Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and bestselling author who writes about war, weapons, U.S. national security and government secrecy. Her newest book, “THE PENTAGON’S BRAIN: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency,” was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2015 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Amazon editors. 2015.
Her 2011 non-fiction bestseller, ”AREA 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” has been published in five languages and is being made into an AMC scripted television series with Gale Anne Hurd (Walking Dead, Terminator). Her 2014 non-fiction bestseller, ”OPERATION PAPERCLIP: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America,” has been published in five languages and is being adapted for television by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. The Boston Globe and Apple iTunes chose “OPERATION PAPERCLIP” as one of the best books of 2014.
Annie Jacobsen graduated from St. Paul’s School and Princeton University where she wrote with Joyce Carol Oates and Paul Auster, studied Greek, and served as Captain of the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She was a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine from 2009 until 2012. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Kevin and their two sons.