SOCIAL SCIENCES

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

Little, Brown. Mar. 2017. 544p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780316349369. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316349376. HIST
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OrangeReviewStarFrom biological agents to artificial intelligence, the military has developed an array of weapons that advance science and may cross moral lines. Jacobsen exposed much of this progress in her previous work, The Pentagon's Brain. Her latest book reveals how U.S. military agencies investigated and applied paranormal phenomena for defense. The author uses declassified information and interviews to weave a compelling narrative and support her research. Paranoia about Soviet research into this realm led to the creation of these programs, some of which cost millions to develop. This is an excellent read that gives ample evidence on both sides of the argument that extrasensory perception (ESP) and psychokinesis exist, complementing such works as W. Adam Mandelbaum's The Psychic Battlefield and Ann Finkbeiner's The Jasons.
VERDICT Highly recommended for those interested in the military and the paranormal.

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