Annie Jacobsen: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Annie Jacobsen

Futurist, Investigative Journalist and Bestselling Author

Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and bestselling author who writes about war, weapons, national security and future technology. Her newest book, The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top Secret Military Research Agency, shines a light on military technology programs as never reported before, from DARPA’s biohybrid cyborgs that couple animals with machines to its plans for an army of artificially intelligent drones. To research the book, Jacobsen interviewed scores of scientists uniquely affiliated with the most powerful, most productive and least understood military science agency in the world. Drawing upon extensive interviews with presidential science advisors, members of the highly secretive Jason scientists, a Nobel laureate and a four-star general, Jacobsen reveals how DARPA has been making the future happen since 1958. The Pentagon's Brain was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

Her 2014 non-fiction bestseller, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America, was chosen by The Boston Globe and Apple iTunes as one of the best books of 2014. It has been published in five languages and is being adapted for television by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

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 by Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator).

Annie Jacobsen graduated from St. Paul’s School and Princeton University, where she wrote under Joyce Carol Oates and Paul Auster, studied Greek, and served as Captain of the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She worked a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine until it closed in 2013. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Kevin and their two sons.

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