Annie Jacobsen


Jacobsen is a contributing editor at The Los Angeles Times Magazine and a widely published journalist who specializes in terrorism and national security issues. She is the author of the runaway New York Times bestseller Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base (Little Brown 2011), as well as Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America (2014). In May 2015, Little Brown will publish her new book, The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency.

     A frequent guest in national media, including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” and Comedy Central’s “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” she began her writing career as a business and finance journalist for

     Jacobsen is a 1989 graduate of Princeton University, where she wrote under the tutelage of Joyce Carol Oates and served as captain of the Princeton women’s ice hockey team. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.


As comprehensive as it is critical, this latest expose from Jacobsen is perhaps her most important work to date. Rife with hypocrisy, lies, and deceit, Jacobsen’s story explores a conveniently overlooked bit of history…”

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Operation Paperclip

“This is an engrossing and deeply disturbing expose that poses ultimate questions of means versus ends.” —Booklist (starred review) on Operation Paperclip

“Cauldron-stirring. . . . Levelheaded . . . assertive . . . revelatory. . . . Compellingly hard-hitting. . . . The book is noteworthy for its author’s dogged devotion to her research.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times, on Area 51