Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis

by Annie Jacobsen


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The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international bestseller Area 51.

This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances.

For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army-and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never before seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than fifty of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers, as well as the government psychics themselves.

Who did the U.S. government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316349352
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 149,675
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain. She was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

Table of Contents

Prologue 5

Part I The Early Days

Chapter 1 The Supernatural 11

Chapter 2 The Puharich Theory 23

Chapter 3 Skeptics, Charlatans, and the U.S. Army 40

Chapter 4 Quasi Science 55

Chapter 5 The Soviet Threat 70

Part II The CIA Years

Chapter 6 The Enigma of Uri Geller 85

Chapter 7 The Man on the Moon 100

Chapter 8 The Physicist and the Psychic 118

Chapter 9 Skeptics versus CIA 138

Chapter 10 Remote Viewing 151

Chapter 11 The Unconscious 172

Chapter 12 Submarines 184

Part III The Defense Department Years

Chapter 13 Paraphysics 203

Chapter 14 Psychic Soldiers 221

Chapter 15 Qigong and the Mystery of H. S. Tsien 241

Chapter 16 Killers and Kidnappers 260

Chapter 17 Consciousness 277

Chapter 18 Psychic Training 296

Chapter 19 The Woman with the Third Eye 309

Chapter 20 The End of an Era 330

Chapter 21 Hostages and Drugs 346

Chapter 22 Downfall 364

Part IV The Modern Era

Chapter 23 Intuition, Premonition, and Synthetic Telepathy 377

Chapter 24 The Scientists and the Skeptics 388

Chapter 25 The Psychic and the Astronaut 403

Acknowledgments 421

Notes 425

List of Interviews and Written Correspondence 489

Bibliography 493

Index 509

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