Barnes. Shrouded in secrecy and intrigue, Area 51 was established in 1955 by the CIA as a desert base to help protect America against the growing Communist threat. Based on newly released declassified documents, this title pulls back the curtain and offers the true history of the storied base — including its special projects, among them the development of the U-2 spy plane. Separate fact from fiction with this highly researched book featuring more than 50 vintage photographs! 192 pages, 60 B&W photos, 6"x 9", softcover.