a college course on it for several years now. Things happened during Uri Geller's testing sessions with scientists that had me checking my closets with a flashlight. I won't say more--you have to experience it yourself and I wouldn't want to spoil it for you. Annie reads her own Audible books, and I happen to love her voice: slightly breathy, deliberate, and--I might as well say it--actually kinda sexy. Read or listen; whether you're a serious investigator or an open-minded skeptic, you will not be disappointed!

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By Marc Palmer on 10-09-17

Well worth a read.

The book was dry and factual ( which I liked ) . My trust of the author from previous books gave me permission to change the way I think about my life, past, and future.

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By Vincent on 05-14-17

Another Annie Jacobsen Classic

Like all of her previous works ... loved this latest book and could not put it down. Cannot wait for her next book.

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