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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316349369
Branch Call Number: 355.34340973 JAC 2017
Characteristics: viii, 527 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Note that all the amazing things you will read about, especially in the last few chapters, are based solely on the accounts of those who would stand to benefit from successes.

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.

Apr 09, 2017

interesting read

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