The definitive history of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51 No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history about the organization, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain," from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present. This is the book on DARPA--a compelling narrative about this clandestine intersection of science and the American military and the often frightening results.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, was created by the U.S. Congress in 1958 to advance research in military technologies. A top secret organization, the agency has played a key role in the development of some of the biotechnological weapons, missile programs, coded communication, and surveillance technology.
Investigative journalist and book author Annie Jacobsen unveils how an agency operating in anonymity has delivered the modern computer, cell phone communication, and the Internet, in between breakthroughs such as AR-15 semiautomatic rifles. Based on 70 in-person interviews with people associated with DARPA, Jacobsen’s book offers an exciting and chilling view of the agency’s goals and achievements.
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.
"A brilliantly researched account of a small but powerful secret government agency whose military research profoundly affects world affairs."
"A fascinating and unsettling portrait of the secretive U.S. government agency....Jacobsen walks a fine line in telling the story of the agency and its innovations without coming across as a cheerleader or a critic, or letting the narrative devolve into a salacious tell-all. Jacobsen's ability to objectively tell the story of DARPA, not to mention its murky past, is truly remarkable, making for a terrifically well-crafted treatise on the agency most Americans know next to nothing about."
"This engrossing, conversation-starting read is highly recommended.”