Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles

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Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles
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AuthorDavid Darlington
PublisherHenry Holt & Company
Publication date
November 1, 1997[1]

Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles is a 1997 non-fiction book about Area 51 in Nevada by David Darlington.


A review in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists called the book "a real service" for readers interested in the early history of the site, but also scolded the author for entertaining "alien seekers, the tragically abducted, and self-appointed aliens ... saucer nuts" whose record "drown[s] out any legitimate inquiry into how much secrecy and how large a restricted compound the government needs to conduct black-budget activities".[2] The A.V. Club called it "a definitive work on the place and its hold on our collective psyche" and "wonderfully even-handed" towards Ufologists who speculate about "the physically impossible".[3]


  1. ^ "Nonfiction book review: Area 51, David Darlington, Author", Publishers Weekly
  2. ^ Rothstein, Linda (May 1, 1998), "Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (book review), 54 (3), doi:10.1080/00963402.1998.11456848, archived from the original on November 18, 2018 – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ John Krewson (March 29, 2002), "David Darlington: Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles", The A.V. Club

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