|Education||St. Paul’s School|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Occupation||Journalist, non-fiction writer|
Annie Jacobsen is an American investigative journalist, author and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history. She was a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine from 2009 until 2012. Jacobsen writes about war, weapons, security and secrets. Jacobsen is best known as the author of the 2011 nonfiction book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, which The New York Times called "cauldron-stirring."
Her 2011 book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, about the secret U.S. military base, addresses the Roswell UFO incident. It was on The New York Times Best Seller list for thirteen weeks and has been translated into six languages. Area 51 is being developed into an AMC Series with Gale Anne Hurd as Executive Producer.
Jacobsen's 2014 book, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America was called "perhaps the most comprehensive, up-to-date narrative available to the general public" in a review by Jay Watkins of the CIA's Center for the Study of Intelligence. Operation Paperclip was included in a list of the best books of 2014 by The Boston Globe. Space historian Michael J. Neufeld gave a negative review of the book: “I cannot endorse Operation Paperclip because: it is error-ridden, it produces no fundamentally new information, it is unbalanced, and its notes are poor.”
The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top Secret Military Research Agency, was chosen as finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History. The Pulitzer committee described the book as "A brilliantly researched account of a small but powerful secret government agency whose military research profoundly affects world affairs." The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Amazon Editors chose Pentagon's Brain as one of the best nonfiction books of 2015.
Her next book was published in March 2017: Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis.
In 2017, Amblin Entertainment and Blumhouse TV bought the rights to her book "Phenomena" for a scripted TV series, with Jacobsen and X-Files writer/producer Glen Morgan co-writing the pilot script.
On Flight 327
In 2004, Jacobsen wrote an article about an incident she witnessed on an airplane with a group of thirteen foreign nationals on board a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Two air marshals came out of cover during flight. FBI and Homeland Security agents met the aircraft when it landed. In May 2007, the Department of Homeland Security declassified a report about the flight. The men were identified as twelve Syrians, traveling as a musical group, and one Lebanese, their promoter, all traveling illegally on expired visas. Eight of the men had "positive hits" for past criminal records and suspicious behavior. They had been involved in an earlier incident on an aircraft which had them on the FBI watch list. However, the report noted that the musicians were not terrorists and that law enforcement assessments at the time were appropriate.
- Terror in the Skies: Why 9/11 Could Happen Again. Spence Publishing Company, 2005, ISBN 1-890626-62-7.
- Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, Hachette Digital, Inc., 2011, ISBN 1-4091-4113-6.
- Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America. Little, Brown. 11 February 2014. ISBN 978-0-316-22105-4.
- The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency. Little, Brown and Company. 2015. ISBN 0316371769. OCLC 900012161.
- Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis. Little, Brown and Company. 2017. ISBN 0316349364.
- "A Military Post's Secrets: Espionage, Not Aliens". The New York Times. 16 May 2011.
- Harding, Thomas (May 13, 2011). "Roswell 'was Soviet plot to create US panic'". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-15.
- Maslin, Janet (May 15, 2011). "A Military Post's Secrets: Espionage, Not Aliens". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-18.
- "AMC Developing 'Area 51' Drama With 'Walking Dead' EP". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Gale Anne Hurd". IMDb.
- "Willkommen". The New York Times. 2 March 2014.
- "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America". Central Intelligence Agency.
- "The best books of 2014". The Boston Globe.
- "Review: Operation Paperclip". The Space Review. 15 June 2015.
- "Nonfiction Book Review: The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA".
- "Finalist: The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency, by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown & Company)". The Pulitzer Prizes.
- "Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis". Google Books. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
- "'Jack Ryan' Season 2 Will Focus on the Decline of Democracy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2017-03-22). "Blumhouse TV & Amblin TV Team For 'Phenomena' TV Series Based On Book About ESP & Psychokinesis Experiments". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
- Harshaw, Tobin (May 30, 2007). "It's Not Paranoia If They're Really Out to Get You". The New York Times. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- "Security flaws confirmed on Flight 327". The Washingtion Times.
- "FACT CHECK: Annie Jacobsen 'Terror in the Skies', False". Snopes. May 28, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- "Review of Department's Handling of Suspicious Passengers Aboard Northwest Flight 327" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. March 30, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- Annie Jacobsen. "OPERATION PAPERCLIP". Kirkus Reviews.