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Is Anybody Up There? Two Authors Share Their Answers  

By Lookout Staff

June 1, 2011 – The Santa Monica Main Library will host two prominent authors this week, as they tout their latest books about the evidence – or lack thereof – for a supreme being and for extraterrestrial ones.

God leads off Wednesday night.

“The Divinity of Doubt: The God Question” is former prosecuter Vincent Bugliosi's latest, in which he argues against true believers and hard-core atheists, contending that both are wrong.

“I don't know and neither do you,” Bugliosi – raised a Catholic – announces on the book's back cover.

Readers may be familiar with Bugliosi's books about Charles Manson based on his days as a prosecutor, as well as about O. J. Simpson and President George Bush, to wit, “Helter Skelter,” “Outrage: The Five Reasons O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder” and “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder.”

For those whose questions about who's really up there are left unanswered Wednesday night, Area 51 – the top-secret military base in Nevada said by conspiracy theorists to house a crashed flying saucer and the remains of its alien crew – is the topic of author Annie Jacobson's presentation.

Jacobson's book tour will bring her to the main library Thursday where she'll speak about her book “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base.”

While many of her interviews with former Area 51 workers have to do with atomic weapons blasts and classified technology, she does divulge a covert team members' tale of intrigue and conspiracy involving Josef Mengele and Josef Stalin. Her source said that it explained the existence of the craft his team was asked to reverse engineer.

The story – based on an unconfirmed rumor from an unidentified source Los Angeles Times reviewer Scott Martelle pointed out Monday – involves Mengele's child experimental victims placed inside Stalin's flying saucer and then dropped in the middle of the southwest desert.

Jacobson's book is based on recently declassified documents and unprecedented access to military and intelligence personnel who worked inside the base, event promoters say.

Both talks will be held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, will begin at 7 p.m., and are free to the public. Both will be followed by a book sale and signing.

Guests to Wednesday's lecture by Bugliosi will need tickets for auditorium seating. Tickets will be released one hour prior to program on the day of event, one ticket per guest. Guests must be present to receive a ticket

Seating at Jacobson's lecture on Thursday will be offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event.

For more information on this and other public programs, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.


“I don't know and neither do you.” Vincent Bugliosi

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